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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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Cultural diplomacy: Leveraging India's soft power

What is cultural diplomacy? In a study carried out in the U.K. a couple of years ago, the following definition was offered: "Cultural diplomacy may be best described as  a course of actions, which are based on and utilize the exchange of ideas, values,  traditions and other aspects of culture or identity, whether to strengthen relationships, enhance socio-cultural cooperation, promote national interests and beyond. Cultural  diplomacy can be practiced by either public sector, private sector or civil society." 

Who will break down patriarchy?

There is a brief, awkward moment at my mother’s cremation. Although we’re at the electric crematorium, as she desired, there are some rituals that my sister and I are performing as part of her last rites.

Vidya Bal: The feminist fighting India's entrenched misogyny

Being a woman in the Republic of India is a dangerous prospect thanks to entrenched misogyny that influences everything from violence on the street to extreme orthodoxy in religious institutions.

Miles to go for Dalit entrpreneurs

On Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary on Tuesday, political parties across the spectrum tried to stake claim on his legacy.

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.

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Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

A Chinese company has submitted the feasibility study report of a proposed monorail in Kathmandu city, taking forward China’s efforts to develop infrastructure in Nepal, as they are seekin...

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