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Disasters don’t come knocking!

Disasters don’t wait to happen. They happen when one least expects them. Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction. In the past couple of months, the world has seen a series of catastrophes. From earthquakes and hurricanes ravaging the North American and Mexican coasts to coastal rains lashing Eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal, loss of human and animal life has been tremendous and unforgiving. Due to increasing global warming and melting of polar ice caps,

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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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Is Capital Punishment Justified? A Holistic Perspective

In recent times we witnessed capital punishment being awarded to two terrorists – Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. This has given rise to a lot of debates regarding the plausibility and humaneness of the verdict. Is offering the noose the best way to teach someone a lesson? How can lesson be learnt after death? This makes capital punishment more of a way of teaching the society a lesson rather than the criminal himself. Isn’t it a

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Letter to a Jihadi

Dear Mr Jihadi, I’m writing this letter on behalf of my few friends around me. Here I want to acknowledge that you and your men have made the world learn how to push the limit of inhumanity to the next level each time you execute a mass killing project. Sometimes I wonder, what kind of thought process a man needs to conceive this level of reasonless cruelty and hatred.  But then, out of curiosity I

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Why Sex Has Become The Only Strong Attraction

Santosh Desai, who writes the column City City Bang Bang for the Times of India, is one of the very few of what I would call the Thinking Man’s Journalist. When most other news articles across various media are filled with details and opinions, his are the rare exceptions, filled with an honest and unbiased analysis of the issue at hand. In  TOI, he wrote about the whole furore over Dr Harsh Vardhan’s comment on

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तो नरेन्द्र मोदी के प्रशंसकों ने इस तरह मनाया उनका जन्मदिन

ये नजारा है अहमदाबाद के बापूनगर में श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी का जन्मदिन मनाए जानेवाले स्थल का जहां आयोजकों से गुस्साए उनके प्रशंसकों ने ये सब किया. यहां कुर्सियां तोड़ी गईं, जमकर पत्थरबाजी हुई और कुछ महिलाएं घायल भी हुई. कार्यक्रम का आयोजन मददगार परिवार नाम की एनजीओ ने किया था. ये एनजीओ बीजेपी युवा मोर्चा के वाइस प्रेसीडेंट प्रकाश गूजर चलाते हैं. मामला यूं हुआ कि इस एनजीओ ने तय किया था कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र

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आप अपने देवी-देवताओं, आराध्य को आखिर क्यों नहीं देखना चाहते?

दिल्ली के गांधी शांति प्रतिष्ठान के सभागार में जब पहुंचा तो घुप्प अंधेरे में भी अंदाजा लग गया कि बैठने की कहीं कोई सीट नहीं बची है. पीछे दीवार से टिकने की कोशिश की तो वहां लोग पहले से ही एक पर एक लदकर-झुककर खड़े थे. दिल्ली की इस भारी उमस भरी गर्मी में भी यहां लोग पंखें के बूते करीब ढाई घंटे तक जमे रहे. नकुल(Nakul Singh Sawhney) की बनाई डॉक्यूमेंट्री फिल्म “मुजफ्फरनगर अभी

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How far is the arrest of AAP MLA Commando Surinder Singh justified?

In order to understand the gravity of the situation, we need to first know who Surinder Singh is. He is not just another MLA, he is Commando Surinder Singh. Surinder Singh joined Indian Army in the infantory regiment and has fought not only the Kargil War, but also has been a part of the Operation Parakram, Operation Sadbhavna and Operation Black Thunder and was part of the UN mission in Congo (Operation North Night). He

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क्या राष्ट्रभक्ति आप शिफ्ट वाइज निभा सकेंगे?

राष्ट्रीय शोक जब उत्सवधर्मिता की हद तक चला जाए तो ये बहुत संभव है कि थोड़े वक्त के लिए वो शख्स जो हमारे बीच से चला गया, लौट आए. तस्वीरें वैसे भी कभी मरती नहीं तो उन्हें जुटा-जुटाकर उनके होने का एहसास कराया जाए लेकिन ये सब करते हुए हम जिंदा लोगों के बीच भी तो काफी कुछ मर रहा होता है. ऐसे में ये भी संभव है कि हम-आप मीडिया और राज्य की मशीनरी

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