Educational levels and moral values are on the decline. Addiction to prescription drugs is destroying an entire generation. The economic divide between the rich and the poor has continued to get wider; mansions and condos have replaced uniform housing developments for the middle class.
The thickening forest of uplifted arms demanding Azadi threatens, like in Shakespeare's Macbeth, the castle of the Indian democracy.
MoS for Education Annapurna Devi, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Members of Parliament from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were also present on the occasion.
It is true that in societies trapped in poverty, illiteracy and ignorance, women continue to receive abominable and oppressive treatment. But then, this is true of all societies. Muslims cannot be singled out for such a flawed social order. This distortion, however, should not deflect our focus from some path-breaking and stellar contributions of Muslim women not just to Islamic civilization but the secular society as well
"What an amazing weekend ... I felt like I was on cloud 9 the whole time !!! I actually got my first glass of champagne at the most beautiful restaurant I've ever seen last night."
The struggles and events in the freedom struggle have their own inspirations and messages, which contemporary India can imbibe, says Preash Rawal.
"When I last met Frontier Gandhi in 1987 when he visited India for the final time in Mumbai's Raj Bhavan, he told me that patience was prescribed again and again in the Holy Quran, and patience and non-violence were very close to each other."
Delivering the LC Jain Memorial Lecture earlier this month, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah raised concerns over the functioning of the Supreme Court. Published here are extracts from this thoughtful speech.
The United States pressed all nations Saturday to "stand with the forces of freedom" in Venezuela, encouraged by a tougher European line as Russia stood in the minority in backing embattled leader Nicolas Maduro.