Anushila Shaw - From Lawyer to Photographer

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By A Correspondent

Have you ever wanted to quit your career and start over again?  Many of us fantasize about taking a leap into the unknown, even decades into our adult lives and careers, but there are always compelling reasons not to do so: family, a mortgage, or, simply, a fear of the unknown.  But one young Canadian photographer, a former banker and lawyer, is challenging the norms and taking the fashion photography industry by storm.

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Vibrant Brampton Creates History in Downtown Brampton

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By A Correspondent

The first ever South Asian festival – Vibrant Brampton – in Garden Square, downtown Brampton, was a huge success.  Thousands of people over the course of the day attended the show. Presenting a mix of classical and contemporary dance and music, Vibrant Brampton, showcased the best of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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14th Annual TD Festival of South Asia

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International and Bollywood Celebrities Attend

By A Correspondent

Gerrard India Bazaar BIA proudly presented the 14th Annual TD Festival of South Asia with an estimated crowd of 200,000 in rotation over the weekend of July 16-17, between Greenwood and Coxwell. For the first time, TD Festival of South Asia showcased a truly multi-disciplinary line-up of artists and including Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Live Arts installation on-site alongside the Performing Arts.

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What India’s NSG Application Does Not Say?

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By Waseem Qutab - The News

India has greatly politicised the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in past few months. Modi's proactive diplomacy is instrumental in creating this controversial situation and the media is abuzz since there was a stalemate over India's bid during Group's annual meeting in June at Seoul.

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Diplomatic Fiasco - Failure to Join NSG

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By John Cherian – Fontline

Though India is trying to blame China for the failure of its bid to join the NSG, it is clear that the United States had led the Indian government up the garden path.

It is now evident that the Indian government was led up the garden path on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership issue. The Indian diplomatic corps and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expended much time and energy in staking a claim for NSG membership. Modi made NSG membership look like India’s foremost foreign policy priority. Before the NSG plenary in Seoul on June 23-24, he hurriedly scheduled visits to Mexico, Switzerland and Uzbekistan to solicit support for India’s NSG bid.

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PM's Pick Shows Grassroots Workers, Not Those

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with Godfathers, Get Seat at High Table

By Prabhu Chawla

The measure of a man is what he does with power.”  Plato Democracy sans a credible leader is an edifice built by ignoring the basic tenets of the architecture of statecraft. In a parliamentary democracy, the Prime Minister shapes the government based on his or her own sense of national symmetry. Last week, when Narendra Modi expanded and reshuffled his council of ministers, he demolished the inflated egos of many masters of mass interpretation. He didn’t bow to the wishes of know-all political panjandrums. “To be seen in India, understand the scene in India” is his message.

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Exit Smriti Irani: Now HRD Ministry Should Be More Accommodative

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By Dr Vivek Kumar Srivastava

As was expected PM Narendra Modi shifted HRD minister Smriti Zubin Irani to less consequential position, the textile ministry, in the recent reshuffle of the council of minister. To have a particular minister in a particular position is the well established convention and the prerogative of PM in a parliamentary democratic system, on this ground the shifting is natural but at the larger canvass when this is analyzed, then several political realities come to the fore.

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Should RSS Volunteers be Permitted to Join Government Services?

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By Ram Puniyani – South Asia Citizens Web

An old controversy resurfaced lately. After the alleged denial of government jobs to candidates linked to the RSS, Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh, said last week that “the central government has not issued any such order (prohibiting government staff from joining RSS activities) recently”, and “if any old order exists, we will review it.” (16 June, 2016) RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya had already stated that, “Banning RSS members from joining government service; is unjust and undemocratic. Such bans hardly affect RSS work and morale of swayamsevaks.” (Indian Express 11 June 2016)

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Best Gift to the Nation is to Give Economic Reforms

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in Current Form Quiet Burial on Silver Jubilee

By Prabhu Chawla

Discoursing on reforms in a deformed democracy is like being risqué in a morality play. For India’s Les Misérables, the markets are as alien as the latest iPhone. Yet the ruling establishment doesn’t miss an opportunity to ascend the soapbox to shout for economic reforms, which has only widened the gap between the rich and the poor. The Supreme Court judgments attract ire and fire of the moneyed class, who claim that these affect the investment environment. Recently, when the court directed deregistration of 15-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi, a senior law officer moaned it will drive away investors. Past judicial pronouncements against corporate greed have been berated as excessive judicial activism.

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FDI Liberalisation and RBI Governor’s Exit at What Cost?

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By Arun Kumar *

The PMO has stated that the Indian economy is now the most open since FDI inflow has been liberalised further and restrictions in certain sectors have been reduced. The Opposition has linked the move to Dr Rajan’s announcement that he would not seek a second term as the RBI Governor. It is not that he has resigned. They argue that anticipating negative reaction in the markets, the government had to announce concessions to counter it. The two items of news are certainly connected as signals to lobbies in the BJP and international agencies.

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Did Ashoka’s Embracing Buddhism

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Promoting Ahimsa Weaken India?

By Ram Puniyani – Peoples Voice

The Past is used by communal politics for their present political agenda. In India, on one hand, we have the use of medieval history where the Muslim Kings are presented as ‘aggressors due to whom Hindu society had to suffer’, on the other now we are witnessing the distortion of ancient history being marshalled to undermine Buddhism vis a vis Brahmanism.

The figure chosen to make this point by communal forces is that of is Emperor Ashoka. Incidentally, Noble Laureate Amartya Sen regards Ashoka and Akbar as the two greatest Emperors to have ruled India.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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