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Is Diwali turning us into hypocrites?

Barack Obama visited New Delhi during 2015 and at that time the US Embassy had bought around 1800 indoor air purifiers in order to safeguard its employees. The news sparked off plenty of negative emotions among the common people as well as the higher-ups in the capital city. The citizens were disgusted at what they felt was lack of sufficient action from the state government to keep the city clean. The bureaucrats and politicians expressed [...]

Should celebrities be more responsible when they endorse products?

It is common to see celebrities endorse products without having ever used them or even without knowing about them. Pierce Brosnan, globally known as James Bond, “007″, from some of the most loved films in the British series of spy films based on the fictitious character of MI6 agent by the same name, has become the latest addition to the beleaguered league with his ‘classy’ endorsement for “Pan Bahar” – Pan Masala. He has expressed [...]

Rajasthani, Bhojpuri Languages to get Official Status

India is a unique medley of various cultures, religions, languages, geographical features and art forms. To us Indians, such diversity is the source of immense national pride. In this light, there is some more good news. Rajasthani and Bhojpuri are all set to join the list of official languages of the country. There are currently 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India. These languages are the official languages and find [...]

Should cultural isolation follow economic and diplomatic isolation?

For years now, veiled attacks and state-sponsored terrorism have been the calling cards of our western neighbour. Our nation and its valiant armed forces have been bleeding and bleeding slowly through the northern and western frontiers. But we should be content as long as we get a regular fix of gyrating Pakistani artistes in glitzy Bollywood events and crooning Pakistani singers in candlelight ghazal mehfils. Despite everything, holding cultural exchanges is imperative, irrespective of the [...]

Patriarchy Divorce and Inequitable Laws

      Karwa Chauth. The day Indian women deck up in all their finery and go through the day, from sunrise to sunset, without food or water. All for their husbands to enjoy a long life and prosperous year. Each year hundreds of thousands of Hindu women undertake this arduous fast and men wear it on their lapel as a matter of pride. While recently some men have taken to fasting in solidarity with [...]

Indian Nobel Prize Winners

  There has been a lot of controversy over Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this year (2016). While the Nobel citation says he deserved it “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, critics think otherwise. The Nobel frenzy is still consuming the world (read Social Media); meanwhile let us take a look at all the Nobel Prize winners who were Indian or shared strong links with [...]

Karwa Chauth Gifts Ideas for Wife

A gift to someone special should always be something that can be treasured throughout his or her life. It is not the gift but the thought that counts. Now that Karva Chauth, the most awaited festival for married women is approaching, husbands are facing the pressure. What gifts should they give to their wives? Jewellery, sarees, salwar suits, dress materials, gadgets, chocolates, flowers, or taking their wives out to movie or dinner? The list is [...]

Is Kerala Fast Becomin a Islamic Terrorist Haven

The southern state of Kerala is an enigma of sorts. Breathtaking natural beauty blended with a progressive society makes for an ideal state. Kerala is best known for its high literacy rate, estimated to be about 94 percent by the 2011 census. Another reason that this state stands out among the others is its religious tolerance. With about 54 percent Hindus, 26 percent Muslims, and 18 percent Christians, the state finds adequate representation and prides [...]

Why is the RSS Chief Stoking up Gauraksha Embers?

It hasn’t been all that long since Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat faced flack over his callous remarks that asked Hindus to procreate and increase their “population”. And the Sangh chief has, yet again, come out and made statements about Gau Rakshaks and Gau Raksha (Cow Vigilantism), raking up the notorious topic once again. Bhagwat seemed to have a relapse of his foot-in-mouth syndrome as he was addressing RSS volunteers on the occasion [...]

Don't Herd Children into your own Baptismal Poolsl

Who Was Aradhana Samdariya? Aradhana Samdariya was a 13 year old girl, born into a reasonably wealthy Jain family in the southern city of Hyderabad. Aradhana may have been born ordinary, but her death certainly has sent the country into a state of shock. On Tuesday, 4 October, 2016, the class 8 student died of cardiac arrest, after having observed a fast for 68 days. The ‘Chaturmas’ fast observed by the girl was meant to [...]