Former top cop speaks out against divisive ideology

There was a time, not very long ago, one year short of 30, to be precise when only a Christian was chosen to go to Punjab to fight what then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi termed “the nation’s battle” against separatists. I had accepted a “demotion” from secretary in the Union home ministry to DGP of the state of Punjab at the personal request of the prime minister.

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The looting of India

“The sun never sets on the British Empire because even god couldn’t trust the English on the dark”
India’s share of the world economy was 23 per cent before Britain arrived on the shore of India. But by the time the British left India, it down to below 4 per cent. It was simply because India had been governed for centuries for the benefits of Britain. Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India.

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Here comes the sun!

BK Golo Pilz,a regular at international climate change conferences, often made spirited presentations on the India One Solar Thermal Power Project that had been underway at Abu Road in Rajasthan since many years. And now, finally, the solar plant commissioned in March 2017, marks the beginning of a new thrust in India’s quest for renewable sources of energy. Golo Pilz, the plant’s project head first explains the workings of the solar thermal plant, and then devotes an equal amount of time in convincing his audience that ‘we are all part of one world’ and that the responsibility of making it a ‘better place’ lies with us. The renewable energy showcase project is researched and designed by the World Renewal Spiritual Trust,a sister organisation of the Brahma Kumaris. With ‘Om Shanti’ as motto, all team members from across the world and India, working on the project, are offered meditation classes as a matter of course.

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Longing for peace in this region

These days religious-men, spiritualists, agnostics, atheists, scientists and even fundamentalists talk about “peace”. But what exactly it is? Nobody knows. Socrates once said, “if you don’t have a word to describe something, then how can you think about it? If we go by the dictionary meaning of ‘peace’: 1. it is a situation or a period of time in which there is no violence or war;2 the state of being calm and quite; 3 the state of living amicably without feud and argument etc.

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Public health as career choice

All of us are concerned about health and wellness. Educated people are more aware of health while there is lack of awareness amongst masses in rural areas. Due to lack of awareness the health scenario in the country is not very good in comparison with some other developed countries. In this regard many terms are being used by us and one of such term is ‘public health.’

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My endless love affair with Jeans

Firstly, my honest confessions. “Jeans” is not the name of a lady. Please don’t misunderstand me for there are many girlies and ladies by the name of “Jeans”. Actually, the name was derived after the city of Genoa in Italy, a place where cotton corduroy called either Jean or Jeane was manufactured.

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Journalism faces a crisis worldwide: We might be entering a new dark age

Margaret Simons (Courtesy: The Guardian) Australia’s two largest legacy media organisations recently announced big cuts to their journalistic staff. Many editorial positions, perhaps up to 120, will disappear at Fairfax…

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Raising good children

There is a saying, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Pr. 22: 6). Parents face many obstacles in raising kids. When we add all the distractions and the pressures in today’s world, parenting becomes even more than a challenge. A huge part of that challenge is passing on your faith to kids whose priorities are more focused on video & mobile games, sporting events, and the latest trends in clothes. And let’s not forget to mention peer pressure and media pressure that offers temptations to kids to do drugs, drink alcohol and get involved sexually. Today’s kids face an overall absence of godly examples and moral living in a society that is moving toward “freedom from religion” instead of “freedom of religion.”

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In Assam, text messages are saving the lives of new mothers

On a sunny, winter afternoon here on India’s eastern edge, in an land where mothers die in the highest proportion nationwide, a few men, children, and about 40 women – either pregnant or cradling infants – listened to a robust, articulate woman talk in the local Sadri dialect about a text message that could save their lives.

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Home away from home: Saga of Herbert School hostel

Everyone feels safe & sound at home. It is universal acceptance that one’s home is an abode of happiness despite many disturbances and problems. When a student starts preparing for a probable career, one begins to look for a good school with an ideal educational environment; the search is quite natural. Finding both the environment and strategically cut educational facilities is very hard to get in Manipur, but the worry is over, for Herbert School is there with an environment of best schooling and home like hostels for both genders. Herbert School has a unique culture of breeding good scholars; the School Hostel has a taste of its own. At the hostel, it is the combination of both schooling and nurturing one’s career. The School has a very spacious campus measuring about 3.5 acres and has it in hostels, canteen, and playgrounds apart from the main building of the school.

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The rapes and murders in Manipur that the SC wants a probe into and the Centre wants buried

On April 18, the Supreme Court overruled the Union government’s plea that cases of alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces personnel ­who had been given clean chits by courts of enquiry should not be re-investigated by a court-appointed special investigations team.

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Why happiness can be so elusive

Man performs actions only for gaining happiness – sukhaaya karmani karoti loka – declare our scriptures. We all desire to be happy. But the harsh reality is that even though we have all the trappings of success from a worldly standpoint, happiness still seems to elude us. If we approach a teacher of Vedanta for a solution, he will counsel, “You have done enough, now you must know. You have performed many actions (karma), now it is time to gain knowledge (jnana).”

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I am born to be ‘my best’ not be the best

Your parents or your elders must be asking for what you want to become rather than what you love doing? They keep trying to confined you only to the choices given by our society. You must have also heard them saying your hobby should be kept only for enjoyment and time pass. Why do they need to think that only doctors and engineers are career and singing and dancing are just hobbies? Singing, dancing, modelling, writing, orating, cooking too are challenging careers like doctors and engineers. If this society does not give you a place for your passion, just create one because nothing was there when the world was created, everything that seems permanent was once created by someone like you to fulfil his passion.

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