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Two women and the ‘National Flag’

As the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign inspired and launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gathers an impressive fluttering speed across the country, it is natural for the mind to draw a historic link to this unique tribute being offered to the indomitable spirit of free India. The attempts to draw …

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Forerunner of self-reliance

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a historic trip to Deoghar last week, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the iconic Baidyanath Dham and inaugurated a slew of mega development projects of more than Rs 1,6000 crore, which would not only enhance the ease of living of a …

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Unmasking Teesta Setalvad: How She Created Self-Serving NGO Industry with Dubious Modi Operandi

The distinction of cartelising NGOs, civil society and human rights activism in India must go to Teesta Setalvad and to her cohort and fake forums such as Communalism Combat, Sabrang and the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). These organs were founded and funded with the sole intention of halting …

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Cave of Tapasya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France comes at an interesting and symbolic time of confluence in India’s history. While India and France are celebrating 75 years of their diplomatic relations, India is celebrating the 75th year of her independence and is also commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of one …

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Dissolution of entitled narrative

Early in January 1905″, wrote historian AC Bose, in his opus ‘Indian Revolutionaries Abroad’, “a journal with a rather unfamiliar name, ‘The Indian Sociologist’ made its first appearance in London. Few Londoners would have taken any notice of it, but to its editor and publisher Shyamji Krishnavarma and his associates …

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Inexorable serving spirit

In his moving reminiscences of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, popular Bengali writer, late Chittaranjan Maity, brought to light an interesting episode during the first general elections. A respected headmaster, who was a popular Gandhian and lived a frugal life, was zeroed in as a candidate for the Jana Sangh. Syama …

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When a photograph is enough to suggest the deepening and strengthening of Indian democracy

On the day Yogi Adityanath took oath along with his Cabinet colleagues, a particular photograph went viral on social media. The photograph which caught the imagination of India showed, in profile, five BJP leaders in a row on the stage attending the oath-taking ceremony. They were Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah, …

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Complicit in genocide

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s diabolic laughter and his satanic stance against the depiction of ‘The Kashmir Files’ speaks for and represents those cartels and conglomerates who have been at the forefront of denying the genocide of Kashmiri Pandits for the last three odd decades. Kejriwal and those he speaks …

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Rampurhat massacre: West Bengal’s long, violent night without end

Ten children and two women — by conservative estimates — were bombed and burnt alive in retributive political violence in West Bengal’s Rampurhat, situated in the district of Birbhum. The dead belonged to a family whose men were local leaders of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the attackers too belonged …

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Films like Kashmir Files need to be promoted to shine light on our dark past

After independence, over the last seven decades a number of narratives have faced with suppression or annihilation from our collective memory. The story of how the Kashmiri Pandits were driven away through a genocidal movement and turned into refugees in their own country was continuously sought to be downplayed by …

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A tale of two parties: How BJP’s win saw peace and amity, but Mamata’s victory led to violence and anarchy

It is about 96 hours that the Assembly election results were declared, giving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a decisive mandate in four states and yet not a single incident of political violence, harassment of political opponent, political killing and retribution has been reported from any of these election-going states. …

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‘Amrit kaal’ consciousness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the mantra of ‘Amrit Kaal’, a quarter century period in which India must strive to assume the status of a global power, recognised for her ability to do things differently. Amrit Kaal stretches from the 75th year of India’s independence to the centenary of …