Sidharth Mishra

Revenge Of Dying Rivers

August has become a feared month in the Millennium City of Gurgaon. The overnight shower brought the cyber hub, our showcase to the western world, to a grinding halt on morning of Tuesday last. Gurgaon is not alone. The whole of National Capital region (NCR), which has witnessed most rapid speed of urbanisation in the past 25 years is increasingly feeling the ‘wrath’ of the annual Monsoon rains.

Be it Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad or even parts of the national Capital, all linked up by swanky roads and lined by spic and span apartment blocks are increasingly being visited by the fear of deluge years after year. Why is this happening? We stop asking this question as soon as the Monsoon season is over.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Atal’s Life Message: Clarity Of Purpose, Self-Belief & Courage of Conviction

Last June when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was once again admitted in the hospital, it was taken as a routine check-up visit. Doctors also said so and promised that he would be home within the next few days. That did not happen; his condition suddenly turned serious. Every who is who of Indian politics was rushing to AIIMS to know the wellbeing of the great leader wrestling against death once again after 1968 and challenging her since 2009 -- Maut se than gai.

Everyone went to their deity from a temple to a mosque or a church to pray for his health and recovery. Though the ultimate happened, the death won, but not without a condition. Atal told her in no uncertain terms that he would not surrender until the nation celebrated her independence day on 15th August. He breathed his last on evening of August, engulfing the entire nation nay the whole world into grief and shock.

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Ashutosh, Khetan Leave A Party Which Is Different From Which They Had Joined

It’s said that five years is a longtime in politics. For journalist-turned-politicians Ashutosh and Ashish khetan, the past five years have been roller-coaster ride. They joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at the height of the ‘India Against Corruption’ Movement. They made their decision to quit the party public a day after its leadership has gone to the court to gag the media from reporting about they have been chargesheeted in the case of alleged assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash.

In his post on the micro-blogging site Tweeter on the morning of the 72nd Independence Day, Ashutosh wrote, “Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end. I have resigned from the PARTY/requested PAC to accept the same. It is purely from a very very personal reason. Thanks to party/all of them who supported me Throughout. Thanks.”

Arun Jaitley

Atal’s Ideology Shall Continue To Live

Atalji’s demise is referred to by many as end of an era. I, however, consider it as a continuation of the era of which he was one who laid the foundation.

The political and ideological journey

His political journey shaped his ideology. His convictions were shaped by his deep commitment to the nation from the student days association with the Quit India Movement to his joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and then being associated with Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee as one of the founders of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh. During his early days in the Jan Sangh, he was associated with the ‘Kashmir Satyagraha’ which wanted to lift several restrictions on Indian citizens in relation to the State.

Narendra Modi

Atalji Leaves Behind A Self Assured Nation

Democracy In times of turbulence and disruption, a nation is blessed to have a leader who rises to become its moral compass and guiding spirit, providing vision, cohesion and direction to his people. And, in such a moment at the turn of the century, India found one in Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was gifted in spirit, heart, and mind. For those of us who knew him, he was, first, the rarest of human beings, who touched and inspired everyone he met. He was compassionate to the core, generous in spirit, warm beyond measure, and kind to a fault.

He was deeply respectful of others and gifted with a rare sense of humour that he often turned upon himself. Orator without parallel, he could switch from disarming humour to a lofty vision with ease, with a rare ability to connect with people naturally, to stir them to self-belief and to a higher cause. Sharply perceptive, he could summarise the most complex issues and discussions in a single sentence or question.Born into a family of modest means and high ideals, he hailed from a small town in Madhya Pradesh.