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Immortalising a saint-reformer-revolutionary's teachings

The details of Guru's renunciation of family life, his mediation in the wilderness, his interaction with people of different strata of society, his building of temples and fight against untouchability fit into the making of a saint revolutionary.

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Sustainable development should be part of democratic functioning

For the future of the planet, it is necessary to prominently include environment, biodiversity and sustainable development as part of democratic functioning. This aspect makes projects like ISA commendable as it can take democracies to a more environmentally sensible future

Russia, Syria invite probe into alleged chemical attacks

After United States President Donald Trump threatened that there would be a “big price to pay” for the alleged chemical attack in Syria, Russia and Syria have invited an investigation into the alleged chemical weapon strike in Syrian rebel-held territory.

Warren's criticism of Trump foreign policy has lessons for other countries

Opposition leaders in other parts of the world, including India, would do well to learn from Warren’s logical criticism of Trump. It is easy to criticize policies, but it is important to remain nuanced, and give constructive suggestions, like Warren, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini

Stephen Hawking: Graduating to metaphysics in India, yet unheard on climate change

After his visit to India in 2001, he crossed the boundary of rationality from astrophysics to metaphysics, writes Rajendra Shende

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Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra

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India-Australia free trade agreement soon?

 

The long-pending free trade agreement with Australia is expected to be cleared with Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu's visit to the country on June 26. T...

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