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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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The wonderful world of Cartoons

Cartoons have always been a source of wonder & introspection for me. Cartoons have a wider role than being just a source of comic relief. There are instances where they have become forums for people to express their thoughts. I for one have always enjoyed the cartoons of RK Laxman. His satire on Indian polity and society never fails to amaze me, in particular the Common Man. For over a century and a half, this cartoon has captured

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Bunty & Babli, the story of Bihar

“Aisa koi saga nahi, jisko humne thaga nahi”. The Bunty & Babli mandate of Bihar politics is over. Like the movie, Bunty (Read: Laloo) conned Babli (Nitish) in creating a new alliance. It was dubbed as Mahagathbandhan against communal politics. What Bunty did not decipher is, this is 2017 and the government is hard selling women empowerment. So Babli did a double con and left Bunty out in the cold. “Sahi aur galat mein chun

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A Slice of China in India

Though Capitalism continues to dominate the Indian economy, the country has had its tryst with Socialism in the past and continues to experience the same in certain pockets despite a thinning percentage. My motive behind penning the above paragraph is to focus on the fragment of Chinese Culture that is still trying to preserve its identity in a country. India shares an elongated history with her neighbour China. Both the countries have close cultural and

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