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Bombardment Again?
By Dr. David Leffler

Remember "Show me the money," from the film Jerry Maguire? We ask Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "Show me the Science!" He asserts that bombardment of Gaza will continue... . "We are determined to continue the campaign with all means and as is needed. We will not stop until we guarantee full security and quiet for the residents of the south and all citizens of Israel." Will the current ceasefire (which may end ... Read More

A writer's tale of being a drinker in Kerala
Paul Zacharia

(Paul Zacharia, writer of more than 50 books of novels, short stories, travelogues and essays, is one of Kerala's leading cultural personalities. He spoke to Soutik Biswas of BBC on his relationship with alcohol as the state announced it would institute a ban on alcohol.)

I come from a Catholic Christian farming family in Kerala and in our community it was common for people in our village to drink.

Every family would have a coconut farm. ... Read More

Madras is me; I can never leave it!
By Kaavya Ashok Krishna Source : SIFY

For the first 20 years of my life .. I never told people where I was from. Heck! I'd much rather be from any city - anywhere in the world. And then it got worse... they decided to change the one thing I actually liked about the city and call it 'Chennai'! Yuck! An insipid, passionless name... which sounds like a lethal eye-infection!

And an uninteresting city she is - ... Read More

Pope's 10 Commandments for a happy life
“Stop efforts to convert people; save nature; stop forcing your opinion on others; switch off the television...” These are some of the main instructions in Pope Francis’s 10 tips for a life full of peace and happiness. In the light of his experience, the Pope made these frank observations in the Argentine weekly Viva. The Pope is giving a panacea to the world, knowing the meaning of life in the modern era.

Watching TV while eating ... Read More

How Can India Be Breaking WTO Rules When Rich Countries Spend So Much More on Their Farmers?
The collapse of a global trade deal last month over India’s right to stockpile food has some crying “double standards”: Rich countries grouse about poor countries’ agricultural subsidies, the complaint goes, while doling out handsomely to their own farmers back home.

Speaking before India’s parliament last week, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (See image)said it is “regrettable” that the World Trade Organization can’t agree on how to treat India’s efforts to provide food for its poor “while ... Read More

The Gods Seem to Have Been Working Out
Lord Vishnu and his wife, goddess Lakshmi Anil Vishal Printers
NEW DELHI—India's Hindu gods and goddesses are getting a superhero makeover.

In new comics, paintings and popular books, depictions of Vishnu, Rama and other greats in the Hindu pantheon are being reimagined to give the deities broad shoulders, six-pack abs, flashy get-ups and smoldering good looks.

In "Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal," a series of graphic novels, the title character boasts bulging muscles that ... Read More
''K.P. Nayar

As the Narendra Modi government marks its hundred days shortly, its glaring shortcoming in foreign policy is an appalling deficiency of intellectual inputs in the making of that policy. Over decades, for better or worse, the edifice of India’s foreign policy under successive governments has come to be built around one individual: the seat of that individual has shifted from time to time between the Prime Minister’s Office and the ministry of external affairs. ... Read More
PM Modi Seeks Help Of World Bank To Cut Poverty
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested that World Bank should help India in making a visible impact on reducing mass poverty in the under-developed regions of the country to show a perceptible change.

Modi had raised the issue during his meeting with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim last month in Delhi and the multilateral agency is expected to come back to the government after firming up a strategy that addresses the concerns raised ... Read More
What does nationalism mean for an NRI?
By Aditi Kumaria Hingu Source : SIFY

"A large proportion of Britain's Asian population fail to pass the cricket test. Which side do they cheer for? It's an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?"

British politician, Norman Tebbit (in 1990)

Nationalism is defined as a political ideology or a belief system that enables an individual to identify with, or form an attachment to, one's nation. At a simplistic level, ... Read More
What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu?

This is the ninth in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment is Jonardon Ganeri, currently a visiting professor of philosophy at New York University Abu Dhabi and the author of “The Lost Age of Reason: Philosophy in Early Modern India 1450–1700.”

Gary Gutting: How might looking at Hinduism alter philosophical approaches to religion that take Christianity as their primary example?

Jonardon ... Read More
Reimagining Ambani
THERE are only two Indians for whom Mumbai’s great and good will turn up en masse and on time. One is whoever is the sitting prime minister. The other is Mukesh Ambani. This is not just because he is India’s richest man, worth $23.5 billion. It is because he runs India’s biggest private firm (measured by profits), Reliance Industries—and, some say, the country, too.

One balmy night last year Mr Ambani addressed a punctual audience of ... Read More
Rightwing Indian-Israel policy is founded on misconceptions
K.P. Nayar

If Sushma Swaraj believed that television images beamed to Gulf countries of the external affairs minister seated next to Najma Heptullah during the Rajya Sabha debate on the Gaza violence would make up for the perception among Indians, from Oman to Saudi Arabia and beyond, that the Narendra Modi government was unduly tilting towards Israel, she could not have been more mistaken. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s core constituency mule-headedly wants India to be tied ... Read More
China Plans Extension of Railroad to India Through Tibet

BEIJING — China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.

The extension would lengthen a 157-mile rail route that is expected to open next month from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, to Shigatse, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, a revered spiritual leader. In ... Read More
Did India provoke China into 1962 border war?
At an official banquet in Beijing in 1971, Neville Maxwell had the shock of his life. Premier Zhou Enlai and Pakistan's then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto rose from the head table and walked to the foreign correspondents' table, where The Times reporter was seated.

"Mr Maxwell," said Zhou through his interpreter, "your book has done a service to truth, and China has benefited from that." Zhou called for a glass of mao-tai and offered him ... Read More
India to Pay Whistleblowers for Info on Counterfeit Drugs
The Indian pharmaceutical industry is already reeling from a series of manufacturing gaffes that have prompted a crackdown by the U.S. FDA. But Indian officials say some quality-control problems that have tarnished the collective industry image are actually not due to lax standards or malfeasance, but may be traced to “vested interests” that are distributing “spurious,” or counterfeit, medicines near and far.
To combat the problem, the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ... Read More
Ralph Goodale MP
Stephen Harper continues to have the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930's, and the most recent employment statistics, for June, confirm yet again that most of the Canadian economy is stalling.

About 16,000 new people entered the labour force nationally last month, but actual employment moved in the opposite direction. Over 9,000 jobs were lost, driving overall Canadian unemployment up by some 25,000 (not including ... Read More
Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition
SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

His parents seemed to be doing all the right things. His mother still breast-fed him. His family had six goats, access to fresh buffalo milk and a hut filled with hundreds of pounds of ... Read More
Modi wasn’t important enough to merit NSA attention
The summons to the American embassy in Chanakyapuri from South Block on Wednesday to “raise” the issue of spying against the BJP is only a ripple in a teacup. It is not even a proverbial storm.
A graduated response punctuated with “ifs” and “buts” in Wednesday’s conversation between the two governments is the outcome of deep consideration within the ministry of external affairs of several factors in connection with the episode, howsoever unsavoury.
First, Prime Minister ... Read More

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