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Dress code in Hindu temples – a necessity?

Mahakal temple in Ujjain has had a dress code which states that Men should wear dhoti and women must wear sari. Many other temples also have such codes

Disasters don’t knock on doors before entering

Disasters don't just destroy property- they break hearts, families and cause stress and pain. Humans, animals, or plants– nothing is beyond their reach

Lachit Borphukan – the Ahom general who dared to defy the Mughal Army

On 24 November Lachit Divas is celebrated to commemorate the heroism of Lachit Borphukan– the Ahom general known for his leadership in the Battle of Saraighat

Prime Ministers of India from Nehru to Modi # 3

Indira Gandhi imposed emergency rule over the radio through a ten-minute national address. Censorship on media was announced six hours later. No one dared to inform her about the misuse of powers by the bureaucracy or growing resentment over the coercive dictates of Sanjay Gandhi and his coterie operating from her residence.

The ‘ordinary’ women behind extraordinary deeds # 3

Only seven in 100 enterprises in India today are being run by women. As this and other studies suggest - women's empowerment, is just an empty slogan and the real impact on ground zero is an even bigger zero.

Mizoram: South Asia’s biggest hub for smuggled drugs, gold and guns

Mizoram in northeast India has emerged as the biggest hub for all kinds of smuggled goods - drugs, gold and guns in South Asia.

The 50 most admired women of India # 1

Every year on March 8 is celebrated as International Women's Day (IWD). It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Viswas Swaroopam- the tallest Shiva statue in the world

The 369-foot-tall Viswas Swaroopam statue of Lord Shiva in Nathdwara, nearly 45 km from Udaipur city in Rajasthan, is the tallest Shiva statue in the world

Ethics in bureaucracy: does honesty pay?

Corruption is one of the main evils affecting the bureaucracy. A bureaucrat has to be efficient, disciplined, and, transparent for the bureaucracy to thrive

Indian Muslims: Ham Paanch, Hamare Pachis?

Ham Paanch Hamare Pachis is a reference to the Muslim attitude to family planning, used by Narendra Modi in his election campaign in 2003. The fact is that a Muslim man can have as many as four wives at any time. Because of higher birth rates, the percentage of Muslims in India has risen from about 9.91% in 1951 to 13.45% in 2001. Thus while the jeer Hamare Pachis might be much exaggerated, there is some basis, for the fear many Hindus feel about being swamped by Muslims.

Intellectual dishonesty – the bane of Indian bureaucracy

Intellectual dishonesty is the bane of Indian bureaucracy. It is easy to ‘destruct’ than to ‘construct’.

ITBP – The Himalayan Warriors

One of the factors that make this force stand out is that its men are commandoes trained to kill, yet they save lives while performing disaster management tasks. The ITBP personnel are also trained in intelligence gathering, unarmed combat, guerilla warfare
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