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Kuchipudi Dancer on Tradition of Dance and the Gurukul System

Renowned Kuchipudi dancer Raja Reddy talks about dance tradition and the age-old gurukul system. Youngsters may like Bollywood music but it lacks anandam or pure joy of the soul,” says Raja Reddy, the veteran and celebrated Kuchipudi dancer. Which is

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Sovereign Nations and Nuclear Weapons

Einstein once said that war was inevitable among powerful sovereign nations. But given the right leadership, they can eliminate nuclear weapons. It was 73 years ago on August 6, that the US dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in

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Propaganda journalism can destroy us from within Yellow journalism takes a more diabolic turn

At a time when India’s society is clearly strained along communal and caste lines, some of our Tv news channels are deplorably wedging these uneasy divides further and deeper. What a shame it is to see respected names of the

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Short-Cuts in Building Institutes of Excellence Would Backfire

Building an institute of excellence requires a lot of spadework and the education sector is a classic example of this fact. We can’t think of short-cuts here. In 1925, my aunt, Saraswati Vora, stood 33rd in the Bombay Presidency matriculation.

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Greater Access to Rights-Based Family Planning Needed

If the Indo-Vietnam strategic partnership on sustainable development is to see the light of day, there must be improved access to quality rights-based family planning services. Over the last couple of years, India and Vietnam have developed a robust strategic

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Sino-Indian Aid to Afghanistan

Aid by China and India to Afghanistan on the security and development front will help achieve self-reliance by the latter. This will also stabilise the region. This writer was recently invited to a track 1.5 China-Afghanistan-Pakistan symposium on ‘Tackling Terrorist

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Pranab Mukherjee, RSS and his role for 2019

Pranab Da created a flutter when he agreed to visit the RSS nerve centre in Nagpur. Will it have a bearing on his role in 2019? Cloud of uncertainty over upcoming general elections in 2019 sets in, Politicians across party

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Influence of Islamic State Down But Not Out

The influence of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria has been exterminated by and large but its ideology still remains. Unity of the global communities is needed to strike at the roots of the terrorist group. India is home

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Is it the Beginning of Maharashtra Mahagathbandhan?

After a successful meeting, Mayawati and Sharad Pawar may just have begun the alliance between the Congress, NCP, and BSP. Raju Shetti, the farmer leader who was once with the BJP, will also be a part of this alliance. Shetti,

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Pakistan: Now with Imran Khan

He has charmed Pakistan. The only concern that remains how the issues with India will be settled. Imran Khan sprung a surprise in the 14th General Elections in Pakistan held on July 25 this year. After 22 years in wilderness,

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