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    Eternal Vigil – POW Joe’s Story

    There is a Prisoner Of War (POW) story of my course mate Joe I would like to tell. He passed away in 2011 in Pune of brain haemorrhage. My story below is what I recollect of it from what he told me about it in 1973-74. Afterwards he never talked abou...

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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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    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 Nas...

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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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    Insuring nuclear suppliers using Indian tax payers’ money – how nationalist is diluting liability, Mr. PM?

    |By Kumar Sundaram|Dianuke| On the eve of India’s Republic Day, the Modi government has announced that it will arm-twist the public-owned General Insurance Company(GIC) to provide insurance cover for the nuclear suppliers. Though the exact details ar...

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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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    All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

    By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar I sat by the TV a couple of days ago, as news channels confirmed the demise of 26-yea...

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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)S...

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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...

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Pave way for a new, thinking Kashmir

By Adfar Shah                                                                              Photo: Brian Brake Kashmir has been full of inconvenient facts. Those that talk of oppressors who suppress(ed) the natives, ...

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All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar I sat by the TV a couple of days ago, as news channels confirmed the demise of 26-year-old Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and 25-year-old Lt. Manoranjan Kumar in the fire ...

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States within a State

State Correspondent | PointBlank 7                                                                                               Photo credit : Reuters Guwahati:  While people in ...

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Repealing AFSPA – Is that the need of the hour?

By Riti Sinha 55 years ago, in the face of rising political dissent in the North-east, India decided to add to its laws, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Armed Forces Special Powers Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 22nd May 1958. Later the Ordinance was replaced by the Armed Forces Special Powers Bill. It was applied ...

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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 Investigation|Riti Sinha| Chennai: At a certain clinic in Thiruvanmiyur, an upmarket area of Chennai, “termination” can be done even for ...

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