Indian Space Programme: Challenges After 100th Space Mission

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By Radhakrishna Rao*

By all means, 2012 can be considered a watershed year for the Indian space programme. The programme had begun modestly in November 1963 with the launch of a 9-kg sounding rocket from a modest facility in the fishing hamlet of Thumba on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. 2012 saw the 100th space mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Ayodhya In Electoral Battle Again

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By Ram Puniyani *

Rajnath Singh, the new BJP President (Feb 2013) has brought forward the issue of Ram Temple once again. The Sadhus associated with VHP have also proclaimed that it is on their agenda. All the top leaders of RSS Combine are visiting the Mahakumbh, taking a dip in the Holy Ganges and affirming the Ram Temple as the fulcrum of their all round campaign in the wake of the forthcoming 2014 Parliamentary elections.

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India Rises Quietly and Steadily

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By Thanong Khanthong *

As China rises, it has stolen the spotlight, but the perception is that it is more of a threat than an opportunity for the region. This is the impression we get from reading the mainstream media day in, day out. Yet few have taken notice of the rise of India, which has been lying low. Through shrewd "camouflaging", India has been able to avoid attention all these years. Let China bask in the glory and take a beating at centre stage over its conscious attempt to overthrow the order designed by the Anglo-Saxon world, which has dominated this planet for the past 200 years or so.

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Growing Inequality And Destructive Development

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By Graham Peebles *

Misery for the many, benefits for the few

Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism.

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Growing 'Rent-A-Womb' Industry in India

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By Chaitra Arjunpuri *

Lower costs have made the country a top destination for childless couples looking for surrogate mothers.

Margaret, a social worker from South Australia, discovered in her late 20s that she could not give birth to a child. Given the long waiting list for adoption, she decided at age 39 to use a surrogate mother instead.

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My Name Is Khan And Pain of A Celebrity Being An Indian Muslim

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By Ram Puniyani *

Shah Rukh Khan is no ordinary celebrity. Being the lead actor with a very vibrant presence on big and small screen makes him to be very much on the top. Recently the communal elements asked him to produce his patriotism certificate. Khan in one of his articles in The New York Times-Outlook Turning Points ((January 2013) suggested that India has a bias against Muslims and goes on to say that “Political leaders have made me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”

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OPINION: Afzal Guru and the 2001 Attack on Parliament

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By Ikram Ullah *

December 13th, 2001, a white Ambassador car breaks through into the Indian Parliament compound in New Delhi. It was not an ordinary or plush ambassador belonging to any of the Ministers in the Parliament, it was rather laden with explosives of huge magnitude, so much so that according to news reports it could have blown the entire Parliament Building and on that were five men inside it, heavily armed with automatic assault rifles and again according to the news sources so much so that they could have engaged a whole battalion of forces.

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Rising Of A Billion Voices For Justice

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By Mukta Srivastava *

It was a Valentine’s Day celebration with a difference. On 14th February, 2013, a vibrant crowd of Lucknowites marched from Begum Hazrat Mahal Park to Hazratganj-- the heart of the city—as a part of ‘Odhani ka Parcham’, a campaign to condemn violence against women. The three hours long event was in support of the global campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ to stop violence of all forms against women. Women (and men too) from different strata of society, transcended boundaries of caste, creed, colour, and community, to come together under the aegis of one common agenda—rise, dance and strike to end violence against women.

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Results of TB vaccine study: Longer Road Ahead

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By Bobby Ramakant *  

For a disease as old of tuberculosis (TB) how come despite all the scientific research and development (R and D) we still have about a century old BCG vaccine which is the only licensed vaccine to prevent TB - it is used extensively with approximately 100 million newborns being vaccinated globally each year. While BCG can prevent severe forms of TB in some children, its widespread use in infants has failed to control the global epidemic. Sustained efforts have been made to develop new, safe and more effective TB vaccines over the past years. Results of one such effort were announced in The Lancet on 4th February 2013.

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Historic Two Day Strike Paralyses India

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By A Correspondent

Workers began a two day strike in India to protest rising prices and government policies to open up the economy. Millions of factory and bank employees stayed away from work and public transport was shut down in most big cities after major trade unions called the countrywide strike. It is the first time since the Independent struggle that India witnesses two consecutive days of strikes.

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The Great Collaboration Of Religion And Capital At The Kumbha

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

Kumbha is India’s investment in spiritualism, say a number of experts but a beautiful nexus between capital market and religious forces is unambiguously displayed everywhere during the festivities. Banks have put up their stalls and big companies are marketing their product handsomely. The biggest irony is that religious forces have their field day and one can realize how many Babas and Sadhus exist in India today. In the Ghats, the business is usual but most of the devotees prefer to go to Sangam where they will get ‘nirwana’.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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