Opinion

The American Art of Shameless Defiance

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Like many other wars, the eleven years old war in Afghanistan has also turned into an embarrassing defeat of the US-led combat forces but American leadership, both present and promising, still shamelessly vows to engage into many more armed conflicts. It was October 7th, 2001 when the United States along with its western allies launched a military offensive against the ...

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Why We Don’t Need to Intervene in Syria

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For all intents and purposes, non-intervention in Syria is in the interests of not only the Syrian people but also the international community. I am, of course, referring to the current project of proxy intervention undertaken by the West in the country. Otherwise, in general, I am quite ambivalent about humanitarian interventions. A Syria without Bashar al-Assad would undoubtedly be ...

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Happy Teachers’ Day!

Teachers Day

The air today seems to be carrying some positivity with it. Perhaps that’s why I feel like scribbling down some of my random thoughts on a piece of paper; trying to overcome my writer’s block (which actually is my excuse for laziness). Sitting in class while the teacher delivers his lecture, I look around my classroom and only see “grown-ups” ...

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OPINION: Little Girls Depend on Things Like That

Girls at a municipal corporation run school in Delhi;  Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 (Photo: Courtesy Rathi R.)

“You tucked me in, turned out the lights, Kept me safe and sound at night Little girls depend on things like that” — Miley Cyrus Come this Wednesday, my sister would have completed her one-month notice at her workplace. She works with an NGO for a project that encourages primary education for girls in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)-run schools. ...

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OPINION: Political Love Triangle Between Israel, Obama and Romney

Opinion

In the run-up to the 2012 US presidential elections in November this year, the two candidates vying for the supreme post in the United States of America are clearly indulged in a business to impress a foreign state, a state which greatly influences America’s  politics and economy. On his first foreign visit after being finally nominated as the Republican candidate ...

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Editorial: Trashy Indian Cinema is Nothing to be Proud of Professor Kesavan

Editorial

Mukul Kesavan, a professor in the department of history at Jamia, offers us an interesting explanation to why Bollywood movies are so “trashy,” in his latest article titled “Attitude Bollytude” for Outlook. In his opinion, the reason why Indian cinema is so “trashy” is because the only way to create popular art for such a culturally diverse country like India, ...

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OPINION: Is the Arab Spring Challenging Western Hegemony?

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The much-touted development in West Asia, dubbed as the Arab Spring, was assiduously watched and noticed by policymakers, scholars and thinkers worldwide. The United States of America and its key allies like France, Britain, Germany, Italy, and most importantly Israel were the ones who most closely and anxiously monitored the situation on the ground. And among several reasons for this, ...

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Right to Education Act: A Critical Analysis

Opinion

RTE, Act 2009 and Sociological Apprehensions On 12 April 2012, in its historical decision the Supreme Court (SC) of India threw its weight behind the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The court upheld the constitutional validity of RTE Act that guarantees children free and compulsory education from the age of 6 to 14 years of ...

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