Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi) | 23 August 2016

कुछ माह पहले मैं दिल्ली में एक आयोजन में गया था, जिसमें नफासत से वस्त्र पहने, वक्तृत्व में माहिर भारतीय और कुछ विदेशी मौजूद थे। वहां एक अलग से युवा ने प्रवेश किया। किसी ने पहचाना कि यह तो किसी हिंदी टेलीविजन से है। ऐसा लगा कि वह वहां ज्यादातर उपेक्षित ही रह गया, जब तक कि किसी ने उसे उकसा नहीं दिया। उसके बाद तो जेएनयू विवाद पर ऊंची आवाज में कर्कश बहस छिड़ गई। उसने हिंदू राष्ट्रवादी रुख का बहुत भावावेश के साथ बचाव किया, लेकिन उसे जल्दी ही शोर मचाकर चुप कर दिया गया। खुद को अपमानित महसूस कर वह जल्दी ही वहां से चला गया। उसके जाते ही ‘धर्मनिरपेक्ष-उदारवादियों’ ने राह

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Divya Bhaskar | 17 August 2016

હાલમાં આપણે ગર્વભેર સ્વતંત્રતા દિવસ મનાવ્યો. ભારતીય હોવું એટલે શું તે દર્શાવવાનો શ્રેષ્ઠ દિવસ છે પંદરમી ઓગસ્ટ. છેલ્લા એક વરસમાં ભારત સહિત દુનિયાભરમાં રાષ્ટ્રવાદનો ઉદય જોવા મળ્યો છે. નવા પ્રકારનો રાષ્ટ્રવાદ ભારે ખાનાખરાબી સર્જી રહ્યો છે. નવો રાષ્ટ્રવાદ લોકોને વિદેશીઓ પ્રત્યે તિરસ્કાર કરવા પ્રેરે છે, રાષ્ટ્રવાદ બહારના લોકો માટે સરહદોને તાળાબંધ કરવા માગે છે, તે મુક્ત વેપારનો પણ વિરોધ કરે છે. રાષ્ટ્રવાદ છેલ્લા 70 વર્ષના ઈતિહાસમાં વિશ્વએ મેળવેલા ઉત્તમ વારસાની અસરને ભૂંસી નાખવા માગે છે. વારસાએ વિશ્વને વધુ સમૃદ્ધ અને શાંત બનાવ્યું હતું.

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Tamil Hindu | 15 August 2016

இன்று இந்தியா சுதந்திரம் பெற்ற தினம். இந்த நாளில் இந்தியன் என்று பெருமை கொள்வதன் அர்த்தத்தை ஆழமாக அலசிப் பார்ப்பது அவசியமாகிறது. கடந்த ஓராண்டு காலத்தில் தேசியவாதத்தின் எழுச்சியால் இந்தியா உட்பட உலகம் முழுவதும் பல்வேறு பிரச்சினைகள் பூதாகரமாக வெடித்தன. புதிதாய், புதிராய் பிறந்த தேசியவாதத்தால் ஏராளமான இழப்புகள் நேரிட்டன.

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Times of India | 14 August 2016

It was a rare afternoon in Delhi’s August. The rain had stopped and an occasional nimbus cloud punctuated the astonishingly blue sky. A quiet breeze sent me on a walk into Lodhi Gardens on the way to meet an old friend in Khan Market. Our conversation over chai was halting and uneasy and we kept returning to the ill-fated rise of nationalism in the world. We wished for a world with more patriots and less nationalists like Donald Trump. Both of us had grown up on this distinction, made by one of our school heroes, George Orwell.

