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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

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What happened when India spoke to Pakistan

For both the countries where ceasefire violations and terror attacks make headlines, AIB's attempt to get strangers from India and Pakistan to speak to each other really shows how borders can be erased with a simple conversation.

‘People’s premier’ Modi breaks security ring to mingle with school kids

Thousands of people thronged Delhi's historic Red Fort on Friday to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech as he ditched the traditional bulletproof glass enclosure and reached out to the crowds.

Jharkhand governor taken ill during I-Day speech

Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed fainted while addressing an Independence Day event in Dumka on Friday after he hoisted the national flag at a local ground in the morning.

Kerala school says no to Vande Mataram in dance programme

The school also dropped the namaste gesture from a dance number performed during Independence Day celebrations, inviting sharp criticism from various quarters.

PM Modi announces initiative for model villages

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a new initiative under which each MP would develop a model village in his area.

August 15 is not just about the Red Fort speech

It is not merely the choreography of ‘official’ Independence Day that needs repair. What could be far more consequential are the reasons why, in the mind of an influential section of India, the Republic is a notch above the nation.

A regional synergy with a global focus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to invite Saarc leaders to his swearing-in ceremony signalled his intention to give priority to relations with neighbouring countries and take leadership of the region.

India, Pakistan flag Kashmir in Independence Day celebrations

Kashmir was the focus on both sides of the border on Thursday as Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day and India prepared to mark the same a day later.
Special: Independence Day

‘We focus on stories, not politics’

For many, 1947 was a new beginning, too. Guneeta Singh Bhalla started The 1947 Partition Archive in 2011 to preserve stories shaped by Partition. She speaks to Kum Kum Dasgupta.

Bombs and boycott: 'celebrating' Independence Day in the northeast

Children died in a town in Assam when they turned up to celebrate Independence Day in 2004 despite extremist organisations calling for a boycott. Abhishek Saha recalls what Independence Day meant for him when he was growing up in Guwahati. Full Coverage

India, Pakistan armies exchange sweets on LoC

Indian and Pakistani armies on Thursday exchanged greetings and sweets on the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district to mark Pakistan's Independence Day.

Can India have a growth strategy this time?

For India to aspire to double-digit growth, it needs the clear strategic framework it has never had. We need to take the time to develop such a strategy and build a modicum of consensus around it.

From Pakistan, hope and expectations

The election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was met with mixed feelings in Pakistan. A controversy erupted over whether Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in Delhi.

There are no two ways about it

Two divergent perspectives compete in new India about the role of the State for social protection of its people. The chasm between these two evaluations is so large that conversations across these except the most caustic have broken down.
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