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Youth as game changers in Lok Sabha polls? Young voter registration 'is so very low'

By Dr Mansee Bal Bhargava*  Young voters will be the game changers in 2024. Do they realise this? Does it matter to them? If it does, what they should/must vote for? India’s population of nearly 1.3 billion has about one-fifth 19.1% as youth. With 66% of its population (808 million) below the age of 35, India has the world's largest youth population. Among them, less than 40% of those who turned 18 or 19 have registered themselves for 2024 election. According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), just above 1.8 crore new voters (18-and 19-year-olds) are on the electoral rolls/registration out of the total projected 4.9 crore new voters in this age group.
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Mark Lee: A spiritual leader who thought conventional religions are barrier to liberation

  By Harsh Thakor*  The Krishnamurti Foundation of America (KFA) lost Roger Edwin Mark Lee, who was a devoted disciple of Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the greatest and most self realised spiritual philosophers of our time. Mark passed away due to pneumonia complications on April 6, 2024, at he Ventura Community Memorial Hospital in California. His exit was an irreparable loss to the spiritual world.

Tamil poets who used love songs in female voice for 'intense longing' for Lord Vishnu

Reclining Lord Vishnu: arrayed below are alvar poets, Sivakasi, 1920s By Archana Venkatesan*  Valentine’s Day often revives attention on romantic themes in literature . Stories are cited in media with the aim of helping people navigate the demands of the human heart on a day that has become intimately associated with romantic love.

What's Bill Gates up to? Have 'irregularities' found in funding HPV vaccine trials faded?

By Colin Gonsalves*  After having read the 72nd report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on alleged irregularities in the conduct of studies using HPV vaccines by PATH in India, it was startling to see Bill Gates bobbing his head up and down and smiling ingratiatingly on prime time television while the Prime Minister lectured him in Hindi on his plans for the country. 

Govt putting India's professionals, skilled, unskilled labour 'at mercy of' big business

By Thomas Franco, Dinesh Abrol*  As it is impossible to refute the report of the International Labour Organisation, Chief Economic Advisor Anantha Nageswaran recently said that the government cannot solve all social, economic problems like unemployment and social security. He blamed the youth for not acquiring enough skills to get employment. Then can’t the people ask, ‘Why do we have a government? Is it not the government’s responsibility to provide adequate employment to its citizens?’

Muted profit margins, moderate increase in costs and sales: IIM-A survey of 1000 cos

By Our Representative  The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad’s (IIM-A's) latest Business Inflation Expectations Survey (BIES) has said that the cost perceptions data obtained from India’s business executives suggests that there is “mild increase in cost pressures”.

Why am I exhorting citizens for a satyagrah to force ECI to 'at least rethink' on EVM

By Sandeep Pandey*   As election fever rises and political parties get busy with campaigning, one issue which refuses to die even after elections have been declared is that of Electronic Voting Machine and the accompanying Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail. 

Kejriwal arrest: Why is poll panel silent on politics of vendetta?, ask ex-civil servants

Counterview Desk  As many 87 former civil servants, who are part of the Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG), in an open letter to the Election Commission of India, referring to the recent arrest of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, have wondered whether the top poll panel is abiding by its own commitment for level playing field between different political parties.

Deepening leadership crisis in Odisha: Media is failing to project 'genuine' leaders

  By Sudhansu R Das  There has been a sharp decline of the political environment in Odisha. The state has become a happy hunting ground for turncoat politicians who hop from party to party mocking at the verdict of people, democracy, party ideologies, judiciary, media and the intellectual class. The acrobatics of the turncoat politicians in the state should be stopped before they wreak havoc in the state’s economy, social and cultural life.   

20 yrs ago, Lara scored record breaking 400 with 'god given artistry', sans any blemish

By Harsh Thakor*  Brian Lara on April 12th completed the 20th anniversary of his record breaking 400 in 2004, at Antigua cricket ground, the first ever in history of test cricket to penetrate the barrier of the quadruple.  For 766 minutes and 682 deliveries Lara did not commit a blemish, to climb an epic, with his god given artistry. The very manner he climbed his summit is a separate story itself, resurrecting glory in the manner of a messenger of god.