Democracy at its worst

Democracy is a gift and the virtues of it are supposed to bring joy to the people of every tongue, tribe and nation. When we put rotten apples in the midst of the good ones, it spoils the good ones too. In the same way when we allow the wicked to rule over us, the […]

America and the new Middle East

LEADERS AND KINGS: Unrest is rapidly changing the map, claiming some leaders while forcing others to undertake reforms. (Clockwise from top) Tunisia’s former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s Muammar Qadhafi, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, […]

Reservation policy and the chain of problems

In an issue where all the sides are right, it is difficult to forward a neutral opinion! However, an honest approach, keeping at the back of the mind the common good in a welfare State is the key to conflict resolution. And also with an expectation to be understood by those who can reckon! In […]

Goodbye, Uncle Pai

For those of us who remember a time when the blackberry was just a fruit and Shaktimaan the ultimate superhero, the death of our beloved Uncle Pai has led to melancholy mixed with nostalgia. Uncle Pai — few knew his real name, Anant Pai — gave us our first desi comic strip, the Amar Chitra […]

The toxic residue of colonialism

At least, overtly, there has been no talk from either Washington or Tel Aviv – the governments with most to lose as the Egyptian revolution unfolds – of military intervention. Such restraint is more expressive of geopolitical sanity than postcolonial morality, but still it enables some measure of change to take place that unsettles, temporarily […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. And America Today

As we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, I wonder what he might make of the U.S. today. Perhaps his words can give us some insight. The U.S. today – a snapshotClearly lots of things have changed since the 1960s. For example, we have many new technological tools and diversions such as the smart […]

A flawed decision

While the legality of the decision to grant Jamia Millia Islamia the status of a minority institution is yet to be tested — there are several intricacies involved in the process — what is jarring is that a Central university in a secular country such as ours should have a communal colour. Such institutions are […]

Climate Change & Agriculture

Industrial globalised agriculture is heavily implicated in climate change. It contributes to the three major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2) from the use of fossil fuels, nitrogen oxide (N2O) from the use of chemical fertilizers and methane (CH4) from factory farming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC), atmospheric concentration of CO2 has […]

Kohima Water Scarcity

Last few days back the morning cloudy and gloomy weather bring smile to thousands citizen of Kohima as everybody is eagerly waiting for showers of blessing from above, though it gives cold and chilling experienced. But when the sun rises higher the cloud disappear and give sunny weather which turned thousand faces to frowned again […]

On real Internet freedom

The United States has restated its commitment to keep the Internet free and make it a bulwark of democracy but, unsurprisingly, there is no chorus of welcome for its fulsome defence of online freedoms. In a recent university address titled “Internet Rights an d Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World,” Secretary of State […]

India fishing for trouble in Sri Lanka

Otherwise smooth-sailing India-Sri Lanka ties have been rocked by Sri Lanka’s treatment of Indian fishermen straying into its sea territory, with around 136 fishermen from the southern state of Tamil Nadu taken into custody last week for alleged poaching.  The fishermen were released over the weekend, calming tensions, but the underlying conflict remains and India […]

Philippines media under the gun, or lens

Media is either being under the gun or under the lens – Ed Lingao of the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism differentiates these two worlds where media in this country can be found. Talking about Shooting the Messenger: the curious case of press freedom in the Philippines, Ed Lingao discussed two worlds of media: Media […]