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Dr Karan Singh

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  Harish Hande

  Umar Saif

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  Mingma Sherpa -
  the 1st South Asian
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  Walter Isaacson

   Wonder of the Age

   No Way Down

  Vishnu - Hinduism's
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2011 – From-riots-to-royal-weddings

A man walking through the remains of tsunami-hit area. AP Photo: Adrees Latif

Toppling of dictatorships... A 9.1 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that swept away towns… Fairy-tale melt-downs…and more. 2011 was an exceptional year of news. From Tunisia and Egypt to the U.S., U.K., and more recently in Russia too — protesters toppled leaders and challenged institutions. The year began with the Arab Spring and its domino effect of toppling governments. One by one, like a pack of cards, dictatorships fell in the Arab world. And it all began in the small town of Sidi Bouzid, 200 km (125 miles) south-west of the Tunisian capital, where Mohamed Bouazizi, a young fruit and vegetable vendor set fire to himself in protest after police confiscated the products he was selling from a street stall. Hundreds of youths, angered by the incident, gathered in the city centre and clashed with the police. They were rebelling against authoritarian dynasties, food prices, corruption, and lack of job opportunities. Bouazizi’s death on 4 January set in motion the events we now know as the Arab spring. After a month of violent protests the Tunisian government was overthrown and President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power.

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