हाल ही में इलाहाबाद का नाम बदलकर ‘प्रयागराज’ और फैजाबाद का ‘अयोध्या’ किया गया। संभवतः और नाम-परिवर्त्तन किए जाएँ। नाम-परिवर्त्तन के पीछे ‘गुलाम मानसिकता’ से छुटकारा पाने की बात कही जा रही है। यह सच है कि जब हमारा देश विदेशी आक्रान्ताओं के अधीन था तो उन आक्रान्ता-शासकों की पूरी कोशिश रही कि वे हमारी संस्कृति को अपनी संस्कृति यानी सोच,जीवनशैली आदि में रंग दें। ऐसा करने से विदेशी शासकों के  अधीनस्थ देश पर अपनी पकड़ मजबूत होती है। शिक्षा-व्यवस्था में बदलाव,भाषा में बदलाव,रीति-नीति में बदलाव आदि प्रक्रियाएं इसी का परिणाम हैं।

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On 26-27 August 2018, my wife Reeta, and I had the rare opportunity to host at our residence an eminent follower of Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. S.N.Subbarao. One of his best-known achievements was when in early 1970’s, under the guidance and leadership of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan, he founded the Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram in the Chambal valley of Madhya Pradesh and brought hundreds of dacoits (professional bandits) into the mainstream.

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On 31st October 2018, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s tallest ‘Statue of Unity' which is built in the loving memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 'Iron Man' of India. It is claimed that it is an engineering marvel reflecting technological, artistic and aesthetical values. The Statue is two times taller than the Statue of Liberty of America.

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कश्मीर छोड़े मुझे लगभग चालीस-पच्चास साल हो गए। बीते दिनों की यादें अभी भी मस्तिष्क में ताज़ा हैं। बात उन दिनों की है जब भारत-पाक के बीच पांच दिवसीय क्रिकेट मैच खूब हुआ करते थे।

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विभिन्न जनसंगठनों की मांग पर इलाहाबाद का नाम बदलकर प्रयागराज होने जा रहा है,यह समाचार देखने-पढ़ने को मिला। निश्चित रूप से यह कदम जनभावनाओं की कद्रदानी है।

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How many times have you seen crucial decisions being taken on gut and nothing else? How many times have you sat in a meeting where decisions were taken with assumptions that the target consumer would think and act like the decision makers? – ‘If I were to buy I would choose this over others. What do you think?’ Have you ever counted on the times such decisions have failed/ backfired?

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I live near the airport and so my life is punctuated by the roar of jet planes either taking off or landing. At times, when my mind is not preoccupied, the sound brings to me mixed feelings of happiness and sorrow. I think some loved ones of unknown fellow beings are arriving and some are leaving. I empathize with those unknown millions who stand at airports, railway stations and bus stops either in the pleasant anticipation of a member of family or close friend arriving or the concealed sorrow of watching them go. I have been through this roller coaster of emotions myself through my life so far.

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