Status of women in Bangladesh
1. Bangladesh has been ruled alternately by two women for more than two decades. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are women, and the posts have been held by women since the 1990s. The country's parliament has more than sixty female members and several of them are members of the cabinet. There are a considerable number of women serving in the civil service, judiciary, police, military and local government institutions ... Read More
Before You Buy That T-Shirt
The deaths and injuries of thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh raise the question of how American and European consumers might assert their power to change appalling factory conditions half a world away. Stop buying clothes made in Bangladesh? Look for labels from other countries, like Indonesia, where conditions might be a little better? Seek out “sweatshop free” clothes, like “fair trade” coffee?
Editorial: Climate Warnings, Growing Louder (May 19, 2013)
Editorial: The Immigration Bill Presses ... Read More
A people without a story
By AATISH TASEER
May 11, 2013
FOUR years ago this week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamannounced that their struggle for an independent homeland in northern Sri Lanka had “reached its bitter end.” The group had been fighting on behalf of the Tamil people for more than a quarter-century, and its defeat was absolute.
Sri Lanka Ends 26 Years of Civil WarToday, great sections of Tamil country are still a scene of devastation. The houses are either destroyed ... Read More
Rajat Gupta’s Lust for Zeros
Rajat Gupta, who was indicted in the largest insider trading case in United States history.
By ANITA RAGHAVAN
Late one Friday morning, Rajat Gupta was rushing through security at Philadelphia International Airport, carry-on in tow, when his cellphone rang. When Gupta heard from Goldman Sachs, on whose board he sat, it was often from its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein. But on this morning, it was Gregory K. Palm, his old Harvard Business School classmate and the bank’s ... Read More
Nawaz Sharief’s victory; Fresh hope of revival of democracy in Pakistan
“The electoral victory of the people of Pakistan has heralded a fresh era of democracy in the history of Pakistan. People of Pakistan and India have been longing for peace and development. The bilateral issues between the two can be resolved with sincerity and dialogue. Invitation to Nawaz Sharief to visit India by Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India has demonstrated India’s determination to build bridges o peace between the two brotherly nations.” ... Read More
Am I an ‘Immigrant Writer’?
By AMIT MAJMUDAR
I learned recently, to my surprise, that I had written a novel about the immigrant experience. The novel I thought I’d written was simply about a mother and daughter, but the inside flap of the book jacket made it clear I had “written anew the immigrant experience.”
Of course, I do happen to be an Indian-American who wrote about Indian-Americans, so I suppose it made sense to present the book that way. It’s important ... Read More
Is Sarabjit Singh A Martyr?
Facts and issues
1. No doubt, Sarabjit was charged in Pakistan for his actions in Pakistan. Certainly, India can not confess that he (Sarabjit Singh) was India’s agent. So he (Sarabjit Singh) died for India.
2. He falls short of “Shaheed”. Let us look at this way that is he in the same category as Kartar Singh Sarabha, Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh? No. Period (The period is not matching).
3. Badals and gang went to Pakistan but ... Read More
China is the biggest enemy, Pakistan no threat to India: Mulayam Singh Yadav
Edited by Amit Chaturvedi | Updated: April 29, 2013 16:23 IST
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Mulayam Singh Yadav says China is the biggest enemy, Pakistan no threat to India
New Delhi: Mulayam Singh Yadav today attacked the government over the incursion of Chinese troops in Ladakh, accused it of being "cowardly and incompetent," and warned that China "is the biggest enemy" and "Pakistan is ... Read More
The Travails of Pakistan’s Sharif
Following the initial sense of jubilation over the magnificent victory of Pakistan Muslim League led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in last week’s parliamentary poll, the inevitable reality check is about to commence. A mixed picture is bound to emerge.
On the face of it, Sharif’s party secured 126 seats out of the 273, which were up for grabs in the poll. This is a most impressive tally and by far exceeds the ... Read More
The Silence of the Shams
By HARTOSH SINGH BAL
A woman in Baruipur village, south of Kolkata, with her investment certificate from the Saradha group.Piyal
NEW DELHI — Ten suicides, one murder, $5.5 billion in losses and more than 1,300 journalists without a job — the toll from one of India’s biggest Ponzi schemes continues to mount.
The Saradha group robbed thousands of poor Indians in the state of West Bengal to make a handful of people very rich. According to the ... Read More
Hindustan Times appoints South African journalist chief editorial officer
Hindustan Times has appointed Nicholas Dawes, editor-in-chief of Mail and Guardian (M&G), a leading South African paper, its new Chief Editorial and Content Officer.
In a mail to his colleagues in M&G on Friday, Mr. Dawes said, “I have been offered a remarkable opportunity to help lead a process of change and growth at Hindustan Times.”
Responding to queries on the social media, he tweeted, “The HT role is a compelling challenge in one of the ... Read More
Sri Lanka’s victory over terrorism – why should Sri Lanka apologize?
