Ramya Sarma

Potholing could become an Olympic sport!

August 7, 2011
Potholing could become an Olympic sport!

I was out yesterday and most of the time, trying to navigate the roads of my city, Mumbai. It was not just a time-consuming effort, given the traffic bogging up every street, but also a rather painful one. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Dalit billionaires stun caste-ridden nation

August 5, 2011
Dalit billionaires stun caste-ridden nation

For centuries Dalits or Harijans lived with spit on their face and shit on their head at the mercy of upper castes in Hindu society. They were the untouchables — of course that did not prevent Brahmins and Rajputs from raping Dalit women while their men folk carried on their heads iron buckets filled with faeces from latrines across India. Read more »

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Sanjeeb Drong

Adivasi land rights

August 4, 2011
Adivasi land rights

Like many countries in the developing world, Bangladesh too faces mounting pressure on its natural resources, including its lands and forests against the backdrop of a booming population. This pressure affects all Bangladeshis, but its implications are especially acute for the Adivasi communities around the country. Read more »

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Arshad Mahmud

Despite debt deal, clouds hang over Obama re-election

August 3, 2011
Despite debt deal, clouds hang over Obama re-election

As you have come to know by now that the United States Congress voted to raise the federal debt limit just hours before the deadline was to expire on Aug 2. Failure to do so would have led to the US treasury running short of cash to pay the nation’s bills. Read more »

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Syeed Ahamed

Of punishment and clemency

August 2, 2011
Of punishment and clemency

Yet another death row inmate, AHM Biplob, has been granted clemency by the president. This is not the first time though. In 2010, 20 death row inmates convicted in the controversial Gama killing case were pardoned by the president. Read more »

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Moutushi Islam

On my father’s birthday….

July 30, 2011
On my father’s birthday….

The lines around her cheekbones and forehead have grown deeper in the past months. Her eyes speak emptiness and look exceptionally quiet. A defined dark patch is now visible around those eyes. The thick black hair has turned grey and I have not seen that bright red dot (teep) in between her eyebrows in a really long time. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

An act of charity

August 1, 2011
An act of charity

Is life but a dream? Is the glory of a springtime, the smile of stranger, the transient joy of a lazy afternoon all just the interaction of chemicals in an instant of our lives, is it nothing more? Read more »

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NM Harun

Politicians, fend for yourselves

July 31, 2011
Politicians, fend for yourselves

The political arena is full of confusion. But, as it is said, out of chaos comes order, so politics will hopefully take shape out of the current confusion. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

July 29, 2011
Weapon of mass destruction, sorry distraction!

A young Pakistani woman has given more joy to Indians than any visitor from Islamabad in a long while. The beautiful Hina Rabbani Khar came, saw – and conquered! She has flown back to her country which has fought three and a half wars with India. Read more »

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