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Umesh Prasad

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The author is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and a UK based former academic.

What Bihar Needs is the Renaissance of ‘Vihari Identity’

From the pinnacle of glory as ‘Vihar’, known worldwide for wisdom, knowledge and imperial power in Maurya and Gupta times of ancient India, to...

‘Swadeshi’, Globalisation and ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’: Why India Fails to Learn...

To an average Indian, the very mention of the word 'Swadeshi' reminds of India's independence movement and nationalistic leaders like Mahatma Gandhi; courtesy collective...

”No Community Transmission of Corona Virus in India’’, Say Authorities. Really?

Science sometimes, goes haywire in India, defying even the common sense. Take for example, the case of health authorities asserting for sometime that ‘’there is...

Rajasthan Political Crisis: Is the Duel Between Sachin Pilot and Ashok...

As if, about a million cases and 25k deaths as on date due to nature’s fury in the form of ever burgeoning COVID-19 emergency...

It is Time to Think What You Want as News!

The Vikas Dubey saga is over now; or may be not as circumstances of his death is a matter of deep deliberation in the...

Emperor Ashoka’s Choice of Rampurva in Champaran: India Should Restore the...

From India’s emblem to national pride stories, Indians owe a lot to Ashoka the great. What Emperor Ashoka would think of his descendent modern-day...

Nepalese Railway and Economic Development: What Has Gone Wrong?

Economic self-reliance is the mantra. What Nepal needs is to build domestic railway network and other physical infrastructures, provide stimulus and protection to domestic...

Where is Nepal’s Relation with India Headed to?

What is happening in Nepal for some time is not in the best interest of people of Nepal and India. This will cause more...
Sanskrit

Can Sanskrit be Revived ?

It is crucial to preserve heritage of Indian civilisation. Sanskrit is the foundation of "meaning and narrative" of modern India. It is part of...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court of India: The Court Where Gods Seek Justice

Under Indian law, the idols or deities are considered as ''juristic persons'' based on the pious purpose of endowments made by the donors of...

Indian Identity, Resurgence of Nationalism and Muslims

Our sense of identity' is at the core of everything we do and everything we are. A healthy mind need to be clear and...

Narendra Modi: What Makes Him What He is ?

Minority complex involving insecurity and fear is not limited to Muslims alone in India. Now, Hindus too seems to be affected by sense of...

The Bhawalpuris of Rajpura: A Community That Rose Like A Phoenix

If you travel some 200 km from Delhi towards Amristsar by train or bus, you reach Rajpura soon after crossing the cantonment town of...

India, Pakistan and Kashmir: Why Any Opposition to Abrogation of Article...

It is important to understand Pakistan’s approach towards Kashmir and why Kashmiri insurgents and separatists do what they do. Apparently, both Pakistan and the...

From ‘’Whether Aid Works’’ to ‘’What Works’’: Finding Best Ways to...

This year’s Nobel prize in Economics recognises contributions by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer in introducing a new approach to obtaining reliable...

Recounting An Encounter With A Roma – The European Traveler with...

Roma, Romani or gypsies, as they are snidely referred to, are the people of Indo-Aryan group who migrated from north west India to Europe...

Political Elites of India: The Shifting Dynamics

The composition of power elites in India has significantly changed. Now, former businessmen like Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari are the key government functionaries...

CAA and NRC : Beyond Protests and Rhetoric

A system of identification of citizens of India is an imperative for several reasons including welfare and support facilities, security, border control and curbs...

What Bihar Needs is a ‘Robust’ System to Support Young Entrepreneurs

This is the second article in “What Bihar Needs” Series. In this article the author focuses on the imperative of entrepreneurship development for economic...

Relevance of Guru Nanak’s Teachings to India’s Economic Development

Guru Nanak thus brought ‘equality’, ‘good actions’, ‘honesty’ and ‘hard work’ to the core of value system of his followers. This was the first...

Air Pollution in Delhi: A Solvable Challenge

‘’Why India cannot solve the problem of air pollution in Delhi? Is India not very good in science and technology’’ asked my friend’s daughter....

How a Mughal Crown Prince Fell Victim to Intolerance

In the Court of his brother Aurangzeb, Prince Dara said ……”the creator is known by many names. He is called God, Allah, Prabhu, Jehova,...

Sabrimala Temple: Are Menstruating Women Any Threat to Celibate Gods?

It is well documented in the scientific literature that taboos and myths about menstruation impact on girls’ and women's mental health. The current Sabrimala...

Navjot Singh Sidhu: An Optimist or a Parochial Sub Nationalist?

Given shared ancestry and blood lines, common language and habits and cultural affinities, the Pakistanis are unable to separate themselves from India and create...

Dr VD Mehta: The Story of ‘’Synthetic Fibre Man’’ of India

In view of his humble beginning and his academic, research and professional achievements, Dr VD Mehta would inspire and serve as a role model...

What Bihar Needs is a Massive Revamp in its Value System

The Indian state of Bihar is historically and culturally very rich however does not stand so well on economic prosperity and social well being....

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