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  • 'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' is the only way to end Indo-China Doklam standoff : Dalai Lama
    'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' is the only way to end Indo-China Doklam standoff : Dalai Lama

    Speaking on the issue of the Indo-China standoff, His Holiness Dalai Lama, on Wednesday said the only way to deal with the Doklam standoff is to maintain friendly ties with each other. He added that both the nations do not have the ability to defeat each other, so they have to maintain the 'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' (Indian and Chinese are brothers) relation.

    Advocating democracy, he added that the Tibetan community is proud to practice democracy and is more advanced in that aspect in comparison to China. He hopes the ational Communist Party of China will follow their practice of Democracy.

    By Catch News | 1493 views

  • Ahmed Patel turns the tide by holding on to Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat
    Ahmed Patel turns the tide by holding on to Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat

    Congress President's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel emerged victorious in a late-night drama that witnessed several twists and turns for the Rajya Sabha seat.

    Patel secured 44 votes against 38 by Balwantsinh Rajput who was field by the Bharatiya Janata Party. The win is almost certain to boost the morale of a faction-ridden Congress, which can now fight a united battle against BJP in the upcoming Assembly Elections.

    Patel is most likely to take a more active role to counter an aggressive BJP led by PM Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah.

    By Catch News | 2196 views

  • J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard
    J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard

    A CCTV footage of terrorists trying to snatch the rifle of a bank guard has surfaced online. The guard was seen sitting on a chair when a man grabbed his rifle and tried to run away with it. The guard managed to hold on to the rifle and succeeded to foil the attempt to take his rifle.

    Watch J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 1695 views

  • Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service
    Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service

    As a gesture of goodwill, women and young girls in several parts of India tied Rakhi to soldiers to celebrate the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. They took the initiative to thank the soldiers for their dedication and selfless service. The soldiers expressed their gratitude for celebrating the festival with them.

    Watch Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 2185 views

  • Bihar police crackdown on 'Not In My Name' protestors
    Bihar police crackdown on 'Not In My Name' protestors

    Watch Bihar police crackdown on 'Not In My Name' protestors With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 2299 views

  • If China raises stakes at Doklam, it will get a bloody nose: Kanwal Sibal
    If China raises stakes at Doklam, it will get a bloody nose: Kanwal Sibal

    Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal argues that while the India-China stand-off at Doklam can certainly be resolved through dialogue, it is unlikely to take place before November when snowfall will force both sides to withdraw.

    He rejects the idea of Indian troops at Doklam being replaced by Bhutanese troops as a way to defuse the crisis. He argues that this proposal first originated with some lobbies in Washington DC and was then touted as a possible solution in India. The attempt underlying the proposal, he says, is to apportion guilt equally between India and China while China clearly is the aggressor which has violated the status quo.

    Sibal predicts that China will not succeed in this stand-off and that if it raises the stakes, "it will get a bloody nose."

    "If China is reckless then it might be a good opportunity to prick the Chinese bubble," he argues, even though he hopes that the military face-off does not deteriorate any further.

    The former Foreign Secretary says that while America and American allies in the region watched Chinese attempts at extending its territorial boundaries and building infrastructure in the South China Sea, India managed to check-mate China.

    By Catch News | 2256 views

  • 'It was a murder to seal her mouth: Subramanian Swamy on Sunanda Pushkar case
    'It was a murder to seal her mouth: Subramanian Swamy on Sunanda Pushkar case

    The Delhi High Court is currently looking into BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking a CBI investigation in the Sunanda Pushkar case. In this video, he talks about what makes him so invested in her death, the accusation against Shashi Tharoor, and the alleged coverup.

    By Catch News | 3530 views

  • 'Chinese maal zyada tikta nahi' : Vijender Singh trolls his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali
    'Chinese maal zyada tikta nahi' : Vijender Singh trolls his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali

    Ahead of his bout, professional boxer Vijender Singh trolled his Chinese counterpart, Zulpikar Maimaitiali, at a press conference saying 'Chinese maal zyada tikta nahi' (Chinese things don't last long). He said he doesn't have faith in Zulpikar Maimaitiali either and he will try to finish the bout as quickly. Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaitiali will face off on 5 August.

    Watch 'Chinese maal zyada tikta nahi' : Vijender Singh trolls his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 3930 views

  • Media must play the role of an antagonist and question the authority: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
    Media must play the role of an antagonist and question the authority: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

    In a growing environment of polarised media, in India as well as internationally. With words like post-truth becoming common parlance, there is a need to ask if media freedom today is a myth. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta addresses this phenomenon, and talks about how the media must actually function, especially in difficult times such as these.

