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Let’s be humans before being religious!

Babri Masjid demolition (BMD) in Ayodhya is one of the darkest moments in Indian history. Though the event took place 25 years ago on 6 Dec.1992, the vengeance and damage done during that period persists till today and has affected Indian society and polity deeply; 1. Hindu nationalists or karsevaks, by destroying the mosque on the pretext that an actual ‘Ram Mandir’ used to exist on the masjid’s spot, set in motion a chain of

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Understanding Hinduism Vs Hindutva

In recent times, the idea of Hindutva being tagged as ‘Hinduistic’ in behavior has surfaced. However, both are completely different concepts and cannot be put on the same pedestal. It’s crucial to understand the difference between the two. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. As noted leader and thinker, Shashi Tharoor says, “Hinduism is ‘Anant’. It has neither a beginning nor an end.” Swami Vivekanand’s speech at the ‘World Parliament of Religions’

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Is Delhi ready for BS-VI fuel?

For the past two winters, Delhi has witnessed high smog levels owing to vehicular pollution & crop-burning. To ensure that pollution is kept under control, the Delhi government decided to introduce BS-VI grade petrol & diesel in the capital two years ahead of schedule in April 2018. But the move by the government, though praiseworthy and much needed, presents crucial issues that need remedy; 1. Delhi has a vehicular population in excess of 1 Crore.

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Indira Gandhi the environmentalist!

When we talk about India’s only female Prime Minister till date, what comes to our mind? Emergency, ‘Garibi Hatao Andolan‘, 1971 Bangladesh War, Operation Bluestar etc. But it is surprising to note that Indira Gandhi was also a lover of nature. She was a lover of mountains, of tranquil seas and of beautiful birds that roamed India in all their grace & magnanimity. Indian National Congress (INC) member Jairam Ramesh in his book ‘Indira Gandhi: A life

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आर्थ्राइटिस लाइलाज नहीं है!

आज ‘विश्व आर्थ्राइटिस दिवस’ है। आर्थ्राइटिस आम भाषा मे ‘जोड़ों का दर्द’ होता है। यह ग्रीक शब्द से लिया गया है। ग्रीक मे आथ्रो का मतलब है ‘जोड़ा’ और आईटिस का मतलब है ‘सूजन’। इंसान के शरीर मे जोड़ों की एहम भूमिका होती है। विभिन्न तरह के चलन और काम-काज इंसान जोड़ों की मदद से ही कर पाता है। एक तरह से हम यह भी कह सकते हैं की जोड़े हमे कोई भी काम करने

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Touching the sky with glory

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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Going for a Green Puja helps humanity in the long run

Every year as Durga Puja celebrations take place across the country, a festive mood permeates the atmosphere. There is fun and frolic everywhere with Didis and Dadas, Didimas & Dadus, Maashis & Meshos heading out in their best to seek the blessings of Durga who is splendidly created in a variety of avatars. Though the emotional, cultural, social and ritual outpouring is simply amazing, it gets a bad blotch when the idols of Durga and

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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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Blood donation is a form of salvation

I am an avid blood donor. In my college too I had donated blood and got yummy refreshments in return. But the best part was that my contribution was literally saving someone’s life. To ensure I get updates regarding blood donation, I signed up to receive notifications from BloodConnect, a wonderful organization working towards addressing blood shortage in India. Today I again got an opportunity to donate to a blood cancer patient. A BloodConnect official

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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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