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Is Nepal going the Tibet way?

Is Nepal going the Tibet way?

Signs are ominous. Nepal is certainly going the Tibet way, but with a fundamental difference. Tibet was militarily annexed in 1950 and close to one million Tibetans have been killed by the Chinese to suppress their demand for freedom. In the case of Nepal, self-serving politicians are handing over t...

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The need to put Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra on hold

The need to put Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra on hold

It is said that only the blessed souls get an opportunity to undertake the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage. Taking a dip in the holy lake and offering prayers to Lord Shiva in his abode of Mount Kailash is a sublime experience. The feeling of ‘union with the maker’ overwhelms all.Pilgrimage (called ya...

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Post Pulwama attack, India should not play cricket with Pakistan

Post Pulwama attack, India should not play cricket with Pakistan

During our recent visit to Abu Dhabi, while awaiting our turn to enter the Grand Mosque, we got talking to a group of Pakistani youth. After the exchange of pleasantries, the conversation veered off to cricketing relations. It was like touching a raw nerve. Without mincing words, all of them blamed ...

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Is the media playing fair over Rafale deal?

Is the media playing fair over Rafale deal?

For the evolution of healthy democratic practices, it is essential that the opposition keeps the government on its toes through unrelenting questioning of the policies and performance. However, such criticism should be objective and based on truth. False accusations invariably backfire and show the ...

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If judiciary wants to govern the country, let it seek the people's mandate

If judiciary wants to govern the country, let it seek the people's mandate

As in all democracies, the ultimate power is vested in us, the people of India. We govern ourselves through our duly elected representatives. We elect the government and assign it the responsibility of ruling the country, ensuring internal harmony, public welfare and national security. For governanc...

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Pokhran II: The challenge of sinking shafts

Pokhran II: The challenge of sinking shafts

Hoisting Bucket with Winder Assembly in the Background(Photo courtesy Nikita Dhingra)A first-hand account of 113 Engineer Regiment’s indomitable spirit, determination and ingenuity in digging two 600 feet deep shafts in 1981-82 which made Pokhran II possible in 1998 Pokhran II took place in May 1998...

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Rafale and the Reliance Conundrum

Rafale and the Reliance Conundrum

The debate on the recent no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha will long be remembered for two notables. One, reprehensible hug-and-wink antics of an immature leader. Two, serious allegations were levelled against the government as regards the probity of the Rafale deal. The first aspect concerns th...

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Modi's weakness: Selecting the right person for the right job?

Modi's weakness: Selecting the right person for the right job?

In my view, Modi has been the best prime minister of India. His relentless efforts to improve the lot of the countrymen through economic measures, social reforms, health coverage, housing for the poor and infra-structural development deserve praise. His has been, by far, the most corruption-free gov...

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Is an Independent India Doomed to be a Divided India?

Is an Independent India Doomed to be a Divided India?

India is flooded with political leaders who are ready to tear the country apart to retain their relevance. To remain in the news, they revel in resorting to grossly anti-national acts. Siddaramaiah adopts a separate flag for Karnataka and tries to drive a wedge between the North and the South by cla...

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Supreme Court declines to unshackle the security forces

Supreme Court declines to unshackle the security forces

Last week was very painful. Death of 25 CRPF personnel in a Maoist ambush at Sukma was soon followed by the martyrdom of three soldiers in a terrorist attack at Pulwama. Heart-rending TV clips of wailing widows and orphaned children were highly disconcerting. Far too many lives are being lost. Conti...

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