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Tamil Hindu | 23 July 2016

‘பிளஸ் 2 பொதுத் தேர்வை மாணவர்கள் திருப்தியாக ஏன் எழுதவில்லை. விளக்கம் கொடுங்கள்’ என்று கேட்டு, 240 பள்ளி முதல்வர்களுக்கு கேந்திரிய வித்யாலயா சங்காத்தன் உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது. நமது பள்ளிகளின் செயல்பாடுகள், மாணவர்களின் கற்றல் திறன் குறித்து பிரதமர் மோடி கவலை கொண்டுள்ளார். ஒருமுறை பேசும்போது, ‘‘மாணவர்கள் என்ன எதிர்பார்க் கிறார்களோ அதை வகுப்பறைகள் பிரதிபலிக்க வேண்டும். பெற்றோர்களும் தங்கள் குழந்தை களுக்கு எங்கு உதவி வேண்டும் என்பதை தெரிந்து வைத்திருக்க வேண்டும்’’ என்று பேசினார்.

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Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi) | 21 July 2016

केंद्रीय विद्यालय संगठन ने अपने 240 स्कूलों से 12वीं की परीक्षा में बच्चों के असंतोषजनक प्रदर्शन पर स्पष्टीकरण मांगा है। प्रधानमंत्री कुछ समय से हमारे स्कूलों के नतीजों से चिंतित हैं और अपने एक भाषण में उन्होंने यहां तक कहा है कि हर कक्षा में यह प्रदर्शित होना चाहिए कि वहां बच्चे से क्या सीखने की अपेक्षा है, ताकि पालकों को मालूम हो कि बच्चे को मदद की कहां जरूरत है। यह शायद स्मृति ईरानी को मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय से हटाने का निर्णायक कारण रहा हो। वे खासतौर पर प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय द्वारा पूछे गए प्रश्नों के प्रति अनुत्तरदायी रही हैं और इसकी कीमत उन्होंने चुकाई है। भारती

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Times of India | 10 July 2016

What was supposed to be a routine cabinet expansion this week turned into a bold shake-up. The big change is at the ministry of human resource development where the affable Prakash Javadekar has replaced the combative Smriti Irani. India has been unlucky in the poor quality of its education ministers. Irani was always the wrong choice and she did not help by picking a fight with everyone. She has moved to the textiles ministry, which is not a demotion as everyone thinks.

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Times of India | 12 June 2016

A few months ago, I was at an attractive event in Delhi, surrounded by elegantly dressed, articulate Indians and a sprinkling of foreigners. Into this privileged gathering walked an awkward young man who someone recognized from Hindi television. He seemed to be lost and was mostly ignored until someone provoked him and there followed a loud, ugly argument over the JNU controversy. He put up a spirited defence of the Hindu nationalist position but he was quickly shouted down. He felt humiliated and left hurriedly.

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Times of India | 15 May 2016

A friend from my childhood was in town last month. He runs a successful startup, and as we sat drinking chai in the scorching heat, I was struck by his easy sense of playfulness. He seemed not to take himself seriously nor worry about competence. He was open to surprise and to appearing a fool, and turned all my answers into questions. Between the search for truth, and the possession of it, there is a comma, and he had a distinct preference for the comma. I was in a state of agitation when he arrived but I was smiling calmly when he left.

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Divya Bhaskar | 11 May 2016

મારા મિત્રો મને કહે છે કે પ્રસન્નતા 'આંતરીક બાબત છે' અને જીવન પ્રત્યેના મારા અભિગમ સાથે તેનો સંબંધ છે. તેઓ મને જીવનની ગતિ ધીમી કરવાની તથા યોગ-ધ્યાન શીખવાની, હસતા રહેવાની અને ઈશ્વરમાં ભરોસો રાખવાની સલાહ આપે છે. પ્રકારની આધ્યાત્મિક વાતો આમ તો મને ગંભીર બનાવી દે છે. મને કાયમ લાગ્યું છે કે મારા જીવનનો આનંદ રોજબરોજની નાની બાબતોમાં રહેલો છે. પોતાના કામમાં ડૂબી જવું, કોઈ મિત્રની સાથે ગપશપ કરવી અથવા તો અચાનક સુંદરતાનો સાક્ષાત્કાર થવો વિગેરે. ખરો આનંદ કે ખુશી ક્ષણે છે. કોઈ દૂરના અલૌકિક જીવનમાં નહીં.

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