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Diwali: The Threshold Light in the Midst of Darkness

The word "Diwali" means an arrangement or a row of lights. Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the year when the beauty and mystery of lights can be experienced in a special way.<p>In the Hindu tradition, light is a symbol for God and for truth. God is described in the …

Spirituality

India doesn’t trust Internet.org

Facebook’s Internet.org initiative has hit resistance in India, where many see it as a bid by the social media giant to be the web’s gatekeeper. …

Internet

The future of the Internet as a place for an open exchange of ideas is very much up in the air

We’d all like to think that a simple browser and a few keystrokes can give us access to the unlimited knowledge base of the Internet. But there are a growing number of toll roads on the information superhighway.<p>According to the latest edition of Freedom House's annual Internet Freedom Report …

Net Neutrality

What Makes One Person Happier Than The Next (Hint: It's Not Money)

What makes one person happier than the next? It's not money. It's not the circumstances into which they are born. It's not even what happens to them …

International Law Is the Real Threat to China's South China Sea Claims

Tensions escalated between Washington and Beijing last week as a U.S. warship approached an artificially created Chinese island in the South China …

China

No One Glorifies the Grind Because It Sucks

It's human nature to compare ourselves to our peers. It starts in grade school, or even earlier among siblings. We look to others to see whether or not we measure up. We do this in school, in jobs, in parenting and in our creative endeavors.<p>Last week a writer I'm working with started telling me …

Writing

Malmö - a smart city in the making

Just over the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden, lies Hallbarheten in the Swedish town of Malmö.<p>What could be mistaken for a residential building like any other reveals upon closer inspection an abundance of smart technology, with an urban wind turbine and solar panels on the roof, …

3 Men Attacked Her With Chilli Powder, Then Machetes

<b>Bengaluru:</b> With her hands wrapped up in bandages, a 16-year-old in Bengaluru is recovering from an attack with machetes.<p>"I was heading back from …

A like for Mark Zuckerberg

New Delhi: Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg during an interaction with IIT students at IIT Delhi. (Source: PTI)<p>India is …

President Pranab Mukherjee an Ocean of Knowledge, 'University in Himself': PM Modi

<b>New Delhi:</b> Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described President Pranab Mukherjee as a "university in himself" and said that he had personally …

Why I am returning my award

The Sahitya Akademi is India’s premier institution of letters, with a stated commitment to “promoting Indian literature throughout the …