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    IIM Study – Bollywood Films are against Hindu-Sikh Honor

    IIM Study Reveals that Bollywood Films are against Hindu-Sikh Honor. Study Reveals - 62% of the corrupt businessman in films had a vaishya last name. 58% of the corrupt politicians in films had a Hindu brahmin last name. Nearly, 74% of the films presented Sikhs as laughable. 84% of the Muslims in films were shown as strongly religious and honest. In 18/20 movies, Pakistanis were projected as welcoming, cour ...

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    Bollywood – Stereotypicality in Hindi cinema is not a healthy trend

    I am not a regular movie viewer. However, I was cajoled into watching the Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan and I was surprised at the director’s treatment of the subject. The majority of Indians were projected as narrow-minded, conservative, and discriminating. However, a majority of the Pakistanis were shown as open-minded and non-discriminating. This led me to empirically examine if this portrayal is ...

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    Jamia Millia, AMU violence – Don’t let ‘Ferguson Effect’ take over

    The violence on the streets of the Capital of the country witnessed over the last two days and the criticism of ‘Delhi Police’ for using force to stop those burning buses, indulging in stone pelting and threatening to create an anarchy in the city compels one to think whether we, as a society, are creating an ideal situation for the ‘Ferguson Effect’. Simply defined, ‘Ferguson Effect’ implies increased de-p ...

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    CAB – To Protect Persecuted Minorities of Pak, B’desh and Afganistan

    At midnight when the world was sleeping the line was drawn dividing brothers and sisters. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists who did not want to be citizens of an Islamic theocratic state had little choice once the political boundary was drawn. Many did not want to leave their birth place, so decided to stay there in Pakistan. Rise of fundamentalist force led to religious persecution of the ...

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    Emulate the Mahatma’s vision in our lives

    Dr. Mohan Bhagwat Poojya Mahatma Gandhi is prominent among luminaries whose names were etched in the history of modern and the rising Independent Bharat, a glorious chapter in its eternal and epochal journey. Bharat is the land of spirituality, and its progress is rested on the same. Mahatma Gandhi laid the foundation and built a polity based on this. Gandhiji’s efforts were not limited to power politics. H ...

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    Article 370 – Under its cover, Pak-sponsored terrorism and separatist forces were fostered

    Article 370 went against the idea of Bharat  Under its cover, Pak-sponsored terrorism and separatist forces were fostered. Government of Bharat’s decision to amend Article 370 and remove 35A, combined with the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state into two union territories has surprised, baffled and shocked many. During the debate in Parliament the Opposition parties argued that this move was un ...

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    It is time to recognise Dr. Hedgewar’s contribution to the freedom movement

    Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar is primarily known as the founder of the RSS, the largest voluntary movement in the world. But there are some aspects of Dr. Hedgewar’s personality, such as his involvement in the freedom movement, that are unknown to the world. He joined the movement at a young age and was influenced by the firebrand nationalism of Lokmanya Tilak. Keshav studied in Nagpur, Yavatmal, and Puna, be ...

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    Nanoor Massacre – A massacre about which self-proclaimed Liberal will not tell you

    If someone asks how many dictators lived in this world, Hitler would be the first name that would strike your mind. Followed by Stalin, Lenin, Fidel Castro. But some people would like to debate on these names. Numbers of people who consider them as revolutionary leaders are not less. Dictating their terms in the name of revolution Lenin, Stalin, Castro and Mao are idealized by some Indians. Just like dictat ...

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    Hedgewar lives on through the organisation he created

    He chose to create a different kind of parivar, one that rose above caste and external divisions that plagued Hindu society. A few days before Keshav Rao Hedgewar breathed his last, he stood before a gathering of swayamsevaks and delivered what was to be his last address. Channelling all of his depleted strength, the fiery orator and freedom fighter, aware that his end was near, set forth his vision as a li ...

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    ‘The new idea of India’

    Last year, I co-curated the Pondicherry literature festival (PLF). Scheduled for August 17-19, after Sri Aurobindo’s birthday on August 15, this was the first event of this scale and magnitude in the erstwhile French enclave and still picturesque Union Territory. Alliance Française de Puducherry, whose then president was my co-curator, had offered us venues as well as support. The Lt. Governor of Puducherry ...

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