Now You Can Travel In Space Without Being An Astronaut!

 

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Yes…now you can travel in space without being an astronaut! Sounds surreal? It’s unbelievable but true!

For those with wanderlust, ‘space tourism’ will soon be a reality. Space tourism is an emerging trend where tourists can travel in space for recreational, leisure or business purposes. Space tourism is fast gaining popularity, and this year, American space transport services company, SpaceX, announced that it will be sending two tourists on a lunar-free return trajectory in 2018, aboard their Dragon V2 spacecraft.

It can well be said that ‘space tourism’ now is the future of travel and is here to stay. However, space traveling isn’t just for anyone and everyone and cannot be undertaken on impulse. It requires an enthusiastic tourist to undergo months of intense training and clear certain health and fitness tests. One also needs to shell out a huge sum of money for a space sojourn; for example, around 20-40 million dollars.

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Now billionaire Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company ‘Blue Origin’ is making it possible for paying customers to go for a trip in space in space tourism capsule. The first customer flights will take place in 2018.

For more info on space tourism and how it’s gonna work, go through this link below:

 

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Power Naps: Are you getting some?

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According to latest research on health and wellness, an afternoon ‘cat nap’ or ‘power nap’ taken in between stressful office work, can remarkably benefit your health and help you recharge your batteries in the best possible way! Short naps aren’t signs of laziness; rather, a quick nap is damn good for boosting the immune system and for releasing stress and tension to the core.

Recent studies have also found that cat naps or power naps even lower frustration levels in individuals and diminish impulsiveness in characters. People who have trouble concentrating, losing focus have shown marked changes in their mental absorption by taking short naps. Short afternoon naps and power naps even help in compensating for deprived night’s sleep. These days, top corporate giants have gone a step further and have created ‘nap rooms’ for their employees in order to enhance their efficiency and daily output.

Let’s take a look at some of the most important benefits of a quickie nap:

  • A short snooze can boost your attentiveness thereby adding an extra dimension to your overall performance. According to National Sleep Foundation, a 30 minutes afternoon nap benefits every working professional in various ways.
  • A daily cat nap is a great way to fight fatigues, relax and reboot your body. Dozing for some time makes you feel better and rejuvenated and is perfect to kick start everything afresh!
  • If you’re having eye sight or other sensory issues of late, napping might help, as it restores the sensory sensitivity for many. Even creative blocks are cured by regular cat naps.
  • Bid adieu to heart attacks and coronary diseases with frequent naps. A study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston shows that people who take regular siestas suffer 37% less heart attacks or different heart-related problems.
  • Short napping, especially taken in early afternoon, at about 2 p.m. have greater recuperative value than taken during any other time of the day.
  • Brief napping improves cognitive functioning and psychomotor performance, where brain tells the body to move. Shutting eyes for few minutes considerably increases short-term memory and improves learning.
  • Short naps can help in increasing alertness and reduce mistakes and accidents.
  • Napping also has psychological benefits. It can be a like mini vacation or a pleasant luxury. It’s an easy way for feeling recharged.
  • Heightens your creativity and senses.
  • Improves health. Napping provides your brain with a chance to rest and your body a chance to repair.
  • Improves mood, initiates feeling of contentment and well-being.

There are several other proven benefits of short naps or power naps. While a good night’s sleep is crucial, daily naps can help us stay afloat when we are sleep deprived. Those who have sound sleep at night, a short nap can escalate the performance of your body and mind to the next level!

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If you are still undecided or bit apprehensive about how to take a nap in between your hectic working hours, check out the tips mentioned under:

  • Follow a particular time and slot for your afternoon siesta. It should not exceed 30 minutes to keep you feel revived and re-energized. If you exceed the time, chances are you might end up feeling groggy instead of all spruced up. So, a short nap is a healthy nap!
  • Always make sure to be regular in napping. Boost your circadian rhythms with usual naps.
  • Also pull a comforter, if possible. It’s just because while sleeping our metabolism rate drops. We tend to breathe slowly with a gradual decrease in body temperature when we slumber.
  • Do wear an eye mask to prevent the interference of light in your napping. Darkness is kind of a signal that alerts the brain and soothes your nerves. I suggested it because putting off the light in a work place is bit odd.
  • Set an alarm. It might be hard to fall asleep if you’re worried about waking up at the right time. Hence, setting an alarm takes the pressure off.
  • Find a quiet, undisturbed place to lie down. Turn off distractions like mobile phones. You can, however, listen to music with earplugs to doze off.

