It's time we wake up from our slumbers and save the honour of our country. What we saw through media on the issue of the 'nuclear deal' has put many of us to shame. A distinct contrast of values of parliamentarians is visible when one reads about great national leaders of Mahatma Gandhi's era. I think the need of the hour is to introduce courses for youngsters in our country which promote knowledge and action for social justice.

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Sometime back L K Advani lamented on a television channel after his book was released that there was no connection - the leaders of two major national parties literally do not see eye to eye--- between the BJP and the Congress party of the ruling UPA.

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With the proceedings of Lok Sabha on TV channels, the people of India could see the performance and behaviour of their representatives. Like millions, I also remained glued to TV to hear the MPs in trust vote debate but for some Noida’s usual power interruption.

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Never before in the history of Indian politics had money flown around so freely and blatantly before a trust vote which will rehabilitate or perhaps take away whatever credibility remains of the Congress party in national politics.

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It was a tragedy that killed so many of innocent lives, but people like Paswan and Central Minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh are doing nothing except playing politics showing sympathy with the dead people. It has become a fashion to blame each and everything on the opposition and try to gain vote from the victims family by demanding 5 lakh or whatever for the dead, like playing God and evaluate a life in terms of money.

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In many religious traditions, the deluge led to the creation of mankind. But that was one deluge in a life-time. In Patna, as far my 50 years of lifetime goes, we have had urban deluge every year. Nothing was created, and most things were destroyed. And every year the government responded as if the deluge/flooding had taken it by surprise that could not have been anticipated or prevented by adopting even the third-best or mediocre practices of urban planning.

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Patna may be the best town but it is the worst capital in India. Nitish probably took oath in wrong time. Monsoon came beforehand and his colleagues did nothing except giving lip service to the people and the government. Moreover, I will not hesitate in saying that the PMC commissioner Rana Awdhesh Singh gave false statements all the time and all the work started during his time was left in the midway and yet he was elevated on his post. I am surprised why the government is not punishing those persons who keep people in dark and on danger line.

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"Universities in China are coming up faster than hotels in Dubai," Watson Wyatt says. By 2010, 23 million students will be attending Chinese universities, one million of whom will be highly skilled graduate students. Even Nandan Nilekani of Infosys says, “Having just a few Indian Institutes of Technology or Indian Institutes of Management is no panacea. You need to have hundreds of them, like they have in China.” How is India in comparison to China? What all are happening in the education sector?

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In Bihar, English education has always been the top priority of the guardians who want their children to be well-versed and well-conversant in this global language. It is common knowledge that Bihari students are good at English grammar and to some extent English writing.

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India's tryst with destiny began on the historic day of August 15th 1947,when a sagacious statesman Pd. Jawahar Lal Nehru took over as Independent India's first PM.

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My problem has been my expectation to see some fast transformation and achievement. Last time Ashok came here en route to Vadodara after visiting our village during Holi, I asked him regarding if the NREGs is effectively functioning there. His reply was in negative. Basically, nothing worth mentioning is happening, neither it is serving the purpose of the people for it was meant. Last week, I read a detail report about the NREGs in Outlook Business. The NREGs is failing to provide much-needed livelihoods and community assets as desired by those who perceived the scheme.

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After a long period of exploitation by its predecessors, Bihar is now rising up from the ashes of backwardness, corruption and vitiated educational condition,thanks to the viable initiative of the current Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar. It goes without saying that many a positive change has, no doubt, taken place here which shows that Bihar is marching ahead on the path of progress almost in each and every field whether education, roads, thus checking the unbridled corruption and so on and so forth. For this Mr. Kumar has won and is still winning the laurel not only in Bihar but outside also for setting the things right on right track.

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A huge piece of vacant land emerged in Patna when the Bankipore jail near the railway station was demolished. The chief minister wants to develop the land as a cross between a Buddha park and the Akshardham temple in Delhi. Now what gives him the right to unilaterally do such a thing? Was a public hearing ever held to elicit views of the common man? Given the importance of the site, was a national level design competition ever held, involving architects and urban planners as opposed to politicians and IAS bureaucrats?

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