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Flouting the Fourth Estate

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There has been some buzz about Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping the media at a distance. Modi, who was once the TV channels’ main pre-election TRP-busting protagonist has gone missing, save formal speeches and tweets that do not say much. The new PM has opted not to travel abroad with the usual large press entourage, used to being wined, dined and handed scoops in the form of well-drafted briefs by officials in the loop of the higher-ups, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

India took a tough stand against Pakistan by annulling the diplomatic talks that were to take place in Islamabad on Aug. 25, and issued a stern warning against any future meetings with Kashmiri separatists on Indian soil to Pakistan. With the political situation in Pakistan worsening, India needs to review its Pakistan policy even further, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

Crying is an important part of human life. Although we don’t see many species around us crying, we humans cry remarkably well. In fact, some of us choose to watch tear-jerking movies to experience heart full of relief. In some, crying helps relieve pain and in some crying helps resolving conflicts and bonding. Studies show that we identify people with emotional tears as those being sad and in need of social support. May be crying is one extraordinary quality, which distinguish us from many other living beings in this world, writes Prof. Prabhakar Putheti.

Viewed from the outside, the IITs have managed to retain a glowing patina because every graduating student finds some placement and students rarely remain unemployed. However, that says more about the quality of the rest of Indian higher education than the IITs, per se. The reality is that these institutions are producing engineers, using large amounts of public money, who rarely use the knowledge and training acquired in their IIT education. Indeed, if enrollment in most core branches of IIT engineering was slashed by say two-thirds and, instead, a large mega-program on data analytics was created, there would be a much closer match between what is taught and the jobs that students end up taking, writes Prof. Anurag Mehra.

The current boom in Silicon Valley’s economy is all good but there is also a downside. Our parents seem to be a lot more engulfed in work than ever before, so much so that they can hardly find time to go on a family vacation.

In these times, when everything is getting compact, a vacation has also taken the shape of a “staycation.”

The magnificent North Coast offers a variety of treats. Beautiful historic towns, great food, wine, exhilarating drive across the bucolic mountains and aside the Pacific Ocean, beaches and beautiful landmarks, writes Vansh A. Gupta.


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COVER STORY
Flouting the Fourth Estate:
PM Modi Delivers, Quietly

There has been some buzz about Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeping the media at a distance. The new PM has opted not to travel abroad with the usual large press entourage, writes Siddharth Srivastava.


CURRENT AFFAIRS
Diplomatic Talks Cancelled: As Pak Woos Kashmiri Separatists
India needs to review its Pakistan policy even further, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


PERSPECTIVE
Crying: The Human Way of Purging Emotions
Crying is an important part of human life. It is one extraordinary quality, which distinguish us from many other living beings in this world, writes Prof. Prabhakar Putheti.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Flouting the Fourth Estate
TECHBIZ: News in Brief
COMMUNITY: India’s 68th Independence Day Celebrations
OUTLOOK: Rethinking Undergraduate Education in IITs
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Startup Accelerator
OPINION: Siding with Sachin
TRIBUTE: Father of Modern Yoga
RECIPE: Kung Pao Vegetables
AUTO REVIEW: 2014 Lexus RX 450h
TRAVEL: North of the Golden Gate
CINEMA: Meet the Patels
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
FICTION: Performance Bonus
HOROSCOPE: September

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