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A barrister, a statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a social leader who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united and independent nation.

For many decades after his death, there was a perceived lack of effort from the Government of India, the national media and the Congress party regarding the commemoration of Patel’s life and work. Patel was officially awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, posthumously in 1991.

He was also featured on the cover of Time magazine’s January 1947 edition.

As someone aptly commented, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was probably the finest Prime Minister of his time, that India never had.

Siliconeer presents a remembrance of his life and work in this year’s Independence Day Special feature.

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was recently visiting India to better the somewhat tangled relations between the two nations. He met with Prime Minister Modi and other ministers of the Modi government.

During a meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, India bluntly told the U.S. that surveillance of political leaders and others in India by the American intelligence was “unacceptable” to which the U.S. responded by saying that any differences that may exist can be resolved by intelligence communities of the two countries. We present a PTI report of Kerry’s recent visit to India.

As a tribute to this phenomenon of bling are the scores of television-serials that showcase glammed-up dolls and molls, albeit a tad bit garish, in endless yarns adorned with infinite number of bright sequins, as also the opposite gender dressed in sharply stitched glazed suits.

The bling is not new to the Indian fashion construct and since ancient and medieval times diamonds, precious stones, pearls, and woven and knotted threads of gold, silver and copper were used to add to the ornate richness of motifs in diverse styles.

Such intricate craftsmanship involved creative pairing of the glitter with embroidery on heirlooms, and thus these fabric works came to be equated with art and luxury in India, Europe and Arabia, all of which accounted for the high value Indian exports.

Bling, ubiquitous to India’s design heritage, and probably drawn from the harsh and hot immediate environs, has forever helped Indians unabashedly sparkle their way in life, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

Siliconeer wishes all readers a very happy Independence Day. Jai Hind!


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COVER STORY
Iron Man of India:
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. Siliconeer presents a remembrance of his life and work in this year’s Independence Day Special feature.


INDO-U.S. RELATIONS
Snooping Unacceptable:
India Voices Concerns

India bluntly told U.S. that surveillance of political leaders in India by U.S. intelligence was ‘unacceptable.’ A PTI report.


SOCIETY
Blinging Fashion:
Sparkles are Here to Stay

Bling, ubiquitous to India’s design heritage, and probably drawn from harsh immediate environs, has forever helped Indians unabashedly sparkle their way in life, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: The PM India Never Had
ECONOMY: Decoding the 2014 Budget
INFRASTRUCTURE: Indian Railways to Get Back on Track
OPINION: Understanding India’s Counterinsurgency Strategy Against the Naxal Threat
TECHBIZ: News in Brief
LIFESTYLE: Surya Namaskar at 2014 Sevathon
MUSIC: The Sarod Project
RECIPE: Hara Bhara Kebab
AUTO REVIEW: 2014 Hyundai Eqqus
TRAVEL: Tale of a Hamlet
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Kick
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
FICTION: The Ivory Curse
FAITH: Guru Poornima in San Jose, Calif.
HOROSCOPE: August

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