Landmark Judgments that Transformed India

The Judiciary, at one time, was considered and projected to be the weakest branch of the state because it possessed neither power of the purse nor power of the sword. This myth has been demolished. – Soli Sorabjee Over the years by innovative interpretation of constitution, Judiciary has become very powerful in many democracies and …

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List of Important International Boundary Lines with India and Their Importance

The Radcliffe Committee was Appointed to 1) Solve the problem of minorities in India 2) Give effect to the Independence Bill 3) Delimit the boundaries between India and Pakistan 4) Inquire into the riots in East Bengal Here’s a quick list of important International Boundary Lines The boundaries highlighted in <bold> are the ones which …

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Drought: A Detailed Analysis [Incidents, Challenges And Management]

BACKGROUND Drought is a natural hazard that differs from other hazards since it has a slow onset, evolves over months or even years, affects a large spatial extent, and cause little structural damage. Its onset and end and severity are often difficult to determine. Like other hazards, the impacts of drought span economic, environmental and …

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Understanding Belt & Road Initiative from Indian Perspective

Recently China has organized a summit called Belt and Road Initiative(BRI), in which high level participants from more than 120 countries arrived, including nearly 30 head of the states. India was a conspicuous absentee, even though China, on multiple occasions, requested India to be a participant of this initiative. Since we are witnessing a potential watershed …

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Triple Talaq is a black spot on women dignity

The one of oldest civilization(Indus valley civilization) of the world that was used to worship woman, is now facing the severe problem on women`s dignity in the form of Triple Talaq. A land that has been famous for its religious diversity, is now in the fist of religious rigidness. The minority women in India are …

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Why naming cities after airport is a bad idea? (Pun)

The scourge of renaming streets, alleys, and cities is not unprecedented, neither is the idea of renaming an airport. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government in India renamed the Gorakhpur Airforce Station to Mahayogi Goraknath Airport after the founder of the Nath monastic movement; and likewise, the Agra Airport to RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay airport. This is a common process followed by governments in India, and the BJP government seems to be following the footsteps of its predecessors.
However, what is unprecedented is renaming an entire city after an airport. Imagine, to rename the airport of a city, you could just rename the city? Would that be possible?

Looking at the dire state of a country, nothing can be guaranteed. After all, there is no absolute protection against such extreme reclassification.

Imagine the city of Lucknow being renamed as Chaudhari Charan Singh city of U.P.; Singapore being renamed to Changhi city; Eastern Cape in South Africa renamed after East London; New Delhi being renamed to Indira Gandhi; city of Patna after Jaiprakash Narayan; Raipur city to Swami Vivekananda; and Rome being renamed after Leonardo da Vinci. Oh, the irony!

Although there is an earthy honesty in naming places that rings of history, but it resultantly agitates natives and confuses visitors. The former becoming fractious about the selection of the local hero and the latter being forced to mug up the local political history to know if they are flying into the right city.

Perhaps, the principle can be extended to city streets and neighborhoods, to end the menace of political renaming. But this principle cannot degenerate into an assault on history which has been a progress in countries like India, where illustrious names from suddenly suspect dynasties are wiped out in favour of wholesome nomenclature.

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The scourge of renaming streets, avenues, alleys, and cities is not unprecedented, neither is the idea of renaming an airport. However, what is unprecedented is renaming an entire city after an airport. To rename the airport of a city, you could just rename the city?

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IS INDIA LOSING KASHMIR? DETAILED ANALYSIS

As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir? Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian …

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Aadhaar is Niradhaar: Biometrics is Cheap and Easy to Defeat

Aadhaar is insecure because it is based on biometrics. Biometrics is surveillance technology, a necessity for any State. However, surveillance is much like salt in cooking: essential in tiny quantities, but counterproductive even if slightly in excess. Biometrics should be used for targeted surveillance, but this technology should not be used in e-governance for the …

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