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    She Is The Ideal Role Model ‘Veer Nari’ – Bimla Devi

    [By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] Dwarhat though a non-descript small town along the serpentine road, amidst cedar and pine trees, is a heart-captivating destination in the Kumaon hills with numerous ancient temples and mind blowing sightseeing tourist desti...

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    China’s Brittle Development Model

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – After gaining independence from Britain in 1947, India was something of a poster child for the virtues of democracy – in stark contrast with China, which became a Communist dictatorship in 1949. Until the 1970s, it was...

  • My friendship with Xi Jinping is 'plus one': PM Narendra Modi

    Modi in China

    [By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – China and India have a fraught relationship, characterized by festering disputes, deep mistrust, and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation. Booming bilateral trade, far from helping to turn the page on old...

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    Afghanistan – not Modi – is key to future relations between India and Pakistan

    By Wali Aslam |  The Conversation The Indian election has been afforded much publicity in the Western media. A record 814 million eligible voters have been expressing their choices in a poll taking place in nine phases. Voting began on April 7 and is...

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    India’s Antiquated Penal Code

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – A number of seemingly unrelated controversies in India actually have one important element in common: They all relate to criminal offenses codified by India’s British imperial rulers in the mid-nineteenth century that ...

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    Mica mining: Cosmetic giants riding on children’s backs In India

    |By Sanjay Pandey| As the sun crawls up the sky in Koderma, abandoned mica mines start shimmering in its reflection. Driven by hunger pangs, a group of sleepy children from a neighbouring village trudges towards the Charki mines, holding mining tools...

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    Liberation War-Historicising a Personal Narrative

    |By Col Nadir Ali (Retd) , Pakistan Army|   Former Pakistani Col Nadir Ali’s talks of his experiences from 1971 in Bangladesh at the BRAC University in Dhaka. Historicizing a personal narrative is difficult in the best of times. Recalling 1971 ...

  • Signing of Surrender Document on 16 December 1971 | Lt. General A. A. Niazi of the Pakistan Army signs the instrument of surrender as Lt. General J. S. Arora looks on

    Commemorating the War of 1971: Vijay Diwas

    Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is commemorated every year on 16th December in India as it marks its military victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The end of the war resulted in the unilateral surrender of the Pakistan Army ...

  • While many people in India live without electricity, it is looking less likely that Australian coal will supply it | Coal Train. Photo courtesy Kimon Berlin via Creative Commons

    The case for Australian coal in India is weakening

    [Lynette Molyneaux,The Conversation] “India needs Australian coal” is a view promoted by government and industry alike, most recently in the Institute for Public Affairs’ latest report. The report argues that opening up Australia’s Galilee Basi...

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Requiem for the refugee

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] In Malaysia for a second family wedding, we are surprised at the different sets of migrant workers we encounter. Indonesians, Filipinas, Bangladeshis, Tamils and Punjabis. Walking around the less touristy part of Johor Bahru, popularly known as JB, my husband Stan was moved by an elderly Tamil man. Stan was carrying our 1-year-old ...

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OROP: Modi govt must know that ‘Acche Din’ will last only with ‘Acche Karm’

[By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] At 3pm on 23 August 2015, my neighbour Brig IS Lamba, veteran ASC Officer, and I, like many others took the Metro to reach Jantar Mantar and take part in the OROP rally and the Candle March up to Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, to pay homage to the martyrs of 1965 Indo-Pak War. Even ...

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Why Jihadi terror is a threat to India

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime in early 2001. We (I and a reporter from Indian Express newspaper) were at Lodhi Colony office of Special Cell of Delhi Police to interact with Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, a Pakistani terrorist who is accused of Red Fort shootout which claimed three lives on December 22, 2000. Ashfaq has been languishing ...

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AFSPA in Kashmir: A Battle of Perceptions

[By Adfar Shah] Tripura’s Manik Sarkar government’s decision on revoking AFSPA recently was much hailed in public and intellectual circles. However, the ripple effect as expected was the fresh revival of the incessant demand for revocation of AF(JK)SPA in Jammu and Kashmir. It is being said that the controversial law in Tripura was revoked through consistent efforts by the State ...

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China’s Brittle Development Model

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – After gaining independence from Britain in 1947, India was something of a poster child for the virtues of democracy – in stark contrast with China, which became a Communist dictatorship in 1949. Until the 1970s, it was widely argued that, while both countries suffered from extreme poverty, underdevelopment, and disease, India’s model was superior, ...

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90% of the Police Force in the Country works more than 8 hours a day

According to a study by the Bureau of Police Research & Development, Government of India, 90% of the Police Staff currently work for more than 8 hours a day. 68% of Officers report that their staff works for more than 11 hours a day and 28% report that the staff works for more than 14 hours a day. Nearly half ...

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Participants in the 6th BRICS summit, heads of state and government: Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Brazil Dilma Rouseff, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.| Photo: Kremlin.ru

Taking the BRICS Seriously

[By Shashi Tharoor] BEIJING – Sailing down the Moscow River on a cool evening earlier this month, I found myself in intense conversation with the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC). Meanwhile, South African and Brazilian parliamentarians were swaying to Russian music and a guide pointed out the sights. The first parliamentary forum ...

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While many people in India live without electricity, it is looking less likely that Australian coal will supply it | Coal Train. Photo courtesy Kimon Berlin via Creative Commons

The case for Australian coal in India is weakening

[Lynette Molyneaux,The Conversation] “India needs Australian coal” is a view promoted by government and industry alike, most recently in the Institute for Public Affairs’ latest report. The report argues that opening up Australia’s Galilee Basin for the export of coal to India will provide 82 million Indians with electricity to transform their lives. This echoes sentiments previously expressed by the ...

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Even The Rain God Shed Tears Over Unfulfilled OROP Promise by PM Modi

Upset over the delay in the implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy, hundreds of retired military personnel on Sunday staged demonstrations at 55 locations around India, including Delhi, demanding immediate implementation of one rank, one pension (OROP). [By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] The military veterans of the Indian Armed Forces have been fighting over the issue of ‘One Rank, ...

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Women carrying candle lights and placards condemning atrocities against women in the North east | Credit : http://www.ohmeghalaya.com

A dangerous silence in India’s north-east

Unlike the 2012 Delhi gang rape, the violence meted out against women in India’s north-east has not elicited widespread calls on the government to act. The silence is proving costly. [By Meera Vijayann|OpenDemocracy] In early October 2014, the body of a young tribal girl was found facedown in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills. Her body had been decapitated, charred, bruised and left naked ...

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