In fact, naps are just great! It revitalizes your mind and body and you are all set to face the next challenge with renewed vigor! So the next time if you find someone in your office napping, don’t brand him/her a lazy bum. Instead, give yourself the opportunity to snooze for some time. Happy Napping!! 🙂 🙂

 

Does ‘Mahamrityunjaya Mantra’ Have Miraculous Powers?

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is considered to be one of the oldest and sacred mantras in Hindu mythology and spiritualism. This mantra is related to Lord Shiva and has the power to overcome all odds. It is a combination of three words, i.e. ‘Maha’, which means great, ‘Mrityun’ means death and ‘Jaya’ means victory, which when chanted brings conquer or victory over death. It is also known as ‘Rudra Mantra’ or ‘Trayambakam Mantra’, which is said to have been created by Rishi Markandeya. In Shiv Purana, the story goes that Chandra, the Moon God, was cursed by King Daksha, and the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra was given by Rishi Markandeya to Daksha’s daughter Sati to pray for the Moon. When chanted daily with devotion, the mantra is said to bring radical changes in your mental and physical wellness.

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Whereas the Gayatri Mantra brings purification and spiritual guidance, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is for rejuvenating the soul and healing the body. It can simplify your life and drive away all negative forces. If you’re afraid of illness or untimely death, this mantra will definitely improve your thought process, quality of life and instantly bring you power and energy.

The mantra is:त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्

Aum tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanamurvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyor mukṣīya maamṛtāt

It means, we concentrate on our third eye which lies behind the two eyes and this gives us the power to feel you and by this we feel happy, satisfied and peace in life. We know immortality is not possible but some extension can be given to our death by your powers Lord Shiva.

The practice of this mantra should be done daily and very carefully or under guidance of an expert guru.

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Significance & Benefits of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Shiva is the truth and Parameshwara (The Transcendent Lord). He is self-created or Swayambho. His devotees believe he is easy to please and grants all that is asked for – whether it’s money, health or happiness. Hence, chanting this mantra means putting an end to all worries and sufferings. See what benefits you can get by daily recitation of this mantra:

  • Great for reviving physical, mental and emotional health and it’s also known as Moksha Mantra, which endows immortality and long life.
  • Wards off untimely death for you and your loved ones.
  • Ends terminal illnesses and medical issues.
  • Removes evil and negative energies, creating a powerful and protective shield.
  • Improves the meaning and quality of life and nurtures the body and soul.
  • Protects masculinity and overall physical wellbeing.
  • Initiates happiness and good luck and boosts energy levels.
  • When going on journeys and traveling long distances, the mantra protects you from harm and misfortune.
  • Brings speedy recovery for anyone suffering from illness.
  • Brings healthy growth & development for children.
  • Protects against calamities, unexplained situations and generates positive vibes.
  • If you have any stumbling block or problems in your kundli, chanting this mantra will help you get rid of it.
  • Helps in solving familial discord, ending disputes and prevents death caused by epidemic.
  • If you’re facing financial issues, this mantra will help you.
  • Creates divine vibrations that help remove fear associated with death, thereby liberating you from death and rebirth cycle.
  • Brings peace and positive energy.
  • If you have a cancer patient, you can chant the mantra regularly or even play the mantra on a recorder to ease the pain.

This mantra need not be chanted out loud, but can be recited in mind. Mahashivratri, Pradosh Day and Mondays are auspicious days to begin this mantra. Face East or North while you chant the mantra and light a diya using pure cow ghee. Sit in a yogic pose and using rudraksha or counting beads will help you focus better. Early mornings after bath is the best time for chanting the mantra and you should be in a state of physical and mental purity. Have full faith and dedication in the miraculous powers of Lord Shiva!

 

Top 4 Romantic Trips for Valentine’s Day 2017!

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For busy couples leading a hectic life, it might not always possible to connect with each other or engage in a heartwarming conversation. With Valentine’s Day just round the corner, it might be your best option to escape for a romantic getaway and spend some quiet and cozy moments with your loved one. And what can be a better way of spending a splendid Valentine’s Day this year than going for a dream trip with your partner? A romantic getaway is an ideal way to bring back the spark in your monotonous life and it sure works wonders to uplift your spirits! Whether you’re in India or anywhere else, there are plentiful of opportunities to consider – offbeat and popular ones. Here are 4 top destinations that you can try visiting this Valentines for reigniting your love life!

Top 4 destinations to visit this Valentine’s Day

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10 super foods to watch-out for endurance & fitness!

