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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% repor...

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    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...

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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 fa...

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    The philosophy of the Soldier Mountaineer Colonel Narinder Kumar ‘Bull’!

    [By Col NN Bhatia | A Preface] The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of the man. – Anonymous The Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess in Ranikhet provides the most grandeur view of the eternally majestic sno...

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    Lord Of The BP 638

    |By Col. NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 is synonymous with liberation of Bangladesh that commenced with Pakistan launching of Operation Chengiz Khan on 3 December 1971 through pre-emptive strikes on 11 Indian airbases. The war effec...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...


    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)S...

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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 ...


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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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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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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