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10 December 1948, marked International Human Rights Day, the day that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) was adopted. In honour of this occasion, the winter session our Parliament raised the issues of human rights violations in Tibet and Jammu and Kashmir. Similar issues were discussed by civil society organisations, including a talk on human right violations against refugees…

As I drove off the Yamuna Expressway, toward Vrindavan, I could not help thinking it was slightly ironic that I was attending the inauguration of a helicopter service in a town that still needs better road connectivity.On reaching the venue ground, seeing massive crowds that had gathered to commemorate this event, the expressions on their faces and the general excitement,…

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi The discourse on political and social change is often viewed through the lens of policies and legislations, commonly known as a “top-down” perspective. The bottom-up perspective, however, deserves as much, if not more, importance in a nation like ours where we tend to believe our strength lies…

The Complex Puzzle of Growth: The word "complex" is inevitable a part of the discourse on South Asia. SAPAC’s discussion with Partha Ghosh this week on the “Complex Puzzle of Growth in India and China” perhaps testifies to this. It’s difficult to paint a holistic picture of South Asia without acknowledging its complexity, relevant to our last blog on the…

A political paralysis: It’s the term the economist used to describe the current state of affairs in India. If you happen to be here and turn on the news channels, you might think otherwise. Our heated debates can be misleading. But unfortunately they’re always centered on the same topic, involve the same people and usually are more dramatic then informative.…

We in the media look at an India where the glass is always half empty, need to discover a half full India too. - Rajdeep Sardesai MUMBAI — Earlier this year, I blogged about "The dilemma of democracy" and Pritish Nandy's accurate depiction of the Indian mentality:  “What is most corrosive in India today is cynicism; it is the idea that nothing can change.” So have recent events…

I submitted this for the "Experience India” writing competition held by The Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. The prompt was What is your vision about India 10 years from now? Even though I didn't win, I thought it would be interesting to share:  100 years of freedom struggle, 64 years of independence, 20 years of economic liberalization and what I…

Mumbai, INDIA — When you go out into the streets tomorrow and find that business is still going strong, that nobody is afraid to walk the streets to work, that defiance beats terror every single time in my city, that's when you'll know you truly failed. I can't wait to be home. Pray for Mumbai. Taken from a friend's Facebook…

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