Memoirs: EARLY YEARS: BOAT RIDES IN THE BEAUTIFUL BACKWATERS?I
By Dr. George Varughese
[Dr. George Varughese came to Canada in the 1950s with a medical degree from India and was trained as a neurosurgeon in Ottawa. Later he moved to Saskatoon for his practice. We are glad to serialize his experience in life and work in India and Canada. In this 1937 picture, He is seen in the back row between his mother and sister]
My wife Suzy and I were born in Kerala, ... Read More
FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW ?III India Pakistan War - 1971
Brig. C. G. Verghese VSM (Retd.)
During the three previous wars with Pakistan of 1948, 1962 and 1965, neither side had achieved any worthwhile victory. Each side had been claiming that they were the victors. So in case there was a war with Pakistan this time, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted to have a ?complete victory ?over Pakistan Forces. Manekshaw was said to have asked her for three things for achieving a complete victory:
(a)More ... Read More
A BRIGADIER REMEMBERS: My Hero, FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW ? I
Brig. C. G. Verghese VSM (Retd.)
(Brigadier C. G. Verghese retired from the Indian army in 1982 after a long and meritorious service. At present he lives in Bombay. He is a keen observer of the political and social landscape in India and many follow his blogs. He has authored the first and perhaps the only comprehensive two-volume history of Mizoram. He has also written on St Thomas, and the early churches in India. He ... Read More
My First Marathon
Three years ago I ran my first "event". It was a 10km where I was not only competing against myself but more importantly I was competing against my buddy Eric. I finished it in 0:49:45.5; but I was beaten by Eric just by a nose (he did it in 0:49:43.3).
Two years ago I ran my first half-marathon, so 21.1km. I was a bit conservative when running it but still I did it in a ... Read More
Those Were The Days In Lucknow
Oft in the noisy nights, when smog hides the starry lights, the wafting smells of childhood make my world look bright. Those were the days when innocence had not lost its naivety to the allure of the mobile phone, or the ready access to internet porn sites, or the dizzying effect of television reality shows.
Although I started my schooling in Dehradun, my childhood was spent in Lucknow. My father was transferred from the ... Read More
GENDER CONSTRUCTION IN INDIA
By Anuradha Sharma
In a hegemonic patriarchy negativity is associated with woman because she is thought to be ‘Other’ and thus a threat to the dominant group. In the present age when women are working in the same capacity as man, it is necessary to reinterpret the literature.
She is socialized to behave in a definite way that is controlled by an inflexible system of social dictates that provided men with certain civil liberties to hold ... Read More
Modi's life story reflects India's potential: Obama in TIME
Source : IANS
Indian PM Modi gestures upon arrival at inauguration ceremony of the thirteenth Overseas Indians Conference at Gandhinagar
Washington: Headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom President Barack Obama calls "India's reformer-in-chief", four people of Indian origin figure in the Time magazine's list of the World's 100 most influential people this year.
Besides Modi, others on the influential magazine's list of 100 Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons include Chanda Kochhar, managing director and CEO of ... Read More
What Castro-Obama Handshake Means for India
(The writer was an aide to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Comments are welcome at email@example.com)
What triumphs in history - hope or despair? Despair seems to be the obvious answer, given the cycle of hostilities and violent conflicts that has repeated itself from time to time in different parts of the world. Yet, hope doesn't give up. It tenaciously continues its struggle to prove that conflict is not the normal condition of human ... Read More
The many talents of Mr Ambedkar
By Sunil Rajguru
Source : SIFY
In history textbooks while growing up, we are shown only two sides of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar: Dalit icon and Father of the Indian Constitution. However there were many other facets to this multiple personality.
A look at some of them…
Gandhi’s intellectual rival: Most of the freedom fighters generally went along with Mahatma Gandhi and the few who opposed him like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had to leave. Ambedkar was a rarity who ... Read More