Genie in a Bottle: Trisha Mukhopadhyay
An Unquenched Thirst of A Speaking Mind
By A Correspondent
Trisha Mukhopadhyay is a popular radio host, motivational speaker, leadership coach, voice artist and a digital strategist from New Jersey. And Namaskar Indiawaale and Hello World is what she says to greet her wide audience.
Trisha grew up as a military child along with her ever-inspiring three siblings, travelled throughout the Indian sub-continent with her own set of heroes - her mother and father, experienced different cultures, befriended new people, and learned to embrace diversity with open arms. She was the recipient of the National Best All Rounder Student award from the Prime Minister of India in 1989 on the Nehru birth centenary and has thereafter won numerous awards in the US and overseas. She won the Karaoke Queen Singing Sensation by Mother India and EBC Radio New Jersey and was the winner of the NRI Antakshari award in New York.
Not Just A Jhalak Choreographer: Shampa Gopikrishna
By A Correspondent
She is a choreographer who has taken three celebrities to victory in Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa. Daughter of the famous Kathak dancer and composer, Gopi Krishna, Shampa Gopikrishna is becoming a name to reckon with in the Bollywood choreography scenario.
“My Dad used to often joke that I have been dancing since I was in my mother’s womb,” says a candid Shampa. “However, it wasn’t until I graduated from college that I realised my passion and calling for dance, and that I wanted to take it up as a full time career.”
All Willing: A True Story
By Kapal Dhir *
Mohan (name changed) had a paralytic attack. His left side got immobilised and after many tests and hospitalisation for a few days, he was allowed to stay at home with instructions to be very particular in getting medicines. He was thus confined to bed and reduced to a state where he was dependent on his wife and other family members for his basic physical needs. Even for using the washroom, he needed help.
South Asian Nuclear Arms Race Accelerates Amid India-Pakistan Standoff
By Sampath Perera
Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats.
India and Pakistan came perilously close to all-out war last fall, after India boasted it had terminated its policy of “strategic restraint” and would continue to mount military strikes inside Pakistan until Islamabad stops all logistical support for the anti-Indian insurgency in Kashmir.
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India May Abandon 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy: Expert
India may abandon its 'no first use' nuclear policy and launch a preemptive strike against Pakistan if it feared that Islamabad was likely to use the weapons first, a top nuclear expert on South Asia has claimed.
Vipin Narang, an expert on South Asian nuclear strategy, made the remark at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Narang said, "There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first."
Nuclear versus Conventional Weapons
A debate on India’s Defense Budget (2017-18) Hike
By Asma Khalid
The principle purpose of the nuclear weapon is to deter the adversary to ensure the national security. International scholars has identified that states contribute in the nuclearisation process for various reasons ranging from status-quo to security threats, deterrence, offensive strategies and enhancing the state’s standing in international arena.
Since beginning, the role of nuclear weapon has not much evolved since its origin. Such as during the Cold-War era nuclear capability was used to deter and maintain the balance of power among two symmetric adversaries and nuclear doctrine of the states was perusing state-centric policy.
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Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is the Latest Victim
By Shamsul Islam
Once a prime national centre of historical research, ICHR has been totally handed over to the RSS pracharaks. It is nobody’s argument that RSS cadres have no right to influence research in Indian history. But as George Orwell in his masterpiece ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ (1949) wrote, it should not be left to the whims of a section of the sectarian ruling elite which specializes in daily changing historic records to fit its polarising propaganda goals of the day. The deliberations at recently concluded three-day (February 8-10, 2017) national seminar on Subhas Chandra Bose and Indian National Army organized by ICHR show that even George Orwell and practitioners of post-truth dictum would be embarrassed by reliance on sheer false-hood by the RSS historians and leaders invited for the seminar.
Communalising Population Growth: Understanding Demographic Data
By Ram Puniyani
The biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth have been used by communal forces to divide the society. This became apparent once again when Minister of state of Home, Kiren Rijuju tweeted that that Hindu population is decreasing in the country as Hindus don’t convert and that minorities in India are flourishing unlike in the neighbouring countries.
Threat of decline in Hindu population and increase in population of minorities is being propagated time and over again. As per the data of 2011 census figures, Hindu population now stands at 79.8 % and Muslim population at 14.23%. “The data on Population by Religious Communities of Census 2011 show that between 2001 and 2011, Hindu population grew by 16.76 per cent, while that of Muslims by 24.6 per cent.
Anti War Is Not Anti National: Gurmehar Kaur And Internet Trolls
By T Navin *
The recent attacks on Gurmehar Kaur by Internet Trolls firstly, for her criticism of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) violence at Ramjas College and secondly, for her expression of anti war sentiments through the Video made by her last year point to the aggressiveness of forces of hyper nationalism to put down alternative viewpoints. In this hyper nationalism, any dissent expressed against the acts of saffron bodies becomes an anti-national act. So is also the case with expression of a sentiment against war and calling for universal brotherhood. Any critique of hyper nationalism is followed by a series of threats. If the dissent expressed is by a female, the threats are usually that of rape.