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Khelega India, Jeetega India

Football is the second most loved sport in India after cricket. A rich game like football has an equally rich history. It was quite shocking to know that the game, that was and is still a favorite pastime of mine, wasn’t discovered by Indians but brought to India by British soldiers in the mid-19th century. It was introduced properly as a modern day sport in the country by Nagendra Prasad Sarbhadhikari (NPS), a passionate Indian

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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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Why I will never be able to fathom #BhagatSingh?

Today all the wings, the #RightWing, the #LeftWing will try to claim #BhagatSingh. They need to be told that he belonged to no wing. He was an atheist, he was a communist (the righteous one and not the kind that move around in our times), and he was someone who sacrificed his life smiling, not like the babas who claim impotence at the sight of jail or who get in a salwar at the sight

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Why Newton, India’s Oscar Nomination Film Isn’t A Copy Of Secret Ballot?

Newton, a rare film that shined in Bollywood for its sheer honesty and portrayal of an honest polling officer, committed to his duties and values. Earlier in the year, the film won numerous awards at British International Film Festival (BAFTA) and was highly anticipated. It opened up to great reviews, and especially Rajkumar Rao was praised for its brilliant acting. But… The game changed when it was announced that Newton would be the official entry

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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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India’s North West: A Picture Starting to Emerge

Afghan Taliban’s intransigence on the peace process coupled with its attack on civilians in Kabul has forced the four powers initially driving the peace process to increase the pressure on the group. President Ghani’s announcement to initiate a 5-year war strategy[1] against the Taliban, American drone strike on the head of the Taliban[2] travelling through Baluchistan and Pakistan policy of stepping up operations[3] on the terrorist groups have put the group on the defensive. The Americans have been

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Independence – our lost PRIDE?

“You have to fight for freedom and once that freedom is achieved you have to fight to be free within that freedom” ~ Michael Sage My heart swells with pride the moment the national anthem is sang or heard; be it at the podium of the Olympics games, a sporting event, in educational institutions or in a foreign land. That feeling is held captive within, which none can steal. The anthem is a beautiful mix

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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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Barbarism is Not a Tactical or Strategic Escalation Ladder

“To know only one thing well is to have a barbaric mind: civilization implies the graceful relation of all varieties of experience to a central human system of thought.” ― Robert Graves It is time to deal with the issue of mutilations separately from the overall gambit of military conflict. The Army carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control, as “heavy retribution” for the

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