Monthly Archives: January 2016

Is the third global war round the corner?

For the past seven decades, since the end of World War II, global leaders, defence policymakers and military experts have speculated about how, when and where World War III will happen. The when and where is immaterial today; given the … Continue reading

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World War III: myth or reality?

Peace is the greatest illusion today. The whole world is a battlefield. There is no place in the whole physical or virtual world put together that you can call totally peaceful. As many as 185 out of a total of … Continue reading

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Possible scenarios Flashpoints on the globe

Albert Einstein was once asked what he thought the future wars—more so World War III—would look like. This is what he had to say, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV … Continue reading

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Climate justice served

Few things have generated as much interest worldwide as the climate change negotiations in Paris in December 2015. Seldom in the history of the modern world have over 150 heads of state and government got together as they did on … Continue reading

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A metropolis in deluge

For once, Prakash Javadekar has spoken as a true Union environment minister. Though couched in diplomatic language, he has made one point clear–the recent deluge that devastated India’s fourth largest metropolis with a population of 10 million plus was neither … Continue reading

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Pollution politics

New Delhi and Beijing are among the most polluted cities of the world. The quality of response that the two political systems have provided to the crises is a sad commentary on the efficacy of a democracy in the art … Continue reading

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Let down by the leadership

In military circles, Shiv Kunal Verma first shot into prominence in 1992 when he produced the highly acclaimed film on 60 years of the Indian Air Force, Salt of the Earth. This benchmark film was followed by a series of … Continue reading

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Perception and prejudice

When Madhukar Gupta, an alumnus of Allahabad University, decided to appear for the civil services examination in 1970, he was only following a norm set by his grandfather, father, uncles and brothers. His grandfather, Lala Prasadi Lal, was in imperial … Continue reading

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Making of a mass leader

“I had my first brush with administration when I was barely three days old, cradled in the arms of my mother.  Sharadabai Govindrao Pawar had a meeting to attend at the Pune Local Board, of which she was a member, … Continue reading

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Roles and responsibilities

At the Service of a Billion Plus is a recently published, very insightful and interesting book on Group ‘A’ Civil Services (CS), particularly for those contemplating entering these services. The book is a collection of 20 articles of retired officers … Continue reading

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