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    ...Who watches the news at 6 in the morning?” I said in a groggy voice, having just come back from a night round. “There has been a terrorist attack on the BSF camp in Srinagar. It is going on right now as I am speaking to you” “Then rest assured. Not one of the terrorists will leave the camp alive”, I replied with supreme confidence. By afternoon, the BSF had neurtalized all the three Fidayeens. The J&K police and CRPF fully supported the BSF in the operation. Unfortunately we lost ASI B K Yadav. “Amit ji, you were absolutely right. All the militants have been killed! “ This time Akshay’s tone was jubilant. Of course, I was sure of the outcome. The Border Security Force, the world’s largest border guarding force, is an avant garde paramilitary Force. The rigorous training, excellent working culture and ethos make the BSF unique. Manning the most treacherous and hostile border on both the eastern and western frontiers is no easy take but the BSF has been doing this job with great distinction for over fifty years now. The Jawans and officers are highly motivated. ...

    TOI on Oct. 10, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

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    ...In a society where women are often treated as second class citizens and are shamed for no fault of their own, Varnika is a harbinger of hope. She could have easily kept the matter under wraps, being an ‘achche ghar ki ladki’ but she chose to go public and became the voice of a many women who suffer every day. At their office, in the train, at the bus stop. In their home. In the fields when they go for their morning ablutions. As the SP of a district, I have often come across cases of women being raped in the fields when they went to defecate out in the open. Already, a woman faces an extremely embarrassing and awkward position when she tries to answer nature’s call in the open, the constant fear of being video graphed or even raped can be a very harrowing experience for her. Every day! This is a fact of life for women, particularly in the rural areas of our country. But things are almost equally bad in our urban areas. There are hardly any toilets for the womenfolk. Even if there are toilets, they are poorly maintained. ...

    TOI on Aug. 12, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

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    ...We always knew that the website would be welcomed by all Indians across the world but little did we anticipate it to be such a huge success! I mean, this website is not for entertainment or idling time, neither does it help you with any information. And it has certainly nothing to do with online shopping. It is a government website that provides a platform for all of you to contribute in your own small way to the families of the martyrs of the paramilitary forces of our country. More than that, contributing through this website is a wonderful gesture on your part to acknowledge and salute the supreme sacrifices of our brave hearts, unsung heroes who laid down their lives for our safety, our nation’s security. A BSF jawan fighting our enemy in the freezing cold of the Kashmir frontier and a CRPF jawan evading the deadly landmines in the harsh jungles of Sukhma, Chhattisgarh – Both of them are sacrificing their today for our better tomorrow. ...

    TOI on June 26, 2017, 12:04 a.m.

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    ...Shortcomings, if any, are for the security experts to find out. Armchair analysts can also keep giving their unsolicited opinions. It is very easy to find faults in our forces’ strategies but do the constables of the central armed police forces have any choice? The Naxals are formidable foes armed with the latest weaponry, and have a definite advantage of fighting a guerrilla war in their turf. And they have the support of the locals, by choice or coercion. The Naxals or militants have to be lucky just once to have a successful strike. After all, it is very difficult even for a highly trained soldier to avoid a clandestine landmine. Adding to the woes of our men are the inhospitable terrain and extremely harsh weather conditions. A constable remains on duty almost 10 hours a day, is absolutely incommunicado and has to survive on bare minimum facilities. It’s not that the concerned force, be it the CRPF or the BSF is not doing anything. ...

    TOI on April 30, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

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    ...For most of our waking time, we are online, at least most of us. There is hardly anything that we can’t do using our cellphones, save may be shave our beards (who knows mobiles might have inbuilt shavers in future). In this age of demonetization and internet on our fingertips, when we do everything from buying more tickets online to posting our selfies on FB, can we use our thumbs for some really noble cause! What about contributing to the families of our martyrs? Every year we lose hundreds of valiant jawans from all forces, Army, BSF, CRPF, and Police. Precious lives are lost on the hostile borders with our neighbors and in inhospitable terrains of our naxal infested areas. And almost all the jawans die as unsung heroes. Why? Is it because life is cheap in our country? Particularly of those who come from humble backgrounds? Almost all our soldiers come from simple rural areas or small towns. They are invariably the sole bread winners for their families, pillars of support and the pride of their locality. ...

    TOI on March 20, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

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    ...An overwhelming number of men voted for Donald Trump, even after his derogatory comments about women. Why did the men vote for him, did they not find him obnoxious? No, the male population found his comments absolutely fine because this is how they also have their normal conversations! So if a supposedly educated billionaire can have such a sexist mentality how can the perverted, frustrated guys from the lesser privileged sections of Bengaluru not have a field’s day by molesting women? Why is it so that women are objectified all over the world? Are considered inferior to men? Are considered weaker than men? Can any man even imagine keeping a life inside them for nine months and then go through the excruciating labour pains? In our land of paradoxes, we worship all our goddess, pay obeisance to the female form for all the things we desire, be it wealth, power or education. Yet we will grope any hapless woman or throw acid on her face, if she refuses our advances. ...

    TOI on Feb. 5, 2017, 11:38 p.m.