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For India to get accolades from China on its achievements is as rare as finding a needle in a haystack. But the sky turned blue, a whiff of pleasant scent filled the air from north to south and the sun burned leaves of palm trees spread across the barrier island of Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh, turned green when China heaped praises on India’s low-budget yet successful space programme. Especially after the Indian Space Research Organisation [...]


Inside the country’s academic and non-academic corridors, debates have been going on for years to make sports part of the school curriculum. Last year, during the winter session of the parliament, the issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha when Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel told the House in a written reply that his ministry has sent a proposal to make sports a compulsory subject in schools. It was sent [...]


Across Uttar Pradesh, if the Samajwadi Party’s “Kaam Bolta Hai” slogan has to submit to the voters’ acceptability test in real terms, it is in the state’s all 12 districts, stretching from Lucknow to Etawah, from Mainpuri to Sitapur, and others. Regarded as the SP’s bastion, the area witnessed only over 61 percent turnout in the third phase of polls for 69 assembly seats — a low turnout in comparison to what was witnessed during [...]


In an attempt to prove their self-righteousness, some sections of the media do things which reek of motive and biasedness in their presentation. This is done with an aim to influence readers or audiences as much as the latter fail to see any hidden design in the publication of a news item, passed on as an issue of public interest. It is what Jagran.com, a digital arm of  Dainik Jagran, India’s largest circulated Hindi daily [...]


Understanding Indian public mood is not easy, nor is it easier to concretely predict any parliamentary or assembly polls in the country. Trends in the past have shown that whenever there has been larger turnout of voters in an election, it has not correlated with a change. This narrative has yet again become a part of discussion on television channels, print media and also digital media following the upsurge in voters’ participation in Goa and [...]


Whatever happened on the sets of ‘Padmavati’ cannot be adjudged as an action of incorrigible mavericks. Rather it is seen as the doings of zealots who, in their attempt to prove others wrong, indulged in activity which ultimately became unacceptable to many, including righteous persons of the society. By assaulting the country’s very popular film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, members of Karni Sena, a radical Hindutva group in Rajasthan, may have earned some supports from [...]


When the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was invited to become a chief guest at India’s 68th Republic Day function, it was common knowledge that New Delhi would have done so after evaluating several pros and cons. Moreover, in the background of the fact that India was for the first time giving a red carpet welcome to a leader for [...]


No one ever thought that the Samajwadi Party (SP) would head towards a split, nor anyone ever visualised that the SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was a wrestler in his youth, would lose his political weight so miserably. But ego vanquished over sagacity; Mulayam Singh Yadav, a seasoned politician who gave several veterans a run for their money in his 40-plus years of political career, failed to assess the clout of his own son, [...]


On January 20, 2017, as is indicated, Donald Trump will take oath of office as the 45th President of the United States of America. By all accounts a rightist leader who belongs to the Republican Party, Trump’s ascendancy to power in the US is synonymous with a phenomenon wherein aggression and ultra-nationalism than liberalism is becoming a norm in the election of a leader in country after country. Left and liberal views having capacity to [...]

Agni 5 Missile

It was not an unusual statement by the Chinese government. Rattled by India’s final test-firing of the nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V with 5,000 km range, Beijing expressed its frustration in diplomatic language. China said that although the two nations are “not rivals but partners,”  it hoped that testing of the nuclear-capable Agni V missile complied with “UN Security Council rules” and safeguarded “South Asia’s strategic balance”. For the first time recently, Chinese authorities [...]