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Hindutva and Hindu nationalism: Are they different?

View Point Election approaching fast, it is imminent that Hindutva would figure prominently in course of the long and gruelling journey on the campaign trail. But the question is: What is Hindutva? Is it the same as Hindu/Indian nationalism as conceived by the towering giants of the freedom movement when it started its course much before the advent of...

Candid Notes

Blitzkrieg beneficiaries The daring air strikes by the gallant warriors of Indian Air Force on the terror camps deep inside the Pakistani territory has not only gladdened the hearts of the countrymen as they see these strikes as a perfect retribution to the Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy which caused martyrdom of 40 personnel but has also given a...

Fighting cross-border terror

A war is by no means the answer. At best, it will result in a stalemate. Instead what is needed is a coherent long-term policy and a clear blueprint to combat terrorism The episode that began with the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 ended with the repatriation of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India on March...

Thumbs up for quick diplomacy

The international response to the IAF’s air strike in Balakot reflects not only the changed course of India’s foreign policy but also its growing clout In the midst of a troublesome war hysteria in the Indian sub-continent, the release of  Indian Air Force  (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was heartening. This is not only indicative of India’s determination to fight...

Tell us the truth

ASCI pulls out 232 ads for not being ethical and hurting consumers. We need a statutory code Ad guru Leo Burnett once said how advertising does not just circulate information, it penetrates the public mind with desires and belief. And at a time when lifestyle choices are aplenty and we seek to govern our lives with the right one,...

Walking and loving the Doon Valley

HILLBILLY For several years, I have been walking the lanes and hill slopes of Dehradun. The valley has given so much, without asking for anything in return. Today, many of us prefer to drive around and wonder about the fast pace of existence in a space once known for its stodginess. Every time I look at the weather forecast...

Of Azure Skies and Snow-Clad Peaks of My School Days

Blank Verse It has been snowing frequently in Mussoorie and other hill areas of the state this winter. And more rainfall and snow is being predicted for the month of March. This has happened after quite a few years . Tourists have had many opportunities to witness the snowfall in the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas this year.  The landscape has...

Now, some calm talk

With our hero pilot back and UAE and Saudi Arabia helping defuse tension, India must build on diplomatic gains Now that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is back home after Pakistan, under tremendous international pressure, released him from captivity, let’s remember what he stands for. First, his extreme courage under fire. He is one of our airmen who chased back a fleet...

Candid Notes

Civilian soldiers Hostilities between India and Pakistan escalating with each passing day and clamour for an all out war to teach treacherous Pakistan a lesson once and for all, turning into crescendo, the wise heads are advocating that every citizen of the nation should act as a soldier during such critical times. They point out that since it is...

Calling Pakistan’s bluff

Like the surgical strikes failed to deter Pakistan from cross-border infiltration, deep penetration air strikes, too, will not stop it from waging a proxy war. Change has to come from within India crossed the red line in Pakistan for the first time since 1971 when its Air Force carried out audacious pre-emptive attacks in self-defence, a second step escalation against Jaish-e-Mohammad...