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A nutritionally rich food that provides vitality to the body is referred as super food. It may range between berries, seeds or grains. Besides, super foods strengthen immune system, protect heart, fights and removes free radicals, preserves youthfulness and improves metabolism. As per Mintel’s 2017 global food and drink report, plant based diet will rule this year with a staggering growth of 360% of veganism in last few years. These super foods have gained immense popularity of late. Health freaks are getting more and more conscious to incorporate these foods into their diet chart.

The choices are galore when it comes to foods and supplements, specially designed for health enthusiasts. However, few of them are over-hyped as well. For example, kale, a much talked-about super food. Its antioxidant content is somewhere around 1,770 per 100 grams. It’s good but not something to get too excited. Contrariwise, red leaf lettuce has antioxidant content 2,426 per 100 grams. How much we really get to hear about it? Keeping that in mind, today we’ll talk about 10 super foods with balanced antioxidant content ideal to be considered in 2017:

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  • Quinoa: This whole grain is a superb power house for health conscious individuals! It’s rich in protein, fibre and carbohydrate and has all the vital amino acids our body requires. Quinoa is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Declared as one of the healthiest foods in the world in 2013, Quinoa helps in rebuilding lean muscles and post workout strain completely. Sports health experts suggest having quinoa in breakfast or lunch.

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  • Avocado oil: Extensively used in smoothies, salads and dips, avocado oil is stashed with vitamin E, lutein and carotenoids which leave a glowing skin to the ones who consume it on a regular basis. To quote Fiona Tuck, nutritional medicine practitioner and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, ‘’ The wonder oil also boasts high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, which reduces damaging levels of inflammation in the body and helps to protect against heart disease, dementia and stroke. She also says “plus it can be applied topically as daily moisturizer for soft, supple skin.’’

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  • Beetroot: Beetroot has high nitrate content and an awesome super food for contestants. Beetroot consumption increases blood, oxygen and energy flow in your body. As it causes optimal relaxation of blood vessels, daily consumption of beetroot helps in heart and muscle function with recovery benefits.

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  • Turmeric: A much talked-about spice in 2016, turmeric is jam-packed with health property called ‘curcumin’ that work as a wondrous anti-inflammatory agent and other health benefits. Declared as a super food ingredient in 2016, turmeric is great for treating different neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s Alzheimer’s etc. It also provides excellent health benefits once mixed with chocolate milk, sports drinks and flavored almonds in recovering various bodily ailments of sports people and fitness freaks.

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  • Chia seeds: It’s loaded with fibre, antioxidant, calcium, protein and iron. This nutrient dense healthy eat also has omega-3 fatty acid and keeps your body hydrated all day long. Also chia seeds preserve the moisture of your body and helps in effective absorption of nutrients.

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  • Oatmeal: This super food is specially suggested for the sprinters and runners. It’s high in complex carbohydrate, fibre, protein, minerals, vitamin B and antioxidants. Regular consumption helps in balancing the cholesterol level of your body and supplies continuous energy to the blood vessels. Hence athletes are advised to include oatmeal in their diet.

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  • Cherries: The wonder fruit especially recommended for runners, cherries are full of antioxidant and comes with a wide array of health benefits. Regular consumption of cherry juice twice a day can eliminate muscle ache, enhance the performance, recuperate muscle related problems and provides natural anti-inflammatory components to the body. Tart cherries are rich in anthocyanins and flavanoids. It’s an excellent post exercise recovery drink for athletes, gym goers and anyone who’s does strenuous exercise.

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  • Salmon: It’s a must-have for performers and sportspersons. This oily fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acid and lean protein. Salmon prevents muscle inflammation and health experts advices to consume sea food twice a week to utilize its benefit.

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  • Eggs: One of the best lean muscle foods, egg white is absolutely a must-include for the people looking forward to build ripped lean muscles. As they are low in fat yet high in protein, eggs are excellent muscle food to enlist in one’s diet chart as a recent study shows their rich concentration of vitamin B 12 which helps in fat breakdown and muscle energy.

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  • Indian Gooseberries: Known to be packed-out with antioxidants than one cannot find in acai, Indian Gooseberries is one of those super foods which is not given that importance and should be a part of the diet of anyone willing to improve one’s health condition. It has 17 times more antioxidant than pomegranate. Rich in vitamin C, Indian gooseberry boosts immunity, metabolism and safeguard various viral infections. In addition, it reduces cholesterol, diabetes, enhances RBC counts, and helps in eradicating mouth ulcers as well.

