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The Exiled Heart: A New York Times Correspondent’s Story of Fleeing Iran
When reporter Nazila Fathi and her family were forced to flee Iran, she thought they would be gone just a few weeks. Then the weeks turned to years. . . .

The officer took one look at the names in our passports and disappeared. Clenching my clammy hands into fists, I surveyed the vast marble expanse of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. It was 2:00 a.m., and the departures hall was almost deserted. My eyes darted ... Read More

Meet India's four great dictators
Here are four of them...

1. Jawaharlal Nehru: Had Nehru not become the Prime Minister and the cult of Nehru not been propagated, then it is possible that Nehru would not have even been counted among the top ten freedom fighters of India.

Mahatma Gandhi was the giant. He was briefly overshadowed by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. In the unofficial vote for India's first PM, Sardar Vallabhai Patel came first and JB Kriplani second. Finally, only Chakravarti ... Read More

Jawaharlal Nehru was the architect of modern India, says Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata: Terming Jawaharlal Nehru as the "architect" of modern India and a "socialist", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday paid rich tributes to the country's first Prime Minister on his 125th birth anniversary, saying great leaders like him are beyond political boundaries.

"Of course there are political boundaries... but those (leaders) who will be remembered (for contributions to the country) for all times to come cannot be bound by political boundaries," Banerjee said while ... Read More

An Interview With the Anonymous Media Watchdogs Who Accused Fareed Zakaria of Plagiarism
On August 19, two bloggers calling themselves CrushingBort and BlippoBlappo published a blog post titled “Did CNN, The Washington Post, and Time Actually Check Fareed Zakaria’s Work for Plagiarism?” on their media watchdog blog, Our Bad Media. In it, the pair highlighted 12 examples of alleged plagiarism on Zakaria’s part. It was not the first time the writer weathered such accusations. Zakaria, a celebrated columnist and author, had previously been suspended from Time and CNN ... Read More

Is there any hope for Congress?
By Amulya Ganguli Source : IANS

The Congress high command, which means the mother-and-son duo of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, is mistaken if it believes that the deep nervousness among Congressmen about the party's bleak future can be dispelled by a token offer of resignation by the two and a clean chit for themselves which they secured from a servile acolyte, A.K. Antony, in a report about the election debacle.

The simmering of anxiety and discontent has continued ... Read More

Obama’s agony, Nikki’s hope

Nov. 5: Flush with the landslide victory of her Republican party in America’s mid-term elections, a rising star in American politics who committed herself to deeper engagement of India at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in September plans to travel to New Delhi in less than two weeks.

Because South Carolina governor Nikki Randhawa Haley has a fair chance of becoming the first US President of Indian origin, her visit ... Read More

PM Narendra Modi On Forbes Power List, Sonia Gandhi Out
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his debut today among the world's most powerful people, ranked 15th on the Forbes list. Russian President Vladimir Putin topped the list, pipping his US counterpart Barack Obama for the second consecutive year.

On PM Modi, Forbes said, "India's newest rock star doesn't hail from Bollywood. He is the newly elected Prime Minister who sailed into office in May with a landslide victory, ushering the Bharatiya Janata Party ... Read More

By Catherine Sas,

Having recently celebrated Citizenship week (Oct. 13-19), it is worth addressing a rather frequent topic of discussion concerning Canadian citizenship - the much maligned ‘anchor baby’.
The concept of the anchor baby is that non-Canadian citizens will come to Canada to give birth on Canadian soil for the purpose of obtaining Canadian citizenship for their newly born children with a view to obtaining permanent residency, and ultimately citizenship for themselves.
The concept of the anchor ... Read More

Told to Find 'Sugar Daddy,' Karma Chief Sees Path to $500 Million Funds Instead
When Nandita Agarwal Parker started her India hedge fund a decade ago, all investors in the U.S. wanted to talk about were her children and her husband.

