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Iconic Hero in Irons—the Downfall of Paul Rusesabagina

Iconic Hero in Irons—the Downfall of Paul Rusesabagina

It was a scene straight out of a Hollywood thriller. On August 28, Paul Rusesabagina, a global celebrity for his heroic actions during the infamous 1994 Rwandan genocide, —which inspired the 2004 Oscar-nominated film 'Hotel Rwanda'— flew from Texas, U.S., to board a private jet at Dubai for Bujumbura, Burundi. He was to supposedly deliver talks to churches, but on landing, was handcuffed, blindfolded, and bundled into a van by armed policemen. The aircraft had landed at Kigali, capital of Rwanda. It was a meticulously baited trap with the...

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Fists of Fury in the Galwan Valley

Fists of Fury in the Galwan Valley

From my first term in the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune, I participated in boxing tournaments. I was not a spectacularly successful boxer, but I volunteered because I enjoyed the adrenalin rush, the skill involved in dodging and landing punches, and the quest for victory. As boxers, we trained vigorously, and when we entered the ring, we carried the hopes and good wishes of our squadrons and friends. Boxing bouts comprised three rounds and the referee controlled the contest. Between rounds, seconds would...

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Not-so-white House: Is America Ready for Kamala Harris?

Not-so-white House: Is America Ready for Kamala Harris?

August 11 marked an important date in the history of the U.S. presidential elections. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose California senator and former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. Ms. Harris is the first Black woman and Indian American to be nominated for this position by a major party. She is also the third woman in U.S....

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