The Presidential Election

It is worth noting that, finally, we have not one but two worthy Dalit candidates who are educated and cultured enough to be the first citizen of this huge democracy where social stratification traditionally happened on the basis of birth.

Why should Bharat have to feed India at its cost?

About 70 per cent of India lives in rural areas and all-weather roads do not connect about 40 per cent of rural habitations. Lack of proper transport facility and inadequate post harvesting methods, food processing and transportation of foodstuffs has meant an annual wastage of Rs. 50,000 crores, out of an out of about Rs.370, 000 crores.

Rajo and feminism in Odia culture

As many have felt and few have recently written ‘Rajo’ is a festival typical to the Odia culture. If anything, this festival speaks volumes about how feminism is handled by people who live in this culture and hence are responsible for shaping it.

OBOR: Bunkum and Incredulity.

Much is being made about the overland link between China and Europe by rail and road links. Most commentators seem to miss that the Trans-Siberian Railway line from Vladivostok to Moscow is almost a hundred years old. Its capacity can be beefed up. Yet overland freight costs will always be much more expensive than sea freight costs. Business is about cuttings costs and taking the least expensive options. No one with commonsense will prefer to shift by land what can be shipped.

Some Sufi Tales and A Desperate Housewife

The novel ‘The Forty Rules of Love’ is actually two novels being played out in two different lands and have a distance of seven centuries in between. This ambitious title authored by well-known Turkish writer Elif Shafak consists of two simultaneous narratives intertwined together.

On Sahir and On Manwani’s Book

Sahir was the only songwriter and lyricist for whom the songs succeeded on the merit of his words alone, on the power of his poetry. His words had a ‘persona of their own.’ The tune and the melody followed in what was quite unprecedented, and his name appeared ahead of the composers, in the posters.

जेल से आजादी की सदायें

फिलीस्तीन पर जोर के दम से दमन कर रहे इजरायल के आपराधिक और बर्बर रवैये का एक प्रमाण उसके जेल हैं जहां हजारों फिलीस्तीनियों को अमानवीय स्थितियों में रखा जाता है. एमनेस्टी इंटरनेशनल ने फिलीस्तीनी प्रिजनर्स सोसाइटी के हवाले से बताया है कि इजरायल की जेलों में फिलहाल 6,500 फिलीस्तीनी कैदी हैं जिनमें कम-से-कम 300 बच्चे शामिल हैं. इन्हें विभिन्न 17 जेलों में रखा गया है जिनमें से 16 इजरायल में हैं. कैदियों में 57 महिलाएं हैं जिनमें 18 साल से कम उम्र की 13 लड़कियां हैं.

The Sunday Book Bazaar and a chance sighting of Ghalib

Brooding over the questions of life and death, over joy and sorrow, the poet was known for his intensity of emotions and thoughts. He was iconoclastic, no doubt, and questioned the fundamentals of faith, and was scathing about dogmas of faith, taboos, cant, and anything that was hypocritical.

Emerging Political Realities

The results of a series of elections since 2014 general elections, with a few exceptions, prove that the BJP through its sister organizations has successfully captured the available political space in India, and is a dominant force with little or almost no opposition in coming years. Any challenge to its present position is possible only through a rise of an alternative politics from the below.

2017: The year in which nuclear weapons could be banned?

There are fears that those NATO and allied non-nuclear weapon states which might participate will run interference and complicate the discussions on behalf of the nuclear weapon states. Another fault line could be between those non-nuclear weapon states that want a quick, short norm establishing a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and those that might prefer a more detailed treaty with provisions on verification.

Shailendra – the lyricist and songwriter extraordinaire

Hindi poetry was somehow missing, and the gap was so admirably filled by the great Shailendra, followed later by Kavi Pradeep and Neeraj.