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Democracy: India’s New Tool of Diplomacy



Often folks over social media take a dig on US policies of preaching democracy. Nevertheless, can democracy become a central point of Indian diplomacy? India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it repeatedly, we will neither bully nor be submissive, we will progress taking everyone together. Given that India will not forcibly preach democracy, it can use democracy as its peaceful tool of diplomacy.

Democracy we deliver

Narendra Modi’s invitation to SAARC countries and Mauritius was a clear signal that India wants to progress and move ahead taking all of its neighbours along. India shares deep cultural and historical ties with almost all the SAARC countries and some of the countries were in fact born from India. As a bigger and stable country, India had a responsibility to carry all the neighbours together in the path of development, which it has not played yet.

India’s role should have been kind of, what Russia played with CIS countries after the collapse of Soviet Union, without interfering in their internal matters though. Previous governments in India chose to ignore the neighbours and maintain ties with ‘other world’. In the meanwhile, China, which is an outsider in the region, has scored more points in SAARC and IOR (Indian Ocean Region). India considers itself as a potential super power, but it cannot achieve that status until it becomes a regional power and emerges as the leader of South Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Lack of leadership could be one of the reason why do we refer to Russia or China as the next superpower after the U.S, but not any European country. European Union as an entire bloc is quite powerful, but none could emerge as a leader.

Lack of leadership means, either an outside player like China will come and destabilize the region, or a superpower like the US will bring the entire region under its influence.

However, the question is, will India be able to achieve the status of regional power of a peaceful South Asia? India and Pakistan have fought four wars and Bangladesh fought a war of independence against Pakistan’s rule. One of the possible answers for this question could be democracy!

Democracy is quite an internal or domestic politics, how does it affect international relations? Despite the alleged involvement of Nawaz Sharif’s government in Kargil War with India, why does Indian media and politicians keep some hope from him?

India's string of pearls theory

If India can sign one or two economic and development agreement with Pakistan that produces a positive visible change in Pakistan, it will make the position of elected leader stronger, and to remain in power they will seek better relations with India. The theory is not new, each Pakistani leader dreams of resolving Kashmir issue and win people’s heart to remain in power. For time being Kashmir issue can be kept aside and the two countries can stress on economy and development. India should have spoken strongly against the previous military coups in Pakistan, thus improving its relations with democratic leaders and also empowering them.

There is a need of a strong democratic leader in Pakistan, but there is a need of friendly Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh for India to drive it on growth track along with itself. Despite, having a friendly government in Bangladesh, India has not utilized the opportunity to improve relations and promote trade and transport. Reforming trade and transport with Bangladesh can help thrive the economy of Bangladesh, East India and North East India.

India not only needs to become more active in dealing with its neighbours, but it should give special importance to new democratic Myanmar and IOR including Maldives and Mauritius. Myanmar is a gateway to ASEAN, which can be a good market for Indian industrialists. It is also the key for India’s look east policy that can prove to be essential in further development of India’s much-neglected North East Region.

In July 2012, there were rumours that Mauritius is offering its two sun drenched islands to India to be used by India as per its benefit. Though soon the Mauritius High Commission denied it, it was not the first time Mauritius proposed this offer (India Expanding Its Strategic Presence in Other Countries). Disagreement in Mauritian political system and largely the policy paralysis in previous Indian government never allowed it happen. India’s presence in Indian Ocean is not only required for the security of Indian waters and coast, but also to project its regional power status. India and South Africa who are part of BRICS and South-South cooperation may take up the challenge of security and development in the Indian Ocean Region and enhanced cooperation and relations with east African countries.

Agalega Islands Mauritius India

Agalega islands, 1000KM north of Mauritius island, which Mauritius allegedly offered to India.

Islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar can be developed to become new dedicated bases for enhanced cooperation with IOR such as Maldives, Mauritius and Indonesia, thus making islands safer, empowered and developed. Ultimately, islands will understand islands better and it will be too convenient for nations in IOR to communicate with India.

With the new nationalist government assuming power in India, it is believed that India will assume some role, which will project it as a bigger power. India does not have a solid foreign policy till now. The new government, which came to power with overwhelming majority will not surprise if it makes democracy one of the important points in its foreign policy.

