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  • No hesitation in saying shabash

    No hesitation in saying shabash

    “Please help bring my son’s body back.” My childhood memories are replete with phone calls that my father received with pleas from relatives and friends who lost family members in natural and man-made disasters in foreign lands

  • Keep mum

    Keep mum

    Minutes after the Congress Party’s much touted re-launch vehicle for Rahul Gandhi, columnist Ashok Malik tweeted, “My unsolicited, gratuitous advice to both the Congress party and Rahul is the same: Keep Mum.” Pun firmly intended

  • Evenings in Paris, deals in kitty: Modi in a hurry

    Evenings in Paris, deals in kitty: Modi in a hurry

    A leader on a three-nation, nine-day tour to Europe and Canada ought to have some time for rest and relaxation. Not so for the Indian Prime Minister

  • Amma and Alzheimer's

    Amma and Alzheimer's

    A picture, they say, can trigger a chain of thoughts. True that. It was a photograph of my grandmother reading the morning newspaper. She is 93 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

  • Lee-way may not be our way, but we could learn

    Lee-way may not be our way, but we could learn

    On Sunday, Singapore bid a final goodbye to its founder and much-admired leader Lee Kuan Yew

  • While Rahul slept

    While Rahul slept

    The genius columnist Art Buchwald won a Pulitzer Prize for a compilation of his articles in a book called While Reagan Slept

  • Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

    Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

    Years of neglect and reinvigorating historical ties...PM Modi was on a mission the past week. The Indian Ocean rim is being seen as a region that has traditionally provided strategic economic and political opportunities but which have not been exploited to their full potential

  • Modi's moti-maala

    Modi's moti-maala

    By the end of this week, Prime Minister Modi would have visited Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Seychelles, notching up some more brownie points in the Love-Thy-Neighbour (including extended neighbourhood) trend

  • Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    “The world is predicting that it’s India’s chance to fly,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. Actually, the world has been saying this for years, just that Indians did not believe it

  • Mother Tongue Day

    Mother Tongue Day

    On February 21, the world celebrated International Mother Language Day. The UNESCO in 1999 marked the day in recognition of the demonstration where East Pakistani students sacrificed their lives for recognition of their native language, Bangla as one of two national languages

  • Not just cricket when it's India vs Pak

    Not just cricket when it's India vs Pak

    I just choke on the term ‘cricket’ diplomacy when it comes to India and Pakistan. Seriously, you need to be in a stadium with Indian and Pakistani cricket fans during one such match to experience the animosity

  • Staying the course

    Staying the course

    It’s always hard for a party, which is on a winning spree to face the fact that the magic formula might not be working with the same effectiveness as before. In fact, the formula might be in need for alteration

  • Unity and diversity, yes we have

    Unity and diversity, yes we have

    Did President Obama really admonish us? We don’t take very kindly to any leader from the Western world telling us how to be. I mean, we know how to be

  • Pakistan's ban-ter with snakes in the backyard

    Pakistan's ban-ter with snakes in the backyard

    Nope, there was no ban. They came up with some convoluted statement to pull wool over the eyes of their permanent funders, read America, but Pakistan fooled only rosy-spectacled candle-walas into believing that they had actually banned the Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

  • Learn from Kejriwal, Mr Gandhi

    Learn from Kejriwal, Mr Gandhi

    Just weeks before Delhi elections, it is fascinating to see how the Aam Aadmi Party has resurrected itself from the ashes of defeat, suffered a mere seven months ago

  • Our multicultural identity

    Our multicultural identity

    Mosques across Europe have held prayers dedicated to Parisian victims of last week’s ghastly terror attacks

  • Don't let down the people of Jammu and Kashmir

    Don't let down the people of Jammu and Kashmir

    “Ye kya uthaaye kadam aur aa gayi manzil, Mazaa to tab hai ke paeron mein kuch thakaan rahey.”

  • Outrage Express

    Outrage Express

    As the year draws down, one can just hope it goes away in a whisper, not a bang.

  • The deep abyss of Denialistan

    The deep abyss of Denialistan

    Innocent children massacred in their classroom. It should wake up people of any country that their government and institutions have failed them

  • No Lasting 'Vijay' or peace

    No Lasting 'Vijay' or peace

    On December 13 we observed the 13th anniversary of the terror attack on the Indian Parliament, and reaffirmed our resolve to fight terrorism

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