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The futility of war Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Sahir Ludhianvi composed this poem after the 1965 India-Pakistan War. Its message is as relevant as it was then: only both sides are laced with nuclear weapons.

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The ‘Karmayogi’ for whom time was always short: Tribute to B. Raman

On 30th May, 2013, B Raman tweeted, “Hanumanji willing, shd be back home coming Saturday.” Instead, he left for his heavenly abode, yesterday 16th June, 2013 in the evening.

India as a 21st century power: The maritime dimension

Text of the Admiral Pereira Memorial Lecture at the Navy Foundation, Bengaluru, by Admiral Arun Prakash, delivered on  25th May 2013.

Indian think tanks need more policy support

Indian think tanks need more policy support By Nihit Goyal & Shweta Srinivasan Strong policy research is the cornerstone of policy formulation and a necessary condition for sustained good governance. However, it is widely acknowledged that the quality of policy research in India has been found wanting, both within and outside the government. Indicatively, not a single Indian think tank featured in the top 50 in 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Rankings, and only six of them made it to the top 150.

The electronic media and general elections 2013

The general elections of 2013 have laid bare the weaknesses of the electronic media especially pertaining to its commentator aspect. The results of the elections have shown that the number of seats being assigned to each political party (just a couple of days before the elections) by analysts (who used to appear on various TV talk shows or the TV election houses) was a grave miscalculation. Nevertheless, this problematic aspect is not without a history.

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Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection

The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee


Nepal's economy expanding, GDP growth 6.3 per cent: IMF

On February 8, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Nepal.