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India @70 : A Reality Check

7 decades of independence beckons us to do a reality check on the nation that aligned itself with its destiny at the stroke of the midnight hour on 15th August 1947. The idealised visions of what India should look like were aplenty for our forefathers envisioned nothing less than utopia. Consequently, the resultant nation fell… Keep Reading

Villagers sit on a railway track during an indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Gorkha People's Liberation Front), at Tindharia village about 50 km (31 miles) south of the northeastern hill resort of Darjeeling, June 17, 2008. Protesters shut down the famous Darjeeling hills on Tuesday, threatening its tea and tourism industries, as the Gorkha community pressed its demand for autonomy with an indefinite strike. Gorkhas, who are ethnic Nepalis, are demanding a separate state of "Gorkhaland" be carved out of West Bengal to protect their culture and heritage. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA)

INSIDE-OUT: Darjeeling fuming for Gorkhaland

A prolonged state of bandh in Darjeeling for more than 50 days now has eroded every sign of tranquility associated with the quaint hills of Darjeeling. The bandh which has drained the local economy of its essential lifelines mainly tourism and the tea and coffee plantations, have been supplemented by protests seeking to achieve fruition… Keep Reading

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How Delhi became Home for a Non-Delhiite

As I lay down on the grass of India Gate, the illuminating street lights blur my vision and I see an innocent girl, walking down that road (biting her nails) with endless aspirations packed in a huge suitcase – it’s been two years and that naive girl indeed grew up to be a rebellious woman.… Keep Reading

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A Letter to College Students From a DU Alumnus

Hi Guys, You are reading this as you complete a week in the new academic session. For some of you it was the beginning of your college life, or as the cliché goes, a new chapter in your life. The cliché, is, in fact, very right. For the rest of you it marked a successful… Keep Reading


Why do North-Eastern students feel like outsiders at DU?

Sizeable Northeast students come to the capital for higher education and employment opportunities. Only to face shabby name-calling and sheer discrimination. Due to their Mongoloid facial features, they are referred to as ‘chinkis’, ‘Nepalis’ and ‘Chinese’ offering no respect to them as fellow citizens. Since, people belonging to the North-east have different socio-cultural practices and beliefs,… Keep Reading


How a Tank symbolises Nationalism at JNU

“Naxalwad na maowad, sabse upar rashtrawad!” (Not Naxalism nor Maoism, only nationalism.) “Pakistan murdabad!” (Down with Pakistan!) Such sloganeering echoed at Jahawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on 23rd July, at the Kargil Vijay Divas Celebration. Organised by the university and Veterans India, an organisation of ex-servicemen from the army, air force and the navy, the event began… Keep Reading

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the CPI Office in New Delhi on Monday. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey. 30.05.2016. *** Local Caption *** Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the CPI Office in New Delhi on Monday. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey. 30.05.2016.

Kerala CM highlights language bias in DU in his letter to PM!

The prolonged debates on the north-south divide which have been fueled time and again by the supposed imposition of Hindi in the southern states seem to be gathering some momentum yet again. The issue being Delhi University’s perhaps arbitrary classification of modern Indian languages which don’t include languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Odia, Marathi among others… Keep Reading

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