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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...

  • 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 ...

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    Kashmir’s challenge: comprehending peace amid chaos and conflict

    By Adfar Shah An uncertain Kashmir is again moving towards instability. This time for the killing of yet another innocent youth Farhat Ahmad Dar. Farhat(18), a young boy from north Kashmir was killed when police fired on the protestors in the Bandipo...

  • 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 an...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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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    Kashmir’s battle with drug addiction – A growing menace

    By Adfar Shah and Mir Aijaz Post-turmoil drug addiction in Kashmir is a new threat for the youth in the Valley. Lack of focused post conflict healthcare services and increased proliferation of drugs in turbulent times has only exacerbated the problem...

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    Doongar Singh – A Pakistani Brigadier Looks Back to an Indian JCO

    |By Brigadier Mehboob Qadir (R)| It was mid 1972. We had just arrived in Ranchi from Agra, badly shaken and bruised, after a fateful train journey, during which we lost a fellow officer, killed by an armed escort needlessly, and another missing. We w...

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In pursuit of an Indian passport – the woes of a common man

|By Sanjay Pandey| Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants who take advantage of porous international borders to cross over and settle down in the bordering districts of West Bengal and Bihar, have now started penetrating deeper into the Indian territory. Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district, which shares borders with West Bengal’s Malda, has become a case study into the systematic influx of illegal immigrants. Like ...

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Child soldiers | Photo: Representative, Abhijit Sathe, Crime reporter's guide

Maoists issue diktat to tribal schools to list child recruits

|By Sanjay Pandey| As soon as the five-day campaign against Maoists demanding child recruits came to an end in Gumla, the Ultra-lefts stepped up their activities in primitive tribes’ residential schools with near-impunity as if they were waiting for the police formalities to get over in the Naxal-affected district. The rebels have threatened the teachers and the kids alike with ...

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Sikhs on the move | Photo: Joel Friesen under creative commons

Punjabi Diaspora: Illegal immigration and “phoren” dreams

|By Tridivesh Singh Maini| The issue of Punjabi youth being duped by travel agents has once again come to the forefront. The maximum number(224) are from the Hoshiarpur district.  Out of the 40 youth kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul most of them are Punjabis. Punjabis have had a penchant for migrating to different parts of the world for long, in ...

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Return of the natives – The Kashmiri Pandits

|By Adfar Shah| The Modi led NDA seems committed towards ensuring the return of Kashmiri Pandits and the whole Kashmiri Muslim society seems equally happy with the idea.The home ministry is all set to approve an enhanced package of Rs. 20 lakh per family for re-construction of their houses in the Valley. But, the question is about the very design and methodology of ...

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Modi plucks pearls from Beijing’s string

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: With its obsessive focus on meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the media in New Delhi missed the wood for the trees. It dissected every nuance of the 40-minute long dialogue between the two nuclear neighbours and in the process ignored the real intent of Modi’s ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking ...

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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, it is one of the around half a dozen villages inhabited by Bangla-speaking Muslims which were flattened during the 2012 clashes between Bodo ...

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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 due to end on May 12 with results expected on May 16. It is highly likely that ...

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The 2014 General Elections and Prospects for India’s Foreign Policy

By Jivanta Schottli India’s general elections, to be held from 7th April to 12th of May 2014, rest upon some critical features that will have a bearing on the country’s foreign policy. Foreign policy per se is not usually a theme in Indian elections and neither of the two main national parties has unveiled it in any election manifesto yet. Therefore the implications ...

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Kashmir’s battle with drug addiction – A growing menace

By Adfar Shah and Mir Aijaz Post-turmoil drug addiction in Kashmir is a new threat for the youth in the Valley. Lack of focused post conflict healthcare services and increased proliferation of drugs in turbulent times has only exacerbated the problem of drug addiction in Kashmir which has seeing a drastic rise in the number of people falling prey to ...

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Kashmir’s challenge: comprehending peace amid chaos and conflict

By Adfar Shah An uncertain Kashmir is again moving towards instability. This time for the killing of yet another innocent youth Farhat Ahmad Dar. Farhat(18), a young boy from north Kashmir was killed when police fired on the protestors in the Bandipora district, triggering further curfews and protests.  A protesting KashmirPhoto: mfr_isb@yahoo.com The killing of Farhat might go down the ...

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