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    INDIA AND WORLD

    China hopeful new government in India will sustain momentum in ties

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    BEIJING: Amid speculation about a more hawkish stance on ties with Beijing by a likely BJP-led government in New Delhi, China has voiced confidence that⋅⋅⋅
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    Internet governance debates gain steam within India

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    The conversation about internet governance has started making headlines in India over the past few months. Much of this can be traced back to the⋅⋅⋅
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    Why world’s biggest carnival of democracy matters

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    The world’s biggest carnival of democracy is in full flow. It’s a carnival in every sense of the word – in terms of sheer drama,⋅⋅⋅
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    Diplomacy

    India roots for UN reforms, stresses on stability in foreign policy

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    Amid speculation about likely shifts in India’s foreign policy under a new government in New Delhi after the April-May elections, India’s top diplomat has underlined⋅⋅⋅
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    Venezuela’s Political Chaos: Flailing President and Strong Generals

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    It has been a little more than a year since the demise of President Hugo Chavez and his Vice President Nicolas Maduro`s rise to power.⋅⋅⋅
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    Updating India’s nuclear posture

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    The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 2014 election manifesto has promised to study “in detail” India’s nuclear doctrine and “revise and update it to make it⋅⋅⋅
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    Politics

    TRS may spoil Congress’s political game plan in Telengana

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    The Telangana districts of the erstwhile Hyderabad State have had a troubled history from the days of Nizam’s rule. The kisan agitation against the landlords,⋅⋅⋅
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    Agony & anguish of Narendra Modi: ‘Shaken to the core’ after Gujarat riots

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    Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of India’s chief opposition BJP, has a talent for springing surprises. Demonised by many for his alleged complicity in⋅⋅⋅
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    AAP landslide: A dawn of new politics for India

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    The results of just concluded elections for five Indian states, interpreted by many as the “semi-final” before general elections in 2014, has produced results of⋅⋅⋅
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    The Quote Hanger

    Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can't escape it. - Shahrukh Khan

    Dispatches/Updates

    Political Turmoil in Bangladesh Likely to Continue

    Bangladesh has been facing political turbulence for more than a year now. To press the demand for the installation of a non- partisan interim administration⋅⋅⋅
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    Moving beyond right and left, creating a new politics and poetics of India

    JAIPUR: Dovetailing the preciosities of the high-brow with the pugnacities of popular culture, the seventh edition of the Jaipur Literary Festival is in full flow⋅⋅⋅
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    New beginnings: Maldives leader India’s first state guest in 2014

    New Year, new beginnings. Indian diplomacy has kicked off 2014 with the state visit of the newly-elected Maldives president, underlining the country’s focus on building⋅⋅⋅
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    Chief Minister Kejriwal scripts a new politics of change

    Symbolising a new politics of hope and people-centric governance in the world’s most populous democracy, Arvind Kejriwal, the engineer-turned-politician, has become the youngest chief minister⋅⋅⋅
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    In Conversation

    Target India: Never say no to New York

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    Popular American TV show Sex and the City, which ran for several seasons, is, by far, the best advertisement ever that New York City ever⋅⋅⋅
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    Akhil Bakshi: A born tramp heads on One World voyage

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    Akhil Bakshi suffers from a curious affliction: the perpetual itch to explore new places and connect distant lands and cultures. He is a perennial voyager⋅⋅⋅
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    At home in India, leaving America and living with Hemingway

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    An internationally acclaimed photographer, whose black and white images occupy pride of place in elite galleries in the UK, Michael Katakis was on a whirlwind⋅⋅⋅
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    Culture

    Frontier Gandhi’s Legacy

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    Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, or Frontier Gandhi, has always posed an equal challenge to both cynics and optimists. The cynics find it hard to dismiss⋅⋅⋅
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    A diplomat remembers Mandela…: ‘Gandhi of Our Time’

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    Madiba, as South Africa’s national icon and liberator was fondly called, has said his final goodbye to this world where he scripted a new anthem⋅⋅⋅
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    Identity and Citizenship: An Indian Perspective

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    India counts amongst its citizens the third largest Muslim population in the world and the largest Muslim minority anywhere. It is a truism that the⋅⋅⋅
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    Why Write?

    Henry Miller’s 11 commandments on writing

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    In the early 1930s, Henry Miller penned down what he called 11 commandments on writing while working on Tropic of Cancer, the novel that will⋅⋅⋅
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    Why I Write

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    From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between⋅⋅⋅
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    Writing is a concentrated form of thinking.

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    Writing is a concentrated form of thinking. I don’t know what I think about certain subjects, even today, until I sit down and try to⋅⋅⋅
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    Africa Rising

    Abe’s African Safari: Will it pay off?

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    At the beginning of the year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a trip to Africa, visiting Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Mozambique. This was the⋅⋅⋅
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    Africa and the International Criminal Court

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    The opposition of many African governments to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is not new. Since 2008, when former ICC prosecutor Moreno Ocampo launched charges⋅⋅⋅
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    Rising terrorism: An emerging threat to rising Africa

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    The story of a rising Africa, and specially its economic resurgence, is one that can’t be easily passed over. Between 2011-2015, the International Monetary Fund⋅⋅⋅
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    Books Reviews

    Recreating ethos of the Tagore women

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    It is a book that immerses the reader in its rich descriptions of a life that ceased to be more than a century ago. It⋅⋅⋅
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    Book and poetry

    Of day-dreaming, living in home of poetry, benevolence in India

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    Poet and novelist Simon Armitage lives in West Yorkshire, but his true home is that numinous place called poetry. He likes to think of himself⋅⋅⋅
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    Sunetra Gupta: Juggling science and writing, playing music with words

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    For years Dr Sunetra Gupta has been working on mathematical models to make sense of the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease systems at the University⋅⋅⋅
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    The Nowhere Man II: The Unnameable, Say what you want to say, Truth or Mime

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    The Unnameable The sea sings a sad song, Waves whisper intimacies Abyss is the Beloved. He desires no belonging, Only a deep-down sadness parted lips,⋅⋅⋅
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    Travel

    Border-crossing: Supper in Sweden, Dinner in Denmark

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    For those of us living in India, crossing over casually is a distant dream. Even though India and Pakistan were one over six decades ago,⋅⋅⋅
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    The Arts

    A breath of fresh air: Emerging artists set to transform India’s art market

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    They are bold, innovative, experimental and hungry to be heard and seen. Emerging artists are clearly the new toast in the art world even as⋅⋅⋅
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    BUSINESS WITH INDIA • CORPORATE INDIA

    ‘India to be world’s 3rd largest economy by 2028’

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    Amid none-too-bright bright forecasts for the Indian economy in the near term, this projection should bring some cheer to those betting on the India growth⋅⋅⋅
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    CHINA CONNECT

    Afghan muddle: China seeks closer cooperation with India

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    BEIJING: Against the backdrop of the impending drawdown of foreign combat troops from Afghanistan, China has sought closer cooperation with India in combating terrorism and⋅⋅⋅
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    DAILY FIX

    First terror strike to hit Buddhist site: What’s the message?

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    The holy Bodhi tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment centuries ago, has emerged unscathed, but a string of horrendous blasts⋅⋅⋅
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