1. Education, Culture
  2. Economy, Welfare
  3. Globalization, Diplomacy
  4. India, Democracy
  5. Media, Journalism
  6. Judiciary

Education, Culture

  1. Classical arts: our link with the past, foundation for current thought and platform for future action. (Pranab, but who has 2500 words worth content for this !?)
  2. Four pillars of spirituality – truthfulness, compassion, austerity and purity. (Pranab again)
  3. “The future belongs to science and to those who make friendship with science” (Pranab quoting Nehru).
  4. The need for promoting creative thinking and a spirit of inquisitiveness in our learning institutions. (Pranab fourth time)
  5. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” Pranab quoting Aristotle. [Pranab to essay quotes = Navjotsingh Siddhu to Shaayaris.]
  6. Need for “Think in India” initiative (Smrit Irani says it’ll prevent brain drain).

Economy, Welfare

  1. Economic growth: the bulwark against insecurity (NSA Doval)
  2. Only the Inclusive societies can unleash the potential of everyone.
  3. It is not wealth that creates roads but it is the roads that lead to the creation of wealth. (Modi quoting Kennedy)
  4. Indian Corporates:  Captains of the industry or freeloaders of mixed economy? (Rajanbhai says wilful defaulters are freeloaders).
  5. Government which governs the least, is the best government. (Henry David Thoreau)


  1. “In forest, field and den, The cry goes up to witness, The soullessness of men.”(Many Contexts: rapes, wars, global warming)
  2.  “A good motive, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world.”(Someone’s letter to Hindu.)
  3. Security trilemmas of the modern world. (Context: Action taken by Country -A to protect itself from country-B, makes Country-C feel insecure. e.g. Pak developing nukes against India but USA afraid Taliban will snatch it.)
  4. Why are respect and restraint fast diminishing among Modern societies? (may be because everyone is watching Big Boss season 8)

India, Democracy

  1. India: a geographically drawn land with emotional singularity.
  2. India: where the good is not aspiring for greatness.
  3. Secularism: keeping religion out of politics. Democracy: keeping politics out of religion

Media, Journalism

  1. Real democracy depends on informed citizenry. (Katju)
  2. If the press is not fair, it will soon cease to be free. (Ex-CJI Venkatachaliah)
  3. When journalists place cleverness in preference to honesty, and loyalty to values..


  1. A strong judiciary: key to safeguarding democracy in the country
  2. A society that looks to the judiciary and the press alone to solve all its problems is indeed a weak society. (Ex-CJI Venkatachaliah)
  3. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty  (Thomas Jefferson)

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