Decoding the Mahatma, World Cup trivia, geography

An original analysis of who was responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's death, a reader-friendly guide spanning 40 years of the cricket World Cup and getting to know the incredible geography of India - the IANS book stack this weekend is a power house of information. Take a look.

1. Book: The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi; Author: Makarand R. Paranjape; Publisher: Random House India; Pages: 331; Price: Rs.599

Indian democracy at the crossroads under current political dispensation

Transcript of Ashghar Ali Memorial lecture

By Ram Puniyani,

I begin this lecture paying tribute to my very dear friend, Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, with whom I had the rare privilege of working with for close to two decades. Dr. Engineer was a unique scholar-activist, totally committed to the dream and vision of a humane society that honours the values of diversity and where human rights for all are the defining point.

दिल्ली चुनाव : छोटी गलती पर बड़ी पकड़

By मो. आसिफ़ इक़बाल,

देश की राजधानी दिल्ली फ़िलहाल सियासी पार्टियों और उनके प्रत्याशियों का अखाड़ा बनी हुई है. हर तरफ शोर-शराबा, जलसे-जुलूस, भाषण और घोषणाएं मौजूद हैं, जिन्होंने दिल्ली में एक विचित्र माहौल पैदा कर दिया है. ऐसा नहीं है कि दिल्ली में पहली बार चुनाव होने जा रहे हैं. लेकिन इसके बावजूद देश की दो बड़ी राजनीतिक पार्टियां - सत्तारूढ़ भाजपा और पिछले पंद्रह साल दिल्ली में सरकार में रहने वाली कांग्रेस - दोनों ही कुछ हैरान-परेशान दिख रही हैं. इन दो सबसे बड़ी राजनीतिक दलों की इस परेशानी दिल्लीवाले पहली बार महसूस भी कर रहे हैं.

केजरीवाल : क्यों कर रखा है सबको बेहाल ?

By ज़जम for,

जब हमारा देश दुसरे गियर से पांचवे गियर में जाने की तैयारी कर रहा है तब 5 फ़ीट 5 इंच का आदमी देश की राजधानी को सर पर उठा रखा है।

जब लोग भारत को सोने की चिड़िया और सुपर पावर बनने का सपना देख रहें हैं तब इस आदमी ने सड़क -बिजली-पानी की बात कर मज़ा ही किरकिरा कर दिया.

Modi-Obama's bulletproof summit: Was it climate-proof?

By Rajendra Shende,

When US President Barack Obama alighted from his bulletproof car on Rajpath on Jan 26, he was received by a steady drizzle before being ushered to a bulletproof enclosure for viewing the Republic Day parade. The colossal and colorful crowd showed climate-proof enthusiasm, climate-proof because the rains were not able to rein in their fervor.

Dhoni's men can get inspired by Paes

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Late last week, three things kept Indian sport in focus. The cricket team failed to make the tri-series final to end a dreadful tour of Australia, a Dutchman has been named the new national hockey coach and Leander Paes partnered another Martina (Hingis) to win his seventh Grand Slam title in mixed doubles to add to his eight in the men's doubles.


India's recent geopolitical and geo-economic engagement

By Amit Kapoor,

One of the key areas where the new government has focused aggressively is the area of external affairs. Prime Minister Naarendra Modi has shown initiative in framing the present geoeconomic and geopolitical challenges from India’s viewpoint. The rationale seems to be to aim for strategic speed in the initial years of the government and thereby to create strategic space for long-term gain and advantage. Nation states tend to be concerned about their individual competitive advantage for growth, wealth and prosperity. Part of this has to do with avoiding confrontation while pursuing one’s national interest. It involves diplomacy while engaging and collaborating with other nation states on issues of strategic and economic importance.

Why the Hindi belt must embrace English

By Birbal Jha,

Today, most people are aware that English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Moreover, English is no longer a foreign language in the strictest sense. Having the ability to contact with people globally and travel easily is just two of the many reasons for gaining English language skills.

Obama's 'internal-peace' proviso to upgrade US-India ties

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

Through his farewell address to the people of India, including a large posse of the youth - delivered at Siri Fort auditorium built in the yesteryear's campus of Alauddin Khilji's Fort in Delhi - US President Barack Obama clarified in no uncertain terms that his concurrence to lift the level and intensity of US-India relations to a higher orbit is patently conditional.

Politics of Batla House Encounter

By Tanzil Asif,

Batla House Encounter has always been a hot political agenda in all Muslim dominated areas of Delhi esp. Okhla since it’s occurrence in September 2008. This time the issue seems to have faded at least from Jansabhas and speeches of our netas. People can be seen in small groups discussing who did what to prove the encounter fake legally and politically.