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Remembering John F. Kennedy and his legacy

Frank F. Islam/IANS

On May 29, the United States and the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy`s birth.

Nationalism Vs Individualism

Pavan Chaurasia

“Nationalism is inspired by the highest ideals of the human race, satyam (the truth), shivam (God) and sundaram (the beautiful).”- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

INTRODUCTION

To transform, India needs to improve competitiveness of its states

Amit Kapoor/IANS

India has become the fastest-growing economy in the world. The next logical steps are to make this trend sustainable and to ensure that the benefits of this growth percolate down to the lowest rungs of the income hierarchy.

Manifestos indicate future tense for Great Britain

Anasudhin Azeez/Asian Lite/IANS

A ''Bonded'' career: Roger Moore as 007 and more

It is hard to think of any cinematic portrayal of Roger Moore outside a 007 film.

Tughlaqabad gas leak: Many unanswered questions

K.S. Jayaraman /IANS

Bengaluru: Has the horrific Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, considered the world`s worst industrial disaster that claimed nearly 4,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands with various stages of disability, been all but forgotten? A recent incident would make one think so.

Under Trump, a presidency declines, step by remorseless step

Ashok Easwaran/IANS

As the US constitution was being drafted in utmost secrecy in 1787, an anxious citizen asked Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers, "Well, doctor, what have we got -- a republic or a monarchy?" Without the slightest hesitation, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Great outdoor art cities for the solo traveller in the USA

For some, seeing art can be a meditative experience worth doing alone. Going at an individual pace allows for intimate moments, reflection and extra time to sketch or write, for the creatively inclined. While the U.S.

No legal verdict can resolve Ayodhya dispute

M. Rajaque Rahman/IANS

With the Supreme Court refusing to fast-track it and pushing for out-of-court negotiations, it is evident no legal verdict can resolve the vexed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

Fair is foul and foul is fair in Syria

Saeed Naqvi/IANS

Like Henry Kissinger, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman belongs to a growing tribe of strategists who insist that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been overshadowed, indeed overwhelmed, by a much bigger, Shia-Sunni faultline.

Opposition remains in disarray in UP

Mohit Dubey/IANS

With Uttar Pradesh in the BJP`s firm grip, the opposition has still not come to terms with its rout in the assembly polls that catapulted Yogi Adityanath to power.

Sonia's unifying role is unlikely to succeed

Amulya Ganguli/IANS

As in 2004, Sonia Gandhi is again trying to stitch together an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

To expand footprint, BJP now looks to ''blood bonds''

Mohit Dubey /IANS

Blood is certainly thicker than everything else. But now, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks to expand its footprint in Uttar Pradesh, especially in places where it is weak, the party is set to use blood as an important instrument to consolidate political loyalties.

Indian Americans can help India realise its full potential

Frank F. Islam/IANS

In 2010, during his first visit to India, President Barack Obama proclaimed: "I believe that India and America are indispensable partners in meeting the challenges of their times."

India can bolster Snapchat's prospects as Facebook goes after it

There are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India while Facebook has nearly 166 million.

Noodles can now be a healthier option

Rajneesh Bhasin/IANS

Asians for ages have been in love with noodles -- for the fun, taste and a "full-up feeling" which makes it a complete meal in itself. From being an integral part of our dinner/lunch, it started occupying an important space in our kitchen as a snack, in the form of instant noodles.

Modi's war on black money incomplete without taxing farm income

Amit Kapoor/IANS

Taxing agricultural income has always been a politically sensitive topic. This was evident last week after NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy spoke in favour of this above a certain threshold. Immediate clarifications followed that the official stance was not the same.

Is it Cold War-II already?

Gulshan Luthra/IANS

The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.

Who will stop the BJP? No one in sight

Amulya Ganguli/IANS

After the resounding victories of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the UP assembly and Delhi municipal elections, the party increasingly appears to be politically invincible.

As Mallya's custody sought, India's extradition success rate is 36 percent

Rakesh Dubbudu/IndiaSpend/IANS

The government has sought custody of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from the UK, but Indias success rate at extradition has been no more than 36 per cent over 15 years, according to a report by Factly.in, a data journalism portal. This means India managed one extradition of every three sought.

Afghanistan, Africa new priorities, but a small monarchy remains India's top foreign-aid priority

Vipul Vivek/IndiaSpend/IANS

The monarchy of Bhutan has remained the biggest beneficiary -- by amount and share -- of Indian foreign aid for 17 years, but over the last nine years, Afghanistan has made it to the distant second spot, preferred over traditional recipients Nepal and Bangladesh, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Indian foreign ministry data.

Of Openheimer and the Bhagwat Gita

Mayank Chhaya/IANS

In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 21 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.