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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Just when the Supreme Court is determined to impose outdated and unnecessary concepts of patriotism, in the mistaken belief our love of our country needs to be more visibly displayed and re-inforced, a novel by a former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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At a South Asian summit in the Maldives during the Zardari era, Pakistan decided to acknowledge its past assertively, not as it imagined its history through the familiar neo-religious prism as, say, Ziaul Haq would see it, but as it actually transpired.  
 
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India formally adopted gender budgeting in 2005. In that year, finance minister P. Chidambaram included in the budget documents a separate statement on spending programmes that benefit women in particular. It was his predecessor Yashwant Sinha who began the preparatory work for a shift to gender budgeting.  
 


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spotlight image Vitaly A. Prima, Ambassador of Belarus to India for close to five years, is very enthusiastic about the future of bilateral relations as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. Resident in New Delhi, Prima is also his country’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
 
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India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
 
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
 
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I recently received an extraordinary email from a troubled young Kashmiri in Srinagar. Days before the Indian authorities turned off the internet, Saif (not his real name) had watched on YouTube the 45-minute video documentary Crossing the Lines — Kashmir, Pakistan, India that I had helped make in 2004 and mostly agreed with its
 
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The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.
 
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  The resounding victory of President Hassan Rouhani, who had sought re-election on a platform of moderation and engagement with the outside world, is a strong endorsement by the Iranian people for political change.
 
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  The US announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday as President Donald Trump visited Riyadh on his maiden foreign tour.
 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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