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of LTTE had its ground militant force vanquished by the armed forces of Sri Lanka on 19th May 2009 after several appeals made by the Sri Lankan President to lay down their arms and surrender were ignored. Close to 12,000 LTTE fighters gave themselves in of which 594 were child soldiers and the Sri Lankan military ended up sacrificing close to 6000 military lives to save 294,000 Tamil civilians ... Read More
Pak leadership change always bad news for India
So there’s another change of leadership in Pakistan. For some, there is a newfound optimism with the way the next Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been making overtures to India. Of course, one still has to be wary of India’s arch enemy.
Things have gone wrong for India right from the very moment Pakistan was born. Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister and under him were sown the seeds of discord in Kashmir, a ... Read More
Defiant Pakistani women vote in record numbers
Women have voted in record numbers in Pakistan’s general election this year. In many parts of the country they have done so in defiance of familial tradition, political party orders, and the very real threat of Taliban violence.
The line, under the hot summer sun, is slow-moving, but good-natured.
Elections are rare here, and the process unfamiliar to most, so the line barely creaks forward, but no-one seems to mind.
The women wait patiently, ID cards in hand, ... Read More
Daring Confession of Indian Spy Surjeet Singh
By Zaheerul Hassan
ARE ISI & RAW HEADS ONE IN CONTROLLING CROWD OF PAKISTAN AND INDIA IN CONNIVANCE WITH THE RULERS MATTER?
By Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch
Are ISI ( Inter Services Intelligence. Intelligence agency of Pakistan) & RAW ( Research and Analysis Wing (Intelligence wing of Indian army)) Must Be Having Knowledge As To Who Is Journalist Manjit Singh Rattu?
For Example A Sikh Tragedy: Respected Kiranjot Kaur ji is a granddaughter of Master Tara Singh, who ... Read More
The trail of friction between India and its neighbours
For once it is possible to empathize with Manmohan Singh’s determination to chip away at the resistance to a rapprochement with Pakistan. With caveats though. The attack on a Pakistani prisoner in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu has robbed India of the moral superiority it enjoyed not only in its engagement with Pakistan but also in the perception of the international community on dealings between New Delhi and Islamabad. It is fairly evident what ... Read More
Bangladesh’s Race to Save Shaheena
By JIM YARDLEY
SAVAR, Bangladesh — The rescuers discovered her by a faint, distant sound. They had spent four days crawling through the wreckage of Rana Plaza, tons of concrete and steel pressing down, saving hundreds of people. Now only the dead remained. Except for a lone woman, a garment worker.
She was trapped behind a fallen pillar, in a suffocating crevice maybe two feet high. First, the rescuers could see only her fingertips pressing through a ... Read More
Why is General Kiyani dictating Islamic ideology as the basis of the country?
The General should be prosecuted for betraying his oath as a member of the Armed Forces
Just twenty days before the general elections the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, has come out with a policy statement which gives the political views of the Army. The statement was delivered with the express intention of getting elections results in favour of the fundamentalists, Jihadis and their supporting parties. While addressing the assembled troops ... Read More
Mumbai: Please Call It Bombay
by Dilip D’Souza
The city might have a new name, but King George's colonial legacy is still everywhere. By Dilip D'Souza.
It’s just a nondescript shed. But if there’s a more telling descriptor of my city’s essence, of a certain schizophrenia that runs in the veins of some of us who call this place home, I have yet to find it. Tucked on a quiet lane between Elphinstone College and the National Gallery of Modern Art, ... Read More
The awareness of India in Israel is of a different kind now
Just when it appeared that India-Israel relations had hit a plateau, a trailblazing project is under way which has the potential to change the bilateral relationship from one that is still largely cloak-and-dagger and under-cover to one the two peoples can genuinely embrace.
When the documentary, Shalom Bollywood, by the Australian academic and filmmaker, Danny Ben-Moshe, is completed and released, hopefully later this year, it may well be possible to draw a parallel between ... Read More
US ignored tip-off on Boston ‘bomber’: Russia had warned
Washington, April 20: Dismissed in barely one paragraph by mainstream media outlets in the US is a big story that ought to rank along with dramatic accounts of the capture late last night of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old Chechen American who is suspected to have planted pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon.
This grossly understated story is a tale of how Russia had tipped off the Federal Bureau of Investigation two years ago that Dzhokhar’s ... Read More
Democracy's Far-Ranging Art
By Tom L. Freudenheim
The beautiful and carefully edited exhibition of modern art from India now at the Peabody Essex Museum reminds us that the global interaction we associate with that nation's economy has precedents in art. A focus on Indian artists' engagement with other art makes this show especially important. Selected from 1,200 works in the museum's Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, the 70 paintings and works on paper by 23 artists track the fertile ... Read More
Indians Hope to Raise Journalism Standards
By GAYATRI RANGACHARI SHAH
MUMBAI — With more than 80,000 newspapers and magazines and 500 television news channels, India’s news media industry is among the world’s most vibrant. Journalists have no qualms taking the government to task, yet critics wonder whether, in the era of the 24/7 news cycle, professional standards are increasingly compromised.
The proliferation of news media outlets, combined with concerns about the quality of reporters, has resulted in a great demand for top journalism ... Read More
Growing Religious Intolerance in Pakistan
Humans are considered social animals, but have we ever been more human than social?
