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Society Watch – Jallikattu !!!


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


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


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 !!!


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 !!!


"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

Happy Republic Day !!!


Yunan-o-Misr-o-Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se, Ab Tak Magar Hai Baki Naam-o-Nishan Hamara, Kuchh Baat Hai Ke Hasti Mit’ti Nahin Hamari, Sadiyon Raha Hai Dushman Daur-e-Zaman Hamara. Translation- The Egyptian , the Greek & the mighty Roman Civilization;  all have vanquished from this world (in true sense). Yet, We have stood the test of time There is something about this land which refuses to give-in and perish Although, for centuries, we have had fair share of enemies around the world. This speak about the Indian civilization resilience, and UPSC took a leap from this and asked a MAINS question last year [...]

Happy Republic Day !!!2017-01-26T12:31:05+05:30