Just when you thought rock’n’roll was dead…

It took just one song to be uploaded to the internet last summer to incite a music-industry frenzy; three minutes of vintage, brash, no-messing, rock’n’roll. After The Vaccines debuted "If You Wanna", the web was abuzz with excitement over these mysterious new players. It wasn’t long before record company execs sat up and took notice, […]

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Where Do Bad Ideas Come From?

We would all like to think that humankind is getting smarter and wiser and that our past blunders won’t be repeated. Bookshelves are filled with such reassuring pronouncements, from the sage advice offered by Richard Neustadt and Ernest May in Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers to the rosy forecasts of […]

Patriotism & Civic Sense

Esther 4:16 gave the best illustration of Patriotism. I quote Esther’s reply to Mordecai as follows. "Go gather together all the Jews who are in Susa and fast for me…. for three days, night or day…… I will go to the King even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish". […]

Power and Powerlessness In Global Cities

The mutations generated by globalization precipitate extreme forms of vulnerability in world cities. We don’t only refer here to terrorist threats, gang wars over illicit traffics, high rates of homicides, no go areas, etc. as visible signs of urban dysfunctions. We also refer to urban space as enabling and making visible expressions of resistance to […]

The Palestine papers: Al-Jazeera trumps WikiLeaks

While the leaked documents on Middle East negotiations are received in Israel and in the world as incisive evidence of the moderate positions of the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Hamas leadership as well as Abbas’ rivals in Fatah will see the documents as additional proof of what they call the "defeatism" of […]

Top Ten Romantic Novels of the World

Often it’s hard to express love…and when words seem not enough to show how much she/he means for you, the right gift will do all the talking. A classic love story is a best option. The hard philosophic stuffs can take a backseat this Valentine’s season.Love Story: What can you say about a twenty-five year […]

FIRE: Basics, Detection, Prevention and Control

The fire accident which engulfed and razed the official residence of the Chief Minister Nagaland on the evening of 8th Feb 2011 was a very unfortunate incident but it once again serves as an eye opener to all citizens of the potential hazards that fire accident may cause leading to loss of lives and property. […]

Transsexual model on the catwalk

The sizzle in Sao Paolo as it celebrates its winter fashion week has not been about the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen or even the American actor Ashton Kutcher, who have both had their catwalk outings. The brightest paparazzi pops have been reserved, rather, for Lea T, a transsexual making her modelling debut.All of Brazil seems […]

Gujarati and non-Gujarati Muslims – Out of Sync?

Long before Gujarat obtained its statehood in 1960, shores of Bhrigu-Kaccha (modern Bharucha or Broach) used to accommodate merchant vessels from Arabia and Egypt. They brought the first of the Muslims into Gurjarashtra (modern Gujarat), at around 7th century AD. They were not only traders in search of prosperous markets but they also carried missionaries […]

Climate change in Nagaland

The issues of Climate and Global Warming have today become the greatest challenge to the human strive for its continued and dignified existence. Climate change was an issue of MITIGATION, which still is a major issue, but more so now is the issue of ADAPTATION. Climate impact has always happened. We had floods, droughts and […]

Long and cold nights under the twinkling sky

Children and women were crying while the men were rushing with buckets filled with water to douse the fire which was razing down their dear homes. The cries were louder than the bursting sound of bamboo though the tears were thicker than the smoke of the fire. As the smoke get thicker, the children and […]