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India's Lack of Respect for its South Asian Neighbours is Now Mutual

India's Lack of Respect for its South Asian Neighbours is Now Mutual

opinionThe arrogant big brother attitude that disparages and belittles the nations at its borders will leave India isolated in any face-off with a big power.In a letter to Edwina Mountbatten in 1950, C. Rajagopalachari, the last governor-general of India before the nation became a republic, wrote, “A country without material, men or money – the three means of power – is now fast coming to be recognised as the biggest moral power in the civilised world … her word listened to with respect in the councils of the great.”Is India still the reservoir of that moral influence? Recently it was...

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What Erwin Schrödinger Said About the Upanishads - The Wire Science

What Erwin Schrödinger Said About the Upanishads - The Wire Science

,Read NextErwin Schrödinger, 1933. Photo: Nobel Foundation/Public Domain.Quantum physics is one of the most remarkable developments of the 20th century. Until the early 1900s or so, Isaac Newton’s laws of motion dominated the study of the physical universe. They were later ‘upgraded’, for the most part, by Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity, and together, they could satisfactorily explain almost all physical phenomena. These classical theories formed the bedrock on which the entire superstructure of physics rested.But in the early 1900s, physicists found that subatomic particles like...

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Hollow Man in the Confederacy of Dunces: The Phenomenon of Donald J. Trump

Hollow Man in the Confederacy of Dunces: The Phenomenon of Donald J. Trump

opinionIt is dangerous and yet necessary to psychoanalyse Trump, because any such effort would need to extend the ambit to his followers who are locked into some form of transactional narcissism with him. Reckless, relentless lying has a quality of honesty about it. Any testament proffered by a perpetual liar is made to order for self-incrimination. With Donald Trump, the current president of the United States, every act of dissimulation is conjoined with a corresponding act of disclosure. Yet, there exists a section of the US populace, collectively known as the ‘base’, which treats his...

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'Kashmiris Do Not Feel Indian, Today They'd Rather Have the Chinese Rule Them': Farooq Abdullah

'Kashmiris Do Not Feel Indian, Today They'd Rather Have the Chinese Rule Them': Farooq Abdullah

The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Lok Sabha MP tells Karan Thapar that he committed to restoring the dignity of Kashmiris by which he meant reinstating Articles 370 and 35A and restoring statehood. He said he would fight for this – but always peacefully – till his last breath.New Delhi: In a powerful and passionate interview with frequent flashes of anger and displays of emotion, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has said that at this moment the Kashmiri people do not feel and do not want to be Indian. He even went so far as to say that they would...

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British MPs, Prominent Figures Condemn Modi Regime’s 'Dictatorial Agenda'

British MPs, Prominent Figures Condemn Modi Regime’s 'Dictatorial Agenda'

'Criminalisation of dissent has intensified in unprecedented ways in recent months, while the COVID-19 pandemic rages across India,' the letter has said. New Delhi: Over 200 prominent citizens from the United Kingdom – artists, journalists, lawyers, politicians and over 50 senior academics – have signed an open letter condemning the “dictatorial and majoritarian agenda” being pursued by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.These include British MPs cutting across various political parties, including the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas,...

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Yogi Govt Enlists PR Firm to Push ‘Hathras Girl Was Not Raped’ Story Line With Foreign Media

Yogi Govt Enlists PR Firm to Push ‘Hathras Girl Was Not Raped’ Story Line With Foreign Media

analysisConcept PR, a Mumbai-based public relations firm, has circulated a ‘clarification note … from the UP government on the Hathras girl case’ which claims there is a ‘conspiracy to push the state into caste turmoil’.New Delhi: All states have information departments to put out the official line on any given subject. But in ‘atmanirbhar’ Uttar Pradesh has the government felt the need to hire the services of a PR firm to press its controversial claim that the 19-year-old Dalit woman who was gang-raped last month in Hathras and succumbed to her injuries on September 29 was not actually...

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Defying Odds, a Young Ladakhi Student Cracks Competitive IIT-JEE Exam

Defying Odds, a Young Ladakhi Student Cracks Competitive IIT-JEE Exam

With the lack of uninterrupted electricity, Shaheen Parveen had to study under candlelight to become the first person from the region to enter the prestigious IITs. Srinagar: A phone call to the idyllic Nubra Valley in the union territory of Ladakh is an ordeal in itself. Over a grainy phone connection, making sense of words is a task both daunting and frustrating. It provides, therefore, an adequate context to the scale of the achievement of 19-year-old Shaheen Parveen, who has made it to the Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur– a first for the region.In bits and pieces, fits and...

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Dec 11
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Carlsberg, SABMiller and UB Colluded to Fix Beer Prices in India For 11 Years: Report

Carlsberg, SABMiller and UB Colluded to Fix Beer Prices in India For 11 Years: Report

Executives' conversations, WhatsApp messages and e-mails in the report show the firms collectively strategised in seeking price increases in 'several states', forging a cartel that gave them more bargaining power with state authorities.New Delhi: Top executives of, SABMiller and India’s United Breweries (UB) exchanged commercially sensitive information and colluded to fix beer prices in India over a period of 11 years, according to a government antitrust investigation report accessed by Reuters.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in 2018 raided the offices of the three brewers and...

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Farmers' Protests: With Emotional Appeal Running High, Modi Govt Has Lost the Plot

Farmers' Protests: With Emotional Appeal Running High, Modi Govt Has Lost the Plot

Over the years, the BJP has perfected the art of fizzling out democratic agitations by maligning protestors and projecting them as "anti-nationals", but with farmers' protests, the government is at a loss. New Delhi Modi’s Achilles heel?File photo of Punjab farmers protesting against the farm Bills. Photo: PTI/FilesAlso read: Deep distrust for the governmentPolice make a human barricade to stop various farmers organisations protesting three new farm laws from marching to New Delhi, in Hisar, November 25, 2020. Photo: PTIAlso read: Also read:  

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UP Police Stop Wedding, 'Beat up Groom' Based on 'Love Jihad' Rumours

UP Police Stop Wedding, 'Beat up Groom' Based on 'Love Jihad' Rumours

The couple was kept in custody overnight and let go only after the woman's family proved that she was Muslim by birth, not conversion.New Delhi: In the latest instance of misuse of Uttar Pradesh’s controversial new anti-conversion law, the police on Tuesday stopped a Muslim couple from getting married based on rumours of ‘love jihad‘. The man, 39-year-old Haider Ali, has alleged that the police beat him and tortured him while they kept him in custody overnight, the .The police in Kushinagar reportedly received a phone call saying that an inter-faith marriage was going to take place, with a...

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