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Published: April 10, 2016 6:10:31 AM

INDIA’S BROKEN TRYST: Why was the speech made in English? Did Nehru not know when he talked of the world being asleep at midnight that it was not midnight everywhere?

INDIA’S BROKEN TRYST
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Why was the speech made in English? Did Nehru not know when he talked of the world being asleep at midnight that it was not midnight everywhere? India’s Broken Tryst is an analysis of why the Indian state has failed to live up to the promise made ‘long years ago at the stroke of the midnight hour’.

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The Evolution of Atheism
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Badri, chief miner of the Kuru empire, has given up the glamorous life of a Kshatriya. But when Prince Duryodhan hatches yet another conspiracy to kill the Pandavs, this time by burning them in Purochan’s house of lak at Varanavat, it is only Badri who can save them.

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