Climate change could happen much faster than previously thought

Humans are in danger of making large parts of the Earth uninhabitable for thousands of years because of man made climate change, according to new evidence based on geological records. The US study predicted that if society continues burning fossil fuels at the current rate, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide could rise from the current […]

China: A force for peace in Sudan?

China has opened a new consulate in Sudan’s autonomous south, determined to tap greater economic potential from the undeveloped region.   As the world anxiously watches the southern Sudanese vote on whether to secede, one country has more to lose than most if civil war returns to Sudan. With an estimated 24,000 of its citizens […]

Manipuri Children: Left In The Lurch

Violence in Manipur driven by separatist groups and state actors has now been ongoing for decades – and children of Manipur are paying the price for this violence. They have been pushed to greater poverty, and malnutrition and away from opportunities of education and mental and emotional growth. The state can control extreme violence through […]

Hyping up science

Science when hyped loses credibility. Two separate incidents in a span of three weeks show how scientists who hype up and sensationalise their work end up diluting the significance of their discovery. In a paper published online in the Science journal in the first week of December (“A bacterium that can grow by using arsenic […]

Silent invasion of India

Those who stand to gain from the votes of India’s bogus citizens as well as those who believe that there is nothing sacred about nationality, leave alone the nation, have successfully struck the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh off the agenda of public discourse. Practitioners of cynical vote-bank politics and fake secularism, who also […]

A funding struggle for an HIV prevention in women’s hands

Attendees at the 18th International AIDS conference held in Vienna in July 2010 felt a tremor of hope when Prof. Salim Abdool Karim received a standing ovation following the announcement that a vaginal gel containing the anti-HIV drug tenofovir could reduce the risk of HIV infection by 39%. The groundbreaking results came out of the […]

Discontent in the Arab world

The official response to unrest on Tunisia’s streets comes straight out of a tyrant’s playbook: order police to fire on unarmed demonstrators, deploy the army, blame resulting violence on “terrorists”, and accuse unidentified “foreign parties” of fomenting insurrection. Like other Arab rulers, President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali seems not to know any better. For this […]

Women’s citizenship

This week, South Sudan is again going to the polls, this time to vote in a referendum on secession from the North. The preliminary result should be known by 15th January, and will mark one of the final stages of the historic 2005 agreement to end the long-standing conflict between North and South Sudan. All […]

Commentary on Demand for Statehood by ENPO

For many people it is a surprise to note the ENPO’s move for statehood. The immediate reaction to this social upsurge maybe summed up as below:-1    From the formation of the state of Nagaland the public and the leaders of the aforesaid districts have been equal partners in the policy making of the state. The […]

A funding struggle for an HIV prevention in women’s hands

Attendees at the 18th International AIDS conference held in Vienna in July 2010 felt a tremor of hope when Prof. Salim Abdool Karim received a standing ovation following the announcement that a vaginal gel containing the anti-HIV drug tenofovir could reduce the risk of HIV infection by 39%. The groundbreaking results came out of the […]

Selective amnesia of our ‘liberal democrats’

With some amusement I read reports last Friday about jailed Maoist Binayak Sen having moved a court in Chhattisgarh against the sentence of life imprisonment awarded to him last month. I say amusement because only 48 hours prior to his going in appeal, his wife Ilina Sen lashed out at the Indian judiciary, police, Government […]

Savage act in polarised country

Jared Loughner, the suspect in Saturday’s shooting spree in Arizona which killed six people and critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was not working alone. True, the rampage apparently emerged from his confused, unstable and troubled mind. But it was also the by-product of a polarised political culture underpinned by increasingly vitriolic, violent and vituperative rhetoric […]