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The Report Vol - IV


Pranab Mukherjee as The President India's president is the titular head of the state, enjoys certain powers and performs a variety of ceremonial functions. Now that Pranab Mukherjee, India's former finance minister, has been sworn in as India's 13th president, he will move into one of the largest government residences in the world. For Mr. Mukherjee, 76, it is a large leap from the village of Mirati in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, where he grew up in a family of freedom fighters. As a child, he used to study by the light of an oil lamp. He studied history, political science and law. In a political career spanning more than four decades, he was elected to Parliament seven times and held several ministerial positions, including defence and foreign. In his acceptance speech Wednesday, Mr. Mukherjee took note of his progress. "I have seen vast, perhaps unbelievable changes during the journey that has brought me from the flicker of a lamp in a small Bengal village to the chandeliers of Delhi," he said. "There is no greater reward for a public servant than to be elected the first citizen of our republic." The office of president is considered largely ceremonial, and Mr. Mukherjee's swearing-in

central hall of India's Parliament in the presence of the former president, the prime minister, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and others, and was followed by 21-gun salute. India's independence was declared in the same hall on the night of Aug. 14, 1947, and India's constitution was also drafted there. After the swearing- in ceremony, Mr. Mukherjee was taken to Presidential House in a horse drawn carriage, escorted by mounted presidential guards. It is interesting that in an interview last year, Pranab had said clearly, "It is unlikely that I would be a minister in Rahul Gandhi's government". Prophetic words which have come more than true! - Vijomi Vijay

12 years on, remembering Kargil Heroes!

Patriotism filled the air as the troops sounded the last post here on Thursday to remember the fallen heroes of the Kargil war. It was on this day in 1999 when the Kargil war officially came to an end after the Indian Army drove out the Pakistani Army and recaptured the mountain peaks and heights in Kargil and Drass sub-sectors in the Ladakh division. Fought on one of the most difficult and inhospitable terrains, the war claimed the lives of 527 soldiers, while 1,360 others were injured. Kargil was the closest to an India Pakistan war for those born after the formation of Bangladesh. A grand function was held in Drass to pay rich tributes to the martyrs to mark the 13th anniversary of ‘Operation Vijay’.

The occasion was used by the armed forces to renew the pledge to safeguard the honor and territorial integrity of the nation with steely resolve. The proceedings of the day began with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the Operation Vijay War Memorial by Lieutenant Gen KT Parnaik, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and northern command. Wreaths were also laid by the retired officers, gallantry award winners as well as family members of the martyrs. Let's take a moment to salute the brave heroes of Indian armed forces who risked it all to reclaim a vital part of India back from Pakistan occupation. Also, put in a line or two paying your homage to their heroics that helped India continue its quest to growth, poverty eradication, stability etc. I hope, intelligence agencies & politicians work together to avoid another Kargil in the future! - Parimita Barik


Rain, Rain, Here I Come! Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. This also implies on those who are totally confused over what to wear and what not to this rainy season. No matter what you wear, they are going to be spoiled due to mud, water and puddles, here and there. So here are some tips to bring out the fun and excitement in being fashionable this rainy season.

Do not go heavy on your make up. Keep it simple with waterproof make up, so you don’t have a soggy face. To end with, simple yet wavy and loose braids are the best hairdos. It’s all about the bright smiles to add on and you are set to go out bold and beautiful, as always!

Dosa : The Top Ten Food around world!

Going ‘neon’ and bright is the mantra. Check your wardrobe for those entire bright colured, polka dotted and boldly designed short dresses, skirts and shorts. You might just need all of them. Swing coats also add up to the flavor of the monsoon season, but remember to wear bright colors of yellow, green, blue or red, or you may even go for the comfy shades of grey and black. Stilettos, high heels and the ballerina flats are a complete ‘No-No’. Instead, get those boots, which can be knee high or shorter, out to save you and your lower legs from getting spoiled and dirty. You may even wear platforms and open toe wedges, or the simple rubber slippers are perfect.

Guess what has made to the ‘Top Ten: Foods to Eat Before You Die’? Our very own Masala Dosa! Yes, the Indian pancake has been ranked 4th in the list, beating the likes of barbecued ribs from the US, Malaysia’s sea food curry laksa and Teppanyaki from Japan, to name a few. The South Indian delicacy has been described as, “a paper-thin pancake of sorts made from rice and lentils add to that a cooked potato vegetable and serve with sambar and chutney and you have one very fine dish that has quite evidently taken the world by storm.”

Since it’s the rainy season and you want to keep it classy, do not stick to your good old black umbrella that one gets to see everywhere, but rather get floral printed umbrellas. It’s OK if you carry an over sized umbrella and, do not forget a life saving rain coat! - Freeda Lobo

Stacey P, a student, who eats dosa almost every day in college said, “I love eating dosa, I never get tired of it. I feel so proud that it has made it to the list. Now I can make my friends, who don’t like it to eat too.” Stealing the first position was the Chinese dish Peiking Duck. Australia and New Zealand’s Pavlova, Thailand’s Som Tam, Zucchini flower’s from Italy, Moussaka from Greece and Escargots from Spain also made it to the list. - Grace Jaya 3

Father of the New Nation! It offends how our country has a shameful fame for ignoring true talent, contribution and greatness. All the wrong statues pop up in the most prestigious places, while the gods of men are deliberately or so, overlooked. Five decades from now, if we randomly create a list of persons who have given shape to the New India, two individuals will surface buoyantly on the list: P V Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Unanimously named, the ‘Development Prime Minister of India’, Narasimha Rao is the man who drew a line between the Old India and the new. He was about to retire from politics and return to his south Indian Native, while destiny had bigger plans for him than he would, if back at home in Andhra Pradesh. Once former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, he was replaced there, at the heart of Indian Politics. If Jawaharlal Nehru gave our nation a zealous democracy, Rao (and Vajpayee) gave it an economy vibrant with modernism. Rao laid foundation to the reforms his government would launch, as soon as he put together his cabinet. He put forward to the nation’s naked eye; detailed outline of the new policy framework only a day after he took office. He was a man of insight and therefore great planning. Yet, he was described indecisive. Rao followed the one thing a man should – his own words. He promised he would churn out from the grime an India globally competitive, making use of the evolving global economy. He let pass sleep, to count in opportunities that would hasten industrialization. He made sure the hurdles in way of issuing foreign investment on sizable scale are removed. He sliced away his personal life, to work towards an economy that could emerge as definitions for stability, creativity and globalization.

If this man was half as decisive as accused, he wouldn’t have been able to solve the then flaming Balance of Payment Crisis, and decide that for follow up, an economist tactfully wise like Manmohan Singh was required. Singh therefore evolved as his Finance Minister. The coin however wasn’t completely transferred to Singh. Rao stayed active PM throughout tenure. He even held the portfolio of his Industries Minister himself! Also, it was Rao’s office that witnessed the birth of the now-famous New Industrial Policy (1991) which aborted investment licensing and brought about direct foreign investment. Narasimha Rao sculpted his dreams into reality, liberalizing sectors like banking, telecom, finance and civil aviation. India was now in the swift making of a bold damsel from the existent woman of distress. Rao celebrated his 91st birth anniversary last month. I repeat the first line, for a remarkable leader like this man has been blissfully ignored. No recognition has reached his name till date. He is the only full-term Prime Minister from south India; and has done justice to that statement. And how!

-Parvati Natarajan

Presented By: Vijomi Vijay Parimita Barik Grace Jaya Freeda Lobo Parvathi Natarajan Shweta Prabhu Dhanya Anoop

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