The Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, where a suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) targeted a convoy of CRPF personnel, killing 40 soldiers, shook India. The tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue is the backdrop for this attack. India and Pakistan have been fighting over the ownership of the region since the partition of India in 1947, leading to numerous conflicts between the two nations. The Pulwama attack sparked widespread outrage and anger across India. The Indian government responded by condemning the attack and vowing to take revenge. The Indian Air Force carried out a successful surgical strike on a JeM training camp in Balakot, Pakistan. However, the aftermath of the attack escalated the tension between India and Pakistan. The recent interview of former Governor Satya Pal Malik highlights the need for transparency, accountability, and the avoidance of politicization in such tragic incidents.
The Arcturus Covid variant, also known as XBB.1.16, is a new strain that has caught the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO) due to its high transmissibility. It has been declared a “variant under monitoring” since late March and is causing a surge in many countries. According to Dr. Vipin Vashishtha, a pediatrician, the variant’s symptoms include high fever, cough, and itchy conjunctivitis or pinkeye. While it is too early to tell if the symptom set has truly shifted, researchers have identified the virus in the eye’s tear film, which could lead to conjunctivitis.
Fascism is a political ideology that threatens democracy and individual rights. It often arises during times of economic instability, promoting nationalism and scapegoating marginalized groups. Fascist regimes suppress dissent and opposition, erode democratic institutions, and promote violence and intimidation. Minority groups are targeted, leading to persecution and marginalization. It is crucial to remain vigilant against the rise of fascism, promoting democratic values and institutions while rejecting nationalism, racism, and other forms of discrimination.
The Agneepath Yojana, a new Indian government scheme that aims to recruit and train youth to become soldiers, has sparked concerns over the future of the country’s border security. The plan involves recruiting soldiers for a period of only four years, after which they will be released back into the job market. Many are questioning whether four years is enough time to fully understand and commit to protecting the country, especially given the experience and knowledge required for such a challenging role. Additionally, concerns have been raised over the impact of the scheme on the spirit and respect for the military profession, and on the pension and benefits of soldiers.