Intense strength training, muscle building and other exhaustive exercises which an athlete has to undergo, an adequate muscle recovery time is important. A healthy balanced diet rich in protein, body hydration and glycogen repletion are recommended for sports fanatics and health freaks. Vitamin supplements and drinking a carbohydrate and protein rich smoothie are equally essential for healthy lifestyle and people who undergo intense training.

Are you into body building and improving overall fitness and stamina? What’s your take on this?

 

 

 

 

6 upcoming travel destinations in India to engage your attention in 2017!

We all know that India celebrates its National Tourism Day on January 25th every year. This initiation was launched by the Indian Government to promote travel and tourism and boost economy in this South Asian Country with diverse terrain. As tourism is one of the strongest contributors in Indian economy, slight alterations hampers its GDP to a huge extent. For years, government and non-government initiations have tried their best to maintain India as one of the sought-after tourist destinations for travel freaks across the globe.

Each year more and more new and unexplored exotic hill resorts are joining the list of destinations in India. Credit goes to the relentless governmental efforts in providing good transportation facilities, food and accommodations to the travelers willing to visit these virgin locations. Today we are here to take a look at 6 places in India that are new to be found out. In this list few are bit commercialized while others are the emerging ones, worth exploring:

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Jatayu Adventure Park: Also known as Jatayu Nature Park, this hottest new park is located in Kollam and the latest addition in hoards of other attractions in Kerala. Opened on November, 2016, this park is 35 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Perfect weekend stopover, this park is spread across 20 acres of land surrounded by rocky landscape. Besides other attractions, one can find a 200 feet long and 150 feet wide sculpture of the mythological semi-god character Jatayu. Adventure freaks can participate in various exciting sports like rock climbing, biking, zip lining, bouldering, paint ball, archery and others.

Kerala Tourism is also in the process of making this park as one of the top corporate venues for organizing team-building workshops.  In addition, the park provides ayurvedic spa packages in their cave looking resorts with modern amenities. The park has 500m cable car ride to the passengers in order to provide a 360 degree view of the amazing location. Special 400 seating arrangement cars from Switzerland with best safety standards have been imported to this park as well.

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Daringbadi: This lesser known place is in Odisha and is known to experience snow during winter. Alternatively known as the Kashmir of Odisha, this verdant hill station is slowly gaining popularity as a ‘hidden jewel’ of East India. Naveen Pattnaik, the chief minister of Odisha opened a tribal museum at Daringbadi in 2016. Surrounded by pine jungles, green meadows and coffee plantations, this exclusive hill station is based 251 kms away from the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

Besides the eye-catching landscape, Daringbadi has other attractions like a recently developed nature camp to promote eco-tourism, Dasingbati Waterfall, Badangia Waterfall, Hill View Park, and Herbal Garden with butterflies, Herbal Picnic Garden, Lover’s Point and Belghar Sanctuary.

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Drass: This barren mountain region is in Jammu & Kashmir. Second coldest place in the world, Drass is 60 kms away from Kargil. Also known as the ‘Gateway to Ladakh’, Drass village and its beauty came into notice in 1999. Based 10,990 feet above the sea level, Drass experiences -45 degree Celsius temperature in the winters. Tucked away from the city crowd, the exotic rocky terrain of Drass experiences huge production of apricot in the summers.  Off late, this place is slowly getting its entry in various bucket lists and may become one of the choicest locations for mountain and adventure lovers in the coming years.

Besides the pristine vistas, green fields, striking Drass River and patchwork of fields surrounding the waterbody, some of the main attractions of Drass include Dras War Memorial, Minamarg, Masjid E Jafria, and Ningoor Masjid. In addition, travelers can trek to Amarnath, Suru Valley, Saliskote and Mushko Valley nearby.

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Nandan Van Zoo & Safari: Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh might become a major tourist hotspot in the coming days as Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in November last year inaugurated Asia’s biggest man-made safari over here. Here he was seen clicking the man-eater from close proximity. At the same time, he also made clear that Chhattisgarh has huge potential to become a prospective tourist hotspot in the impending years.

Naya Raipur is about to become the first ‘new city’ of the 21st century. It is also about to become the sixth planned city after Jamshedpur, Gandhinagar, Navi Mumbai and Chandigarh. Spread across 202.87 acres of land, this zoo is divided into 8 zones like Parking Zone, Administrative Zone, Monument Zone, Waiting Zone, Water Zone, Zoo Zone, Safari Zone and Management Zone. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy Bear safari, Lion Safari, Herbivore Safari and Tiger Safari.  Additionally, the zoo has Rescue center, veterinary hospital and conservation and breeding center as well.

