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India needs Uniform Civil Code; topi politics a villain

Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

The so-called ‘Idea of India' remains hostage to Left-liberal progressives and mullahs who find iniquitous personal laws more tantalising than equality before the law irrespective of faith and gender Every time secular India has demanded that the system of personal laws based on religious injunctions should be done away with, that...

From light unto darkness, lead me through fatwas

Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Should we look beyond India to understand why Islamism is dragging Muslims back to the past? Must we look elsewhere as to why Islamists believe in a joyless world? Is it necessary for a woman’s eyes to be covered while in observance of purdah? Is it necessary for her hands to...

Those who don’t show their anger are stronger

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

A life lesson to be learned from an old interview of master film-maker Satyajit Ray: Anger is best allowed to simmer within than to be shown immediately. It makes you stronger Many a Saturday evening I relive my other self — an expatriate (that is the closest, though not the exact,...

A grievous tragedy plays out in Chhattisgarh

Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

In which other half-decent country are medicines, as has been claimed, laced with rat poison? In which other country does the state allow the manufacture of tainted medicines and also buy them for mass distribution? A grievous tragedy is unfolding in Chhattisgarh, a tragedy that could have been avoided if officials...

Swachch Bharat is not a mere slogan; it’s a mission

Sunday, 09 Nov 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

The Prime Minister was not looking at photo opportunities on the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi when, broom in hand, he set out to inaugurate the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan The politics of cynicism practised by those who have ruled — as opposed to governed — India for more than six...

When Sikhs fell victim to bloodthirsty Congress mobs

Sunday, 02 Nov 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

For three days and four nights after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the killing and pillaging continued without the police, the civil administration and the Union Government, lifting a finger in admonishment At 9.30 am on October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi, iron-willed and iron-fisted Prime Minister of India, famously described by...

Withering of the Dynasty is the best thing to ever happen

Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Narendra Modi commands ten times more media mention than Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka put together. That would surprise only the classes who know nothing of the masses In a brief data-based analysis of media trends in India, the Wall Street Journal’s ‘India Real Time’ wonders, “What happened to the Gandhis?”...

Contemporary Bengal, Mamata and the Calcutta Diaspora

Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Trinamool Congress wants the Calcutta Diaspora, especially writers, to desist from writing on contemporary realities of West Bengal. Well, tough luck to Mamata Banerjee and her flatterers In a blog that followed anguished and angry commentary on the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal where every day brings...

Modi must take India-Israel ties to a new high

Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

The 10 years of UPA were a wasted decade as far as India-Israel relations are concerned. Narendra Modi’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu in New York signals the start of a new era It is a measure of popular interest to which media panders in its relentless quest for ratings, thereby dumbing...

Faith, myth and history merge in Jerusalem

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Politically correct history appeases a few but extracts a terrible toll of many. Jerusalem, more specifically Temple Mount, proves this point as nothing else does Faith can be a moving, living experience in the ancient walled city of Jerusalem where truth lies buried beneath and behind the gnarled stones that have...


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Series of events on World Photography Day

20 Aug 2018 | PNS | Ranchi

To mark the occasion of ‘World Photography Day’, members of Jharkhand Photographic Association organized photo-walk and on the spot photography contest on Sunday. The photographers captured the scenic beauty of Ghahari Dham located in Lapung block...

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