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Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Sibling Bond



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Blood is always thicker than water. This is one of the most appropriate proverbs one can find.

Blood relations always prove to be the most important and everything fades away when it comes to your own blood. Sibling bond is one of the closest bonds one can have.

During childhood any child with a sibling can understand that bond and feel the closeness on that bond. In Spite of endless fights, disagreements, siblings love each other the most and are very protective of each other.

It is very easy to maintain this bond while you are younger and living together, the challenge comes to maintain that bond while you grow up and start moving towards your own social and domestic life. Here are some tips how you can strengthen your sibling bond while still handling your work, social and domestic life:

1. Plan Holidays Together:

Make a pact that every year you all will get together and plan a holiday either with family(if married) or just all the siblings together. it will make sure that you are taking time out for yourselves and not getting faded in everyday life.

2. Have a Private Group Chat:

Siblings can make sure that you all initiate private group chats and make sure you share your everyday routine, happiness, problems etc in order to keep everyone in the loop of your life.

Group chat makes sure that you are catching up on each other on an everyday basis and is a constant part of each other’s lives.

3. Send Gifts to Each Other:

Siblings can plan to send each other gifts on different occasions that will help in building a close relationship with each other. Sometimes, it is possible your sibling might be based far away or in a foreign country. There are so many online platforms available where you can send a gift to your siblings whether its online birthday cake delivery or online rakhi delivery etc. everything is available on online portals.

4. Help each other in Reaching Goals:

Siblings are the most important people who can push you towards your goal. Siblings can encourage each other towards what is the best course to take for a bright future. Sometimes a sibling can recognise your potential much faster than you yourself can. Thus it is important that you share your goals and aspirations and listen to each other in order to go forward in your life.

5. Cultivate Friendship:

It is very important that siblings should cultivate not only sibling bonds but become best friends and should be able to confide in each other. This is only possible if they work on developing only  siblings but a friendship bond. A good friendship will ensure that it becomes very easy for siblings to communicate with each other and discuss any issues they might face. It is important that the friendship is of a level that when one sibling needs help they should reach their sibling in the very first course.

So, these were some tips that can strengthen your singing bond. If you follow these tips, you can make sure that you will become best friends with your siblings and will have a great relationship despite a life of your own.

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A Historical exploration of Khajuraho



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The UNESCO world heritage temples of Khajuraho are situated in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. Built by the kings of Chandela dynasty during 950 to 1050 AD, these exquisite temples were lost to the world from 13AD onwards till they were discovered by the British in 1838 under the cover of dense date palm trees.

 This collection of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples are Khajuraho temples are famous for art on stone. Variously described as living temples, Temple of Love and consisting of unique erotic sculptures the Khajuraho group of temples are considered by many to be the pinnacle of India’s temple art. The temple complex creates an eclectic mix of spirituality, eastern philosophy, architecture and cultural heritage.

Khajuraho is best visited during winter on account of its extreme climate. Summer months can be very hot. The famous Khajuraho Dance Festival is held in March and attracts visitors from across the world.

 Khajuraho is well connected to major cities by train and by air. The airport is 5km from the city centre and links to Delhi, Agra and Mumbai. It is best recommended to use a trusted cab service provider like Savaari, where you can make an online booking by downloading the Savaari App.

Western Group of temples.

 The Western group of temples have the largest of the temples and are richly decorated and form the main area of attraction

  • Lakshmana Temple – The temple dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is the oldest of the Khajuraho temples and has some the finest sculptures that can be seen in India.
  • Kandariya Mahadeo Temple – This Shiva temple is covered with beautiful carvings, sculptures and frescos that are known for their beauty, grandeur and finesse.
  • Devi Jagdamba Temple – This relatively dainty temple dedicated to Goddess Jagadamba has three bands of sculptures and the uppermost layer has some of the most erotic sculptures that Khajuraho is also famous for.
  • Chitragupta Temple – One of the rare temples of the Sun God in the country.
  • Vishwanath Temple – The temple is unique for its colossal bull statue dedicated to Nandi, the favourite companion of Lord Shiva.

