Herbal Park, a metaphor for today’s India

By Jaspal Singh,

During a recent journey down the Shivaliks along the Jamuna river, we soon crossed the ranges to be in the plains, on the main highway that connects Delhi to Badrinath. Sugarcane fields and newly-sown wheat dotted both sides of the road.

We decided to make a stop at a park called ‘Herbal Park’. As the name suggests, it is a park with different medicinal and other herbs. Created by the Haryana government, it was well laid out, studded with beautiful log cabin cottages.

Modi's proposal of Yoga Day adopted at UN, backed by 175 countries

By Arul Louis,

United Nations: In a huge global endorsement for yoga, 175 out of 193 members of the UN, countries as diverse as the US and Syria, Russia and Britain, and China and the Philippines, agreed by acclamation Wednesday to declare June 21 the International Yoga Day, recognizing the ancient Indian science's "holistic approach to health and well-being".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had proposed holding an international yoga day in his UN General Assembly speech Sep 27, voiced his elation on twitter. "Elated! Have no words to describe my joy."

​Azeem … Ever Glowing Candle!

Candles melt, candles burn out, candles can be blown out. But Azeem is a candle who will neither melt, nor burn out, or be blown out. Working as a counselor, spreading light all around by bringing people out of their shells of fear, shame, shock, depression, dismay and hopelessness, Azeem Bolar has shown how one can turn one’s disability into a positive ability to help others.

By Nigar Ataulla for,

Raping is my right: You taught me!

By Daud Arif for,

Who am I?

I am a male for whom my family might have killed my unborn sister, or perhaps sisters, till they got to know it is me who is going to come in this world. You see, how honored I am in the hierarchy even before I arrive on the earth?

Numbers and more numbers, but no welfare!

An analysis of NMDFC Micro-Finance scheme

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Indian bureaucracy has a strange fascination for numbers. Success is measured in the quantum of money spent under a scheme rather than the effectiveness or impact of that scheme on the lives of beneficiaries. As a result, government reports also include number of beneficiaries served, as if more people under an ineffective scheme will correct the poorly-designed schemes.

आगरा में ‘घर-वापसी’ या जबरन ‘घर-बदली’?

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

भाजपा की मौजूदा सरकार में जो साम्प्रदायिक और सामुदायिक उठापटक देखने को मिल रहा है, उसका लगभग एक वीभत्स स्वरूप इस हफ़्ते की शुरुआत में आगरा में देखने को मिला जब यहां के 57 मुस्लिम परिवारों ने ‘पुरखों की घर-वापसी’ कार्यक्रम में अपना कथित धर्म-परिवर्तन कराकर हिन्दू धर्म स्वीकार कर लिया.

India has unprecedented opportunity to lead by 'Good Climate Governance'

By Rajendra Shende,

The inconvenient truth is not that global warming is undeniably unequivocal but that we are unable to address it with the required urgency. And the convenient truth is not that India is entering a demographic dividend period and has a demagogue prime minister, but that India is yet to draw a road map to leverage these rewards and gains to deal with the climate change.

Anand model: Community approach will work best for Swachh Bharat campaign

By Animesh Banerjee,

During his first Independence Day speech on Aug 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call for a nationwide cleanliness drive, emphasising the imperative of cleanliness in our lives and its role in improving the overall health and hygiene of the nation. In order to make it more inclusive and driven by citizens, he then invited several leaders, celebrities and noted citizens to participate in pushing this movement further in their regions of influence.

The geopolitics of Putin's visit to India

By Monish Gulati,

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in New Delhi on Dec 11 to attend the 15th annual India-Russia Summit. The yearly meeting of the leaders of Russia and India, alternatively hosted by Moscow and New Delhi, was last held in Moscow in October 2013. The current visit will be the first full-fledged summit between India and Russia after the Modi government too9k office in New Delhi.

Are all Indians sons of Ram?

By Ram Puniyani,

During the anti-colonial movement, Mahatma Gandhi emerged as the tallest of leaders and was called ‘Father of the Nation’ Rashtrapita. This term was first used by Subhash Chandra Bose in a Radio address in 1944 and later approved, accepted and upheld by majority of Indians.