Kriti - A Real Psychological Thriller

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By Sam Mukherjee

Drum rolls, please…And welcome Shirish Kunder's short film, Kriti.    

Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Radhika Apte and Neha Sharma, it was released online on June 22nd and instantly took the Internet by storm.

3 million views in 5 days!  That's the kind of storm we are talking about.

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Subhadra Vijaykumar: Violinist Par Excellence

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By Aruna Mallya Gupta *

Internationally travelled Subhadra Vijaykumar, a Toronto based violinist, is the Founder and Artistic Director of Radha Carnatic Violin Creations whose mission is to earn global recognition for the Carnatic style of playing the western violin. Radha Carnatic Violin Creations has performed across the GTA showcasing this style of playing to a very diverse audience. Subhadra has collaborated with artists from different musical genres including western classical and folk, African and Hindustani tradition. A peek at her social media site, gives one an insight into the amazing array of musical interludes of this versatile artiste
https://www.facebook.com/Radha-Academy-of-Carnatic-Violin-279519345440119/

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India’s New-Aligned Movement

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By Imran Khan

All countries of the world depend on each other for trade, commerce and other needs. I mean who on earth can claim to be self sufficient, and to add to it, science and technology has made the whole world a global village. Such a situation has made the countries of the world interdependent as never before. Thus to end violence and contribute to world peace, the countries of the world need to cooperate and not just engage in strategic and military alliance. History is testimony to the fact that selfishness, greed, intolerance, enmity, lingering conflicts, power obsession, blocks and grouping etc has already led to destruction and human suffering in the form of World War I and II.

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Newly Minted Modi Coins Will Need Lots of Energy

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To drive out old currency SoRa

By Prabhu Chawla   

In the absurd algorithm of politics, winning an election  alone doesn’t guarantee success. Even a loser accrues more power if his followers still crave for his stewardship. Public visibility remains in its burnished state, and the leader remains as the cynosure of media vision. The Gandhis, from Indira to Sonia, have faced adverse party conditions after electoral defeats. Yet they never lost control over the Congress. Splits notwithstanding, the ‘real’ Congress has survived only under a Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi couldn’t serve victory to his 120-year-old party in the recent Assembly elections.

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BJP Two Year Rule: Failure on Many Fronts

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Economic Slowdown, Social Divide And Institutional Erosion

By Pushkar Raj

The BJP has completed two years in office recently showcasing its achievements with public money followed by the national executive meeting of the party. The prime minister has congratulated his government for its achievements of ‘development’ of the country. In reality, however, while the Indian economy has underperformed in the last two years as compared to a recent past, socially and institutionally too the country’s performance tumbled downwards which is a matter of concern not a celebration.

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Nehru Passed up US Offer to Test Nuclear Weapons

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PTI - Hindustan Times

India need not have had to make desperate efforts now to get membership of elite NSG had former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru accepted the then US President John F Kennedy’s offer of helping the country detonate a nuclear device much before China did in 1964, according to former foreign secretary Maharajakrishna Rasgotra.

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Narasimha Rao, Not Vajpayee, Was the PM

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Who Set India on a nuclear explosion path

Book Excerpt

Half Lion: How P.V. Narsimha Rao Transformed India

Rao’s biographer delves into the mystery of his decision not to conduct a nuclear test.

By Vinay Sitapati – Scroll India

Two days after Narasimha Rao’s body was cremated in 2004, an emotional Atal Bihari Vajpayee paid his old friend a startling tribute. Rao was the “true father” of India’s nuclear programme. Vajpayee said that, in May 1996, a few days after he had succeeded Rao as prime minister, “Rao told me that the bomb was ready. I only exploded it.”

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Germany Supports Green Projects in India

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By IDN-InDepthNews

Leading German companies have expressed interest in backing three environmental undertakings of top priority to the Government of India. These relate to rejuvenating the legendary Ganges river and supporting a national campaign to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.

Known as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), the campaign covers 4,041 statutory cities and towns.

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Towards A TB Free India

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It cannot be a lone battle

By Shobha Shukla *

India carries the highest global burden of TB - a curable disease that kills one Indian every 90 seconds. There are 2.2 million new cases of TB in the country every year, out of which an estimated 71,000 cases are of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). This curable disease kills 110,000 HIV-associated TB cases also emerging annually in India, second only to South Africa, and the country accounts for 10% of the global TB/HIV burden. Between 2006 and 2014, TB cost the Indian economy a staggering $340 billion.

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Unmade In Their India

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Assam is counting its migrants. How real is the process, how humane?

By Dola Mitra

It was drizzling on the evening of May 18, the day before the counting for the assembly polls, held over a month ago. An anxious Zarina Khatun was busy luring her children, Zariful, 11, and Sania, 8, indoors with the promise of hot rotis and fried fish when the pol­ice arrived. A neighbour called up her husband Shamsul Haque, a van-ricks­haw puller; before he could rush back, the pol­ice had taken her away. The 37-year-old found herself in judicial custody on suspicion of being an “illegal immigrant”.

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Assam Election Results 2016: Challenges to Pluralist Ethos

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By Ram Puniyani *

This time around (2016 Elections) BJP has managed to come to power in Assam, though as a coalition with its allies. Its vote share this time came down to 29.5% from the earlier 36.5% (2014); still because of the strategically stitched alliances it beat the Congress in the number of seats won. BJP election appeal was centered on the divisive issue of Bangaldeshi immigrants. It took care to regard 3% native Muslims on the ground of ‘Native Assamese identity’ while the Bengali Muslims (32%) were singled out as immigrants; outsiders. The Bengali immigrant Hindus were projected as refugees. BJP’s propaganda was on the lines of Hindus versus Muslims. Cleverly it was presented as natives versus outsiders.

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JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12










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