Eastern Group of Temples

  • Parsvanath Temple – The Jain temple shows an eclectic mixture of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim influences in its three roof architecture.
  • Ghantai Temple – This Digambar Jain temple has a beautiful frieze inscribed on stone depicting the 16 dreams as seen by the Mother of Lord Mahavira. The temple though gets its name from the remarkable pillars, carved with chains and bells.
  • Brahma Temple – Among the oldest temples in Khajuraho, the temple is built entirely using granite and sandstone and dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

 Southern Group of Temples

  • Chattarbhuj Temple – Situated 3 km from the main city, the temple is the only one in Khajuraho without any erotic sculpture and faces west. Best visited during the sunset, the temple is known for the intricate and beautifully detailed four-armed idol of Lord Vishnu.

Do remember to attend the Light and Sound Show conducted in the Western group of temples that describes the horary past of these beautiful monuments.

Khajuraho is surrounded by other places of interest, such as the Panna National Park and the Ranneh Falls. Do plan your visit and hire outstation or local cabs from the airport to visit these temple complexes.

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Explore the royal city of Mysore



Call it the Heritage City or the City of Palaces, the city of Mysore still emanates a feeling of au royale even in a 21st century India. A place of heritage for royal families, sultans, and legendary names in history, every corner of Mysore is steeped in stories of victory, power, and grandeur. A tour of this majestic city is only justified when you explore the royal heritage of the City of Palaces.

Getting there

Conveniently located on the southern edge of the Karnataka State, Mysore is easily accessible from major cities. It takes about three hours to travel the 152 KM distance from Bangalore to Mysore.

History and Heritage

The city of Mysore served as the capital for the Kingdom of Mysore between the 1300s until 1956. These six centuries saw the kingdom change hands of rulers and kings, from the Wadiyar Dynasty, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. But the common element of all the rulers was their penchant for art and culture. Under their patronage, they contributed to the city’s visual and cultural glory which earned Mysore the fame of Karnataka’s cultural capital.

A royal tour

If you want to experience the regal side of Mysore, you cannot but miss these structures of historical and architectural significance. You can join a heritage walking tour to explore the city on foot, or head from Bangalore to Mysore by car and stop by at monuments, palaces, and museums and learn about the legends that made Mysore. You can start your walk from the Town Hall, built in 1884, as a tribute to the first Dewan of the city.


Mysore Palace- The official residence of the royal family of Wadiyars, the palace itself is a work of marvel. An overwhelming blend of   Indo-Saracenic, neoclassical, Indo-Islamic and Gothic architectural works, the Mysore Palace is a breathtaking sight. Built in 1912, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts delicate works of mirrors, stained glass, mosaic and more. On any given day, you will find more tourists here than even at the Taj Mahal. Every Sunday, the palace comes alive with 97000 light bulbs bedazzling its façade and the premises.

Lalitha Palace– Yet another heritage building, the two-storied Lalitha Mahal sits on a ridge at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, which makes for a great vantage point. The palace was transformed into a hotel and offers a royal stay. If you truly want a feeling of royalty, then a stay here would be an experience.

Jaganmohan Palace– One of the seven prominent palaces of Mysore city, is a stunning work of ancient Indian architecture with intricate interiors and exteriors. The palace, transformed into a royal art gallery since 1915, houses paintings of the royal family, art by Raja Ravi Varma and an array of rare and antique musical instruments.

Museums- Stop by the Rail Museum to explore the archaic steam engines, the Maharani’s saloon, and other railway souvenirs. There’s also the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion showcasing more than 6500 folk artifacts from all parts of Karnataka. The Folk Art Museum, one of the most visited in the city, is also known for its collection of toys, models, and figurines.

Crawford Hall- Built in 1947, this is a must visit historic structure in Mysore. The royal palace is now known as the Mysore University but still renders a rich heritage to its ambiance.

Small, medium or large-scale, every historical building and monument of Mysore has a majestic touch to it. And such architecture speaks of its glorious past, which has left traces for the modern civilization to explore.

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