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The Indian community in the United States is a rather large one. Reports from 2013 said that more than 2 million Indian-born immigrants were living in the US. According to a study by Pew Research Centre, more than 87 percent of the adult Indian-Americans are college graduates. Many of them landed on American soil for higher education and stayed on to work, blending seamlessly into the society. The contributions made by Indian doctors, engineers, IT [...]

Government Slashes Stent Prices

In what comes as a major relief to cardiac patients across the country, the Government of India announced its decision to cut the price of coronary stents by about 85 percent. This means that irrespective of taxes and other costs, the maximum retail price (MRP) of metal stents (BMS) will now be capped at Rs 7,623 and drug eluting stents (DES) at Rs 31,080. The announcement came about a week ago and went into immediate [...]


Since 1947 Pakistan has been obsessed with getting Kashmir, the entire region, to be part of Pakistan and it is now time for India to offer it to them on a platter. This is the only way there will be peace and tranquility in Kashmir, and Pakistan will finally be able to achieve Islamic utopia that Jinnah so ambitiously envisioned. After all, Pakistan was meant to be a land of Islamic brotherhood and peace, where [...]

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Mahashivratri is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals of India. According to the Hindu calendar there are twelve Shivratris – one in every month – that are significant for the worship of Shiva. Mahashivratri, occurring on the 13th night, 14th day of the waning fortnight of the Phalguna month, is the most important among them all. Hindus all over the world fast and pray, keeping awake through the night. Each year thousands assemble [...]


Indian weddings are known to be some of the most glitzy, glamourous, and extravagant affairs you can see anywhere across the world. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa spent over US$23 million and hosted over 150,000 guests at her foster son Sudhakaran’s wedding reception. This holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest wedding banquet. And then there is the Mittal-Bhatia Wedding where Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal spent about US$60 million on [...]


Indian people have always been politically aware and active, and have never shied away from collectively responding to events, issues or personalities. However, there is an increasing trend of activism and attitude that should be a matter of concern to civil society. A review of public response to situations, events and actions in the near past, shows that a large section of people seem to have misplaced priorities. We pride ourselves on our rich cultural [...]


As India accelerates into the 21st century trying to play catch up with developed nations, legacy and emerging social issues are holding back the nation from realising its full potential. One of the biggest social challenges in India today relates to general perception towards women, especially single women. The constitution states all men and women are equal by right, but in practice they are not and have never been equal. Our society evolved with the [...]


Daakiya Daak Laaya “Daakiya daak laaya, khushi kaa payaam kahin, kahin dardnaak laayaa“. Nothing captures the entire spectrum of emotions that a postman brings with the letters and messages, better than this beautiful song penned by Gulzar (from the film Palkon Ki Chaaon Mein - 1977). This, of course, was before telephones and mobiles became common and at a time when electronic mails were unheard of. Despite changing times, India Post, the government of India [...]

January 29, 2017

Dengue Fever in India Mosquitoes and mosquito transmitted diseases have been the bane of Indians and travellers to India. Till even about the ’70s, malaria was the much dreaded disease. The development of effective malaria vaccines along with awareness and highly effective drugs such as Chloroquine, Mefloquine, and Doxycycline, have considerably reduced fatalities. We may have conquered our fear of Malaria but this has been replaced by the suffering and the deaths caused by Dengue, [...]


The Padma Awards for the year 2017 which include 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri have been announced by the government on Wednesday, January 25, and this year saw the inclusion of many unsung heroes who have been working tirelessly towards the betterment of the society and development of the traditional crafts of India. Conferred by the President of India at a ceremonial function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in March or [...]