Trump, Jerusalem and Arab indifference to Palestine

Trump, Jerusalem and Arab indifference to Palestine

  Mariam Barghouti Palestinians have been experiencing a collective sense of anxiety and anger ever since President Donald Trump announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city. The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is yet […]

Delhi turns soft

Delhi turns soft

The recent statement of the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh that decision to release political prisoners would be taken after the Centre’s interlocutor submits his report to the Ministry of Home Affairs is an indication that government has realized that force only cannot resolve Kashmir and political steps are necessary to restore peace and […]

Gondwana: The homeland of adivasis

Gondwana: The homeland of adivasis

  Mohan Guruswamy The scion of the former Gond kings of Chandagarh or Chandrapur, now in Maharashtra, Birshah Atram, was recently visiting the Gond homelands in the former composite Adilabad district to meet his kinsmen in the various garhis in the region. Birshah Atram is descended from a line that was established in Chandrapur in […]

Farooq versus extremists

Farooq versus extremists

Since the day National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah has taken the centre stage he has been reminding New Delhi that politics of hate is the biggest threat to India. Recently he lambasted a news anchor for asking him “Whether he is an Indian?” The NC president lost his cool and told the anchor in […]

India vs China at sea: Why subs are critical

India vs China at sea: Why subs are critical

  Abhijit Bhattacharyya Even a layman will understand its importance. Thirty five years ago, in the post-Mao Zedong era, when India had an imported fleet of eight Foxtrot-class diesel electric submarines of Soviet origin, the Chinese inventory consisted of a fleet of 105. Plus China was already in the league of indigenous submarine manufacturing nations […]

Syrian refugees trapped in a no man’s land

Syrian refugees trapped in a no man’s land

  Sara Kayyali In a no man’s land along the Syria-Jordan border, an estimated 55,000 Syrians escaped the horrors of Syria’s conflict only to languish, abandoned in the desert as one country after another evades responsibility for their safety and wellbeing. Some have been there since at least June 2016. In a statement to the […]

Problem not solved yet

Problem not solved yet

  The Government of India announcing setting up of two examination centres for medical graduates appearing in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to post-graduate courses has come as a relief for thousands of aspirants who have to appear for these tests. But problem has not been solved fully as only 500 to […]

The education scam

The education scam

Larry Beinhart In the print edition of the New York Times Magazine, there’s an ad. It features a fresh-faced young woman smiling straight into the camera, looking totally exploitable. She’s wearing a sweatshirt with $67,928 written across it in large letters. Above, on the left, is this question: “Why did she borrow $67,928 for tuition?” […]

Will it be enough to defeat BJP in Gujarat?

Will it be enough to defeat BJP in Gujarat?

Aakar Patel The ruling party for 22 years, the Bharatiya Janata Party, says it is about development. This is apparently a copyrighted word and development is something only the BJP can deliver, particularly under Mr Narendra Modi. What the BJP does is development and what other parties do is corruption, dynasty and so on. This […]