Randhir Verma, I.P.S (Bihar R R 1974) Superintendent of Police (SP) was martyred in an encounter with terrorists who were trying to loot a bank in Dhanbad twenty-seven years ago.

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गत शनिवार को दक्षिण कश्मीर के पुलवामा जिले में एक मुठभेड़ स्थल पर घुसने का प्रयास करने वाली उग्र भीड़ पर सुरक्षा बलों ने गोलियां चला दीं जिसमें सात आम नागरिकों की मौत हो गई। इस मुठभेड़ में तीन आतंकवादी मारे गए और सेना का एक जवान भी शहीद हो गया।

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Congress leaders in Patna celebrate their party's victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.

हाल में हुए क्षेत्रीय चुनाव परिणामों से विदित है कि देश की जनता ने भाजपा को प्रताड़ना दे कर पार्टी के मुखियाओं को एक स्पष्ट सन्देश भेजा है. इस चुनाव परिणाम से मुझे तनिक भी आश्चर्य नहीं हुआ क्योंकि नुक्कड़ और नाई की दुकान में जो आम जनता की राजनीतिक विश्लेषण चल रही थी, उससे जनता में रोष पिछले कई महीनों से बढ़ता हुआ नज़र आ रहा था. बार बार यही इल्जाम लग रहे थे की सरकार ने कीमत पर काबू रख पाने में कोताही की और देश में नौकरियां नहीं बढीं. 

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Disclaimer: If I express my less than reverential opinion about Mr. Rahul Gandhi, it does not earn me an automatic membership to Mr. Modi’s fan club. It is not in me to be a 'bhakt', a mandarin, a camp follower, or a palanquin bearer. I am an independent citizen who struts in all seriousness, wearing his cap of sovereignty. The stance of the citizen taking himself seriously, and hanging on to the democratic premise that he is the master, is at the heart of the absurd theatre called electoral democracy: a scene from this Theatre of the Absurd.

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Blessed are the men who hold their own by doing the bidding of their wives. That’s how Lord Shiva held his head high against an irate Goddess Parvati by appearing with a begging bowl before her kitchen in Kashi for food. Again, had Tulsidas forced himself on an unwilling Ratnavali, his wife, there would have been no Ram Charitra Manas. She chided him saying,

"अस्थि चर्म मय देह यह, ता सों ऐसी प्रीति!

नेकु जो होती राम से, तो काहे भव-भीत?"

 

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Call this country by any name, still the average Indian breaths in immortal India. Mere geographical boundary and ethnic background of an individual has never been the only attraction to any stranger of different race or community across the world who thought of visiting India or even invading it.

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We all remember the delight with which we listened to the Loha Singh Shows on the radio growing up. Prof. Rameshwar Singh Kashyap entertained and delighted a whole generation of Bhojpuriyas in his portrayal of Loha Singh, a veteran of the British Indian army reminiscing his exploits on the frontiers of Kabul (Kabul ka morcha) in his village. Almost every Bihari with gray hair remembers the cast of characters - Khaderan ko mother and Phatak Baba.

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Italo Calvino’s memorable fable, Numbers in the Dark, contains some timeless observation on the folly of the wise. A conscientious accountant comes across an error – a small error long committed time back – by the legendry Annibale De Canis, “the master of book keeping,” in a giant Italian conglomerate.

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