The ABC of the 123 Agreement

An insight into the Indo-US Nuclear deal The United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006, more commonly referred to as the ‘The Indo-US Nuclear Deal’ is perhaps the most vivid depiction of the thawing of the Cold War . . .

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License to Contest Elections

Democracy is perhaps one of the most basic human ideas to have ever existed and to be followed as a way of life. Surprisingly, it is also one of the most misunderstood concepts. A democratic institution is founded on certain basic principles, and egalitarianism . . .

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Leader of the Liberal Democrats Resigns

The sudden resignation of Liberal Democrat leader, Menzies Campbell, is yet another marked development in the shifting face of the UK political scene. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s much awaited decision on the timing of the next General Election had until last week been the subject of a vast...

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Indian Apathy

India – the largest democracy of the world; sounds extremely gratifying doesn’t it? For over sixty years now India, has jealously guarded her democracy which she claims is her only true identity in this increasingly bigoted world. And yet all our claims seem farcical when seen against the backdrop...

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JUSTICE DENIED

When Romila Hasina from Ahmedabad waves a Rs 100 cheque in her name as compensation for the communal riots in Gujarat which shook the entire nation, it is appalling to know that such was done after the loss in her house was estimated close to Rs 3 lac; the...

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HOMEGROWN POLITICS

I recently saw this television programme, a discussion was in progress, what caught my eye and imagination was Mr Laloo Prasad Yadaav sharing the platform with a glitzy lady and some eminent regulars at such type of programmes. The contrast was un-ignorable. What must have been going through Mr....

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What is the intent?

I was watching Doordarshan news and L.K. Advani gave a steaming speech in the parliament on the government’s complete lack of interest in curbing terrorism. Rajya Sabha MPs did something similar by accusing Andhra Pradesh government’s gross neglect on matters like terrorism. By repealing POTA as soon as the...

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Relations between India and Pakistan

The people of the Indus valley civilization-a civilization that lived 2000 years ago-a society which accomplished what men today have not-leading a life of peace and harmony. Two nations, born a day apart from each other; two countries, striving for recognition by the larger world community; two states,...

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A Satyagrahi forgotten…

September 11, 2006, was celebrated as the centenary of Gandhi’s satyagraha. All through the last quarter of the previous year, we spent in discussing Gandhi, his concept of satyagraha and its relevance today. Many a debates were held, the term sprouted all over the place, meanings were discussed, its...

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READY…….1 2 3…..GO!!!!!

After days of endless discussions, debates and heated arguments, the 123 agreement, lovingly christened as “the Nuke Deal”, remains as unresolved as it was on March, 2006 when President of the United States, Mr. George Bush first announced his intention of nuclear cooperation during his visit to India. The thirty...

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Women and Politics

“Women Empowerment” is a government slogan. There is a ministry for Women and Child development. There are laws against female foeticide, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. Determined women are carving their own niche in every field including those which were entirely male dominated till 1947. Despite...

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The Indian Story

India, the largest democracy of the world, has been an enigma, a mystery, and a miracle for most parts of the globe. Despite its abounding pluralities, diversities and roadblocks in all dimensions, India today is acknowledged as a world power. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “There are repeated periods of decay...

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Conversation with a Fanatic

I have always considered myself to be a very tolerant person, tolerant towards everyone, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or race. I spent my childhood in a Muslim dominated area, studied in a Bahai school, followed by a Christian high school. A Hindu by birth, deeply influenced by...

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Students and Politics

The most progressive, articulate, inspired and dynamic segment of the country’s population is the student’s community. The formative period of student’s life should be utilized for an all round balanced development of his/her personality. Political experience constitutes an essential part of this learning experience. This period prepares one to...

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Iraq: The Best of the Worst Options

The U.S. presence in Iraq has been more lengthy and costly than what the U.S. administration had predicted. Way beyond the $1.7 billion estimate that Ted Koppel assured would be the U.S. contribution to Iraqi rebuilding. $250 billion had been spent by the nation by 2006, according to the...

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Justify Justice

The judiciary system of India has for long courted controversies rather than solving them. Its bias towards the rich and the powerful, the celebrities and the MP’s, has put the nation to shame more often than not. The ordinary citizen, who is devoid of money and power, has to...

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RULE BASED ON IDEOLOGY……RELEVANT?

Many political parties here in india and some abroad have always been ardent followers of what they call their ‘sacred ideology’. Often its on the basis of this ideology that these parties seek votes.The perfect example here is the B.J.P,which has always stuck to its hindutva...

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American imperialism

Abraham Lincoln’s famous words, “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war...

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LEFT IS RIGHT !!!

The left front's decision not to support the Prime Minister in the much talked about Indo-US nuclear deal does not come as a surprise, at-least not to me. But what is astonishing is the resolution of, otherwise ideologically different parties, CPI and CPM to take a common stance on...

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Madame President

In what turned out to be the mud slinging presidential polls, Pratibha Patil became the 1st women president of India, in the 60th year of independence, something that even the world super power USA can not boast of yet. Pratibha Patil, the governor of Rajasthan and UPA candidate, won...

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Tracing Lashkar-e-Toiba

Terrorism has proven to be one of the most imminent threats before nations and governments. Few regions of the world have been left untarnished by violent activities of terrorist groups. The Asian subcontinent has become the hub of several dissident groups, that often...

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The leaders of India

India - the world’s largest democracy... 60 years, since the dream of a secular, independent, democratic republic came into being and it is perhaps of supreme importance that as we look back at what we have accomplished and look hopefully forward at a prosperous future, that we look...

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Evolving Organs of Peacekeeping

History of man is the history of an endless struggle for durable peace and security. Man has tenaciously grappled with the fear of war. The destruction and devastation that war brings with it are followed by attempts to heal the wounds it has left behind. The destruction brought about...

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The Dirty Game of Politics

The Road to Rashtrapati Bhawan. July 21 was not an ordinary day. It possessed the answers to the two most widely awaited mysteries of recent times. One was the fate of Harry Potter’s life in the seventh & the final of the Harry Potter series books. Fans were more than...

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Playing a Blame Game, the Politics in Reporting

How Reliable Is Our Media?It’s official! Smt. Pratibha Patil is the first woman president of India. Simple.But politics unfortunately is hardly about being a ‘mere’ people’s representative. It is never that simple. A complex web of intertwined motives and strategies, it is difficult for any politician to come out...

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War in Sri Lanka: the Government versus LTTE

Escalating Violence in the Sri Lankan PeninsulaIt is widely believed that Sri Lanka has slipped back towards a full-fledged civil war. Currently there are few indications of a politically sustainable solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. On the contrary, an environment conducive to violent clashes has been...

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Terrorism in the Name of a Freedom Struggle

Can terrorist activities be justified in the name of a struggle for self-determination?Mahatma Gandhi fought for the independence of India without resorting to terrorism. So did the people of Eastern Europe in their struggle to bring down the Berlin Wall. And Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal rights for...

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The Scourge of Terrorism

How our world fails to define what terrorism is?Terrorism can be said to include those acts of violence that are outside the accepted norms of diplomacy and rules of war.The Oxford Dictionary has defined terrorism as ‘systematic intimidation as a method of governing or securing political or other ends’.Terrorism...

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India: A Democracy, Really?

Present Political Scenario Betrays Signs of a Theocracy.It is touted to be the biggest democracy in the world. But is our revered motherland actually one? A democracy, literally, refers to a state where the citizens have suffrage rights on major elective decisions, as well as those on important policies....

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