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Akrita Reyar


The Baloch Betrayal

It was Mohammad Ali Jinnah who had fought and won a legal case on behalf of the Khan of Kalat for declaring Balochistan an independent country – separate from India and Pakistan. It was Jinnah who made a perfidious volte-face …Here’s a looking at the world’s longest running insurgency movement and the perils ahead. 

The legend of Gorakhnath and the new political avatar in UP

As Yogi Adityanath completes one month as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a look at the legacy of the Gorakhnath mutt and its rising ‘son’.  

What Human Migration within India tells us

Rural India can truly unlock the country’s potential if the correct policy frameworks and will to execute such programs give it the right push and direction.

What was the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid?

The award was given “as per faith and belief of Hindus” given the huge sentimentality attached with the land considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Why Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar holds the key to Pakistan’s future security

One day the Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was wandering through a desert with a friend when dusk fell and it suddenly turned very cold. The two gathered wood to warm themselves in the night only to discover that they had no light to ignite the timber. His friend asked Qalandar to turn into a Huma (bird) and get charcoal from hell.

Punjab Election Results Analysis: Amarinder Singh has the last laugh, AAP makes a start

The people of Punjab have handed Captain Amarinder Singh the best birthday gift he could have asked for. With a clear mandate for the Congress to rule in Punjab, the verdict is even more special for the Maharaja of Patiala who had earlier admitted that this would be the last election that he would be contesting.

UP Election Result and its 7 hallmarks

The Modi-Shah juggernaut is unstoppable.

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.