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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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Together for Peace, On International Peace Day 2017

International Peace Day, also popularly known as World Peace Day is an annual festival observed by 193 member nations of UN. The day is focused on commemorating and strengthening peace within the nation and amongst people. This year it was observed on21st September with the theme “Together global campaign”, which aims to achieve respect, safety, and dignity for all.” The celebrations had started 100 days prior to the peace day with the launch of’The PeaceCrane

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Right to Privacy is needed but it’s not absolute

Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) passed the ‘Right to Privacy’ (RTP) by making it a part of fundamental rights in the Indian constitution. Chief Justice J.S. Khehar along with 8 other members of the Supreme Court announced the landmark judgment by assessing that ‘Right to Privacy is inalienable to the dignity and integrity of the individual and is protected under Article 21 that envisages protection of life and personal liberty.’ Of course, the SC also

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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive

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Pakistani Strategic Culture: False Invincibility or Persistent Revisionism?

The issue of revisionism is a strange and important one in International relations discourse. Revisionist states, simply put, are the ones wanting to revise the status quo. Tacit or explicit consent to the status quo leads to long term detrimental effects to their interests in their national security calculation and perception. The most persuasive of the justifications of revisionism is encapsulated in the following dictum: In a race as in the case of the International

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Indian Foreign Policy Debate: A Neo-realism and Classical Realism Nuance

‘Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.’    – Pt. Nehru speech to US Congress and Senate, October 1949 The fact that India needs stronger relations with United States to deal with the constellation of power around her is not a bone of contention between classical realists and neo-realists. The question is to add a variable which gives an important nuance to

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Wearing a uniform can mean many things

Every institution that wants to leave a rich tradition, a rich legacy of its decorum and order and wants to create an ‘Element’ of considerable influence in a majority of cases emphasises on wearing a Uniform. The word itself as one can see puts focus on creating a sense of uniformity but with a difference in interesting ways. Although the general norm is to enforce uniforms in schools, many colleges also place emphasis on a

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Micro-Aggression Theory, Victimhood Culture and Article 370 as a Counter Radicalization Tool

For argument’s sake if we keep the violent insurgency problem in Kashmir aside for the reading time of this article, Kashmiri politics is primarily characterized by politics of identity and culture. While there are deep problems with defining culture and cultural analysis, sociologists and cultural theorists still attempt to theorize about cultural politics. One such theory is the micro-aggressions theory. Micro aggression[1] is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M.Pierce in 1970

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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries

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Singapore – Vegetarian Paradise of South East Asia!

As a traveler, I explored quite a lot of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Colombo and Macau and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the local culture there. But I have predominantly seen that Non-vegetarian cuisine is the norm here and vegetarians face a lot of trouble in getting decent food apart from maybe few salads. Of course there are few Indian restaurants but they are few and far in between and quite expensive too.

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