I am greatly beholden to PM, so is this nation of 'ek sau pacchees krore deshwasi', for inviting suggestions for his Independence Day speech. It's a privilege no other PM ever accorded us. They spoke their 'mann ki baat' at all times, only Mr. Modi uses such national moments to elicit 'jan ki baat'. This emboldens me to open up my heart in this short piece. Though he will receive millions of suggestions which may even include the ones I make here, still I dare to go ahead, if for nothing, then for the edification of my soul.

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इतिहास गवाह है कि दुनिया में हमेशा शक्तिशाली देश अथवा योद्धा ने राज किया है। माला जपने, मंत्रोच्चार और शांति-उपदेशों से लड़ाइयां नहीं जीती जा सकती। समय आ गया है जब शठ को शठता से ही निपटना होगा। सांप काटे नहीं मगर फूत्कारे तो सही।

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कश्मीर की आदि संत कवयित्री ललद्यद (चौदहवीं शताब्दी) कश्मीरी भाषा-साहित्य की विधात्री मानी जाती हैं। ललेश्वरी, लल, लला, ललारिफा, ललदेवी आदि नामों से विख्यात इस कवयित्री को कश्मीरी साहित्य में वही स्थान प्राप्त है जो हिंदी में कबीर को है। इनकी कविता का छंद ‘वाख’ कहलाता है जिसमें उन्होंने अनुभवसिद्ध ज्ञान के आलोक में आत्मशुद्धता, सदाचार और मानव-बंधुत्व का ऐसा पाठ पढ़ाया जिससे कश्मीरी जनमानस आज तक देदीप्यमान है। 

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I decided to bring to the erudite readers of PD a couple of stories from the pages of history that have a lot in common except for their endings. Neither of my two stories is imaginary. They are accounts of real life events. The names of the characters in both stories are nearly the same. The interval between the two stories is 1000 years.

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Why is India still a developing nation even though it has tremendous mental/intellectual prowess which it exports to the rest of the world? Other countries take brains from India and just provide them the right environment to blossom. Indian brains then make their nations great.

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Observers of Nitish Kumar’s tenure agree three terms as Chief Minister should be sufficient to show substantial improvement in the health of a province. Many critics, not necessarily hostile, say on many fundamental benchmarks against which his administration must be tested Nitish fell far short. For instance, health care system or law and order in general continued to be sick despite his claim of a clean and efficient administration, Sushasan, in Bihar.

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Research reveals that the use of internet by social media lovers, especially from among the younger generation, has gone up over the years and thus giving rise to some kind of disadvantages. Therefore, naturally, educators and parents are worried and need to find a way to not dismiss it completely, but at least propose some measures to shield the younger generation from this growing menace.

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एक बार फिर दिल्ली के निर्भया कांड की याद ताजा हो गयी। इस बार यह घृणित कृत्य मन्दसौर में एक मनुष्य-रूपी हैवान ने अंजाम दिया।

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"I've always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation." - Queen Rania of Jordan

Women are the fulcrum of any modern society. Roles of women in Indian society - considered to be inherently patriarchy - too have transcended and seen a sea of change since independence.

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