Lamenting growing intolerance in the society, it is painful that religious intolerance, bias, discrimination on ethnic background, terror and militancy and divisive thinking is alarmingly growing in Pakistani society.
Every society and its institutions are intolerant of some sort of behavior. Unqualified toleration is not only nonsensical; it is impossible and lethal. A society’s toleration can be either coercive or non-coercive. Since ... Read More
A Gandhi's Bumbling, Befuddling `Beehive Speech'
The young Indian politician Rahul Gandhi, whose bloodline includes three former prime ministers, is widely expected to be his party's nominee for that post when elections are held in the first half of 2014. But even Gandhi's supporters within his Congress Party were frequently bemused by a speech he made to more than 1,000 prominent members of the Indian business community last week.
At a meeting organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the 42-year-old Gandhi ... Read More
Education is a lifelong process
Jaffna College Institute of Agriculture in Sri Lanka focuses on grass roots
potentials for development
A society that is nurtured from the cradle of its own assets, is set well on its path towards the ideal goals
of development, said Mrs Chitra Joseph, the head of the Jaffna College Institute of Agriculture in an
interview with the Morning Star.
“When the grass roots potentials are identified and their productive capabilities developed, a society’s
stability is ensured by steady and sustained growth”, ... Read More
The Bible of Cricket Turns 150
By JOSHUA ROBINSON
The library at Lord's Cricket Ground in London is home to a full original set of Wisdens—as well as an assortment of other rare and valuable editions.
"In England, even for the people who don't know about cricket, they know about Wisden," Lawrence Booth, Wisden's editor, said. "They know about the strange-shaped yellow book that comes out every year and somehow represents the start of English summer. It's a reassuring presence, that cricket is ... Read More
Where Virginity Is For Sale in India
In Koppal, an impoverished district in Karnataka, virginity is for sale.
When girls dedicated in local temples under the illegal devadasi system hit puberty, their virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Traditionally girls in this district in south India undergo an 11-day purification ceremony following the onset of menstruation. The “first maturity” ceremony, as they call it in Koppal, marks the transition into womanhood.
Bheemakka, who doesn’t have a surname because she doesn’t know who ... Read More
President compliments attorney-general, then apologises
Washington, April 6: For all those who have been waiting for Barack Obama’s “woman problem” ever since he entered public life 16 years ago as an Illinois state legislator, the answer has finally come in the form of a fellow Democrat with Indian blood, who is also an aspirant for high office.
America’s 44th President, who has often been criticised for keeping his emotions to himself, allowed a rare peek into his feelings ... Read More
Can India become a great power?
India’s lack of a strategic culture hobbles its ambition to be a force in the world
NOBODY doubts that China has joined the ranks of the great powers: the idea of a G2 with America is mooted, albeit prematurely. India is often spoken of in the same breath as China because of its billion-plus population, economic promise, value as a trading partner and growing military capabilities. All five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council ... Read More
Indians Vote Like Cattle: Markandey Katju
The Crux of the problem highlighted by former Justice Markandey Katju or Indians must prove him wrong. See as to how now prove him wrong?
Thank him for taking notice of Aam Aadmi Party at this juncture and the way he highlighted the problem and at same time thrown a just challenge before the people of India.
Instead of criticizing and abusing former Supreme Court justice and press council chairman Markandey Katju, people of India must ... Read More
India VS. Italy and the Italian prisoners
He is Italy’s Jaswant Singh with one significant difference. Like Singh, he undertook the onerous task of escorting men whose transport across national boundaries was necessary to solve a major crisis. But unlike in the case of Singh, the two men whom Staffan de Mistura accompanied from Italy to India are heroes for his people. The three men that India’s minister for external affairs in 1999 took from India to Afghanistan were terrorists, ... Read More
Is Omar Abdullah pleading for Pakistani militants’ cause?
Prof. Bhim Singh
Delhi Police has, consciously or unconsciously, exposed a deep conspiracy of ISI to destabilize India via Jammu and Kashmir by arresting a Pak-national, Liaqat Ali Shah, who had crossed over to Pakistan 23 years back and voluntarily adopted Pakistani nationality two decades back. He was definitely on the ‘pick-up’ list of the militants who have crossed over to Pakistan for military training to fight India. It is pertinent to notice that Liaqat Ali ... Read More
Triumph of diplomacy and its quirky sidelights
Washington, March 23: The Italian marines accused of killing two Kerala fishermen may have set foot on the tarmac of Delhi airport this week but according to diplomatic assumptions and protocol, they are still in the territory of Italy.
When the marines landed in Delhi on Friday in a military plane, they were taken to the airport’s VIP lounge because they were accompanied by Italy’s deputy foreign minister Staffan de Mistura and their travel documents ... Read More
INDIA: Reforms without honesty
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) appreciates the proposed reforms to the criminal law in India - Penal Code, 1860; Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and the Evidence Act, 1872. Amendments to the three legislations, collectively known as the Criminal Major Acts, partially address some of the pitfalls in India's criminal law architecture with regard to sexual offences.
The draft text of the proposed amendments, The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2003 is available here . In ... Read More