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Akrita Reyar

  

Will Donald Trump be an environmental disaster? History of 1880s holds the answer!

Security and progress versus wildlife and environment. 150 years earlier, human endeavour won over Mother Nature. Is history going to repeat itself in an even more brutal way?  

Kanyakumari & her penance on one foot: The hidden meaning

The great memorials in the ocean are an unspoken salute to Mother India for she symbolises much of what Kanyakumari embodies and epitomises.  

Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2017: The Big Takeaways and Analysis

After much speculation whether the Union Budget will be presented today after the sudden demise of parliamentarian E Ahamed, the cat is finally out of the bag.

Punjab Assembly Elections: It's Amarinder Vs Badals; but will AAP play joker

Shiromani Akali Dal seems certain that it is unlikely to be lucky a third time in a row. 

The secret of Mahatma Gandhi’s inner strength

On dimly lit evenings, when as a young boy, a scared Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi would cuddle in his cot, the household maid Rambha would tell him to chant the name of Lord Rama. She assured him that Rama Nama (the name of God Rama) would be his shield, whatever may be the dangers he would face in life.

Zen Buddhism: The 5 sacred hallmarks & ways to imbibe it in daily life

Zen belief encourages us to live and give everything to the particular moment of existence. 

What is Zen – its meaning, characteristics and obstacles

A bird soars in the sky, its shadow falls on the ground. Both the bird and earth are unmindful about the shadow. Yet, it exists. This is Zen. 

Donald Trump as US president: What it could mean for India and the world

Donald Trump is all set to take office as the 45th President of the United States and Barack Obama wishes to tell the world, and more so his people, that things “will be OK”.

The initial shock-result has sunk in, but the despair that many felt is yet to alleviate. For the world, Trump at the Oval office could be a mixed bag.

Delhi Smog – Let’s not live on borrowed time

At the onset of the New Year, we must pledge not to convert Delhi into a gas chamber that we experienced it to be in the last months of 2016.

Christmas: How it came to be celebrated at the world’s most important addresses

How a theologian’s walk through a forest on a crisp evening changed the way we perceive Christmas.

Fidel Castro: The indefatigable revolutionary

As the tempest of time moves to relegate Fidel Castro into the shadows, on November 25, the world paused to remember that they don’t make them like that anymore!   

America Whitewashed

Most cannot believe it, but Donald Trump is all set to take oath as the 45th President of the United States.   Proving all naysayers and surveys wrong, Trump has pulled off an upset victory over Hillary Clinton, the Democrat hopeful.  

Why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should not forget Shirley Chisholm

Nearly eight years back, it was a huge moment in American history when for the first time a Black man became the president of the United States.

Nailing Pakistan’s historic lies on Kashmir – Point by Point

I remember a very interesting conversation with my grandfather about Kashmir relating with the remarkable speech made by K Krishna Menon at the United Nations in January 1957. Menon was at that time commanding the Indian delegation to the United Nations.

How I fell in love with Japan…

Japan was perfect - in stillness and in movement; in mannerism, courtesy, beauty, dedication, organisational skills and devotion to the country.

Five reasons why Pakistan is denying India’s surgical strikes across LoC

The reasons why Pakistan may not want to admit that India’s surgical strikes across LoC were successful is because Pakistan would never ever want to admit the success of the Indian Army.

Theresa May: Will she prove to be the second Iron Lady UK needs after Brexit?

Even as Hillary Clinton comes dazzlingly close to script history in the United States, Theresa May has comfortably slipped into her new role as the premier of United Kingdom – becoming only the second woman in British history to hold the office.

 

View from the Window

It is not that one is not aware of living a relatively privileged life in a vastly poor country. But that day the reality hit me in a much more real manner.

Raghuram Rajan: Why RBI needed more of him

Raghuram Rajan’s parting line of communication about being “available to serve” the country gives us hope.

What happens after the Brexit vote – the steps ahead!

The Brexit referendum result will be announced on June 24, 2016.

Brexit: Britain's revival or EU's fall?

A convincing vote to remain in EU could mean David Cameron continues as the British PM; a vote for exit would see him yielding to a new leader.

Assembly Election Results: The story of Queen Bees and a Blooming Lotus

After the terrible drubbing BJP faced in Delhi and Bihar, Amit Shah seems to have revived his Midas touch capturing power in Assam for the first time and opening an account in Kerala.

Neither of these two achievements can be understated as the North East and South of India have traditionally eluded the BJP, remaining in the tight grip of Congress, Left or Regional parties.

Why Shaktiman the horse is neighing for a saner world!

BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi is alleged to have brutally beaten up ‘Shaktiman’, so much so that terrified creature needed to be operated upon.

Kailash - Mansarovar: 3 mysterious miracles

Shorn of any vegetation and embedded deep under layers of snow, the  grandeur and gravitas of Kailash Mansarovar is felt by all who visit its slopes.

 

Lord Shiva – As He revealed himself to a Hungarian artist!

Among the pantheon of Indian deities, there is one who is particularly known for his simplicity and innocence and thus lovingly addressed as “Bhole Baba”.

His appeal knows no bar and devotees from all backgrounds and beliefs are attracted to him. His kripa (beatitude) can touch the soul of any human being, whatever be his caste or colour.