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'A man of all seasons' Pranab Mukherjee who made his mark as statesman

'A man of all seasons' Pranab Mukherjee: Congress stalwart who made his mark as statesman

India | Aug 12, 2020, 07:30 PM IST

Pranab Mukherjee or as we call Pranab da was the President of India from 2012 to 2017. A powerful orator, scholar and a statesman, Mukherjee had been a Congress stalwart before he was elected as India's 13th President.

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Ram temple in Ayodhya has an intellectual argument and it is beyond religion

India | Aug 06, 2020, 05:04 PM IST

Let’s go to Ayodhya again, the birth place of Lord Ram where in a highly-anticipated event watched by millions on television, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the temple.

Why Imran Khan govt is trying to woo Bangladesh?

Why Imran Khan govt is trying to woo Bangladesh?

India | Aug 06, 2020, 03:07 PM IST

When Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had visited Delhi, Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Sayed Haider visited her and conveyed her that the Imran Khan had sent his best wishes. Even before Hasina landed in Delhi, the Pakistan Prime Minister spoke to her over phone for about 15 minutes.

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Diary of a Reporter: Conversation with an army officer on Galwan valley incident

India | Jul 16, 2020, 02:02 PM IST

"As far as that area is concerned, throughout the year soldiers from this side go to the other side and come from that side to this. But, for several days, the Indian army had noticed that at Patrol Point 14, where no soldiers would ordinarily be deployed, they had turned up."

India vs China: How Buddhadeb Bhattacharya had refused to give in to China's economic aggression

India vs China: How Buddhadeb Bhattacharya had refused to give in to China's economic aggression

India | Jul 10, 2020, 02:54 PM IST

In 2006, when Dr Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, Nathula Pass situated on India China border in Sikkim was opened for trade between the two countries. This was a longstanding request from the Chinese. When Indira Gandhi was the PM, the Chinese had withdrawn their claim over Sikkim but wanted this trade route to open. This is when Sikkim was included in the Indian map, and it was a significant political development. But there were reservations in India to opening this trade route. When the route was opened, in spite of being invited Bengal’s then Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya didn’t turn up.

India-China tension: Answer to present crisis may be hidden in history

India-China tension: Answer to present crisis may be hidden in history

India | Jul 06, 2020, 09:03 PM IST

We have not learnt our lessons from history. Only the historians have. It may appear repetitive to go over 1962 war and situation at that time but such a discussion is not entirely irrelevant.

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Diary of a Reporter: Recalling my China visit

India | Jul 06, 2020, 09:16 AM IST

Once, China’s war specialist Sun Lu had stated that in order to defeat the enemy, it is essential to know them properly. Hence, whatever China proposes, it doesn’t perform the same - much like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde conflict. The relation between India and China is ancient. 

Galwan standoff: Decoding China’s unusually aggressive stand against India

Galwan standoff: Decoding China’s unusually aggressive stand against India

World | Jun 24, 2020, 08:59 PM IST

An Indian diplomat in Shanghai once told me, China never takes any decision in haste. There is always careful planning behind every step it takes.

Diary of a Reporter: How coronavirus came is not important now. Staying safe should be the priority

Diary of a Reporter: How coronavirus came is not important now. Staying safe should be the priority

India | Jun 19, 2020, 02:20 PM IST

Before you begin reading this piece, I have a small request. Please for a few moments, forget about politics and the politicians. You may have faith and obedience towards any political party or a leader there’s no harm in it. But today the piece which I am writing is about Covid-19 that is about a virus named ‘Corona’.

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Diary of a Reporter: Pandemic should spur political unity but unfortunately it's not happening

India | May 29, 2020, 11:30 AM IST

Today, no one wants politics, but everyone understands that. Migrants crisis has spurred a political blame game at a time when it should have been avoided at all cost.

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Diary of a reporter: All our life is but a mass of habits and we need to change

India | May 19, 2020, 01:31 PM IST

The government is making all efforts to help them with free ration and shelter. In cities, we see them work in the construction sector, as maids and many related works that help things keep rolling. Industries and MNCs are growingly realizing their value as they press the restart button under relaxed lockdown guidelines.

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Diary of a Reporter: The 'post corona' Earth

India | Apr 24, 2020, 08:37 AM IST

A group of scientists at Harvard in one of the papers of their journal ‘Science’ has stated, in America’s case, this single lockdown will not transgress the problem. Therefore till 2022, social distancing has to be maintained in that country. 

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Diary of a Reporter: After coronavirus, a new India beckons

India | Apr 13, 2020, 06:31 PM IST

While the world has now turned upside down in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, I believe that we Indians are inherently still the same — eternally in a blissful state

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Diary of a Reporter: Coronavirus is changing the world, but let's pledge to stay home and stay safe

India | Apr 11, 2020, 08:02 PM IST

The world will certainly be a new place once the crisis is over. It will be a new India as well

Diary of a Reporter: Of lockdowns and new-age social paradigms, the fight goes on

Diary of a Reporter: Of lockdowns and new-age social paradigms, the fight goes on

India | Apr 10, 2020, 02:37 PM IST

It is day 17 of the coronavirus lockdown, I went to a local market today, grocery shop was open. The shopowner, Vasudev, was asking the customers to maintain distance and come one by one. I asked him, do you have Maggi noodles? He said no but told me that the supplies would come tomorrow. There were lots of rasgullas and gulab jamuns at the shop, Vasudev told me that since all the sweet shops are closed, people are buying all these packets to satisfy their sweet tooth.

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Diary of a Reporter: Of lockdown and meditation

India | Apr 08, 2020, 02:55 PM IST

Whenever I open TV news, the main question is whether the lockdown will continue after 14th or not. Health ministry says there is no confirmation with no speculation yet. 

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Diary of a Reporter: Of Tablighi Jamaat and fight against coronavirus

India | Apr 07, 2020, 12:19 PM IST

On 8th March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he would not play Holi. Then on 12th March, the Delhi government by issuing a notice, announced that in government offices and on public places, no sort of gatherings or crowd will be allowed. Just on this day itself, thousands of people all across the countries began to come to join the religious assembly. 

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Reporter's Diary: Stillness can quicken creativity

India | Apr 05, 2020, 12:20 PM IST

In these days of corona enforced lockdown, people should enjoy social isolation. As PM Modi said that actually we are not isolated. My son doesn’t stay with me, but he calls every day. He also ordered some Chinese food for us through Zomato. Isolation will help increase family bonding.

Dairy of a Reporter: Time to rise above criticism and politics to save mankind in the time of COVID-

Dairy of a Reporter: Time to rise above criticism, politics to save mankind in the time of COVID-19

India | Apr 04, 2020, 05:12 PM IST

India is under lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. We all have to stay at home and stay safe to ensure that we beat the enemy called novel-coronavirus. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented a well thought out lockdown across the country, this is a personal battle for every Indian citizen. India needs leaders to wade the country out of this crisis. Here's a reporter's diary in the time of coronavirus.

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Diary of a Reporter: A silver lining in the coronavirus cloud

India | Apr 03, 2020, 02:37 PM IST

In India, we have to understand that this Hindu majoritarianism cult and its culture. Our, so-called secular, left-liberal public intelligentsia, ‘the Khan market gang’ as per Modi, can’t understand this mindset.