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Shobhika Puri

NCERT Textbook Review – Finally!

Being a part of the education industry and even more importantly, being an ardent believer in the power of education, I was thrilled to know that NCERT was planning a review of its school textbooks to incorporate the latest developments. Kudos to the government for doing something that was long due!

The PM is being bad, only to be good

India witnessed a historic move recently – a move to invalidate all high denomination notes; a move that had been suggested by many, but implemented by none in the country in the recent past; a move that was so far only an electoral pitch; a move that can change the economics of the country; a move that can change the way financial transactions are done; a move that affects the infamous ‘parall

India’s Response to Terrorism – Affective and Ineffective

Is terrorism bad? A resounding ‘yes’ from across India!

Are steps needed to be taken to curb it? Yes!

The terrorist attack in Uri by terrorists from Pakistan was abhorrent? Yes, again!

We should ban Pakistani artists. An upcoming Bollywood movie stars a Pakistani actor. It should be banned too. Correct?

Sorry, Irom Sharmila!

Irom Sharmila, a woman of indefatigable spirit, broke her 16-year long fast recently. A fast that was not for any personal gain, but for the greater good of saving her people from the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Robert Vadra: Bad Choice, Bad Timing

The sudden appearance of Robert Vadra in political advertisements has caught many by surprise. Given the party’s track record of allegiance to the Gandhi-Nehru family, this move should have been expected. In the general elections of 2014, Robert Vadra was seen giving hints in interviews about his interest in joining politics.

Apple at loggerheads with the FBI?

Anything that Apple does, makes news. Any software update, new phone launch, or in fact, even an announcement – anything. However, usually it is positive news about how excited the customers are, or how many queue up hours outside the Apple stores for that first look of the latest gadget. This time, things changed for the negative.

Government Caught Unawares, Yet Again!

Indian government’s ignorance and lackadaisical attitude is in focus once again with February 9, 2016 approaching near. It is the date when the government will yet again have to explain its agreements with social media sites that it is increasingly using for information dissemination.

Near Death Experience

‘Death’ is a word, a state, that intrigues and scares many. Nobody knows what happens after one dies though there are many who claim to have the answers. However, even these people cannot be 100 percent sure. Nevertheless, everybody wants to know what happens when one dies?

e-Confused Government

A new policy is announced by the Modi government. The government claims it is ‘for’ the people. It thinks it has arrived. The people cry foul. The government hurriedly withdraws the policy. Then, ensue a series of defensive arguments and extensive media coverage about the government’s inexplicable move. And, this continues till the next policy is announced.

I Agree!

In spite of being an ardent admirer of companies like Google, I have critiqued Google’s privacy policy and terms of service in the past. There have been many like me who have raised concerns about the power such companies hold over us with our data in their hands; yet, these companies continue to flourish and earn goodwill.

On the Right Track

Having being used to seeing the Congress party make self-goals so frequently in the recent past, it seems unbelievable to see it finally do some course correction. The biggest credit for this goes to its conspicuous-by-his-absence turned conspicuous-by-his-presence vice president, Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Break’

Much has already been written and discussed about Rahul Gandhi’s now infamously famous ‘break’. Well, here is another piece of some genuine advice for the Gandhi scion.

The Men Behind the Godmen

Godmen have been dominating our news channels lately, which got me into thinking why. Unfortunately, most of them have been in the news for all the wrong reasons like monetary scams, molestation, fraudulent practices and the like. Is this a recent phenomenon, or has this been around for a while?

Missed calls, the Indian way

Recently, I was having a conversation with some of my friends about ‘missed calls’, a term that may be alien to many people across the world, but not to Indians for sure. What struck me was the amazement that some of them displayed about many of us considering this as a means of communication. This got me into thinking whether we had actually developed a new means of communication.

A collective error of judgement?

It’s been over two months since Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India.

The role of social media in elections

The recently concluded General Elections are special in more ways than one.

Rahul Gandhi`s second interview – a marked improvement

Since I had critiqued Rahul Gandhi’s first TV interview in my previous blog, it is only fair that I discuss his next one too (with PTI).

Rahul Gandhi’s Media (Mis)Plan

Enough has already been written about Rahul Gandhi’s first interview to a TV channel.

Rahul Gandhi – Reinvented!

Anybody who follows politics cannot have missed one recent development – Rahul Gandhi’s new political avatar.

2013 – The Year That Was

December-end is time for celebration, introspection and New Year resolutions. This article aims to introspect on the year (2013) gone by; to understand the hits and misses.

Being in the Opposition

With the stupendous performance of the BJP in the recent state assembly elections, it is becoming clearer that the party, as expected by many, is likely to come out as the winner at the national level as well.

Google’s 11/11 Alert

Come 11 November, 2013 and Google would implement some major changes in its Terms of Service.

Politics of Mixed Signals

General elections are due in May next year, but the brouhaha surrounding them is such that it seems they have already begun.

India’s international image

How does the world outside the borders of our country, view India?

Narendra Modi’s `Being PM` plan

Let us look at what Modi’s plans or focus areas could be and should be.