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Youth turns its back on BJP in recent polls
By Yashwardhan Joshi
Is the Bharatiya Janata Party losing space to rivals in parts of north India? In a recent spate of elections, the saffron brigade has suffered some rude shocks. The youth, which has been one of its biggest support base, is seen to be turning its interests to other parties. In Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, lost all its seats to the rivals in the elections held at the Mahatma Gandhi Vidyapith earlier this month. Independent as well as candidates of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS), the student arms of the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, respectively, won all the seats. Earlier, in the national capital, the ABVP conceded sp...
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Followers who will clap and cheer!
By Robert Clements
A few years ago while giving a talk on 'Public Speaking' I noticed somebody in the audience nodding his head vigorously in agreement with all I had to say. I was pleased and a little later in the day when calling people to come up and speak turned to this enthusiastic person and asked him to come over and speak. He shook his head. "Why not?" I asked. "Bob," he said with a smile, "I'm a good listener not a good speaker!" I was about to encourage him to come forward, when I suddenly realized that it was indeed so; that he had spurred me on with his nodding, had encouraged me with his smile and got the best out of me with his attentiveness. He was indeed a good listener. A young woman was filling out an application for college when she came across the question: Are you a leader? She t...
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Flood channel, invitation to disaster!
By Mohammad Ashraf
For last three years various engineering departments have been inspecting, debating and discussing flood prevention measures to prevent any disastrous floods in future. The 2014 flood which was the most disastrous to have occurred in a century, has not taught any lessons both to the authorities and the common people. While the authorities are in a deep slumber, the people are busy in encroaching the flood basins and the spill over channels. No less a person than the Chief Minister herself is chairing a committee to oversee the completion of various essential measures for prevention of disastrous floods in the future. However, nothing substantial is happening on the ground. A typical example of apathy and total neglect is the condition of the flood spill-over channel. It has been specific...
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A Bigger and Stronger Parliament..!
By Robert Clements
My friend a building contractor who had been moaning to me for more than a year that his industry was facing the biggest slump ever, stood at the doorstep grinning at me from ear to ear. "I am going to be a rich man again," he said giving me an even bigger grin as I led him into my sitting room. "I have been awarded the contract to build a bigger Parliament House." "What nonsense!" I cried, "I see nothing wrong with the existing building." "It is too small," said my friend, "I have been commissioned to erect a building five times the present size." "What do they want to do?" I exclaimed again, "put the whole of Delhi inside? We are a poor country we should be careful when we spend our limited money." "When it comes to the safety of our elected representatives," said my friend sternly...
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The many Padmavatis
By Divya Cherian
There is no historical evidence that there was such a figure in Chittor when it was besieged, or that desire for a woman played any role in Khilji's interest in conquering the fortress. Padmavati/Padmini, then, is a literary artefact, as is the entire story of love and sacrifice at whose heart she is placed. Any depiction of Padmavati thus cannot be a distortion of history since, in our current state of knowledge, she never existed. As the release of Bollywood film Padmavati draws near, protests against it are reaching a fever pitch. Claiming to speak on behalf of all Rajputs, several political figures have objected to the portrayal of the title character of the film for two reasons - that it is a distortion of history and that it is disrespectful to Queen Padmini (appearing in some ...
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China's support to terrorist
By Kuldip Nayar
This is a familiar exercise. China resents India's rule over Arunachal Pradesh. New Delhi, and, on the other hand, ignores the protests and treats the North-East territory as its own. Beijing has been irked by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The noise was, however, louder when the Dalai Lama went there earlier. China and India have seldom agreed on where the actual border line lies. Beijing attacked India in 1962 when New Delhi tried to get back its territory. However, this time India showed its muscles with the stand-off at Doklam. China had to withdraw its forces behind the present border. Prime Minister Narendra Modi went for the BRICS summit in September after the face-off, and by then the tension was reduced. The positive side of the trip is the re...
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Best wheel for Indian roads..!
By Robert Clements
The five foreigners, one an American, an Englishman, a German, a Frenchman and a Japanese sat huddled together looking quite lost and confused. “Friends,” said the American, “we are gathered here today to pool our ideas to overcome this terrible crisis that has hit our tyre industry.” “There is nothing we can do,” said the Britisher who was the president of the Indian unit of a major Tyre company from the U.K. “The roads are so bad over here that even our best tyres don’t last for more than six months.” “My tyres were on the lunar module that explored Mars,” , said the American, “where they had to face the roughest of terrain’s and yet in this country they burst liked balloons at a Christmas party.” “We have made tyres thicker than the heads of the English footballs fans,” said the pr...
