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    BREXIT - or Not? Masters of Manipulating Public Opinion

    It's all fearmongering, manipulation of public opinion, the stock market will crash, UK's GDP will contract by between 2% and 4% - depending whom you ask, and who pretends having had all the details to calculate such nonsensical numbers; that unemployment will soar, especially as UK citizens will be expulsed from their EU host countries and come home to look for work - and so on....

    • 12 hrs ago
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    India was a miracle democracy. But it's time to downgrade its credentials

    Were I a biographer of the Buddha or a historian of the Mughals, there would be little overlap between my politics and my profession. However, as a historian of modern India, I find there is a continual and often agonizing tension between how I think as a scholar and how I feel as a citizen. The past few days - following the government's decision to scrap the special...

    • 2 days ago
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    Invest in your children..!

    Today's the day of the career dad and mom! Both work, both sometimes earn equal salaries, and both spend long hours away from home."Why do you work such long hours?" I ask."Bob, I want my kids to have a better life than I did," is the reply I get most often.Let me tell you the story of a young lad called, 'Johnny the weasel!'Johnny is fifteen years old, the second youngest in a family...

    • 2 days ago
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    India may use nuclear option first to pre-empt attack of Pakistan

    "Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji's firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of No First Use. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances," Rajnath Singh tweeted. In an apparent shift in its 'no first use of nuclear option' doctrine, Indian...

    • 3 days ago
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    Were Kashmiris in chains then or are they so now?

    Let it then be admitted that the reasons why of the 11 states in the Union which enjoy "special" provisions, only Jammu and Kashmir has come for correction lie elsewhere than in the claims being propagated. If integration was the issue why should all those mainstream politicians now be in jail, who have unfailingly upheld the Accession of the state to the Union even in the most dire of...

    • 4 days ago
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    A blunt reminder

    The government's peremptory actions of abrogating the special status under Article 370 and bi-furcating the state of J&K into two Union Territories, have received an enthusiastic, if conditional, welcome. This decisive step comes after 72 years of "strategic paralysis" vis-a-vis the J&K imbroglio. Apart from the legal wrangling that is likely to follow, the final verdict regarding the wisdom of this...

    • 4 days ago
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    Is the removal of special status for J&K justified?

    Article 370 marked a recognition of J&K's history and the circumstances surrounding its accessionOn August 5, the Centre decided to end the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under Article 370. In addition, J&K also lost its statehood and was re-organised into two Union Territories. How do these moves change India's relationship with J&K? More importantly,...

    • 5 days ago
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    Idea of India@Crossroads: Road ahead

    As India celebrates the 72nd anniversary of Indian independence and the first full majority government of BJP has entered into the second five years in power, many are debating today on whether India should reinvent its idea in economy and socio-politics in totality or merely rediscover itself or go for restructuring. The context now with abrogation of Article 370 on one hand, and looming economic recession...

    • 6 days ago
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    Good Looks!

    '..May the outer and inward man be one..' -SocratesYears ago as a teenager, I remember seeing Gregory Peck in Mc Kennas Gold and telling myself that wow, I would love to be that man. He was one of the handsomest men I had ever seen on or off screen. But the most beautiful part of Peck was his life was as lovely and wonderful as his image on screen. There was no difference between the inner and outer man. There shown through...

    • 6 days ago
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    An abrogation of democratic principles

    The recent abrogation of Article 370 ending the special status of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in the Indian Constitution along with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, bifurcating the State into two Union Territories (J&K and Ladakh), have delivered a knock-out blow to the long-drawn-out peace process in Kashmir.These moves also herald a paradigm shift in the fundamental premises and...

    • a week ago

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