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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 [...]

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 [...]

Child-Mortality

Recent news reports of infant deaths in various cities of India have left the country in a state of absolute shock. The deplorable state of child health and mortality in the country has caused much worry among the people. While globally, most countries are registering significant improvements in infant and child mortality rates, India seems to have taken a turn for the worse. In 2016, over  9,00,000 children under the age of 5 lost their [...]

Children Safety in Schools

The brutal murder of seven year old Pradyumn in the bathroom of a reputable school, Ryan International School, in Gurugram, last week has left parents from the National Capital Region (NCR) and in fact from all over India in a deep state of shock. The police have arrested the school’s bus conductor who is believed to have slit the child’s throat after having tried to molest him. The gory details of the assault and the [...]

mobile and students

“With great power comes great responsibility” This is a line from a popular film but is quite apt when it comes to learning and technology in the present day scenario. The mobile and handheld device revolution and the spread of the Internet has indeed brought along unprecedented teaching and learning opportunities for the students and young adults of the country. When we take a look at the grave pitfalls and shortcomings that such technology brings [...]

Selfie Mania Imapact

Selfie is the latest fad among people, especially the younger generation. Whether you are at the railway station, restaurant, in the park or any other scenic or not so scenic place, you would come across youngsters clicking pictures of themselves, which are more commonly known as selfies. Though these selfies are good for a person’s Facebook post, but there have been several instances where selfie-obsessed youngsters have severely injured themselves or even met their death [...]

blue whale challenge

  The death of 14-year-old Manpreet Singh was deemed a suicide. The investigative report and media reports that followed have had parents across the country worried about the safety of their children. The young boy is believed to have been addicted to the Blue Whale game – an online game that offers its users a series of challenges culminating in their death. Young children who are lured to taking up the dares offered by the [...]

Happy Friendship Day-2017

It has been truly said that “Friends are siblings that God never gave us”. They are family that we can pick and choose ourselves. The theme of friendship has also been a favourite topic in mainstream cinema where protagonists depict the different shades of a friendly relation with flair. While there are innumerable such movies, there are a few which have struck the emotional chord of the viewer. Dil Chahta Hai (2001) Friends may be [...]

raksha bandhan

Last year when the Fortune magazine announced that retailers in the US could expect a total sales over about USD 655.8 billion or more during the holiday season, there were a number of people who came out, rather strongly against the commercialization of Christmas and the holidays. More and more people have started to rue the loss of ideals and family time and the increase in expenditure and gift exchange. If you are from India, [...]

Diversities in India

  One of the major factors that have made India famous all over the world is its cultural diversity. This is one country with 29 states and several union territories that have their own unique history and culture, and have still existed, more or less, peacefully with each other for years. In this country you would people who practise different religions – in fact there are perhaps people of all religion in this country – [...]