The Diva On Roads: India’s Love with Premier Padmini

Fiat 1100- D (Delight) or Pad or Padmini, or Bombay’s Kalli-Peeli is emblematic of Indian enterprises that stood firm on their legs during an era of strict licensing and state control. Almost 4-decades long journey of Padmini from the 1960s made it synonymous with a family luxury car in the yesteryears. Today, well remembered as […]

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Collaboration Horizontale: Shaving Heads of French Women Who Romantically Collaborated with Nazis

June 6, 1944, is a significant date in the events that led to the end of the Second World War as the Allied forces comprising of the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain landed on Normandy Beach to liberate France from the German Nazi rule. Village after village, town after town, city after city […]

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: He Who Chose Shadow

Philip Mountbatten married then-princess Elizabeth in 1947 and their marriage became the longest royal union in the history. Just as the Queen is the longest-serving monarch, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving Royal Consort in British history. He did not have any role in his wife’s official duties, but he provided her […]

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Widows of Vrindavan: Banished by Tradition, Abandoned by Families

The Mahabharata is one of the two highest revered epics from Ancient India that forms the lifelines of billions of India who see it as source of spiritual fulfillment. Mahabharat chronicles the unimaginable powers of Lord Krishna and his love towards the beloved.  The Great Battle did take place in Kurukshetra but to trace Krishna’s […]

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Human Rights Tossed? UN elects Russia, China for Human Rights Council

This membership can be easily leveraged by the two nations to justify the impeachment of human rights in their own respective countries. What’s laughable is that Russia and China are both communist countries who see human rights as a threat to their existence. This decision obviously brings the UN Human Rights Council’s credibility at stake.

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Ner Shel Shabbat: A Nazi who saved 1200 Jews and Generations

Itzhak Stern, a Jewish clerk said this to a fleeing Oskar Schindler as World War II reached its sunset and the Allied forces liberated Nazi torture and extermination centers. Schindler is often credited for using his wealth, connections with top Nazi Party members, and position of power to save at least 1200 Jews and the coming generations from a near-certain death during the Holocaust.

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Für die Führer: Volkswagen’s Nazi connect and deep roots in modern-day Germany

A father’s blood and sweat, A mother’s second love in life, A son’s dream car, and a daughter’s most true friend-this is how Volkswagen as a brand took place in our family. Back in 2010 when Volkswagen India launched the Vento, it was the most head-turning vehicle for several months. People were in awe of […]

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Inscribing the Self: Tearing the fabric of the nation, Painting it saffron

Since secularism is now a bad word, it is important to point out what was once obvious: that minorities, in particular Muslims, have as much claim to India as Hindus. If India—one of the world’s most diverse countries—is to stay united, peacefully, then it must celebrate its minorities and what they do. Written by Harshit […]

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Mohamed Morsi: Egypt’s President Who Couldn’t Govern All 

A modern-day Julius Caesar plot was hatched in Egypt following the  2011 Arab Spring movement.  In the center of the plot was the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.    Morsi was abandoned by most of his loyal people in the government, his own security force, and the executive branch of the government.     Mohamed Morsi went on a trial in […]

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Turning 6 Stronger: A Look Back At Last One Year of FaultLines

“Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back.”- Paul Harvey. FaultLines looks back at six years of existence and first year of its revamped avatar, here is the story of this blog to you. 6 years, 70 plus articles, 1900 subscribers worldide-and growing stronger. Sprung, stumbled, run, fallen, rolled over, […]

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Namami Gange: Following the National Mission for Clean Ganga through Uttar Pradesh

A Capstone Project submitted to Times School of Media, Bennett University In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism             By: Harshit Mansukhani Under the supervision of Professor Sunil Saxena Head of Department, Times School of Media         […]

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One Belt One Road: The Chinese Expressway of Global Economic Dominance

In the 21st Century, China has seen itself as a leader of the Developing World. In the early years of Communist China its leader Mao Zedong presented the country as a champion for the developing world and provided like-minded regimes with both military and development assistance. In the 1970s, following Mao’s death, China focussed its […]

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Crusades: The war between Christianity and Islam for Jerusalem

The first crusade set the whole ball rolling for two centuries of war between the world’s two most practiced religions. Christianity and Islam were at the gates of each other to conquer land and enslave men, women, and children. Medieval Europe was under a strong influence of Christianity. People believed in religious values and words […]

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Understanding Ronald Reagan’s Reaganomics

Reaganomics is President Ronald Reagan’s conservative economic policy that dealt with the 1981- 82 U.S recession and stagflation. Stagflation is the stagnant nature of the economy within double-digit inflation. Reagan differed from his predecessors President Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon on how the government should be involved in the economy of the country. Ronald […]