    By Catch News | 3705 views

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Indian middle class incapable of Political Leadership : Sociologist Dipankar Gupta

One of India's most eminent sociologists, Dipankar Gupta, has hit out at those who call themselves the "middle class", saying they are not capable of sustained political action and leadership.

Calling them "elitist", with disproportionate access to the State's patronage and resources, he dismisses them as agents of social or political change. "Their every step is compromised," he says.

Gupta describes movements such as Anna Hazare's, or the public outcry and protests about rape and molestation of women, as "stop-gap movements", which do not have a long-term perspective. He feels these movements come up only when issues boil over, and "their attempt is to say that things were wrong in some places and they needed to be corrected".

"The issues of social dynamism, the uplift of entire society in terms of citizenship – these are things that are rarely attended to," argues the former professor at Delhi's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University.

'There is no middle class in India'

In a detailed interview with Catch, Gupta surveys the last 70 years of Independence to analyse the emergence of a middle class (or the lack thereof) in the country.

There is no middle class in India, and it will not emerge unless the State itself takes up the project of creating a middle class, he declares.

By Catch News | 1735 views

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  • Indian middle class incapable of Political Leadership : Sociologist Dipankar Gupta
    Indian middle class incapable of Political Leadership : Sociologist Dipankar Gupta

    One of India's most eminent sociologists, Dipankar Gupta, has hit out at those who call themselves the "middle class", saying they are not capable of sustained political action and leadership.

    Calling them "elitist", with disproportionate access to the State's patronage and resources, he dismisses them as agents of social or political change. "Their every step is compromised," he says.

    Gupta describes movements such as Anna Hazare's, or the public outcry and protests about rape and molestation of women, as "stop-gap movements", which do not have a long-term perspective. He feels these movements come up only when issues boil over, and "their attempt is to say that things were wrong in some places and they needed to be corrected".

    "The issues of social dynamism, the uplift of entire society in terms of citizenship – these are things that are rarely attended to," argues the former professor at Delhi's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    'There is no middle class in India'

    In a detailed interview with Catch, Gupta surveys the last 70 years of Independence to analyse the emergence of a middle class (or the lack thereof) in the country.

    There is no middle class in India, and it will not emerge unless the State itself takes up the project of creating a middle class, he declares.

    By Catch News | 1735 views

  • 'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' is the only way to end Indo-China Doklam standoff : Dalai Lama
    'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' is the only way to end Indo-China Doklam standoff : Dalai Lama

    Speaking on the issue of the Indo-China standoff, His Holiness Dalai Lama, on Wednesday said the only way to deal with the Doklam standoff is to maintain friendly ties with each other. He added that both the nations do not have the ability to defeat each other, so they have to maintain the 'Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai' (Indian and Chinese are brothers) relation.

    Advocating democracy, he added that the Tibetan community is proud to practice democracy and is more advanced in that aspect in comparison to China. He hopes the ational Communist Party of China will follow their practice of Democracy.

    By Catch News | 1493 views

  • Ahmed Patel turns the tide by holding on to Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat
    Ahmed Patel turns the tide by holding on to Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat

    Congress President's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel emerged victorious in a late-night drama that witnessed several twists and turns for the Rajya Sabha seat.

    Patel secured 44 votes against 38 by Balwantsinh Rajput who was field by the Bharatiya Janata Party. The win is almost certain to boost the morale of a faction-ridden Congress, which can now fight a united battle against BJP in the upcoming Assembly Elections.

    Patel is most likely to take a more active role to counter an aggressive BJP led by PM Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah.

    By Catch News | 2196 views

  • J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard
    J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard

    A CCTV footage of terrorists trying to snatch the rifle of a bank guard has surfaced online. The guard was seen sitting on a chair when a man grabbed his rifle and tried to run away with it. The guard managed to hold on to the rifle and succeeded to foil the attempt to take his rifle.

    Watch J&K terrorist's attempt to steal security rifle foiled by bank guard With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 1695 views

  • Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service
    Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service

    As a gesture of goodwill, women and young girls in several parts of India tied Rakhi to soldiers to celebrate the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. They took the initiative to thank the soldiers for their dedication and selfless service. The soldiers expressed their gratitude for celebrating the festival with them.

    Watch Women tie Rakhi to Indian soldiers for their selfless service With HD Quality

    By Catch News | 2185 views