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Touching the sky with glory

cheap flights lyrics The Indian Air Force (IAF) completed 85 years yesterday. Created on October 8, 1932 as an auxiliary part of the erstwhile British Empire’s Royal Air Force, the IAF played a crucial role in the upcoming 2nd World War. Its’ first ever, No: 1 squadron was composed of all males from diverse backgrounds and religious identities. Two of India’s most well-known pilots and Chiefs of Air Staff Subroto Mukherjee and Arjan Singh were both inductees in

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How can we protect journalists from harm?

Protecting the rights of journalists is one of the central premises for ensuring that the media functions efficiently and effectively as the ‘4th Arm’ of the state. Sadly, in India’s case, this hasn’t been the norm. In a recent survey undertaken by ‘Reporters without Borders’, it was reported that India ranked 136 out of 180 countries in the ‘Press Freedom Index’. The murder of fearlessly outspoken journalists in India has become a norm. In recent

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‘लव-जिहाद’ पर एक सोच

आये दिन ‘लव जिहाद’ के ऊपर काफी चर्चा हो रही है। आखिरकार यह ‘लव जिहाद’ है क्या? हाल ही देश के उच्चतम न्यालय ने ‘लव जिहाद’ के एक केस की तहकीकात करने के लिए ‘राष्ट्रीय जांच एजेंसी’ (NIA) को नियुक्त किया है। क्या यह समस्या इतनी संगीन है की इसके पीछे NIA को नियुक्त किया जाना चाहिए? जहां कुरान मे जिहाद का मतलब ‘धरम युद्ध’ है, वहीँ कुछ सूफी सिलसिले के गुरु मानते हैं की

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एक अध्बुध कलाकार, एक अध्बुध जीवन

कुछ दिन पहले ही मैं एक दुखद खबर से वाकिफ हुआ- अभिनेता टॉम आल्टर नहीं रहे। कुछ क्षण के लिए मानो समय रुक गया हो। मुझे ‘द ब्लू आइड साहेब’ से मिलने का मौका तो नसीब नहीं हुआ लेकिन उनके कुछ ज़बरदस्त कार्यक्रम देखने का मौका ज़रूर मिला। दूरदर्शन पर प्रसारित कई कार्यक्रमों से टॉम साहेब जुड़े रहे। 1997 मे ‘शक्तिमान’ धारावाहिक के  ‘महागुरु’ के किरदार से बच्चा-बच्चा वाकिफ है। टॉम साहेब का यह किरदार

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Can India once again become the education hub of the world?

In ancient times, India boasted of having one of, if not the best university of the world Nalanda. In 1200 CE, along with Takshila and Vikramshila, India occupied the pinnacle of learning in the ancient world. Students from as far as Persia and Turkey in the Middle East and Japan and Korea in Central Asia were its students. It housed close to 10,000 students and about 2,000 teachers. Its staff included the likes of Aryabhatta,

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Understanding the implications of 5G technology in India

Being one of the fastest developing economies in the world is an honor that India has consistently strived for. Ensuring that people have quick, affordable, access to internet facilities is one of the central tenets of a modern nation. India has taken giant strides in that direction. In a recent report released by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, it was said, Urban India with an estimated population of 444 million

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Failing the Rohingyas is tantamount to failing humanity

The Rohingya people are the most persecuted lot in the world as per Amnesty International. Residing once upon a time in Rakhine State of Myanmar, they’re also known as Arakan and are a Muslim minority group considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion. Having been denied any kind of recognition by their home country thanks to the 1982 Citizenship Law that grossly denies them political, social, cultural and economic opportunities, the Rohingya amidst

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कट्टरपंथी सोच भारत के लिए खतरनाक है

हाल ही मे बनारस हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय (BHU) मे छात्रायों के शान्ति धरने पर पुलिस की एक ही प्रतिक्रिया थी- लाठीचार्ज। जब छात्राएं अपने एक सहेली के ऊपर यौन उत्पीड़ण, बिगड़ती सुरक्षा प्रणाली, शरारती तत्व, गुंडागर्दी और लिंग भेदभाव से जुड़े कई एहम मुद्दों पर विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति से बातचीत करने की अपेक्षा की तो उन पर लाठियों की बौछार हुई। दुःख की बात है की शिक्षा और आध्यात्मिकता के इस मंदिर मे इस तरह की

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A critical overview of the Indian Shinkansen

The Shinkansen is one of the most reputed and reliable train systems in the world. Shinkansen is Japanese for ‘New Trunk Line’ & English for ‘Bullet Train’. It has established a record for being punctual, clean and insanely efficient leading to it arguably becoming Japan’s lifeline much like how the Delhi metro and Mumbai local are lifelines for their respective cities. Recently, India and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a

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Censorship is a double edged sword

Censorship is a term that’s become quite common in India. More than tying it up to a sort of entrenched political environment, it’s crucial to understand the limits of censorship, where it intervenes and what sort of denial of information is right keeping in mind ‘sanctity of the collective conscience’ of a group or nation as a whole. Censorship, going by one narrative, is the practice of withholding certain information from the general public so

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