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Colonial Era Laws: Reason for unhealthy Democracies and low Human Development

Colonial laws have been acting as clogs in the wheel of development and democracy in South Asian Countries. On the International Day of Democracy, it's important to rethink about the existence of colonial laws.

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Vajpayee: From a nationalist to a statesman

It is with sadness that I learnt the Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sahib passed away today. He attained a ripe old age of 93. His was a long career in politics.

Vajpayee, a voice of sanity lost along the way

It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of coming to power.

Spiritual underpinnings of independence movement

Mahatma Gandhi more than anybody else also epitomized the spiritual underpinnings of our Freedom struggle. He was a spiritual human being and a great Karma Yogi.

Uttarakhand, an intriguing case of Hindutva politics

If we want to deconstruct Hindutva, we need to look at is regional avatars – its many regional Hindutvas. Uttarakhand is a case in point.  
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Lowest solar tariff underpins India's clean energy transformation: IEEFA

Gujarat's 500 MW solar tender results have delivered India's record low tariff of Rs 2.44 per kilowatt and this underpins the country's transformation to clean energy, US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said on Tuesday.

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Amid trade war, India looks to resume oil meal export to China

Amid the ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington, an Indian business delegation on Wednesday held talks with Chinese oil meal importers as New Delhi looks to resume export of its crop b...

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