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Music - The ancient musical instruments of India
A wide variety of Indian
musical instruments have gone silent and are found only in museums.
Professor Shiv Shankar Prasad has taken upon himself to revive the glory of
ancient organology. Old temple paintings and sculptures show that the
ancient Indian musicians used almost the same kind of instruments prevalent
these days. The only change is the inclusion of many newer instruments
in the modern Indian repertoire - a result of the Muslim and later the
- Ambassador Blackwill - 'What India means to me'
Ambassador Blackwill is returning to the US after a two year
tenure in India. His Luncheon Speech in New Delhi came
from the heart. "Someone once said, "the most sublime purpose of religion is to
teach how to know God." India has been working on that challenge from a
variety of perspectives for several millennia. It has been my immense
privilege during these two years to experience, and to profit from, these
profound wellsprings of Indian spirituality.
I will return to India. How could it be otherwise?
...And, thank you India for every single thing that I have discovered here.
Mother India has changed my life -- forever."
Read the speech
Real Issues - Hindutva is not Hinduism
Swami Agnivesh explains why Hindutva is
Hinduism is a way of life. It is a distinct culture, marked by
politeness, hospitality, an intricate web of social courtesies, values, and
relationships. The sound and fury of Hindutva are at stark contrast to all
this. To assume that Hindutva has any kinship with Hinduism is to insult our
religion and common sense. Hinduism stayed safe and steady despite every
imaginable threat from outsiders. But this is the first time it is facing a
massively organized and determined attack from within. When enemies put on
the masks of saviours there is a need to wake up and resist them, lest by
default a great spiritual tradition is degraded .
Wildlife - Snehal Bhatt's mission to save cobras
For over a decade animal
activist Snehal Bhatt has championed the cause of snakes. But in doing so
she’s been threatened and physically attacked several times by poachers.
In a rare tribute, the National Geographic Channel has produced a stunning
film on her amazing mission. " I know snakes cannot speak. But the gratitude in their eyes
when they’re saved, when they’re released, is something that I live for."
Letter from Pakistan
Reviews of books published in India and Pakistan
Eggs, meat and ghee - villains or not?
Government 2 citizen service delivery models
Coffee Break - what's happening around us
and much more
Highlight of next issue
Ila Behan - is she the Indian woman of the century?
in International Sports Events last month
Sania Mirza - Wimbledon Junior Champion (Doubles)
Leander Paes - Wimbledon Champion (M/Doubles)
Vijay Singh - placed second in British Open (Golf)
East Bengal football club, led by Baichung Bhutia, won
the ASEAN Cup in Football in Jakarta