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What are the lessons learnt from 26/11?
Friday, November 20, 2009
Its been a year since the ghastly attack on Mumbai shook the entire nation and the world. People for three days saw the saga unfolding in front of their eyes. More than 200 people lost their lives and many others injured.
Should the singing of Vande Mataram be made compulsory?
Thursday, November 05, 2009
The recent fatwa against the singing of 'Vande Mataram' has re-ignited an age-old debate about the acceptance of Vande Mataram as our national song by the Muslim community.
The Indira Gandhi legacy
Friday, October 30, 2009
It has been 25 years since prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated on Oct 31, 1984. Worshipped by her supporters and cursed by her enemies, the Iron Lady, as she was called, paved the way for democracy in India during the twentieth century.
Naxal Menace
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently described naxalism as the biggest internal threat. The note of caution came even as the 4 decade old movement gains ground and establishes a red corridor cutting across several states.
Is cosmopolitanism dying in Mumbai ?
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Mumbai has always been touted as being truly cosmopolitan, with a population as mixed in ethnicity and religion, diverse in social and economic class. Few places in India demonstrate the divisions as clearly as Mumbai.
The Gandhi legacy
Friday, October 02, 2009
Mahatma Gandhi's picture has been engraved on a luxury pen that costs Rs 11 lakh, projecting him as a poster boy for an international brand. In 2007, the use of brand Gandhi on a British credit card triggered protests not just in India, but also in South Africa. But today, a Rs 70 lakh donation to a Kolhapur charitable trust has encouraged the Mahatma's great grandson Tushar Gandhi to associate with the brand.
Women in the Army
Friday, September 25, 2009
For four years, women in the army have been fighting a battle of their own: to be treated at par with men. But in a huge setback, the government has told the Delhi High Court that this is not possible.
National language: What's that?
Friday, September 18, 2009
The shocking incident in the Maharashtra Assembly wherein Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi was physically assaulted by MNS MLAs for taking his oath as member of the House in Hindi has attracted strong condemnation from across the country.

Austerity, Congress style?
Friday, September 11, 2009
Stung by criticism for staying in luxury hotels amid an austerity drive by the government, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his deputy Shashi Tharoor moved out of their five-star suites to modest homes, till their respective official residences are ready. It's a debate with many contradictions, particularly since the ministers were paying for their hotel stay from their own pocket and not wasting public money. Ironically, if they were living in government accommodation, they would be spending far more of the taxpayers' money.
The culture of bans
Friday, September 04, 2009
On August 19, two days after the release of Jaswant Singh’s controversial book Jinnah — India, Partition, Independence, the Gujarat government banned the book to avoid “hurting patriotic sentiments”. The ban was later lifted after the high court said the Gujarat govt's notification shows “a lack of thinking and understanding”.
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