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  • Hindi: India’s new English

    |By Ian Woolford, La Trobe University| The Conversation| Narendra Modi just returned from his first foreign trip as India’s prime minister. The two-day Bhutan visit focused on mutual trade and development, but one of the biggest stories in India was ...

  • Public Safety Is Every Woman’s Human Right

    [By Rakhi Ghosh] Khurda – She is a hardworking government school teacher and an attentive mother and wife today but she has been through her fair share of hell. The incident that changed Seema’s (name changed) life forever happened over 17 years ago ...

  • Delhi Assembly Elections: Live Coverage

    #AAPSweep The sweep that was. #AAPSweep pic.twitter.com/qYmob5RTj8 — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 10, 2015 Kiran Bedi Loses in Krishnanagar #DelhiDecides — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) February 10, 2015 How The Graph Changed Within A Year!...

  • Why BJP is wary of Delhi Elections

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Dharam Dev Solanki, veteran BJP MLA from Palam Assembly Constituency, spends bulk of his day hours in redressing complaints of his constituents about drinking water even in late August. His constituency is parched dur...

  • Saudi abuse scandal rocks India

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Last week there was an uproar from the Indian human rights lobby in general and women’s groups in particular when news broke about the abuse of 2 Nepali women used as sex slaves by a Saudi diplomat stationed in New Delhi. ...

  • Exit polls , enter bookies

    |By Sanjay Pandey| If the exit poll projections are to be believed, the Modi wave – brewing since the announcement of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate last September and turning into a ‘tsunami’ of sorts for the rival parties in the run-up to ...

  • The Chennai Warning

    [By Shashi Tharoor] Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA – Even as world leaders were meeting in Paris to address climate change, the city of Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, reeled under the onslaught of the he...

  • A Hanging in India

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On July 30, Yakub Memon, a chartered accountant and the brother of a notorious gangster now living in self-imposed exile, was hanged for complicity in the planning and execution of serial bomb blasts that killed 257 pe...

  • BJP and its rhetoric manifest

    By Shreeshan Venkatesh The jargon-laden manifesto released by the BJP, in many ways, confounds rather than clarifies. A victory for BJP would just go to prove that the more strategic noise you make, the less there is a need for workable plans. The lo...

The good, bad and ugly on Indian Independence Day

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] It’s Indian Independence Day on Saturday 15 August. Although this raises many questions as to what Independence means to the poor and wretched of our country, I will desist from the usual gloom and doom. Everyone needs to celebrate. And there is always a good story to gladden the heart, if you look around. I ...

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A Hanging in India

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On July 30, Yakub Memon, a chartered accountant and the brother of a notorious gangster now living in self-imposed exile, was hanged for complicity in the planning and execution of serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. The hanging, India’s first in three years, has prompted reactions ranging from dismay ...

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About a simple, genius, Indian president

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi:  It was sometime in August 1998, around three months after Pokhran II, the series of five nuclear tests India conducted in the desert of Rajasthan.   Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (popularly known as APJ) Abdul Kalam, then Chief Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Director of Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO), had already ...

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I have three visions for India : Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Dr. Abdul Kalaam known for his love for the student community, delivered this speech at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, where he outlined his visions for India. In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards, the Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, ...

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How Rajesh Khanna grew on me after death : A reminiscence

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime during the last monsoon before the 21st century that I landed at the door of Rajesh Khanna. He had asked me to come at around 3.30 p.m. But since work on another story brought me to Sarvpriya Vihar (South Delhi) at 2 p.m, I thought it may be a good idea to pre-pone ...

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Bollywood dreams, brutal reality

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Most Indian newspapers have recently covered an unbelievably grotesque rape story about a 17-year-old girl who went on a date with a man she had met online, via Facebook. She must have gone to her assignation with Bollywood-like dreams of romance and love, like a million young girls before her. Like others before her, cruelly, her dreams ...

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Don’t Hesitate to help Road Accident Victims: Government stands by The Good Samaritan

Good Samaritans or people who help road accident victims by taking them to the hospital had everything going against them from legal wrangles to harassment.Thanks to the Supreme Court directive, the Government has finally notified guidelines to protect good samaritans from any civil & criminal liability among other things. The disclosure of the name has also been made voluntary. Imagine ...

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The Girl Store

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Please take a moment to view this website. ‘100% genuine girls.Young. Innocent. And available…’ reads the intro. No, dear readers I haven’t lost it completely. The first I saw of this ad was when two editors sent it to me separately, asking me if I’d like to blog about it. I was predictably disgusted ...

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One India, One Asia

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Come 2016 and you may be able to zip off in your personal car or public transport for Yangon and Bangkok. Another year or so and you will have roads leading to Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos. A few years more years down the line and trains and motorboats – containers and otherwise ...

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Architecture: how public space in India was refined by Charles Correa and Nek Chand Saini

[Iain Jackson,The Conversation] In a single week this June, the world of architecture lost two artists who celebrated modern India through buildings, landscape, sculpture and gardens. Charles Correa, India’s best known architect, died on June 16 in Mumbai. Nek Chand Saini, the creator of the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, died on June 12. A self-taught artist, he created art work ...

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