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All quiet on the climate front
By Gwynne Dyer
Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement has had zero impact internationally. The fear that other countries would also default on their commitments proved to be unfounded, and the United States is the literally the only country on the planet that does not subscribe to the treaty. "Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit," said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J. Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, being held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of "clean" coal. Bloomberg, now a UN special envoy for climate change, got it right. The audience at the US presentation heckled and mo...
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Grief at the Railway Station..!
By Robert Clements
And as accidents happen with increasing frequency on the Indian Railways, I watched hordes of people filling the platform and standing round in bunches all over. "D'you think the trains will be able to transport such a huge crowd?" I asked. "They are not all travelling," said the station master to me wearily. "Only one person in ten is really going to travel, the others have come to see him or her off." "What!" I said, "I do know that in our country seeing people off is a tradition, but not so many people." "Things have changed," said the station master. "In fact, the daily revenue from platform tickets is now exceeding the sales of journey tickets!" "I find this unbelievable," I said, as I watched a mother and two sisters, along with an old aunt and another lady who I sure was the gr...
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Environmental Protection
GM Food Crops Illegally Growing In India
The Criminal Plan To Change The Genetic Core of the Nation's Food System
By Colin Todhunter
The GM Contamination Register database is run by Genewatch and Greenpeace and contains cases of genetically modified (GM) contamination dating from 1997. The authors of a 2014 paper, published in the International Journal of Food Contamination, analysed 400 or so cases in the database by crop and country. GM rice accounted for about a third of contamination cases, despite the fact there is officially no GM rice grown anywhere in the world. They also focused on cases of contamination arising from unauthorised GM crops: those without any authorisation for commercial growing anywhere in the world. Nine cases were discovered of GM contamination of these unauthorised (non-commercialised) GM crops that haven't undergone any environmental or food safety analysis. The authors argue that once GM ...
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Nehru a visionary
A democrat, not a dictator
By Brij Bhardwaj
Why BJP is so keen to target first Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru who chose to be a democrat when he could have been a dictator. I am mentioning this because big daddies of the non-aligned movement became dictators after having started as popular leaders. This according to me was the real cause of decline of non-aligned movement as an anchor of foreign policy which implied maintaining equidistance from two blocks into which the world was divided that were led by Soviet Russia and USA. The situation has changed today as we wait for every positive signal from USA or a reminder to Pakistan that it would have to do more to keep on getting U.S dollars against the terrorists living around Pak-Afghan border to keep on getting U.S. dollars. India overlooks the fact that U.S ...
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Cheating Ourselves..!
By Robert Clements
Whenever I travel abroad, people tell me what cheats we Indians are! And I remember the baniya shopkeeper who had a small shop, downstairs in one of the galas of our housing society sat behind an old wooden counter in the same place and in the same way he had been sitting for the last fifteen years, since he had opened his shop. 'Ha, ha, ha, ha,' he laughed and shook my hand heartily, 'you are asking me how I am still making money, well I will show you.' I watched as a customer came into the shop and asked for five kilos of sugar. The owner weighed the sugar carefully on the scales, even added a little more, packed the sugar and took the money. 'Fifteen rupees profit,' said the shopkeeper proudly. 'Fifteen rupees?' I asked, 'how can that be, you can't make fifteen rupees on five kilo...
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India now an established ally of America
Quad is a US-centric concept to promote Trump
By Arun Srivastava
The Trump mission to Asia underlines the deep difficulties in sustaining the present order in the continent. It is the American compulsion to re-establish its hegemony that has made Trump embark on mission Asia. In recent times, two of its challengers, Russia and China, have considerably eroded the traditional hegemony of America. There is no more ambiguity: India has finally agreed to act as an ally of the US by joining the new regional coalition 'Quad', an abbreviation for ''quadruple' or four. The other members of the Quad are Japan, America and Australia. India's stand towards Quad could be deciphered from the remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which he made just before leaving for Manila: "India's commitment towards deepening engagement with ASEAN and India-Pacific region." ...
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