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...children. And more children are surviving.
But this demographic picture varies. Developing countries, with rapid population growth, generally have more young people. Developed nations, with reduced fertility, have a bigger share of aging populations. If this gives emerging economies like India an advantage, it also brings complex problems related to quality of life. Failure to create opportunities, promote efficient use of perishable resources and raise food productivity can lead to sustainability crises. Here, development of green-friendly technologies to meet and beat challenges... (more)
...language, they don’t have the luxury to indulge in music or fine ar ts,” Akhtar says.
Music director Shantanu Moitra of 3 Idiots and Munnabhai, MBBS fame agrees. “Anything that is non-flimi is fast losing its charm. We, as a nation, are not hailed any more for our classical greats. India’s sole entertainment USP today is Bollywood. Not thumri, ghazal, sehnai or sitar. It is an unfortunate situation. When a child refuses food, his parents forcibly feed it. In this case, our children aren’t force-fed with good classical forms of music. Bollywood and reality shows are the... (more)
More than the Koran's sanction of wife-beating, the legal grounds on which the Koran sanctions it reveals an impassable gulf between Islamic and Western law. The sovereign grants inalienable rights to every individual in Western society, of which protection from violence is foremost. Every individual stands in direct relation to the state, which wields a monopoly of violence. Islam's legal system is radically different: the father is a "governor" or "administrator" of the family, that is, a little sovereign within his domestic realm, with the right to employ violence to control his wife and... (more)
For the last several months now, a debate is afoot about the sustainability of the much applauded Indian growth rate in the face of a seemingly uncontrollable rate of inflation. The inflation in turn has been raging mostly in our agricultural sector and it is worth our while to investigate the nature of the problem. To start with, an important question to ask is why it is agriculture rather than industry that is more susceptible to inflationary pressures in the context of a growth scenario. An obvious answer to the question lies in excessive demand for food. Even the government’s salutary NREGA... (more)
... old economy has no place for them. The good news is that they have been likened to their grandparents—the Greatest Generation—who fought WWII and remade a destroyed world. I have tried to imagine what the EB world would look like, at least in our western half of the planet: no factories (try India or China), suffocating office cubes replaced by open-concept green energy workplaces where the lights automatically shut off at night, book-less libraries, farmland converted into wind energy corridors, snaking public transportation routes, tolls on city streets, lots of bicycles and roller... (more)
Indian political leaders appear deficit in their grasp of national security and internal security issues and every now and then suffer from "foot in the mouth disease" when they indulge in politicizing security issues. Amongst Indian Chief Ministers, the Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister distinguishes himself more than any other Chief Minister.
Curiously he indulges in politicizing internal security issues in the Pakistan proxy war affected Kashmir Valley region every time he is cornered by his political opponents. A few days back he publicly declared that the Armed Forces Special... (more)
“What’s so funny?”, my partner asked, as I was overcome by a fit of the giggles. I was looking through the Sunday Telegraph, opening at the International News section, not usually noted for its humour. But there is was – an illustration of some Indian guru, sporting the most ridiculous Afro hairdo that I think I have ever seen. I had to put my tea down!
The story ‘God’ and the secret stash by Gethin Chamberlain concerns one Sai Baba, yet another tiresome Indian ‘holy man’, yet another fraud. He’s dead now but apparently he had a following of fifty million people worldwide when he... (more)
...about her atrocities. She filed a case against her husband and in-laws under the PC-PNDT (Pre Conception & Pre natal Diagnostic Technique) act. Since then, Mitu Khurana’s case has glared much media publicity and her story has been a marked column in several newspapers and magazines in India. However, amid the blazing uproar in the Indian society against female infanticide and sex selective abortions, Mitu’s mayhem remains forgotten. Her turmoil and trepidation to protect her daughters awaits a firm resolution and hope not only from Indian law enforcement authorities and the... (more)
Over centuries in India, the female manifestation of divinity has been venerated and glorified as ‘Devi,’ the invincible and omnipotent that has both creative and destructive powers. She, the divine mother is worshipped in many forms, such as ‘Durga,’ (the creator), ‘Lakshmi,’ ‘Parvati,’ ‘Saraswati,’ (the preserver), and ‘Kali,’ (the destroyer). The Hindu mythology is an epic of her celestial gallantry, beauty, and artistry that kindles the eternal life that every Hindu desires. It is said that without her the male manifestation of the supreme is incomplete. She is revered in faith, invoked... (more)
...prosperous living, righteous lifestyle,harmony and faith, creating a family together, longevity of their marital relationship, and of being true and loyal to each other in order to sustain their companionship.
If these are the sacraments we preach and practice over centuries in India then :
Why does the holy fire turn into a bride’s pyre?
Why are some newly wed brides estranged, silently suppressed, emotionally harassed and in worst cases abused and burned to death?
Is the idea of marriage companionship or competitive sale?
Has education and ... (more)