What started as a local outbreak of pneumonia-like fever early this year in Wuhan, China, culminating into international pandemic (unstopped so far), the Black Lives Matter protest estimated to be the biggest in the US history, the Indo-Chinese skirmish in the Himalayas and the pro-democratic freedom movement in Hong Kong are some of the events that will be seared into the memory of generations to come.

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In a pre-planned attack by the Chinese army on Indian soldiers with nail-studded sticks and iron rods (as per media reports) recently, is a cowardly act and should be strongly denounced. India's twenty brave soldiers sacrificed their lives in Galvan valley face-off for the honor of their motherland. There have been more casualties on the other side, as well.

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I was a ten-year-old, but the memories of the '62 debacle are eidetically etched in my mind; that feeling of helplessness of the elders, their sense of shame, the silent imprecations, the muted curses in private but dignified poise in public, were a temporal marker in the growth of my consciousness as an Indian.

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The USA has intermittently been in the throes of crises emerging from the killings of African-Americans at the hands of the police. On 25 May 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, following a 911 call by a convenience store employee that Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Within seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene and his initial resistance, Floyd was dead under the weight of three police officers -- one of them had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

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हर टीवी चैनल और सोशल मीडिया पर अभिनेता सुशांत सिंह राजपूत की आत्महत्या की लगातार चर्चा हो रही है। वे ऐसे थे, वैसे थे, महान कलाकार थे, धोनी के किरदार को नए आयाम दिये आदि-आदि। शोक व्यक्त करना अपनी जगह ठीक है, मगर इतना भी विह्वल न हों कि असली वीरों को आप भूल जाएं।

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In the holy month of Ramadan, as the Muslims around the world were observing fast and offering prayers, horrifying series of incidents were reported from Afghanistan. On 12 May 2020, in Kabul, at 10 a.m., three militants stormed the maternity ward of a hospital and killed at least 15 people. Among the dead were medical workers, a police officer, and mothers with their newborns waiting to see the light outside the hospital.

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करोना-जनित संकट की मार को और अब ज्यादा न सहने के फलस्वरूप अपने-अपने ठिकानों से घर-गाँव जाते और रास्तों में फंसे मज़दूरों का मर्मान्तक हाल लगभग हर चैनल अपनी लच्छेदार/भावपूर्ण कमेंटरी के साथ इन दिनों दिखा रहा है। शायद अपनी टी-आर-पी बढाने के लिए।

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