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TOPSHOT - An Indian boy pulls his bicycle through a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on August 29, 2017.Heavy rain brought India's financial capital Mumbai to a virtual standstill on August 29, flooding streets, causing transport chaos and prompting warnings to stay indoors. Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city of nearly 20 million people. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

As The U.S. Reels From Harvey, Deadly Floods Ravage Other Parts Of The World

The most powerful storm to hit the United States in more than a decade has led to at least 20 deaths, left parts of Texas and Louisiana submerged by floodwater and caused billions of dollars in damage...
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When Facts Get A Beating: A Geo-Political Review Of ‘Dishoom’

Films like ‘Dishoom’ are mere entertainers, and perhaps not much should be expected of them to begin with. But Bollywood’s soft power in representing not just India, but what India is about -- politically, socially and economically -- is a very uncelebrated branch of both policy and diplomacy. Unfortunately, more often than not, our films prefer to overlook basic fact-checking and logic to pursue the over-the-top entertainment that sells so well.
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Our Reactions To Terror Are A Litany Of Hypocrisies

Social media reactions to terrorism or acts of terror make for very interesting case studies. Never before have the masses been able to opine with such freedom on platforms that allow millions of others to read and share their views. News channels, newspapers and so on today are being challenged by people directly as the internet, often via smartphones and tablets, offers unprecedented, and often alternative and raw access to information. However, such access and fluidity in information flow comes with certain shortcomings.