Ashoka, father of Sanghamitra and Mahendra, is not remembered in Bihar or elsewhere as a conqueror but as who went to Buddhism in his quest for a rightful, non-violent way of life
'We must show them that we are not afraid of them by insulting them. We must cause them to lose face. Once they see we are fearless, they will be too scared to attack.'
The anti-Han and anti-Beijing ferment, marked by endless self-immolations of freedom-loving Tibetans—monks and others, young and old, men and women— continues in the Tibetan areas of China.
The Chinese attempts to arrest and persecute relatives and friends of those committing self-immolation on charges of complicity have injected fresh oxygen into the Tibetan independence ( Rangzen) movement.
Despite their most brutal suppression, the Chinese have not been able to destroy the pride and hopes that continue to drive the Tibetan movement.
Over-dramatisation of issues by China injects distrust into India-China relations which had been progressing well despite continuing differences over the border dispute.
The new generation believes in a peaceful struggle. It feels that the violence of March 2008 played into the hands of the Chinese and enabled them to use brutal force to suppress the movement.
Protests by self-immolation is a new phenomenon in Tibet. But at least the Dalai Lama would know best that China does not fear the dead or the dying monks. It fears the living ones.
While wishing and hoping for a long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, it will be unwise to postpone the selection of his political successor
However ludicrous the claim that the Karmapa is a Chinese agent may be, the doubts expressed at the highest levels of Indian society are a matter of concern with serious repercussions for the Tibetan community in India
A highly probable scenario for the 15th Dalai Lama is that there will be two of them: one boy recognised inside China with Beijing's blessings, another somewhere in exile. It will wreck all hopes for reconciliation
'Awarding the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo is the international community’s recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms'
Our recognition of Tibet as a part of China should not mean our silence on all matters relating to His Holiness and the Tibetan people.
Even if the foreign secretary's visit to meet the Dalai Lama was not connected with the Chinese decisions announced during Mr Zardari's visit, it is important for India to let China know its indignation
Post the earthquake in the Qinghai Province, the birthplace of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan monks appeal that he be allowed to visit to "offer salvation for our dead and prayers for the victims."
'The Chinese are determined to ensure that the reincarnation of His Holiness, when he dies, will take place as laid down by the party and the Government and that God and the people will have no say'
If it is Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai, the Chinese bhai definitely seems to have a frightening reach over sensitive and critical information impinging on Indian national security
Beijing’s fury about the Dalai Lama’s recent meeting with President Barack Obama is a fresh reminder of China’s sense of vulnerability over Tibet and the role India plays in hosting the Tibetan leader
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.