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Agriculture Watch – Diversifying India’s Food Basket: NBA outlines the critical role of biodiversity

2017-01-31T03:27:07+05:30

Our food basket is increasingly being confined to a few select crops and cereals. Yet, our nation is endowed with a huge variety – a rich biodiversity, which provides of a complex stock of animals, plant and micro-organisms at genetic, species and eco-system levels. India needs to look beyond performance and diversify with biodiversity as the as a key functionary of the agro-ecosystem. Policies are thus urgently needed to promote a robust and sustainable agro-process through the biodiversity route. […]

Agriculture Watch – Diversifying India’s Food Basket: NBA outlines the critical role of biodiversity2017-01-31T03:27:07+05:30

Geography Watch – Islands of the World !!!

2017-01-31T03:28:06+05:30

Islands differ in their geological and geomorphologic settings; and in their physical, biological, climatic, social, political, cultural, and ethnic characteristics. Yet they share a distinct underlying concern that marks their overall vulnerability in the context of sustainable development. […]

Geography Watch – Islands of the World !!!2017-01-31T03:28:06+05:30

Society Watch – Changing perspectives of child sex ratio in Haryana

2017-01-31T03:29:24+05:30

It took Haryana twenty long years to bring up the child sex ratio (in the age group of 0 to 6 years) to 900 as per the Civil Registration System, January 2016 though it still remains lower than the generally accepted national norm of 950 girls to 1000 boys. Nevertheless, it is a significant improvement from the 2011 Census, where the child sex ratio was 834 girls to 1000 boys, far worse than the national average. […]

Society Watch – Changing perspectives of child sex ratio in Haryana2017-01-31T03:29:24+05:30

History Watch – Jayasi’s Padmavat – Rani Padmini And Alauddin Khilji: Separating Fact From Fiction

2017-01-31T03:30:19+05:30

Background – Activists of the Rajput Karni Sena wrecked havoc on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’ recently by attacking the filmmaker and vandalising the crew’s equipment. The group claims that the director is showcasing wrong facts about Rajput queen Padmavati in the film and is keen to protect the lineage of their ancestors from any misrepresentation. […]

History Watch – Jayasi’s Padmavat – Rani Padmini And Alauddin Khilji: Separating Fact From Fiction2017-01-31T03:30:19+05:30

Science Watch – The Future of Science !!!

2017-01-31T03:30:23+05:30

Consider the year 1996. That’s twenty years ago. Multimedia was in its infancy. There was no Google, no social media. Electric vehicles were a dream. Amazon had just started. The Human Genome Project was underway. […]

Science Watch – The Future of Science !!!2017-01-31T03:30:23+05:30

Society Watch – Jallikattu !!!

2017-01-31T03:31:29+05:30

A lot of dust has been raised, not by the bulls participating in Jallikattu, but by people who speak for and against this ancient sport. Those who speak in favour of the sport are more vociferous than those who support a ban. Rightly or wrongly, the many people in Tamil Nadu feel that their tradition, their culture, are being destroyed. […]

Society Watch – Jallikattu !!!2017-01-31T03:31:29+05:30

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 2

2017-01-31T03:31:45+05:30

Republics of Ancient India This concluding part will examine the political characteristics of ancient republics to see how far it is actually justified to apply the terms ‘republic’/ ‘proto-republic’ to them and what their impact on modern India has been. The word republic today signifies the use of democratic means to form a government, with this government, rather than a monarch, being the ruler of the populace – as power resides in the people. […]

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 22017-01-31T03:31:45+05:30

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 1

2017-01-31T03:32:40+05:30

India became a modern republic, a sovereign, democratic republic, in 1950 amidst widespread skepticism about the durability of both democracy and the republican form of government in the country. It is now 2017 and the Indian Republic not only survives but thrives. What explains the durability of the form of government embraced by the country 67 years ago? Many explanations have been offered as to why these two political forms flourished in the fledgling state beset with regional, linguistic, religious and caste conflicts. […]

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 12017-01-31T03:32:40+05:30

Editorial – Society Watch – Commercialization of Education and the Regulation there in !!!

2017-01-31T03:35:27+05:30

The Supreme Court ruling reiterating that private unaided schools in Delhi built on land provided by the government must take permission for fee hike has been met with sharply polarised reactions. On one side are the Delhi government, the community of parents and those who are not in favour of free markets, who see the order as a victory. On the other side is the community of private schools, which sees the order as an attack on its autonomy; it is not prepared to concede defeat and insists there are still legal options open. […]

Editorial – Society Watch – Commercialization of Education and the Regulation there in !!!2017-01-31T03:35:27+05:30

2 quotes and a Poem For this Republic Day !!!

2017-01-26T12:43:04+05:30

"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not [...]

2 quotes and a Poem For this Republic Day !!!2017-01-26T12:43:04+05:30