Yoga Day: Observe your breath and see tension melt away, says Baba Ramdev

So there I was watching Baba Ramdev demonstrate an array of exercises, swiftly moving from one asana to the next at a function organised by Parmarath Ashram in Rishikesh.

“This is easy... Pranayama ...Anuloma Viloma ....Kapalabhati” and the works.

If your religion is so weak that it can be threatened by yoga, leave that religion: Baba Ramdev

At a time that religious passions have been stirred over the observation of International Yoga Day and practising of Surya Namaskar in schools, Baba Ramdev, who has today become virtually synonymous with yoga, indulged in some tongue-in-cheek jousting over the controversy.

Rahul Gandhi @45: Why ‘son’shine is critical for the Congress

June 19, the scion of the Gandhi dynasty, Rahul, turns 45. And it probably is the first time he is getting so much press though he is born in a family that is constantly under arc-lights.

Manipur attack: Why are human rights groups silent on killing of Army personnel?

Silence can be deafening. The quietude in the ranks of the plethora of human rights groups that are shrill when even a single civilian is killed is nerve-wracking, to say the least.

Modi Government’s One Year: Waiting for ‘Acche Din’

Inhe 60 saal diye hai, mujhe 60 mahine do (You have given them (Congress) 60 years, give me 60 months)! Narendra Modi had petitioned voters to test him during his shrill national election campaign, and see the difference he would make to their lives and that of the country.

Morari Bapu welcomes Ghulam Ali’s recital at Sankat Mochan temple, gives Dharma a universal meaning
Morari Bapu welcomes Ghulam Ali’s recital at Sankat Mochan temple, gives Dharma a universal meaning

Well-known Ramayana Kathakar and spiritualist Morari Bapu wholeheartedly welcomed and supported the performance of Pakistani ghazal singer Ustad Ghulam Ali at the Sangeet Samaroh held at the famous Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi last week.

Siem Reap: 4 temples you shouldn’t miss

Siem Reap is an ancient town and the cultural capital of Cambodia. The city, which is located in the north-west of the country, is considered such a mainstay of their heritage that its Angkor Wat temple is the central theme on the national flag.

Budget 2015 Analysis: Jaitley gives growth a push, but fiscal concerns remain

The Union Budget 2015-16 has won a round of applause from all sectors and for good reasons at that. It has something for nearly everyone.

Budget 2015: The 10 things that you must know
Budget 2015: The 10 things that you must know

1. There will be no change in the personal income tax slabs and rate of tax for companies in respect of income earned in the finance year 2015-16, assessable in Assessment Year 2016-17.

Delhi Election Results: BJP’s 7 vital mistakes

The dye has been cast and it’s not saffron. Not only has the BJP lost its first election since coming to power at the Centre in May last year, the Delhi verdict is its worst drubbing ever in the national capital.

Obama and Modi bonhomie: The Part II of the Story

President Barack Obama is a very astute man. With thought out and extremely well-timed pronouncements, he has put into perspective another man’s attempt to paint a varied picture.

Charlie Hebdo terror attack: Would you want a world where you can't draw a cartoon?

We live in extraordinary times. These days, people get killed for making cartoons! Living in India, one is nearly psychologically inured to hearing news of terror attacks, thanks largely to the perseveringly malicious elements planted in our neighbourhood.

Pranab’s ‘The Dramatic Decade – The Indira Gandhi Years’: Revealing but not explosive

The President, Pranab Mukherjee, has just inaugurated the first book in the intended trilogy of his political career on his 79th birthday. ‘The Dramatic Decade – The Indira Gandhi Years’ is a page turner published by Rupa and predictably throws some light on the controversial Emergency years.

SAARC Summit 2014: Lofty dreams, harsh realities

Much as in humans, the aim of a “Union” even when related with sovereign countries, is to expand a domain for the benefit of those uniting. The gain could be emotional, financial or related with security.

Vintage Modi Vs Modi in English – The right choice?

When Narendra Modi started out as the Prime Minister, he was lauded and applauded for showing pride in his mother tongue – he chose Hindi as a medium for diplomatic parleys and major speeches.

Smriti Irani’s KV policy – Lost in translation

I don’t know what Smriti Irani – our venerable HRD minister – has in mind when she formulates policies, but with a stroke of a pen she is jeopardising the prospects of so many students in India.

Guru Nanak’s three simple lessons of life

In this highly materialistic and fast paced life, our soul searches for some solace and profound moments of peace.

Haryana Polls: Jatland politics & the blooming lotus

Haryana Assembly Elections 2014 are once again set to be a battle royale between the famous clans of the state. However, new dimensions have been added this time with more players entering the fray and vying to make an impact.

Maharashtra polls: Maratha power vs Modi magic

Maharashtra assembly elections are a classic case of self destructive politics. What looked like an open and shut case just a few weeks back has assumed the form of a multi dimensional battle.

Narendra Modi in America: What to expect

For two countries that are multi-cultural democracies and open societies, it is staggering that India and the United States have had the most roller coaster sort of relationship for about a century.