In The Name Of ‘Gau Raksha’

My take on the recent fad of Gau Raksha or Cow Protection in India. Continue reading In The Name Of ‘Gau Raksha’

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The Global Oil Turmoil

Oil prices have been declining steeply over the past 18 months, from around $110 a barrel to about $26 a barrel now. Speculations are that this may even fall to $10-15 a barrel. This now comes as good news to the importers and other consumers, but it can invite an economic catastrophe in the long run. The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 stands as a testimony Continue reading “The Global Oil Turmoil”

Newspapers: The Next Endangered Species?

It is an open secret that newspapers are in dilemma in this digital age. Readership has declined and so has circulation. If the global scenario is to be observed, it is seen that hundreds of newspapers have closed down and many have gone bankrupt due to numerous ominous circumstances like deficiency of readership, lack of good journalists and staff, poor revenue generation etc. More and more newspapers are switching to digital versions which seem to be the new apple pie for the young generation today. Continue reading “Newspapers: The Next Endangered Species?”

Indian Elections: A Magnanimous Affair

(This is a short essay on the topic "Indian Elections: A Magnanimous Affair With Its Own Pros And Cons" written for a college project.)

VoteIndia is the largest democratic country in the world and it has also been the most successful democratic country so far. India has a permanent constitutional body, the Election Commission of India, which conducts the Indian Elections. The Constitution of India has vested in the Election Commission of India the superintendence, direction and control of the entire process for conduction of elections to Parliament and Legislature of every State, and to the offices of President and Vice-President of India. This body ensures free and fair conduction of elections Continue reading “Indian Elections: A Magnanimous Affair”

National Unity And Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

“Your goodness is impediment in your way. So let your eyes be red with anger and try to fight injustice with an iron hand.”

– Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, while addressing people in Bardoli, 12th March 1928.

SardarIndia is a land of diverse communities. The diversity of this land has existed since time immemorial. Travellers from different parts of the world had set foot in India and left their mark on its land. The exchange of culture and tradition can be accounted for India’s rich diversity. Many kings and emperors had invaded this land and left their imprints on the people. In the pre-independence era, India did not exist as a country like it is now. It was just a congregation of different states, each with their own rulers, internal affairs and indigenous people. The independent princely states had their own rules and code for law and Continue reading “National Unity And Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel”

Few Things To Remember For A Better Diwali

Diwali is coming…

1. When you shop and come back avoid talking about your purchases in the rickshaw/taxi in which you travel. The driver will feel bad because he can’t buy the same for his kids.

2. When you burst firecrackers, give some to your watchman so that he can give it to his kids. You dont need so much anyways. Continue reading “Few Things To Remember For A Better Diwali”

10 MUST KNOWs About India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

“…ISRO’s general philosophy is cost effectiveness. The Russians look for robustness and the Americans go after optimization. Our aim at ISRO was how do we get to Mars on a budget.”  -Kopillil Radhakrishnan, Chairman of ISRO

   Today, the 24th day of September 2014, India joined the elite group of countries which have their satellites orbiting the Red Planet. This feat was made successful by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), informally known as Mangalyaan (Sanskrit; Mangal-Mars, Yaan-craft). Here are a few facts you must know about India, Mars and The Mangalyaan: Continue reading “10 MUST KNOWs About India’s Mars Orbiter Mission”

Is India REALLY Independent? Think Again!

Today is India’s 67th Independence Day. Let me wish you all a very Happy Independence Day! On this date, we achieved our independence from the hands of the British. As a free nation, we have come a long way in the past years. We have advanced and developed more than many other countries freed from colonial masters during the same time as us. But what I have been pondering on this I-Day eve is that…are we really independent? If yes, how independent are we? A few points to elaborate our state of independency:

  1. Culture and Tradition

We take pride in the western culture. We have failed to look back at our own beautiful culture. We love wearing jeans, polos, shirts etc (Okay, I love them too). Continue reading “Is India REALLY Independent? Think Again!”

What leads to price rise in India?

Price rise and inflation have become very common terms today. Every now and then, we keep hearing these terms, be it in the radio, news channels or in the newspaper headlines. But what do they actually mean? And why do they occur? Is it always right to criticise the government for price rise or inflation?

  Inflation is the term used to denote the percentage increase of prices of different goods, commodities and services with respect to a relevant base year. It is also known as price rise in the general language of the people. Inflation is a serious cause of concern as it affects both the population and economy of a country. And India being a developing nation, inflation or price rise has a severe impact on it. This article highlights some factors that lead to price rise.

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A New Reservation Policy

I have seen many cases where a student ABC (belonging to the General category) scores high marks in a screening test but is deprived of his seat as another student XYZ (belonging to a reserved category) is given the seat in spite of scoring lower marks than ABC, just because he has the reservation advantage. ABC scored more than XYZ and is more intelligent as per the screening exam results. Yet, his score holds no value as he belongs to the General category.


The present scenario: A brief insight

   India has been a land of  diverse people ever since the ages. Not all people are alike. Different people carried out different occupations and based on that, Indians were divided long back into four main castes- Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras in a descending order of status. With the independence of Continue reading “A New Reservation Policy”

Is Media Lowering The Level Of Public Debate?

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“Whoever controls the media controls the mind.” – Jim Morrison

Before discussing about media, let us have a brief look at what media is. Media is the medium or way to reach a large audience by mass communication. Media can be divided into four main categories-

  1. Broadcast media: Includes radio, television, recorded music, films etc.
  2. Print media: Includes Newspapers, books, pamphlets, comics etc.
  3. Digital media: Internet and mobile mass communication (websites, blogs, email etc).
  4. Social media: Social networking sites and groups.

Now, I will be referring mainly to broadcast media and print media here, who I feel, is more responsible for Continue reading “Is Media Lowering The Level Of Public Debate?”