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The 1980s Revisited: Early Hip Hop, Politics, Rebel Music and MTV

The decade that made us, 80s was full of surprises. It brought happiness with the start of the fall of the Soviet Union and the beginning of a new future under Reaganomics in the United States. Old Walls were brought down, AIDS became a new battle and while all these things happened, music subtly embraced […]

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Thailand Daily: How Tourism makes a billion-dollar economy

In the second part of How _________ makes a billion-dollar economy, FaultLines looks at the economy of evergreen tourist destination, Thailand. Thailand’s attractiveness as a tourist destination remains evergreen as millions of tourists continue to flock to the Southeast Asian nation, providing much-needed momentum to its economy. As a part of Vlog: Viren Tak takes […]

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Why are so many countries witnessing protests in 2019?

As the year 2019 comes to an end, FaultLines looks back at what binds many protests in many countries. Mass protests have broken out in countries from Lebanon to Spain to Chile and Bolivia. All are different – with distinct causes, methods, and goals – but there are some common themes that connect them. The […]

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 Wake up Indians, Have some shame and take a step towards women’s safety; said No Indian ever!

As a part of one of the first open blogs, women speak about rape in India and how much of that could be blamed on society and administration. 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case, 2017 Unnao Rape Case, 2018 Kathua Rape Case, 2019 Hyderabad rape case- As the list goes on Indians will feel more casual […]

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Abu Zubaydah Bait: Understanding the Failure of CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ post 9/11

Did a U.S Department of Justice Official really claim that if the president wanted to crush a child’s testicles, no treaty could stop him? Did waterboarding ever result in truthful confession? What happened to Abu Zubaydah during the interrogation? Why were video recordings of many 9/11 suspected terrorists deleted? The graphics/ words might be disturbing […]

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Decoding Venezuela: Why South America’s most prosperous country is in socio-economic conflict

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself interim president following large protests, galvanising opponents of current socialist President Nicolás Maduro. More than three million Venezuelans have fled their country over recent years, blaming hunger, lack of medical care, rising unemployment, and violent crime. Venezuela is located in northern South America and borders the North Atlantic […]

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The Saas-Bahu Saga: Story of reluctant Gandhi ladies who kept Congress going

“Sonia nahi ye aandhi hai, Doosri Indira Gandhi hai!”, through this jingle the Congress tried to popularize Sonia Gandhi when she entered politics and held the helm of the Congress party. The Saas-Bahu saga of Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi who kept Congress going when the seat of power looked far and dark. An Indira […]

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Why Osama bin Laden was a bigger catch for the United States than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Two self-styled terrorists, one brought the war to the United States on the American soil while the other dragged the United States to a foreign land. Both killed for having messed up with the United States yet, Osama Bin-Laden remains the biggest catch. President Donald Trump claimed in his address to the American public after […]

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Why the Prophet Muhammad and Islam will not accept Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi’s ISIS “Caliphate”

A man meditating alone in a cave near Mecca received a religious vision. The vision that laid the foundation for a new religion. The year was 610 AD and the man was Muhammad. The belief in him of his followers gave birth to one of the most widely practiced religions: Islam The vision sets religion […]

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I Serve the Soviet Union: Story of Men Who Cleaned Up Chernobyl

On April 26,1986 when reactor number 4 of  Viktor I. Lenin or commonly known as Chernobyl power plant exploded, many were sleeping safely just 10 Kilometres away in Pripyat city. The Pripyat City committee comprising of Chernobyl plant directors Viktor Bryukhanov and Nikolai Fomin tried to push the matter under the rag. They initially reported […]

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The Tashkent Mystery: Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death and the Subhas Chandra Bose Angle

  India, in the 1960s just 13 years into its independence was beamingly looking at its future-global partners and strategic allies that would help her hold its land against adversaries like China and Pakistan. Lal Bahadur Shastri took the top seat in the Parliament in 1965. He was a dynamic leader, having grown in the […]

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In Saddam’s Shadow: What has the American intervention changed in Iraq

2003-04, 15 years since the United States’ Operation Iraqi freedom ended, many in Iraq feel that its brutal dictator Saddam Hussein has gone for a good while others are still nostalgic about his rule.   Iraq became a notorious country under Hussein’s rule, It invaded Iran in 1980 and launched a full-scale war to capture […]

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Just The Right Image: Brand Modi is Bigger and Better

  Today Modi is unassailable. He just needs to change gears, from a salesman to a statesman   Authoritarian, communal and megalomaniac were the words media used to describe Prime Minister Narendra Modi 10 years ago. 2019, that same Modi has entered his second term as the head of the state with a bigger and […]

