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We live in exciting times. Marshall McLuhan would have termed this as a brand new world of allatonceness — a world where time has ceased, space has vanished.  
 
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In sharp contrast, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati, who won gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the Rio Paralympics, have received a muted response—only the sports ministry, the Tamil Nadu and UP governments have offered them cash rewards.  
 
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The surrogacy debate appears to have been hijacked by libertarians of various hues without due diligence on the very many issues that need to be addressed. To begin with, it is important to understand that surrogacy is not a natural biological process. Therefore, the procedure ought not to be accepted without proper scientific evaluation of the consequences thereof.  
 
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According to the latest census report, released earlier this year, 41 per cent of India’s population is below the age of 20 and nine per cent is above the age of 60. What does youth look like? It looks like India. In my work and travels across the country, I have observed three key trends — the young are initiative led, they will not accept the status quo and they will push for change. And the internet is their pet tool to engage and organise. 

 
 
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When B.R. Ambedkar was asked why he was so passionate about the issue of temple entry for Dalits, he replied: “The issue is not entry, but equality.” It did not matter to Ambedkar that he, himself, was indifferent towards religion, or that temple entry was hardly the solution to Dalit oppression. What did matter to him, however, was that one of the most powerful tools by which an unequal society expressed and reinforced its hierarchies — through the denial of equal access to religious and sacred spaces — had to be smashed.  
 
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Cooperative tools and exponential technologies are reshaping our globe. India no longer has to sit on the sidelines and wait for the future to unfold. We are now empowered to do our bit in changing the world. With a vision to develop affordable and accessible innovation for inclusive development, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has now sharpened its focus on the 800 million Indians living at the base of the economic pyramid.

 
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Couples of all ages have flocked to fertility specialists in the hope of having a baby and shaking off the stigma associated with being childless in India, the world's most populous country.

Couples of all ages have flocked to fertility specialists in the hope of having a baby and shaking off the stigma associated with being childless in India, the world's most populous country.
 
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Do you care what caste your Uber or Ola driver is? Do you even know the name of the person waiting on you at a restaurant, let alone his or her caste? Or the name of the delivery boy who brought hot pizza for you into your house? What about the nurse administering injections to you at a hospital? Unless you are a caste or sexist bigot, the answer universally is ‘no’.

 
 
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More male babies were victims of foeticide than female in 2014, the latest year for which data are available, according to national crime data, indicating the extent of under-reporting.

 
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In the context of drafting a national higher-education policy, Panjab University has taken a lead in opening serious discussions on reform initiatives, especially with a focus on systems of governance, financial management and decentralisation at all levels. 

 
 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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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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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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