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Manhole of Indignity

An American president once said that freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. But in the dark-suffocating manholes of indignity to which thousands of people are subjected to, in course of t

M-governance is about monitoring big time announcements

"Digital India" meet on July 1 turned out to an investment meet as the captains of the industry announced in 150 seconds allotted to each one of them how much investment they are going to make. It added to some Rs 26 lakh crore over next

Aspiring India: Trends and leadership

In the land of saints and sages, where words of wisdom flow from generation to generation, where a way of worship triggers piles of interpretation, there is a class of aspiring India which is determined to make brand India stronger than ever. They

Being a puppet of Indian education system

The first emotion of my parents, when they saw my ‘98% score in business studies’ in my 12th CBSE board exam result in 2012, was of overwhelming joy and pride. This lasted only for a moment, and faded as they anxiously scrolled down on

Absurd hope and real trauma given in the name justice

The absurdity is inherent in the arrest and the trial of Josef K, the protagonist of the Franz Kafka`s `The Trial` and is not something which is uncommon in the courtrooms of India. As a reporter for a national daily in Chandigarh, I came across s

Living in a world of parallels

“Bold is beautiful” Are Indians finally opening up their mindsets? Few days ago, the Indian advertising world took a step and launched the country’s first advertisement depicting a lesbian couple.

Yoga: From spiritualism to political capital

“The Muslim Board has decided to move the Supreme Court and launch a nationwide campaign against the order that wanted students to perform yoga and Surya Namaskar.” This was something I read last week as the government p

UP is safe for the French students, not for its people

About a fortnight ago, I spotted a friend nibbling muffins and cakes with two foreign women. They were engrossed in animated conversation at a coffee shop outside my office. The women were from France. He saw me exiting from my offi

Growing up with Maggi and making instant friends

Maggi isn’t just a snack. It is a lifesaver at home and life outside home. When I was young I preferred samosa, jalebi or dosa as an evening snack. But my grandmother would cajole me into having Maggi (homemade food) as having outside food i

Lalu opens his cards

Lalu Yadav never ceases to surprise his opponents, supporters, alliance partners and political analysts with his maverick political actions. When everyone took him for granted as a partner in Janata Parivar, his recent overture to include Jitan Ra

A beautiful mind and life, indeed

Fighting one’s fears requires mettle extraordinaire. Nash’s life was a perfect lesson in this regard. A mathematician, Nash won the Nobel prize for economics in 1994 and Abel prize in 2005. A certain measure of eccentricity is an under

Neeraj: A poet of his times and ours

This morning I pulled out the ‘Friday Review’ from the Hindu and I learnt the Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj is entering his 90s but still wears that optimistic smile that belies the rudeness of modern age. Looking at his photo, I was awes

Display Kejriwal’s picture and get your wish granted

If vehicle owners in Delhi display a picture of Arvind Kejriwal, then some demands of theirs could be accepted. Well, this is what we deduce from his address to the auto drivers and giving in to their demand for fare hike, without considering view

Aarushi murder case: A tragedy of ‘words’

Oscar Wilde once said on ingredients of a tragedy that “actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second”. In the Aarushi Talwar murder case, the killing of the 14-year-old was followed by ‘words’

Arvind Kejriwal: Case of a “Tragic Hero”

When Aristotle shared his views on concept of a ‘Tragic Hero’, there was confusion about the meaning of the word. He explained further that Tragic Hero is a highly renowned person and his act of omission generates a sense of pity. He i

Media is not AAP

Modern media is not Aam Aadmi Party. Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should learn this and understand the difference. For raising voices, Kejriwal managed to throw out his party leaders like Prashant Bhushan and Yogendr

“Being Dog” and “Being Human”

On Wednesday afternoon I was tempted to change a dialogue from Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’. It reads, “I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman.” I changed it to,

Has Salman Khan been made to pay for his celebrity status?

Everyone and their friends are arguing over how Salman Khan escaped with a lenient 5 years in jail for mowing down a person under his Toyota Landcruiser while drunk. And most argue for a full 10 years punishment for the actor under section 304 (ii

Religious bigotry-a trauma

While going through media reports we often come across reports of religious bigotry traumatising the common man of our country.  As a result we do not get peace of mind living in a world of paranoid fears. Religion that teaches one to live in

Swachh Bharat – The other Side

Superstars, celebrities, sportsmen, politician, as usual, are the people of moments whose photographs appear across the digital and print media. Their activities become a national movement and this time their focus is for a different reason &ndash

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