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Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

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Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Abu Country: Canada-Pakistan Director:Arshad Khan The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or an object that prompts one to alter their expressions or mannerisms, but one that captures an individual with all their idiosyncrasies, devoid o...
Dynasty, the Ever-growing Trend in Indian Politics

Dynasty, the Ever-growing Trend in Indian Politics

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Written By: Sankhadip Das Kolkata, India Illustration: Suman Choudhury Another general election is round the corner, and once again the same old discussion has started making rounds - The great Indian political dynasties. Despite being a flourishing democracy for the last seven decades, why politics in India, is more of a family business? Is it harmful to the economy and development? Should it at all exist? These questions have become more pertinent now, or you may say as the Lok Sabha election looms large, the ruling party at the centre is stirring these issues to surface. The reason being that their leader, the current Prime Minister is a bachelor and has come through a really hard way to be here today. And his main opponent is Rahul Gandhi who is a dynast. But before w...
Tatmadaw Attack on NSCN-K camp: News from North-East India

Tatmadaw Attack on NSCN-K camp: News from North-East India

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Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Tatmadaw and NSCN-K When the nation and the world are paying all its attention towards the western border of India, Indian government is silently playing its anti-terrorism diplomacy card on the north-eastern frontier as well. The all-powerful NSCN-K is on the back foot to keep hold on its headquarters at Sagaing division in Myanmar. The mighty ULFA-I and other Assamese and Manipuri militant organisations are also finding it very difficult to get a place there to rest. Khaplang with Yung Aung (on his left) The Myanmar Army, commonly known as Tatmadaw has recently occupied the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Taga area. Taga was once the self-ruled area under Khaplang and his team....
Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part III

Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part III

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Written by: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli Paris, France Photo Credit- Shutterstock.com Tangier is a breathtaking city on the northwestern tip of Morocco. It has a large port that welcomes ships from around the world and it is situated at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. If you are looking for a vacation you will never forget, Tangier is the city to go to. Surrounded by gorgeous ocean towns like Asilah, Tangier will not disappoint you with its variety of ocean views. If you are looking for an adventure, Tangier is one of the largest cities close to the famed Chefchaouen, known as the Blue Pearl, which is another unique city that is not to be missed. Tangier will fascinate you with its blend of cultures, influence from Spain and France, and its bold history. It has lon...
Future Of Indo-Pak Relation In Question After Pulwama Attack

Future Of Indo-Pak Relation In Question After Pulwama Attack

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People light candles to pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday, 17 February 2019 - Photo Credit : Prem Singh Written By : Sankhadeep Das Kolkata, India The wounds of Pathankot and Uri are yet to heal. Again 40 soldiers have lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir. Within no time the dreaded terror organization Jaish-E-Muhammad, which is headquartered at Bahawalpur of Punjab province in Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Interestingly, the Jaish Headquarter is nestled within 9 kilometres distance from the Pakistan army 31 core headquarters, and the world also knows how close Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar are to Pakistani establishment and ISI....
Krav Maga in the Era of #metoo

Krav Maga in the Era of #metoo

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Written By: Mariamne Chavey Everett Paris, France Photo Credit: shutterstock.com Despite #metoo and #timesup, society is slow to change. I believe it is better to be prepared by learning self-defence than risk assuming that every individual can fast unlearn habits that have been ingrained in society for years. Many thoughts cross my mind as I go through a typical Krav Maga class. It may have just begun as a self-defence course I signed up to defend against assault, but along the way, it has reinforced important life lessons for me. As I enter the gym, I make my way across the basketball court where the men’s team doing warm-ups and enter the room we use for our Thursday night class. I take in the walls decorated with inspirational figures, (Muhammad Ali is, of course, present),
Being a Football fan in the Indian city: What does it really mean?

Being a Football fan in the Indian city: What does it really mean?

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Written By: Rohan Sengupta Kolkata, India Photo Credit: shutterstock.com On the 11th of December 2016, the East Bengal Football Club (EBFC) club grounds witnessed one of the biggest sporting gatherings of the year when they hosted a Manchester United contingent of ex-players and club officials for a day. Aficionados of Indian football would perhaps be aware of East Bengal’s status as one of the most ardently supported and passionately vocal teams in the country. Aficionados of global football would certainly be aware of Manchester United’s fan following, across continents. The general mood surrounding the event was one of excitement at the prospect of meeting some stalwarts of the two clubs and having the chance to interact with them. It was perhaps to be expected. But surely ther
2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Tackling Climate Change

2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: Tackling Climate Change

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Dr. Trina Biswas Louisiana, USA Photo Credit: shutterstock.com Around 3000 world leaders including 250 high ranking politicians from G20 countries and 1000 business leaders gathered in the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland from January 22-25 for 2019 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF). Top leaders from different aspects of life including academics, politicians, civilians, business leaders engaged in global dialogues to shape global, industrial and regional agendas in the context of Fourth Industrial Revolution. Discussions ranged from challenges concerning income inequality to the future of education to international trade to geopolitical tensions to cybersecurity etc. Discussions regarding Climate change and environmental challenges were among the issues that domin
Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part II

Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part II

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Written by: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli Paris, France Photo Credit- Kazi Tina, Shutterstock.com The capital of Morocco, Rabat, is a scenic seaside city that holds much to discover. It is home to great beaches, historic landmarks and one of Morocco’s largest modern art museums. There is something here for everyone! You definitely want to take the time to experience Rabat, as well as its surrounding cities. Like Marrakesh, Rabat is a Moroccan city that is a good home base for your vacation. The exciting cities of Fez, Casablanca, Salé and Témara are not far away and they will further enrich your understanding of Morocco. My favorite part of Rabat is the Kasbah of the Oudayas, which features a neighborhood of blue homes and streets that overlook the ocean. The blue architecture crea
Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

Uri and Accidental PM: Pure Co-incidence or Two Manifestos of the Same Gimmick?

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Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India The second decade of the 21st century saw the beginning of a new era of the Hindi film industry – a range of new age films based on social issues, historical events, biopics and the like. It is indeed a breath of fresh air from the classic face of Bollywood which has always been about music, over-hyped family drama/ romance and iconic dance moves. The new avatar of Bollywood is raw, (almost) liberal and quite daring. This second decade has also seen quite a few movies based on politics at the box office. But the most interesting release(s) in the New Year are the ones that released on the 11th January 2019 – The Accidental Prime Minister and Uri: the Surgical Strike. Although the former instantly and boldly reveals the plot and the pr

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