Namaste, Salaam and Jambo: The Indian experience in Africa

Makindu town, on Kenya’s Nairobi-Mombassa Highway, is most known for its grand and immaculately-maintained gurdwara, which is a must stop for all travellers, not only Sikhs. Dating back to 1902 (though the present building only came up in 1926), the shrine is abiding testament to the over…

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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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