A huge controversy and rightly so has erupted over the arbitrary cancellation of Beating Retreat ceremony following the death of former President, R. Venkataraman. It is obvious that the government has taken this decision based on some sort of precedent or faulty interpretation of an outdated rule by a Section Officer in either the Home Ministry or the Defence Ministry with which all senior Babus concurred and ordered the cancellation of the Retreat, which formally marks the end of Republic Day celebrations.
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The whole country is proud that AR Rehman has been nominated for the Oscars after winning the prestigious Golden Globe award for best music. It will truly be a big day for India and Indians if Rehman walks up the stage at Kodak Studios on Februray 22 to bring home an Oscar for his musical score in Slumdog Millionaire. But without being misunderstood I will like to say this upfront that Rehman maybe the best in the present era of composers from India but he is certainly not the best if one takes into account the great maestros of the past. Read more

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Sheila Dikshit has taken over as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third consecutive term. She has a big challenge ahead of her given that people have reposed their faith in the Congress party hoping for a better quality of life in the national capital. Read more

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