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Sivasagar: Earlier spelled as ‘Sibsagar’ this historical town is located in upper Assam and a spot gradually gaining popularity among travelers and backpackers. The place was once the capital of the Ahoms 600 years back. Spread across 2668 sq kms, Sivasagar is 12 kms from Guwahati city. With improved road facilities and new trains, many hidden treasures of the north east are coming to the forefront.

The key attractions of this place include Sivasagar Tank, Rang Ghar, Joysagar Tank, Sivasagar Tai Museum, Talatal Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Vishnu Dol and Devi Dol, Charaideo and Ajan Pir Dargah and Shiva Dol.

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Bhimbetka Caves: Though a UNESCO World Heritage Site, yet Bhimbetka is quite a lesser known attraction. Located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters showcases to the world the most ancient human imprints in Indian subcontinent. It is also believed that South Asian Stone Age to have started off this place. The primitive caves, their rock paintings and sculptures takes the visitors more than thirty thousand years back.

Interested to visit these promising biodiversity hotspots in India? Lose yourself in any of the aforesaid lesser known places this season and unravel its beauty to the world!

Freedom of Expression – Is There A Limit To Free Speech?

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Article 19 of the Indian Constitution deals with “freedom of expression” to safeguard individual human rights. Freedom of expression is the way to express one’s thoughts and ideas to the world without governmental retribution or repression. That’s our point of discussion in today’s post. Incidents like Tamil author, Perumal Murugan’s renunciation from his writing career, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon controversy followed by a severe terrorist attack in Paris are not stray contingencies. These types of happenings have become common worldwide. It brings forth “freedom of expression” to the center of international debate. Being an Indian, a common question naturally pops up in my mind. Do we really have the right to expression in its truest sense? Let’s delve into the matter.

Article 19(1) (a) of the Indian Constitution declares that the freedom of speech and expression is not an absolute unconditional right for the Indian citizens. It has qualifiers like security of the state, maintaining the sovereignty and integrity of the country, affable relations with foreign nations, contempt of court, decency, morality and inciting to offence to ascertain. The Supreme Court underlined the fact that any piece of artistic and poetic expression conferred obscene or breaking the rule is subject to prosecution.

So what is the importance of freedom of speech in a democracy?

Freely expressed ideas and concepts have brought paramount scientific, political and philosophical changes so far in our society. Society gets an impetus to move ahead with free ideas and thoughts. Freedom of expression:

  • Helps individual growth
  • Accelerates knowledge
  • Establishes peaceful societal changes
  • Maintains democracy

It’s important because freedom of speech in democracy allows people to make a clear choice based solely on his/her thought process, preferences and unbiased information. Freedom of speech enables people to make informed decisions. When a morally distasteful idea makes its way, ideally it shouldn’t be curbed. Rather, adding a voice makes it debatable. If it comes out to be irrational, we can quickly dismiss the idea without dragging it further.

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Freedom of expression brings in social order and safety along with it. One’s free expression can put at risk someone else’s well-being and reputation. On few issues governmental repression is needed to safeguard individual and societal sanctity. The Supreme Court in its recent verdict declared that freedom of speech has “constitutional limitation” and it categorically asserted that crude comments against historically respected personalities would be considered a breach of conduct and that the court would take an offence to it. Justice Dipak Mishra and P. C. Pant rightly conferred that freedom of expression begets a wider spectrum of interpretation but with a constitutional limitation attached.

If we look at social media and freedom of expression, we get to see wide array of incidents like the arrest of Jadavpur University Professor for sharing a lampoon against the Chief Minister, Thane girl’s incident and taking Aseem Trivedi into custody for satirizing the Parliament, ultimate release of Udta Punjab with one cut after getting the final release which initially was ordered by the Central Board of Film Certification to undergo 94 cuts which included deletion of few city and state references and the proposal to ban NDTV India, its Hindi news channel version on the coverage of Pathankot terror attack, which once again shows governmental attempt to curb the freedom of media and the citizens. However, the ban wasn’t inflicted on the channel whatsoever.

Constitution actually depicts that freedom of expression is still a fallacy in today’s context. Right to express is one of the key assurances of a civil society. If ideas are meant to get a voice then freedom to express oneself should be exercised with a sense of accountability. Freely expressed thoughts and ideas boost cultural development and establish innovation, variety and creativity in the society. Nevertheless, free flowing ideas always work as catalyst and if it’s rightly protected can create a long lasting positive impression on the society.

What’s your take on “Freedom of Expression”? How far should one be allowed to express his/her views?