In transit: the next train home

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Everyone is too attached to India. The government is; our culture gurus are; the tourists as well. While the general people fear over-friendly overtures from any government, the policymakers have no option but to choose sides. Therefore every five years, we travel from one side of the court to the other. Being transported, it affects… Read more »

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Why I’m going to Cancun

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The world is worried about upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Cancun. Many experts doubt the UN has what it takes to address the greatest threat to humanity we have ever faced. They see the talks as a lost cause, a forum unsuited to overcoming the global challenge of climate change.

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It’s not personal

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The manner in which the leader of the opposition and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was evicted from her cantonment residence was outright shocking to most observers of Bangladesh politics. Not only the physical eviction itself, but the way the opposition leader was literally pushed out of her home of 38 years by an overwhelming government… Read more »

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Forget ethics, just pay!

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Scandal and sensation is part of everyday life anywhere in the world. Like an epidemic, it has occasional flare-ups and then subsides into a subliminal mutter, all set and waiting to erupt once again into a storm that hits headlines in print, on television and over the Internet. Over the past few weeks, an epicentre… Read more »

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Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part I

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Overview As the discord between modern and traditional Muslims is ideological by nature, so is the conflict between Islam and the West. And ideology is more about power, influence and identity than a mere reflection of culture and belief system. While modern Muslim elites are unwilling to concede power and privileges to the mullahs, most… Read more »

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