Bridging past and future: Nalanda University comes alive after 8 centuries


    After 821 years Nalanda, an ancient seat of learning and cultural exchange located in India’s eastern state Bihar, has once again come alive, linking the past and the present and building a bridge to the future. India’s External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the academic session at the Nalanda University’s reincarnation into a modern global knowledge hub on September 19.
    “Today is a historic day for Nalanda University. It is a day when a vision has become a reality. It is a day when all roads are leading to Nalanda. For us, Nalanda University is the link between the past and the present and the bridge to our future,” the minister said while planting a ‘peepal’ sapling which will blossom into a sturdy tree of knowledge in days to come.

    Al Qaeda delusional, Indian Muslims will live & die for India: Modi


    In an unambiguous response to extremist Islamic organisations seeking recruits from India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his belief that Indian Muslims will live and die for India, and stressed that Al Qaeda is “delusional” if it thinks they will join its barbaric campaign for global jihad.

    “My understanding is that they are doing injustice to the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional. Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India — they will not want anything bad for India,” said Modi in an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

    Scotland says ‘No’ to independence from UK


    After a long and sometime bitter campaign, voters in Scotland overwhelmingly chose to preserve its 307-year union with England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The final results showed that the unionist “No” side received 55.30 percent of the votes, while the separatist “Yes” side received a little less than 45 percent. “There can be no disputes, no reruns – we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people,” said Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on September 19. “They have kept our country of four nations together. As I said during the campaign it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end,” said a distinctly relieved Mr Cameron


    US new envoy to India: Rich Verma to enrich India-US relations


    Marking a milestone moment in the annals of the Indian-Americans’ success story in the US, President Barack Obama has named Richard Rahul Verma, a consummate Washington insider,⋅⋅⋅

    India-US ties will deepen, move into higher sphere: Modi


    Days before he heads on his maiden visit to the US, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has articulated his conviction that the India-US partnership will⋅⋅⋅

    India-US Partnership Day on September 30

    Modi Obama

    Underlining the importance of the forthcoming visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US, the US Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution⋅⋅⋅

    Politics / Policy

    Takeaways from the 2014 Floods in J&K

    The unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), have wrecked havoc and led to widespread loss of life and damage to property. While the focus⋅⋅⋅

    India’s smart 100: 10 cities, 10 lessons

    smart cities

    Narendra Modi seems serious about building 100 smart cities. Just look at how the port city of Dholera in Gujarat is shaping up. It’s might⋅⋅⋅

    India targets $100 billion investment for clean power


    Clean and Green. This seems to be the mantra of the Modi government, which is looking to net investments worth $100 billion over the next⋅⋅⋅

    The Quote Hanger

    What we need now is not so much a romantic re-creation of the past but rather a rigorous study to adapt the best of the old traditions to modern times- Vishakha N.Desai

    In Conversation

    ‘Japan is India’s all-weather friend, China needn’t worry’


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s August 30-September 3 visit to Japan is laden with great expectations and hopes of substantive outcomes, which can transform the geopolitical dynamics of Asia. In this conversation with, Sanjaya Baru, a well-known commentator on foreign affairs and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, speaks about the unique character of India-Japan relations, Japan’s starring role in the development of India and his expectations from the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan. Baru, the author of The Accidental Prime Minister and Director of Geo-economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, predicts a robust future of India-Japan relations and underlines that Japan is and will be India’s all-weather friend in days to come.

    Vietnam is India’s all weather-friend: Vietnam envoy


    India’s multifaceted ties with Vietnam are poised to acquire greater strategic and economic weight. The visit of India’s External Affairs Minister to Vietnam August 25-26 is set to impart a fresh momentum to this burgeoning partnership, bound by a confluence of strategic, economic and energy interests. Sushma Swaraj’s trip will set the stage for the state visit by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee to Vietnam in September.

    In this exclusive interview with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network (, Vietnam’s ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Tan speaks about Vietnam’s expectations from the forthcoming visit by India’s foreign minister, the growing knowledge partnership between India and Vietnam and predicts an all-round acceleration in bilateral ties in days to come.

