Manifesto of a Citizen

Manifesto of a Citizen

A typical dictionary says that manifesto is the a declaration of policy, belief, intentions and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or a candidate. It is made in public with the sole objective of getting more votes to get elected to lead and rule the society. In simple language it is a list of assurances and promises. The voters are human beings. Hence by corollary, the promises are about the healthy future of the people. (more…)...
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Holding UN Climate meeting on top of Coal Mines

Holding UN Climate meeting on top of Coal Mines

A miner works at copper ore at Polkowice-Sieroszowice mine, part of KGHM, in Polkowice near Lubin, southern-western Poland in this July 29, 2011 file photo. KGHM's C$3 billion ($2.96 billion) bid for Quadra FNX is widely being viewed as a low-ball offer, and its proposal may well result in a full-blown bidding war for the Canadian miner, which controls one of the world's largest undeveloped copper projects. Picture taken July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY INDUSTRIAL) - RTR2V0EU So, will delegates from all over the world to COP 24 get the symbolic message of President Duda in hosting the Climate Conference of world leaders literally on top of the coal mines? Facing the reality and dreaming the coal-free future. (more…)...
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Beat Plastic Pollution- Futile Exercise ? Feel Good Factor?  What next ?

Beat Plastic Pollution- Futile Exercise ? Feel Good Factor? What next ?

It may be true that the world is drowned in plastics, however, in last few weeks, it seems to be submerged more in statistics than in plastics. Read, for example, One million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year, the world has produced till this date about 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics, that is more than one tonne per person today. (more…)...
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From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth – Modi-Xi River Side Bromance

From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth – Modi-Xi River Side Bromance

From Doklam Dispute to Wuhan Warmth is a dramatic shift. The literal meaning of Doklam is ‘rocky road’. ( written just before Modi-Xi informal summit in Wuhan )  26th April 2018: Whatever the conflicting realities on the ground, history has shown that both India and China have shared a dream of peaceful coexistence. That desire became stronger after the freedom of both the countries from foreign powers. This silk-road to peace has, in recent past,  often turned into rocky-road giving leaders of both countries a bumpy ride. Wuhan is known as the city of bridges across rivers Yangtse and Han. There are clearly game-changing and long-term win-win opportunities for both India and China to build the bridges and to take collaborative initiative for global stewardship when PM Modi and President Xi meet in Wuhan. The recent dispute at Doklam became  Himalayan hot-spot from June to August in 2017. Chinese population, more than Indian,...
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Stephen Hawking: An alien specie. Who Returned home. Obituary

Stephen Hawking: An alien specie. Who Returned home. Obituary

He not only looked and sounded like extra-terrestrial, but was almost like alien species trying to get along with earthy traits. He had no intention to invade or exterminate human life on the Earth as most of the science fictions depict, but probably to live with it and take with him the treasure of knowledge. His objective seemed  to collect as much data as possible by challenging the theories of the  scientists like Albert Einstein and Fred Hoyle. Impatiently challenged great physicists: He started his mission on the Earth, by challenging the Big Bang theory when he was a student. Later he vacillated and contradicted his own propositions about the same.  He propounded and then took back his own theories about shrinking, then expanding, then light-swallowing and finally light-radiating characters of the black-holes which till this date remain an enigma for the astrophysicists. He first proposed and then questioned the singularity of the...
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Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

Back to Square One. Or Rather Two? Bonn Climate Conference

The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming as frequently as extreme weather events. But the world is ever ready for negotiations. The moments of ‘déjà vu’ for international climate meetings are coming more frequently, than before.But these déjà vu moments are important for the world community simply because they serve as remembrance of the grave future. The frequency of déjà vu moments in climate meetings are also giving rise to growing complexities and entanglement of the issues, problems, and above all the agenda of the meetings themselves. Take for example the Bonn Climate Change Conference under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conference that has opened this week in Bonn, Germany is bundle of mind boggling meetings. Hold your breath, here is the list : twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23), the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as...
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