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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...

  • 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...

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    Casualties of an alternate war : of suicides and fratricides in the Indian Armed Forces

    [By Adfar Shah] “In yet another fratricidal incident, a trooper shot dead his five colleagues before shooting himself with his service weapon in an Army camp in Safapora area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on the intervening night of Februar...

  • A Bodo teacher Atul Brahma whose house was burnt in Ghunghunikhata village of Dubri District searching for scrap. Brahma's grain stores were looted and cattle stolen

    Why Assam continues to be a tinderbox?

    By Narendra Kaushik Hakaipara is a sprawling settlement perched on a land mass across Gourang River in Kokrajhar, the headquarters of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which runs a parallel government in four districts of Assam. More importantly, i...

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    Illegal Abortions: The foetal scourge

    With abortion in India becoming an instrument of family planning and abortion laws being misused, there are myriad socio-cultural practices in India that has changed its course and the concept of abortion has taken on a different form.  |An Exclusive...

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    Indian Prisoners Of War Holed Till Death In Pakistan

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| Capturing prisoners of war (POW) is as old as man kind and warfare.  In the earliest history, men captured used to be either slaughtered or made slaves. The captured women and children were more likely to be spared but many ...

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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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    Why Indo-Nepal friendship is a win-win for both

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Walking through the long winding corridor of ziggurat-like red-brick Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu makes you feel like you have come to a school or a bus stop built unpretentiously. The sole internation...

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    The Longest Sixty Hours of The Mumbai Mayhem

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| When heaven sends down calamities there is a hope of weathering them, but when man brings them upon himself there is no hope of escape. – A Chinese saying.  At about 0800 hrs on 29 Nov 2008 after 60 long frightening an...

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Malharis’ Battle Of Gadra City In 1971 War

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Battle of Gadra City fought on the night of 4/5 December 1971 was one of the important battles in the Western Theatre. 15 KUMAON (Indore) won a famous victory on the back of sound leadership, detailed planning and extensive rehearsals, great comradeship and flawless execution involving surprise and personal bravery. Before the description of the ...

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The Taj hotel Mumbai under seige| Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The Longest Sixty Hours of The Mumbai Mayhem

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| When heaven sends down calamities there is a hope of weathering them, but when man brings them upon himself there is no hope of escape. – A Chinese saying.  At about 0800 hrs on 29 Nov 2008 after 60 long frightening and uncertain hours of the ‘fidayeen attacks’ on Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, the National ...

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Site near Ghodi Village where work has been suspended for two months

Why land acquisition has become a tricky issue

|Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Despite repeated pleas from officials of Greater Noida Authority(GNA), Mahesh Pandit has not vacated a piece of land in Sector XU-2 he was compensated for about a decade ago. Resident of Ghodi Village, Pandit continues to squat on the land, which was to be converted into a park for the residential sector. He wants the authority ...

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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 in their hands. Five-year-old Ajay Das hurriedly slips into a narrow hole and starts his day. His tiny hands ...

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Demystifying Delhi’s Water Crisis

|By Simran Brar & Roop Brar| If you are a Delhi-ite, your life has already been touched by the water scarcity in the city. Chances are, you have already fought with your water-hoarding neigbour upstream whose monstrous motor is sucking up all the water meant for your block. You have sworn under your breath at 6 am on being rudely awakened by the ...

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Tea gardens of Dooars transforming into gardens of death

|By Sanjay Pandey| The picturesque tea gardens carpeting West Bengal’s Dooars region are gradually turning into graveyards as starvation death continues to stalk plantation workers. “There is no starvation death in tea gardens of Bengal,” said state Health Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, emphasizing that the deaths were caused by prolonged malnutrition.

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I will repay this debt by building a nation of your dreams - Modi at Madison

Will Modi’s promise retrieve Indian talent?

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: On Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked around 1.8 million Indian expats in Madison Square Garden, New York, to draw inspiration from ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ Mahatma Gandhi and return to India to pay their debt to motherland, he was not just talking in air. Modi was rather giving expression to an issue which has greatly ...

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Garhwali Riflemen on the march in France during World War 1 | Photo Courtesy : British Library

The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – One hundred years after the start of World War I, the world has been commemorating that seminal event. Described as “a war to end all wars,” the Great War, as it was called at the time, failed to live up to its billing. Those who fought and died in it would not have expected its ...

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Outside Pashupatinath

Why Indo-Nepal friendship is a win-win for both

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Walking through the long winding corridor of ziggurat-like red-brick Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu makes you feel like you have come to a school or a bus stop built unpretentiously. The sole international airport of Nepal having an international and a domestic terminus is quite non-descript and apparently a bad advertisement for the country. The ...

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaking in the Rajya Sabha | PTI

Saffron shift in India’s Foreign policy on Israel-Gaza conflict

|By Narendra Kaushik| The distance between New Delhi and the Gaza Strip is over 4110 kms. During blockade, the kind imposed by Israel till last week (no flights in operation), it may take you over three days to get in or out of the place. Yet the Nashik-size inferno in Palestine which was in the grip of a fierce battle ...

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