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Gujarat model for madrasas

Modi and Madrasa… Sounds odd? The one an anathema to the other? That’s what the Congress, RJD, SP, BSP and other divisive parties like the TMC besides self-appointed messiahs of the Indian Muslim community would like us to believe.

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These 8 Indian women are leading the Indian art world

There is a day in Northern India, during the full moon period in October, when Hindu women fast for their husbands. This is just one example of the way in which women in India are, by and large, subservient to men. Though the country has had a female president, and several regions contain matriarchal societies, most industries—including science, tech, cinema, architecture, politics, and tourism—are still dominated by men. The art worlds of Delhi and Mumbai might represent the only field led by more women than men, and those women occupy myriad roles.


Dialogue that enlightens us all

It was in September 2015, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated a wide and intricate outreach to countries that have been shaped by the ideals and legacy of Buddha. It will be interesting, thus, to once again look at that effort in the backdrop of the Lumbini conference this month. 


His name is Sadiq Khan

“My name is Sadiq Khan and I’m the Mayor of London,” he said after a bitterly fought election. Whether or not he meant it as just a statement of fact, for voters of South Asian origin in the British capital the words would have carried a particularly affirming resonance. In the end, Mr. Khan triumphed easily in the May 5 vote, giving his Labour Party much-needed cheer.

Giving a stranger the gift of life

Have you registered for organ donation? If not, you must know that a positive gesture from your side can give a new lease of life to someone in need. Summing up the feelings of lakhs of patients waiting for a transplant, Nozer H Canteenwalla, a kidney recipient from Mumbai said. “You have your whole life infront of you to lead it the way you want to. You can be good, bad, happy or sad, you can make money and do whatever you want to till you are alive; the choice is all yours, but after your death, don't let your family bury you or burn you before your organs are donated to those who need it. Save lives so that someone can lead a long and happy life.”

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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


India urges OPEC to move to responsible oil pricing

India on Wednesday urged the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel to move to responsible pricing of oil and gas, saying the current prices are posing a threat to fragile w...