“When I went to fund raise in 2004, a fund-of-funds guy told me ‘honey, what you need is a sugar daddy,’” Parker, 49, said in an interview at her colonial-style bungalow, which doubles as the office of Karma Capital Management LLC, on the outskirts of New Delhi. “Rather than ... Read More
Modi will bring new life to the Saarc summit in Kathmandu
K.P. Nayar
Precisely six months after Narendra Modi took office as prime minister and his promise of achche din or “good days” caught the imagination of the Indian people, the high expectations raised by Modi’s style and governance are spreading in the country’s neighbourhood. When Modi and seven other heads of State and government from South Asia meet in Kathmandu a week from today, India will stop being treated as the whipping boy within the South ... Read More
Long road to justice: Human rights of female migrant workers
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
In her opening address at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, being held in Bangkok, Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) mentioned that, "Migration into exploitative work is continually on the rise, living wages and decent work conditions are being denied and with deadly consequences. The cheap, exploitable labour of women is underwriting the so-called 'Asian Century' and is used to attract ... Read More
In India, Jewels a Maharani or Grandmother Could Love

My grandmother was an avid traveler, and in every place she visited — Bangkok, Cairo, Rome — she would buy a piece of jewelry. My sisters and I could rummage through her jewelry box, and take a virtual tour of the world.
I still remember the woven silver earrings from Mexico and the black pearls from Tahiti. She was also quite fond of buying gold charms that she would attach to one of her ... Read More
Secularism a compelling necessity for country: Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi: Seeking to reassert Jawaharlal Nehru's legacy, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said secularism is a compelling necessity for a country as diverse as India.

She also said that there can be no India without secularism and it remains more than an ideal.

Addressing an international conference on the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru in New Delhi, Gandhi said secularism was an "article of faith" for the first Prime Minister of the country.

"There can be ... Read More
India ‘link’ to Raphel fall
New Delhi, Nov. 8: A tip from Indian soil which shed new light on how US diplomat Robin Raphel empowered the Taliban may have hastened her downfall in Washington.
Accounts from Raisina Hill, the seat of government in New Delhi and from Chanakyapuri, the capital’s diplomatic enclave, however, indicated that India’s official apparatus was not involved in the tip. The US embassy was behind relaying the information, albeit in the course of routine transmission of ... Read More
An interview with Chanda Kochhar
There is a huge potential to actually unlock some of the investments [that we have done in the past. Chanda Kochhar MD & CEO ICICI Bank As CNBC-TV18 celebrates its 15 years of leadership in the business space, it sits down with a business leader whose organization has seen a similar stellar run over the same period. In an interaction, CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan spoke with Chanda Kochhar, MD and CEO of ICICI Bank , who ... Read More
Electricity Returns to Bangladesh After Power Failure
DHAKA, Bangladesh — A power failure swept through Bangladesh on Saturday after a transmission line in the electrical grid failed, causing a nationwide blackout.

Masum-Al-Beruni, managing director of the state-run Power Grid Company of Bangladesh, said that “the whole of Bangladesh” was “completely out of power” for an hour on Saturday, though the effects of the electrical failure continued well into the evening. The blackout began around 11:30 a.m., Mr. ... Read More
There are events in history that tell us much about the era’s social views and prejudices. The Komagata Maru incident is one of those.
One hundred years ago a ship named the Komagata Maru dropped anchor in Vancouver with 376 passengers on board. The majority of these passengers were Sikh men and British subjects intending to immigrate to Canada. The journey was a challenge to a Canadian law that prevented immigration aboard ships that had not ... Read More
I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were
Although we fixate on our differences, ethnic minorities are bound together by the injustices and frustrations of racism

Before I was Asian, I was black. No, I haven’t since undergone some Jacko-style operation, or doused myself in Fair & Lovely. Rather, black was one of the terms my family and I used to describe ourselves.

I grew up in 80s London, which still echoed with the Anti-Nazi League’s chant of “We are black, we are white, together ... Read More
Modi’s Idea of India
By Pankaj Mishra


The fantasies of racial-religious revenge and redemption that breed in Western suburbs as well as posh Indian enclaves today speak of a vast spiritual desolation as well as a deepening intellectual crisis.

crude xenophobia, now officially sanctioned in Mr. Modi’s India, seems only slightly less menacing than the previous R.S.S. chief’s wishful thinking about one more Mahabharata against demonic anti-Hindus. Japan’s expansionist gambles in China and the Pacific in the last ... Read More
Get glimpses of Nobel laureates' inspirational lives
New Delhi: A bicycle and a book on mathematics belonging to economist Amartya Sen, a notepad of Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and a wooden bear that was on the desk of Finnish politician Martti Ahtisaari - personal collectibles belonging to various Nobel laureates are coming to India, with the Stockholm-based Nobel Museum`s exhibition making its debut in this country.

The timings of this exhibition, "Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World" ,couldn`t have been better, as ... Read More

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