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The Pulwama terrorist attack and its aftermath - good, bad and ugly! By Anil Bhat

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with 350 kg of explosives into a bus, part of a large security convoy, carrying 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), killing them all.

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Lessons in democratic decision making – the Gandhian way
By Anil K. Rajvanshi

So at the start of his 150th birth anniversary let us all remember Gandhi and try to follow his path of democratic style of functioning - taking everybody together and his appeal to higher emotions in all of us so that we show love and peace for our fellow countrymen, writes Anil K Rajvanshi

Mahatma Gandhi: The ultimate benchmark for probity in public life

While Gandhi and his way of life and philosophy are now admired all over the world, many seem to believe that he was a unique and extraordinary person whose lifestyle needs to be admired but cannot be emulated or practiced.  It appears doubtful that now. or in the future, people across the world would even attempt to reach the benchmarks and standards in personal life and conduct that Gandhi set for himself and showed for the world. writes N.S.Venkataraman

A message to Pakistan: Answering Islamabad's lies and subterfuge
Anil Bhat

In Pakistan’s history, whenever its civilian head of state even mentioned about talks, Pakistan army responded immediately with a telling terrorist  attack as a reminder, that peace with India cannot happen. 

CJA deplores new Bangladesh digital law, says it muzzles free expression

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) expresses its acute concern at the passage by the Bangladesh parliament of the Digital Security Act, a draconian step which bodes ill for human rights and free expression in Bangladesh.

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