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Jaideep Prabhu

  • Here's why Sanskrit is not a dead language and should be at the core of school curricula

    Why would anyone want to study Sanskrit? Is it not a dead language that no one speaks anymore? Of what use could it possibly be in this globalised age of informatics? Do we really want to be bogged down in the past when a brave, new world beckons? As one significant other put it, Sanskrit toh sirf ...

    Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 5:30pm
  • Bhagavad Gita row: Why Sushma Swaraj needs to focus on her real job

    Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj courted controversy on Sunday when she urged that the Bhagavad Gita be proclaimed the rashtriya granth - the National Holy Book - by the government of India. Swaraj was speaking at the Gita Prerna Mahotsav, organised by the Global Inspiration and...

    Monday, 8 December 2014 - 7:00pm
  • Here's what Narendra Modi needs to do to solve India's energy crisis

    Even today, nearly 70 years after independence, one of India's greatest challenges is providing sufficient energy to its citizens. There is not an Indian who is not familiar with frequent load shedding, grid failure, and the failure of power companies to generate enough electricity due to...

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 6:00pm
  • How Narendra Modi's foreign policy is looking to make up for decades of neglect

    Foreign policy is top on Modi's agenda and so far the PM has made all the right noises

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 9:00pm
  • Why India's recent response to Pakistan's ceasefire violation is a welcome change

    Last week, the Pakistani Army started shelling Indian positions along the Line of Control - the de facto border between India and Pakistan. This is a customary tactic for aiding terrorists to cross over from Pakistan - occupied Kashmir into India. What was not usual, however, was India's response...

    Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 10:05pm
  • Why we should not be pessimistic about PM Narendra Modi's US visit

    Even before the wheels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Air India One left American soil, commentators have dismissed his meeting with US businessmen, senators, and President Barack Obama as more pageantry than substance. This impetuous judgment, however, is either terribly naïve or deliberately...

    Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:47pm
  • Why allowing China into India's nuclear energy market would be unwise

    During his recently concluded visit to India, Xi Jinping expressed China's interest in participating in India's nuclear energy market. The sector is expected to be worth at least $150 billion and India's small domestic nuclear energy capacity cannot handle the rapid ramp up in the country's energy...

    Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 7:39pm
  • Is Scotland just a step away from ending 307-year union with the UK?

    For those who believe that the European project is over and a success, the Scottish independence referendum and the 1.8 million man march for Catalonian freedom in Barcelona last week should serve as a rude wake-up call. Even as the intellectual descendants of Jean Monnet (one of the fathers of the...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 10:00am
  • Don't expect any miracles from Narendra Modi's meet with China's Xi Jinping

    The visit of Chinese premier Xi Jinping to India this week is the most awaited meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tenure so far. Two of Asia's largest states – in size, population, military, and economy – will discuss issues that affect over a third of humanity. Yet more interesting to...

    Monday, 15 September 2014 - 8:47am
  • War on terror: 13 years after 9/11, what the US must keep in mind in fight against Islamic State

    September 11, 2001 was the day ordinary Americans woke up to the fact that their government might not have been associating with only the most refined gentlemen abroad. While Israel and Kashmir had been stewing in terrorism for two decades, mainland America remained largely untouched. Today, 13...

    Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 11:37am