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Meditation can help douse body fires

Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense. Anytime we have disease or injury, body heals it by producing inflammation. Increase in blood flow and white cells at the injury site produces redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation is therefore like a fire burning inside the body.

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The Vajpayee legacy

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on April 21, 2003, about his just-concluded visit to J&K, PM Vajpayee spelt out his perspective on the way ahead to deal with the complex issues concerning the State. He spoke of major economic projects in areas like the development of road and rail infrastructure and promoting employment for the youth. 

Greater confidence-building measures needed in Kashmir

No doubt the condition of Kashmir has improved from what it was almost 50 days ago but it cannot be guaranteed that hostility will not pop up in future. The government should deal with sensitive issues with great concern and should furthermore build confidence and trust measures among the local people and the local government, writes Neha Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

Avert Sino-US showdown over South China Sea

China must be encouraged towards discussions by evolving a fresh global initiative so as to stall an imminent showdown in South China Sea. lt is certainly in the best interest of the world to not to let this regional rivalry blow up into a global  crisis, writes Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.  

Islamisation of kashmiriyat

In the chrysalis of myth-making in Kashmir Valley’s fast circulating tittle tattle, India is now perceived to be the undisputed enemy and with its neo intifada succeeding in removing security forces from large pockets of the Valley, the general impression on the rumour circuit is that India is on the rails and ready to give in. 

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India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development

China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.


Indias growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...