BMI and risk of death

That obesity is a causal factor for many lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, which in turn increases the risk of death, has been well established in the developed world. Similarly, being underweight increases the risk of death. A study published online in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (“Association between body-mass […]

Israel and the Arab awakening

Guy Rolnik, the editor of Israel’s leading economic newspaper The Marker, recently wrote a scathing condemnation of the nation’s complacency over the wave of revolution sweeping through Arab countries. Under the headline – “State of a nation, rolling in slime” – was a catalogue of incidents of sleaze, corruption, criminality and abuse of public trust […]

Gates, Buffet & the Art of Giving

Some suggestions for Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who plan to visit India and encourage philanthropy amongst India’s super-rich.Dear Bill & Warren,Delighted to learn that you plan to tour India, among other countries, to inspire and ‘grow’ the practice of ‘giving’ among our super-rich. Indeed, to have them follow in your charitable footsteps and part […]

Reasoning together to reconcile is the only way forward

Reasoning together in search for truth will reduce the much tension and apprehension removing doubt and fear. Right actions taken and done will bring enlightenment and progress in society. Given the situation today, Naga people must reason together and reconcile. That seems to be the only way forward. Hostilities will breed more hatreds, divisions and […]

Needed, wider debate

By legalising ‘passive’ euthanasia but allowing Ms Aruna Shanbaug to live, the Supreme Court has shown both compassion and a commitment to progressive measures to tackle the sensitive issue. Ms Shanbaug, a victim of brutal sexual assault who has remained in a permanent vegetative state for 37 years now, could have qualified for mercy killing […]

Rebels outgunned, overstretched

A Libyan volunteer sits on the back of a car on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10. Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi’s control of Libya. (AP Photo)   BENGHAZI – Libya’s […]

What is Socialism?

People often talk about socialism and communism and its difference. And common people have no idea about actual understanding of the term ‘Socialism’. According to Dr. Austin L.Sorenson, let us see what socialism is all about.Socialism is the fiction that everyone can feed off everyone else. The daughter of Stalin remarked that people who want […]

Time for people to elect a leader

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women […]

It's time to expand the UN Security Council. But who gets a seat?

During his Asian trip last November, President Obama expressed support for installing India as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the power center of the international body. It was an intelligent proposal for enlarging a critical UN institution whose membership (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and France) has remained unchanged […]

Speak up, speak out

As the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan completes over 20 years, a story of the songs and street plays created by the people’s movement to demand accountable governance, confront administrations and inspire communitiesIt is late-afternoon. There are sounds of marching from the white, single-storey building of Barefoot College in village Tilonia in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. […]

Of mercy & ending life

“We could have dismissed the petition on the short ground that…the right to life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution does not include the right to die,” observe Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra sagely in the Aruna Shanbaug case. “However, in view of the importance of the issues involved we decided to […]