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- Poem: The Dance of Solitude
The solitude and its silence Stands there, the grand empires Built from dreams of the past
- The 1818 Battle of Koregaon - The Beginning of a Casteist War?
Was the battle of Koregaon really the first shot of the Hindu Caste War?
- Justice Radhabinod Pal and Hiroshima
This policy of indiscriminate murder to shorten the war was considered to be a crime.
- After Cairo, Will Obama Back Up His Words With Actions?
Obama is good at making speeches, but can he translate his words into actions?
- Is The Demand For Eelam Valid? A Response to Tamilnet's Question
Just as the ends don't justify the means, the means also don't justify the ends.
- Should the Nepalese Government honour Joanna Lumley?
It is ridiculous to expect the Nepalese government to honour Lumley, though she has done the Gurkhas a great service
- North Korea Claims to Conduct Another Nuclear Test
Fresh out of the 100 day honeymoon, this will further test the foreign policy of President Obama.
- US-Pakistan-Afghanistan Summit: To Disrupt, Dismantle, and Defeat Al Qaeda
Whoever has a better idea would win the battle.
- Is Pakistan going the Iran Way?
A Taliban Ruled, Sunni Fundamentalist, Nuclear Armed Pakistan Is A Distinct Possibility. Please Panic!
- Delusions of Grandeur Can Lead To Trouble
A Big Brother who is admired and respected, rather than feared, will be able to command his sibling's loyalty.
- Gurkhas Seek Justice in UK, They Get The Law Instead
The Gurkhas are brave and loyal, but should that give them the right to settle down in the UK?
- A Follow-Up Letter to the Dalai Lama
The Tibetan community should be able to democratically decide if and how the struggle for Tibetan rights should continue.
- Book Review: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh's novels are all meticulously researched and the "Sea of Poppies" is no exception.
- Indentured Laborers - The First Non-Resident Indians
When we think of NRIs today, we probably largely think of wealthy movers and shakers.
- All Visitors are Gods, But Some Visitors are Higher Gods
Is it goodness of the heart or racism that makes Asians treat White people so well?
- Book Review : Identity and Violence by Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen’s book, “Identity and Violence’ examines the connection between violence and our tendency to identify with one key trait.
- The God Who Was Lost!
A photo essay on Sanchi and a book review with a dash of history thrown in.
- India's Post-Independence Fight For Freedom
Maybe we started taking our precious freedom for granted and needed to be reminded that we simply cannot.Aditi Nadkarni
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- Poem For Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Melia Obama
your silence is intriguing and deafening
- Book Review: Vishnu’s Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion by Maria Misra
Misra's second book explains India’s peculiar form of modernity, one which is a mix of so many contradictions.
- Book Review: Maria Misra’s Business, Race, and Politics in British India
Managing agencies had so much contempt for Indians and their lack of ‘character’ that they refused to Indianise
- poem: hatred and love
if hatred was a sacrificial goat / it should be rescued and protected
- Book Review: The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft
There were so many areas where the Ottomans were much superior to the Habsburg forces.
- An Open Letter to the Dalai Lama
Your Holiness, will history judge you harshly for not having achieved anything much for the people of Tibet?
- Some Thoughts on Uri Avnery's "Manifest Destiny"
Uri Avnery's one saving grace is that he demands honesty. I don't agreew with the rest, but 100% agreement is found only in the
- The Voice of America & Other Voices
The Voice of America and many of the other voices have been muted because their political objectives have been met.
- Book Review: When We Were Orphans
It captures the pomp of imperialism as well as the decline of the British Empire very well.
- Book review: The Stone Woman by Tariq Ali
In its final days, the Ottoman Empire is orthodox and decadent, but Iskander Pasha’s family offers a splendid contrast.
- Bernie, You Touched Me
I am against the loss of a single civilian life at the hands of a deluded individual, an organization or a state.
- The Russia-Georgia Conflict - The Bear's Power
This may well seem normal for a powerful country to treat its immediate neighbors as its areas of influence, but not so for the country
- Book Review : The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra
“The Lady in Blue” is part history, part fantasy and part mysticism set in the framework of fiction.
- India Shining - The Death of Angrezi Hatao
A political campaign which made the destiny of many politicians of the time on either side of the language divide.
- Stooges, Machismo-Driven Nationalism and Self-Reliance
We need to get rid of a culture of machismo-driven nationalism that talks of self reliance, global domination and ideological neutrality
- Book Review : Speaking of Empire and Resistance by Tariq Ali
No matter what view point we hold- this book will make the reader sit up and take note.Shantanu Dutta
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- The New Jahanpanahs
In India, “their lordships” are the new jahanpanahs and will not tolerate any lesse majeste!
- Poetry: smiling crocodile
"... what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank could describe events [apartheid] in South Africa."~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Food or Fuel - A Hobson's Choice
What is worrying now is not that food shortages are happening but the reasons why they are happening.
- Book Review: White Mughals by William Dalrymple
East and West are not irreconcilable, and never have been. Only bigotry, prejudice, racism and fear drive them apart.
- Palestine - Shifting Borders & Shifting Sands
As an amateur historian, I am always curious about the boundaries and how history is framed.
- Baabul Moraa - The Original Inheritance of Loss
My loved ones will become strangers/ The innermost portals of my home will be unreachable
- Silent Tragedies Among Us
Some insurgencies are man made and some happen as a response to events and then become politicized.
- Fiction: The Tent Maker
The Tent Maker is amused but seemingly has a hands off policy
- Retaining Names, Retaining History
Roads and Buildings that are renamed don’t really retain their rechristened names.
- Mr. Rainbow: The Strange Ride of Sir Edwin Lutyens
"Rashtrapati Bhavan in Context: The Work of Sir Edwin Lutyens OM", up at the British Council until the 5th of November
- The Consistency of French Foreign Policy
All elements of its intelligentsia subscribe to France’s foreign policy, so it does not alter, given changes of its president or prime minister.