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If recent political jousting had the attributes of a comic opera, there is a silver lining. Thanks to the Election Commission, its reminder of the existence of dummy parties seeking tax advantages exposes the hypocricy on political funding of all establishments of today and yesterday.  
 
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The 18-month project, a partnership with SAI and Tata Trusts, focused on three key areas: rural livelihood creation (emphasis on the handicrafts and handloom sectors); educational, social and economic empowerment of women; and science and technology-based interventions for poverty alleviation.

 
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There has been a big stink about the inclusion of Maggie Thatcher and Germaine Greer on the latest list of powerful women. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, BBC's Woman's Hour chose seven females who, in their panel's opinion, have done the most to empower and shape women's lives over the past seven decades.

 
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Just when the Supreme Court is determined to impose outdated and unnecessary concepts of patriotism, in the mistaken belief our love of our country needs to be more visibly displayed and re-inforced, a novel by a former foreign secretary offers a refreshingly different perspective on true service to India. Its ‘hero’ Michael Marco is a shabbily-dressed, soft-spoken Somalian former diplomat. Everything about him suggests he’s unimportant, uninformed and irrelevant. Except he’s not.

 
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The Allahabad High Court, while dismissing two petitions and refusing to give any relief, has made interesting observations on triple divorce. There was no “judgment” as was reported in the media as judgment determines rights and liabilities.

  The Allahabad High Court, while dismissing two petitions and refusing to give any relief, has made interesting observations on triple divorce. There was no “judgment” as was reported in the media as judgment determines rights and liabilities.
 
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Everyday, millions of cases related to domestic violence goes unheard, unnoticed and unreported. Most of them take place behind closed doors. Domestic violence is a social evil in both developed and developing countries. It is the breeding ground for a patriarchal mindset. Below are several domestic violence stories, in India and abroad.  
 
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Sufism has a lot of different faces in the world and the one in South Asia is certainly very peculiar. In the wake of increasing religiously motivated violence and not-so-rare attacks on the shrines in Pakistan, the argument exists if Sufism is just a tolerant, mystical practice in this Islamic state or it’s a weapon that has the potential to backfire, further wounding rather than healing the domestic stability in Pakistan. 

 
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No. What put me off was the astounding lack of empathy that permeated most analyses in these groups. Day after day I was subject to people passing opinion on “groups”—Muslims, poor people, the unbanked, Syrians, Dalits, Trump voters, Hillary voters, black people, migrants, Brexiteers, Bremainers—with an astonishing lack of empathy.

 
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Indian diaspora is thematically and practically very unified in the lifestyle experience of the United States with the Indian community amalgamating both with the homeland and keeping in sync with the nation’s binding ethos. It’s a very regular and mainstreamed group distinct from others with much stronger inner identities

Indian diaspora is thematically and practically very unified in the lifestyle experience of the United States with the Indian community amalgamating both with the homeland and keeping in sync with the nation’s binding ethos. It’s a very regular and mainstreamed group distinct from others with much stronger inner identities

 
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In March this year, a Firstpost article had noted that the World Sufi Forum, an initiative by an apex body representing Sufi Muslims in India, was an effort showcasing the community's resilience against extremism and as "an effective antidote" to terrorism masked as "religious ideology".

 


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spotlight image China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the $ 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move likely to raise alarm in India.  
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image The prime minister is wrong if she thinks a poorer Britain is the price people want to pay for limiting free movement
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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spotlight image In May 2016, defence minister Manohar Parrikar had announced his ambitious plan to hike India's defence exports to two billion dollars by 2018, while adding the government would take into account the concerns while forging strategic partnership in the critical sector.
 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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