Listening to the Revolution

There is a time to speak and a time to listen. After visiting Egypt and Tunisia over the past 10 days, I am convinced that the best thing we can do is to listen. What matters now is what the people of Egypt are saying, and what kind of reforms the people of Tunisia are […]

The King rules the Oscars

To no one’s surprise, The King’s Speech swept the major categories at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Crafted with a faultless restraint, the emotionally compelling story about the battle of Prince Albert (later King George VI) to overcome a nervous stammer bagged Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper), and […]

Gorbachev at eighty: evaluating his achievements

About the authorArchie Brown is an Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University. In each successive year in the second half of the 1980s perestroika meant something more radical to Mikhail Gorbachev than it had in the previous year. He continued to voice support for ‘the socialist idea’ as well as for perestroika, but this […]

Cyberspace Wars

This year, the 47th Munich Security Conference included for the first time a special session on cybersecurity. “This may be the first time,” the president of a small European noted to the high-powered assembly, more accustomed to dealing with armies and alliances than with worms and denial-of-service attacks, “but it will not be the last.” […]

America’s Total Surveillance Society

In 2003, an ACLU report warned that “Big Brother” no longer is fiction, America having advanced to where total surveillance is now possible. Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program said:”Given the capabilities of today’s technology, the only thing protecting us from a full-fledged surveillance society are the legal and political institutions […]

Vital keys towards Indo-Naga Political Settlement

While appreciating the untiring peace initiatives undertaken by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR); and positive responses from all sections of Naga peoples especially the Naga national workers; the Concerned Senior Citizens Forum of Mokokchung desires to appeal to different factions who are fighting for a common cause of Naga National destiny to sincerely listen […]

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 […]