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Air pollution, raised levels of particulate matter, respiratory ailments… Words that are quite enough to set alarm bells ringing have, unfortunately, become part of the national capital’s daily vocabulary. Delhi’s air pollution levels are now infamous and the residents of the Delhi NCR region look forward to the festival of with a sense of trepidation rather than excitement. Air pollution levels in the city and its neighbourhood reach alarming levels on and after Diwali each [...]


The release of Arushi Talwar’s parents from jail yesterday after they were convicted by the Allahabad High Court earlier this month has once again stirred up a debate about their innocence. We must now admit that the facts of the case have been discussed threadbare and the suspects must be allowed to walk even if the slightest doubts exist. In this context let us take a look at some of the most infamous yet sensational [...]

Ayurveda Benefits

Open any lifestyle magazine in India and at least one of the advertisements will boast of the benefits of an Ayurvedic oil massage and spa. Long vacations to Kerala centered on an Ayurvedic treatment and therapy is quite in vogue these days. Soaps, creams, and beauty products claiming Ayurvedic benefits are clamouring for attention. Before we go ahead and indulge ourselves in what may sound like a magic therapy, it is well worth stepping back and trying [...]

Shiksha Mitra

The Shiksha Mitra protests that have been rocking the educational and socio-political environment of Uttar Pradesh have drawn to a close but the concerns of over 1.7 lakh “para-teachers” employed by the state government are far from resolved. The Yogi Adityanath government has managed to put a lid on the unrest (July – August) caused by the prospect of the Shiksha Mitras’ removal from appointment but has not yet been able to provide a proper [...]

Speeches of Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – the greatest of leaders, champion of truth and non-violence, father of the nation – has been an inspiration for free men all over the world.  As we approach yet another Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) let us take a look at some of the Mahatma’s most memorable speeches -   Benaras Hindu University Speech (4 February, 1916) – “If we are to receive self-government, we shall have to take it… freedom loving as [...]

World Heart Day

Young Indians are increasingly suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. So much so, that the country has been deemed the diabetes and heart disease capital of the world. The Indian Heart Association says, “50 percent of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age and 25 percent of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age”. The statistics are scary but heart health is certainly [...]

September 23, 2017
Temples of Varanasi

Varanasi or Benaras is the epicentre of Hindu religious tradition and the very soul of spirituality in the country. Mark Twain recognized the importance of this city when he wrote – “Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. It comes as no surprise then, that there are number of very important temples in this 2000 year old centre of [...]

Bhoomi: Movie Review

Cast – Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman, Sharad Kelkar Directed by – Omung Kumar Produced by – Bhushan Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar Story by – Sandeep Singh Screenplay by – Raaj Shaandilyaa Cinematography – Artur Zurawski Edited by – Jayesh Shikarkhane Background Score – Ismail Darbar Production House – T-Series, Legend Studios Running time – 2 hours 15 minutes Censor Rating – U/A The rape and revenge story has been repeated over [...]

Rohingya Crisis

Who Are The Rohingya Refugees? The Rohingya community is a Sunni Islamic (Bengali-speaking) community from the state of Rakhine in Myanmar (previously Burma). Myanmar, however, refuses to acknowledge members of the community as citizens and claims that the Rohingya are Bangladeshis who (illegally) entered the country during the British colonial era. For over six decades, however, the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar despite having (allegedly) faced much discrimination, ostracism, and violence. Not only are the [...]

Sardar Sarovar Dam

After an incubation period that runs into several decades, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi finally inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam – a project that has earned the moniker “Lifeline of Gujarat”. The foundation stone of this dam – the largest gravity dams in the country – had been laid by India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, in 1961 but it was finally on Sunday, 17 September, 2017 that PM Modi (on his [...]