    ‘India’s Look East Policy 3.0 is turning real’


    In this conversation with India Writes Network, Rajiv Bhatia, Director-General of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and a former Indian envoy to Myanmar, speaks about the future trajectory of India’s multi-layered relation with Myanmar, the importance of the minister’s first visit to the South Asian country and New Delhi’s burgeoning relations with ASEAN and the East Asia region.


    India to become a major export hub by 2030: HSBC

    India has the potential to become the world’s fifth-largest exporter of goods by 2030, according to HSBC, the global banking and financial services company. It highlighted⋅⋅⋅

    US manufacturers to India: Give us a level playing field


    The manufacturing industry in the United States has urged India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide them a level playing field and make bilateral trade⋅⋅⋅


    BJP’s Beijing


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has much greater political space at home than his predecessor Manmohan Singh in making more confident moves towards China. If Singh⋅⋅⋅

    Chinese daily warns against India-Japan front

    China Army

    Prime Minister Modi’s remarks in Tokyo about the “expansionist” tendency displayed by some countries have elicited sharp reactions from the official Chinese media. The comments⋅⋅⋅

    Africa Rising

    Demographic shift: Africa heading for population explosion


    Africa will herald one of the most radical demographic shifts of the century. Latest estimates indicate that by the end of the century, 40% of⋅⋅⋅

    US raises bar for Africa ties, billions to flow


    The first US-Africa summit ended on a high note, with US companies pledging investments worth $17 billion and President Barack Obama heralding Africa as a⋅⋅⋅

    US ups stakes, holds first summit with Africa


    Against the backdrop of the rise of Asian powers, most prominently China, in Africa, the United States is hosting its first summit with the resurgent⋅⋅⋅

    Culture / Books / Ideas


    China to be Guest of Honour at 2016 New Delhi Book Fair

    Xi flowers

    Seeking to build a knowledge bridge between the two ancient civilisations, India has selected China as the Guest of Honour at the New Delhi World⋅⋅⋅

    Australia’s cultural diplomacy: Ancient Shiva statues back in India


    Modi’s trip affirms India-Japan spiritual bonds

    Modi meditating

    Centuries-old spiritual connections came alive during India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, as ancient civilisational linkages were reaffirmed by the message of harmony⋅⋅⋅


    A conflicted family reunion

    Land where I flee

    BOOK REVIEW Book: Land Where I Flee; Author: Prajwal Parajuly; Publisher: Quercus A caustic grandmother, a lovable eunuch, and four orphaned siblings returning home to Gangtok after⋅⋅⋅

    Demystifying Tibetan culture: Uncle Tompa’s profane adventures


    In these 20 stories Rinjing Dorji narrates how Uncle Tompa gets the better of others through his trickery. The ‘others’ here are usually the rich, the foolish, the virtuous, and the stubborn. While tales of Uncle Tompa are very similar to those of other tricksters like the Persian Mullah Nusruddhin, or the American Cayote, Uncle Tompa’s stories differ because of the centrality of sex in his adventures.

    For Borges


    Silence is a Forest. Rootless words Perch on filtered sunlight, shadows dance with rhythm of swaying distance, dead wind caresses.   You are welcome to⋅⋅⋅

    Why Write?

    Ralph Ellison on nightmares and files


    So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I’ve learned some things. Without the possibility of action,⋅⋅⋅

    Anaïs Nin on creating worlds in which one can live


    Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to⋅⋅⋅

    Nicole Krauss on writing and misunderstandings


    “Why does one begin to write? Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak. Because⋅⋅⋅


    Border-crossing: Supper in Sweden, Dinner in Denmark

    Arial photo of the bridge with ferry passing under

    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,⋅⋅⋅

    At the Equator: A tryst with Assange, Darwin and sea lions


    Ecuador is probably the only country in the world named after a geographical feature – the equator. Crossing over from the Colombian border post near⋅⋅⋅

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