The message should be the meeting

There is much anticipation in Beijing and Washington DC about this week’s summit between Chinese President Hu Jintao and United States President Barack Obama, with US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman characterizing Hu’s state visit as “exciting and historic”. Some see it as a chance to address bilateral geopolitical, economic, or human rights frictions. Others […]

Protecting us from our protectors

“To serve and to protect”. This is the motto of the Philippine National Police, a pledge proudly emblazoned on its vehicles and usually displayed in its offices. Unfortunately, the spate of recent allegations pointing to the involvement of policemen in various crimes raises the relevant question as to who will protect us from our supposed […]

Rabindranath Tagore’s vision of India & China

There is a heightened focus on Rabindranath Tagore today, as we engage in preparations to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. This year it will also be 87 years since Tagore made his memorable visit to China. He went to China with a message of love and brotherhood that he felt symbolised the essence […]

To mine or not to mine

The Group of Ministers constituted to tackle the controversy arising out of the Environment and Forests Ministry’s policy to prevent coal mining in forested areas will need to do a delicate balancing act between environmental protection and extraction of the fossil fuel that is crucial to meet the rising demand for electricity. The desire to […]

Dr Binayak Sen: Gandhian with a stethoscope

No sophistry, no jugglery in figures can explain away the evidence that the skeletons in many villages present to the naked eye. I have no doubt whatsoever that both England and the town dwellers of India will have to answer, if there is a God above, for this crime against humanity, which is perhaps unequaled […]

The Great Food Crisis Of 2011

As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food inflation rate, sparking protests. China is looking abroad for potentially […]

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 […]