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#metoo (dedicated to the spoken & the unspoken)

She screamed metoo and a thousand metoo echoed back, Knowing less her voice would shake up the rack. What did she do wrong, what did she lack Her metoo this time has created a crack!  She looked around and the metoo only grew,  She looked closer and it was someone she knew.  For once her sky was the brightest blue Even the Gods seem to acknowledge her metoo!  She can’t tell if this metoo will

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International Day of the Girl Child!

Today is International day of the girl child. It’s a day to take a step back and understand the status of gender equality in society. Even after 70 years after independence, India still doesn’t boast of having a high sex ratio. While the Southern state of Kerala registers a satisfactory 1047 females for every 1000 males but  National Capital of Delhi registers a meager 847 females per 1000 males as per the latest National Family

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‘लव-जिहाद’ पर एक सोच

आये दिन ‘लव जिहाद’ के ऊपर काफी चर्चा हो रही है। आखिरकार यह ‘लव जिहाद’ है क्या? हाल ही देश के उच्चतम न्यालय ने ‘लव जिहाद’ के एक केस की तहकीकात करने के लिए ‘राष्ट्रीय जांच एजेंसी’ (NIA) को नियुक्त किया है। क्या यह समस्या इतनी संगीन है की इसके पीछे NIA को नियुक्त किया जाना चाहिए? जहां कुरान मे जिहाद का मतलब ‘धरम युद्ध’ है, वहीँ कुछ सूफी सिलसिले के गुरु मानते हैं की

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Failing the Rohingyas is tantamount to failing humanity

The Rohingya people are the most persecuted lot in the world as per Amnesty International. Residing once upon a time in Rakhine State of Myanmar, they’re also known as Arakan and are a Muslim minority group considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion. Having been denied any kind of recognition by their home country thanks to the 1982 Citizenship Law that grossly denies them political, social, cultural and economic opportunities, the Rohingya amidst

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कट्टरपंथी सोच भारत के लिए खतरनाक है

हाल ही मे बनारस हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय (BHU) मे छात्रायों के शान्ति धरने पर पुलिस की एक ही प्रतिक्रिया थी- लाठीचार्ज। जब छात्राएं अपने एक सहेली के ऊपर यौन उत्पीड़ण, बिगड़ती सुरक्षा प्रणाली, शरारती तत्व, गुंडागर्दी और लिंग भेदभाव से जुड़े कई एहम मुद्दों पर विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति से बातचीत करने की अपेक्षा की तो उन पर लाठियों की बौछार हुई। दुःख की बात है की शिक्षा और आध्यात्मिकता के इस मंदिर मे इस तरह की

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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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Time for the Defence Minister to gear up

It’s a historic moment for India indeed. After a period of 35 years, she witnessed another woman becoming the defence minister of India. There has been universal praise from all sections of politics, media and civil society. With Nirmala Sitharaman becoming Union Defense minister and Sushma Swaraj handling External Affairs, it’s a rare sight to see two crucial portfolios of government being handled being handled by intellectually and experientially strong and capable women. Apart from

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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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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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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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