It is a queasy feeling to see the Indian English press to go on talk about caste while reporting on Bihar. It is really shameful. There was a time when the top journalists believed their job is not just to report but gently nudge the society towards progressive thinking. Here, the electorate of Bihar has shown the way out of caste and other regressive divisions, but our journalists still can't think beyond caste.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, various groups of people have been seeking to break away from India.  Some nations, too, have been asking, or have been asked to ask, India to do something about the Kashmir issue, meaning, loosely, to let the state separate from India.

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Mr Vinod Dua,

I take strong exception to your facebook comment about Bihar. Your exact words: "why the present state of Bihar be funded by the Indian taxpayer...." is extreme in provocation. My angst comes first from being Indian as your statement hits at my very Indianness, and we have always thought ourselves as Indian first. However, for once I would ignore that and write like a Bihari. Who knows you may be belonging to the category who take patriotism as the last of resort of scoundrels and insult my nationalism further.

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Islam does not like the continuation of tussle to remain between the two. Human life is neither too short nor very long as per the normal course of mortality rate. We dig history and open up unnecessary chapter which has got no human values but of course for greater degree of personal gain by playing human instinct. This is personification which is not inline with the heart of Islamic philosophy. It could be even political segment of an individual.

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Recently 84-year old Fidel Castro, the retired revolutionary leader of Cuba, told American journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine (published in the United States), that the “Cuban model” no longer works.  Castro was referring to the economic model of communism, which he implemented in Cuba 50 years ago.

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Characters of movie 'Inception' have been used in this article. Like every Indian, I am hurt by the way things have been handled in the build up to the Commonwealth Games. Mismanagement and inadequate infrastructure have been the hallmark of the buildup to CWG 2010. If we cannot deliver even after spending such huge amount of money then it does not paint a good picture of India / Indians.

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Those who live or travel there would not disagree that India has an ample amount of two things: heat and poverty. The former is felt nearly all year round from sunrise to sunrise, and the latter, like the sun, is omnipresent. Are parents alone at fault for poverty? Or is the hot climate a culprit?

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Recently some of my batch mates of the good old engineering college days got together from different parts of the country and went to our alma mater. They then posted pictures of the institutute and the hostel. It was nice to see my friends after decades. I keep visiting my college off and on. Though I must admit, due to the demands of my job I am unable to visit my alma mater as frequently as I would have liked.

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Patna Airport was in limelight a few days back – this time not because of the unprecedented growth but due to the fact that it is one of the riskiest airports in the country because of the short length of its runway.

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Some people resort to violence to get what they want and could care less if they hurt or kill—either themselves or others or both—in so doing.  This phenomenon is old, and scholars who have studied such behavior have suggested using economics as a tool to reduce violence.

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A war within a country, resulting from a riot or uprising or violence, pits citizens against citizens and bloodies everyone.  It could flare up without warning or simmer forever at low heat.  A war between two nations, on the other hand, kills the nation’s enemies and is unlikely to happen frequently or to last a long time. Take, for instance, India, a fast emerging economic power.

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