Does the tail wag the dog?

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After years of antagonism on the nuclear issue between Iran on the one hand and the West (five Permanent Members of the Security Council (P5) + Germany)

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The East, the West and the in-betweens

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“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” is a famous line from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem the ‘The Ballad of East and West’. I was frequently quoted this line in my youth, whenever I tried to emulate western lifestyles.

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What’s up with us Westerners?

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“Man, they rebuked me in Bangladesh!” I was sitting in the kitchen at the school where I am an instructor. I was reading to my colleagues from the many comments I had received for my last piece of writing.

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Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

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I have read, with great interest, of the arguments for and against inclusion of ‘Bismillah’ in the Constitution of Bangladesh. It got me thinking. I know a wonderful mild-mannered man. He is wise and grandfatherly. This friend of mine is at peace with himself, and to be in his presence is to experience joy.

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On the question of globalisation

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There is an increasing demand for making this world smaller and of late, the buzz word ‘globalisation’ is becoming ever so popular. While I subscribe fully to the core idea of globalisation, I am tempted to further the discussion by referring to some of my personal observations.

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