It was the year 1961. I had entered the California Institute of Technology as a graduate student and a JRD Tata Fellow. That great institution of learning had a large number of programs to make the foreign students feel at home and savor a taste of American life.
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On the day India achieved freedom from century-old British rule, Independent India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said the task at hand was “incessant striving” for the future. “That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world ..."
The Indian government said on Monday that it was revoking a constitutional provision that had for decades given a unique degree of autonomy to Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border.
Veteran Congress Party politician Sheila Dikshit, Delhi’s longest-serving chief minister who made her electoral debut in 1984 from Kannauj parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, kicking off a 30-year-long career in politics, died July 20 after a prolonged illness at a New Delhi hospital. She was 81.
Rahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India's main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Former senior administration officials,retired ambassador Teresita Schaffer and Raymond Vickery, attribute the massive win by the BJP as a personal triumph for Prime Minister Modi, who, they argued, artfully changed the conversation to nationalism and religion, leaving the traditional definition of ‘Indian secularism’ in the dust-heap of history.
Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, offered to resign Saturday after his Congress party was trounced in a second straight national election but the gesture was rejected, party officials said.
Many analysts say that Mr. Modi’s image — recently dented by slowing economic growth and allegations that the governing party had suppressed a report showing a 45-year high in unemployment — has recovered since a military confrontation between India and Pakistan, and has perhaps even strengthened ahead of the vote.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has always been considered the natural heir to the Congress party’s legacy. But now the 47-year-old mother of two has been brought in the forefront. Her appointment as the secretary of eastern Uttar Pradesh has raised speculations about her role in the party and her ability to change the fortunes of the Congress party in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.