Media Values : The world accepts one man’s convictions

One of the latest books and, perhaps, one of the most important for humanity in its search for right values and directions, (in the sense of the communications industry finding inspiration and for this industry to, in turn, inspire and feed the minds of the human family), has just been brought out. This 199-page book […]

Democracy & freedom redefined

At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, concepts like freedom, peace and information have acquired new meanings. Internal debate in democracies is giving a new meaning to old concepts The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists”, said Isaac Asimov. On this the first working day of […]

The need for new paradigm’s

BACKGROUNDNorth East India (NEI) comprises of 8 states that are straddled by the Eastern Himalayas and are co-joined to the Indian mainland by the narrow 33KM “chicken’s neck” north of Bangladesh. The Eastern Himalayan mountain range forms a 1,500-mile-long barrier that separates the lowlands of the Indian subcontinent from the high, dry Tibetan plateau. The […]

Orissa’s wonder women

There is a check dam in Laxmipur village, R Udayagir gram panchayat, in Orissa’s Gajapati district, which irrigates around 40 acres of land belonging to 70 small and marginal farmers. Premlata Raita, 48, the woman sarpanch of R Udayagir is the person responsible for the dam. Indeed, she has initiated several projects under the Mahatma […]

Five Fingers of Tibet

Mao Zedong, the first Chairman cum President of the independent People’s Republic of China, had spent more time to assess weaknesses of India than Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Premier of independent India, wasted in apprehending China’s strength – whether driven by communism or by nationalism. Nehru’s fantasies with proving ideological supremacy of western liberalism over […]

Changing the face of education

Political analysts may have their own explanations as to what were the factors that thwarted an ‘anti-incumbency’ tide in Bihar and turned it completely in favour of Mr Nitish Kumar, but definitely his approach to education problems in the State played a role. People of Bihar has drafted to dustbin the loudmouths who had ruined […]

Recognizing the state of Palestine

On Jan. 7, Chile extended diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine as a free, independent, and sovereign state. This comes soon after the recent recognitions by Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador. (In each of those cases, the state of Palestine was recognized explicitly within the full pre-1967 borders, encompassing all of the Gaza Strip […]

Guns and America

The next time you happen to be in Arizona drinking a cool beer with some time on your hands, ask the person along the bar to describe for you the Glock 19. Likelihood is he will know what you’re talking about, as gun ownership rates in Arizona are among the highest in the world. He […]

China Rises, and Checkmates

Hou Yifan, the new women’s world chess champion, is the youngest person, male or female, ever to win a world championship.   If there’s a human face on Rising China, it belongs not to some Politburo chief, not to an Internet tycoon, but to a quiet, mild-mannered teenage girl named Hou Yifan. Ms. Hou (whose […]

Smart, eco-friendly sanitation for all

The technology choice that China made for sanitation and wastewater management has led to not only blistering economic growth but also rapid urbanisation as it helped Beijing reduce GDP loss that poor sanitation bringsThe four storied apartments in Dongsheng District of Erdos Municipality in Inner Mongolia, China look like any apartment, all 825 of them. […]

Hawking kills gods, philosophers

Maybe it is the desire to sell books that makes Stephen Hawking claim the death of God and the death of Philosophy. (If you’re in the UK, you can listen Hawking make this claim here.) M-theory, a variant of string theory, offers many possibe values for the cosmological constants and therefore many possible shapes of […]

Where there are no drugs: TB-HIV dilemma for migrants

In  late October 2010, a large group of people living in and around Mae Sot, Tak province were closing in on a terrible ‘milestone’ of sorts: all of them – over 60 migrant children, women and men – were living with HIV and taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which they needed to stay alive. Some were […]