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“I gotta have Faith”: The Big Bang Arrival of a Matured George Michael

George Michael is a natural; even as images of his Wham! days start to fade to grey, some of his Wham! creations like Wake Me Up Before You Go Go! and Careless Whisper remain indelible. He was like Elton John of the Eighties who believed in the scientific side of music. Every beat and rhyme […]

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Story in Pictures: Curious Case of Delhi’s Disappearing Water

Reeti Agarwal brings photos from Central Delhi’s Chanakyapuri and surrounding areas with tales unheard before. Harshit Mansukhani tells about the unprecedented crisis in the capital   The national capital is under the grips of an unprecedented water crisis. Despite attempts by Jal Shakti Minister (Water Minister), Gajendra Shekhawat to label Delhi and other parts’ water […]

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Putin’s Russia and the Ghost of the Romanovs

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family, the Romanovs, were murdered 100 years ago on July 17, 1917, by Marxist revolutionaries. What does this anniversary mean for Vladimir Putin? Revolution came to Russia in February 1917, a month later in March the king of the Russian Empire Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne. With the revolution in many […]

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The Decade of a Financially Strong China and India’s Wait For The Turn

Coming out of pools of data, how China made its own mark in the world economy and how India is getting ready to beat it Its been a decade now since Lehman brothers, Investment banking company went bankrupt triggering the world economic crisis of 2008. 2008 crisis was as bad as the 1930s global economic […]

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Tracing My Roots: Why a British made line can divide a land but not people

Yahi din hai jiske liye maine kati thee in ankhon mein raatein Yahi seeli aab-e baqa, chasma noor hai, jalwa-e toor hai? Issi ke liye woh suhane, madhur, rasbhare geet gaye they maine? Urdu Poet, Akhtarul Iman in his poem Pandrah August (15th August) says, “Was it for this day that I had spent so many sleepless nights, […]

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The Rise of Machines: Is the technology of the future going to take away my job?

Is it only media, No!, the technological wave is being felt at every workplace but you can survive it. Remember Y2K? I mean the year 2000 when every big and small company rushed to safeguard their data anticipating a millennium bug that could wipe out calendar information. The technology of the future has the power […]

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The Cost of Lies: Why Chernobyl is the symbol of failed Soviet Union

 “The official position of the state is that global nuclear catastrophe is not possible in the Soviet Union.” &  “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid.” It is gripping, it shocks you, it makes you rethink the cost of living, but it just scratches the […]

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Listen Without Prejudice: Why George Michael Wanted ‘Freedom’ from SONY

A Father’s Gift For Whom I’ve got the Unlimited 80’s song Collection- Happy Father’s Day dad, Your favorite singer and his story. Faith, Listen without Prejudice, Older- The Album names themselves tell you about a singer who was maturing from his ‘Sex Figure’, but did he regret suing his label owner-Sony? 1987 and Faith Album […]

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All The Presidents’ Men: Cold War, Space Rockets and Race to the Moon

50 Years On, A Race to the moon that would push both USSR and US until now for technological gains along with best wishes to India’s Chandrayaan 2   The period of great hostility between USA and the former Soviet Union post World War II in 1945 till Soviet Union’s disintegration in 1991, is referred […]

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Yemen Endures: Saudi and Iran’s Proxy War in ‘The Happy Land’

A Rebel Group Backed By Iran,  A Government Backed By Saudi Arabia, A President Struggling to Survive…. all this at the cost of human lives In Yemen. Before we talk about the ongoing Yemen civil war, in which 65,000 lives have been lost since 2015, it is imperative to understand the difference between a war […]

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People & Power: Media Strengthening Wrath of Al-Qaeda, IS and Alike

The function of media is to serve the purpose of two-way communication between the general population and those in the upper echelons of power. Instead of performing this role, media is strengthening and popularizing the terrorist groups worldwide. Always believed to be open and dynamic industry, international terrorist groups like ISIS (Islamic State now) and […]

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Who’s Children Are They Anyway: Kurds Divided Over Children Born of Islamic State Rape

Children of women raped by ISIL men will not be accepted into Yazidi community, declares the sect’s faith leaders.   Kurdish leaders claim that the war with IS (Islamic State) is over, but is it? Although, IS has left the Kurdish area but has left behind a conflict for Yazidi women. The Supreme Yazidi Spiritual […]

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Skies Over the Middle East: The Showdown of the Big Air Carriers of the Gulf

3 major airlines of the world. Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways & Qatar Airways with diversified strategies and a single aim- Global Aviation Dominance. A commentary on their growth, sustainability, global aviation hubs, and post-pandemic outlook.

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