Racist attacks against Africans: Public education is the need

Racist attacks against blacks – in Bengaluru and New Delhi in February last year, in a Delhi Metro station last October, in Delhi a few days ago when a Congolese was killed and in Hyderabad against a Nigerian – have justifiably raised fears of the prevalence of a so-called Afro-phobia…

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Alcohol kills an Indian every 96 minutes (Special to IANS)

As the debate over an alcohol bans grows across India, 15 people die every day – or one every 96 minutes – from the effects of drinking alcohol, reveals an IndiaSpend analysis of 2013 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the latest available.
  The per capita consumption of alcohol in India increased…

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Its time for Modi to move on reforms

Assam has given Narendra Modi a breather. It is now up to him to make full use of the time he has got to recover from last year’s drubbings in Delhi and Bihar, and brace for the battles in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa next year.

Assam was…

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Is Rahul really a Modi asset as Mamata believes? (Comment: Special to IANS)

The sharpest observation after the five state elections has come from Mamata Banerjee. “Rahul Gandhi is a Narendra Modi asset.”Sonia Gandhi and Rahul had mounted a bitter attack on Mamata during the campaign in West Bengal. Against this background, would she ever shake hands with the Congress? asked NDTV…

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Philosophy, peace, and a Bollywood cameo: The relevance of Bertrand Russell

Among the foremost thinkers of all ages, his contribution to knowledge spans maths, logic, history, philosophy and computer science at the very least. But he didn’t ignore the world as it was, championing reason, freedom and choice and opposing war, organised religion, nationalism and totalitarian politics. One of the…

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