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In a distressing development in Southeast Asia, the military Junta in Myanmar seized power in a coup and ousted civilian, leader of the Government, Aung San Suu Kyi and declared a state of emergency in Myanmar for a year.

The military detained Aung San Suu Kyi along with other members of her party, declaring the National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s landslide victory at the November 2020 polls as null and void. This turn of event is very significant to India, given the fact that Myanmar is a neighbouring country with a lot of shared economic as well as strategic interests.

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Buoyant by its electoral gains in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where it won 18 out of the 42 seats, BJP is all out to wrestle Trinamool Congress from West Bengal in the forthcoming State Assembly Election, using a multi prong strategy. While it is hoping to lure general voters by identifying with one of Bengal’s most fascinating icons, Subhas Chandra Bose, the saffron brigade is also wooing a minority community to defeat Mamata Banerjee in the State Polls.

With the crucial State polls, hardly a few months away, the BJP has turned Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary on 23 January into a political Launch pad in the turf war with the ruling Trinamool Congress. The BJP is leaving no stone unturned and the trump card, up their sleeves is Netaji, whose legacy resonates across Bengal. Never mind, the fact that Netaji served as the President of the Indian National Congress from 1938 to 1939 was a leader of the Forward Block.

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When one has that passion and focus for something there can be nothing to stop from achieving the desired goals. Armed with sheer grit and determination one can easily follow the passion even when the call of duty is hectic. Here is a story of a young man filled with passion to the brim for nature photography and has been receiving recognitions one after the other. Someone who has turned his passion for photography into a medium to educate and create awareness on the importance of nature.

Roshan Upadhaya, 27 years old is a police constable having already served for eight years now. A photography enthusiast, since his schooling days, he would click images on his phone, it was only after landing up a job as a policeman that he bought his first DSLR camera and began capturing the sights and endowments of nature.

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Farewell Address by Kenneth I. Juster
U.S. Ambassador to India
I come before you today to give my Farewell Address as the United States Ambassador to India. For me, it is a time of deep gratitude and appreciation as well as one of reflection.

It is an honor and a responsibility to represent the United States as ambassador anywhere in the world. But it is a special privilege to be the U.S. Ambassador to India. The past three years and two months have been the most remarkable and fulfilling period of my professional life.

When Swami Vivekananda arrived at the World’s Parliament of Religions at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, he exclaimed: “Sisters and Brothers of America – It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us.” I have felt the same way living and working in India.

As with many Americans, Indian civilization – its unique culture and amazing people – has long touched me. My parents traveled throughout India in 1966. I vividly remember being enchanted by my father’s many photographs of people and places in this country. I have been fortunate to be part of the U.S.-India relationship for the last 20 years – as a diplomat, a technology executive, an investor, and a member of several non-profit boards. But serving as Ambassador and being directly involved in expanding the relationship at every level has been a tremendously rewarding experience. I have tried my best to be worthy of this great opportunity to contribute to our partnership.

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