Secularism – Its Meaning, Models and Issues

  Introduction The discrimination of one community or its members by another community or its members on account of their religious identity are the instances of religious persecution and they reflect inter- religious domination. Secularism is the first and foremost doctrine that opposes all such forms of inter- religious domination. Separation, loss and sufferings are …

Insights Weekend Discussions, 03 August 2014

Welcome to the Fifteenth Edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of previous discussions here. The Topic Should There Be Indefinite Moratorium On Genetically Modified Crops In India? Recently, under pressure, the government withdrew its approval for the field trial of GM crops. This is going on for past few years. There is both opposition and support …

Insights Weekend Discussions – 27 July 2014

Welcome to the Fourteenth Edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of previous discussions here. The Topic “Continuing Communal Riots in India Are the Result of Both History and Contemporary Politics.” India’s Home Ministry reveals that more than 2,500 people were killed in incidents of communal clashes in the country since 2002. There were 8,500 incidents of communal clashes in …

Insights Weekend Discussions/Debates – Restarts Tomorrow

Few aspirants requested me to restart our popular Weekend Debate/Discussion initiative again.Hence starting it again from tomorrow. I promise that this initiative will continue as long as  meaningful and enthusiastic participation is ensured from your side. It’s our policy to discourage aspirants from indulging in useless debates and provide them an avenue to express their thoughts …

Religion – A Perspective

~Saurabh Goyal Jaipur Our Collective Collusion Religion is essentially the values one commits himself to. And over time with a consistent practice and relentless observance it becomes central theme running through that person. As there is no universal constant set of life-conditions, our responses to life too must differ over space and time. One’s faith …

The Election Commission and Its Challenges

Saurabh Goyal A Democracy thrives on the integrity, competency and neutrality of its public institutions. Election commission (EC) is arguably single most important institution in a democracy. It is so critical for a democracy that quality of this institution is a baseline to evaluate the overall veracity of representative institutions.EC is constitutionally entrusted to work …

On Naxalism

Dileep Kumar “What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” Naxalism, the far-left radical communist organization though trace its origin to West Bengal in the early 1960s, …

On Elections In India

(This article is part of our new initiative on current events and Magazine. We have received a very good response from more than 35 serious aspirants who have come forward to contribute daily/weekly on different topics from different newspapers and sources. We will soon group them and assign them different topics based on their interest. …

VIDEO – The Big Picture – Lokpal passes muster: What next?

Guests: Prashant Bhushan (Advocate, Supreme Court and Member, Aam Aadmi Party) ; Arun Bhagat (Former Special Director, CBI) ; Anjali Bharadwaj (Secretary, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI)) ; Sudhir Kumar (Former Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commission) Anchor: Girish Nikam [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGQ1n-NJUk&w=560&h=315] Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV    

The Big Picture – Nelson Mandela: How Gandhi influenced his life and times

A discussion on how Gandhi influenced Nelson Mandela’s life. Guests: K Natwar Singh (Former External Affairs Minister) ; Sitaram Yechury (CPI(M) Leader, Rajya Sabha and Politburo Member) ; R K Bhatia (Former Indian High Commissioner to South Africa) ; John Cherian (Associate Editor, Frontline) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut4FYNlVp3E&w=560&h=315] Source and Couresy: Rajya Sabha TV

General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 116

QUESTIONS: 30/11/2013 ( institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections) Analyze the functioning of NHRC in India. (200 Words) The statistics presented in the recently released National Crime Records Bureau report 2012, reaffirm the rising trend of crimes against women. The abysmal conviction rate for these crimes reveals the ineptness of the …