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 […]

Brazil to step up plans for disaster preparedness

The Brazilian government said on January 18 that it would accelerate efforts to devise a national system for preventing disasters and alerting the population quickly when they occur, in response to the deadly landslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro last week that killed at least 710 people. President Dilma Rousseff met with ministers […]

Tunisian revolution & its fallout

Hours after a group of stone-throwing youth braved frantic police beatings and confronted grey fumes of teargas outside the Interior Ministry building in Tunis, the unthinkable happened. As darkness thickened on January 14 and agonising uncertainty gripped the Tunisian capital, word was out that Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, well entrenched dictator for 23 years, […]

Healthcare in disarray

A series of papers recently published by The Lancet points to worrisome trends in the management of India’s primary healthcare system, particularly in the area of infectious diseases. Clearly, the country’s march to economic growth has not had the desired impact on healthcare. Despite the right to health being recognised as a fundamental right, quality […]

Frontier state? The other side & larger issues at stake

The demand for frontier state did come quite as an unprecedented surprise and caught many people impromptu. At a time when fragile peace is dawning and reconciliation progressing, this demand came as an abrupt shock at the most inopportune time. But what could be that grave reason behind that merit asking for statehood by ENPO. […]

Africa: Security & development for the 21st century

One thing is certain for Africa in the twenty-first century: its strategic importance in the world will continue to climb, for reasons such as resources, markets, and continued concerns over weak governance allowing for a host of international challenges – terrorism key amongst them. What is uncertain for Africa is at what pace and consistency […]

Telangana echo in Darjeeling hills

It is well understood that the Telangana agitation is an inspiration for similar movements in other parts of India. The 26-day bandh called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in the Darjeeling district is an ongoing case in point. The announced aim is to force the central government to ‘clarify’ its position on the demand […]

Tunisia: the first Arab revolution

Every July 23 for the past 58 years Egypt, my country of birth, has celebrated its “July revolution” that overthrew King Farouk and ended the monarchy and British occupation once and for all. It was no revolution: it was a coup staged by young Army officers.And so it has been with a series of “revolutions” […]

The losing battle against corruption

There are very few people in India who believe that New Delhi, as it is presently organised, is either capable or willing to go the whole distance to bring to book those who are suspected of having committed irregularities in handling state funds. This has particular reference to the scams related to the 2G spectrum […]

‘For unified lim and glory of Nagas’

Ever since its inception, the Naga Students` Federation, keeping in mind its core objective i.e. ‘For unified lim and glory of Nagas’, have been struggling hard to bring the Naga family together. Towards this end, the federation has been venturing out to every nook and corner of the Naga areas and reaching out to every […]

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 […]