Memoirs: EARLY YEARS: BOAT RIDES IN THE BEAUTIFUL BACKWATERS?I
By Dr. George Varughese
[Dr. George Varughese came to Canada in the 1950s with a medical degree from India and was trained as a neurosurgeon in Ottawa. Later he moved to Saskatoon for his practice. We are glad to serialize his experience in life and work in India and Canada. In this 1937 picture, He is seen in the back row between his mother and sister]
My wife Suzy and I were born in Kerala, ... Read More
FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW ?III India Pakistan War - 1971
Brig. C. G. Verghese VSM (Retd.)
During the three previous wars with Pakistan of 1948, 1962 and 1965, neither side had achieved any worthwhile victory. Each side had been claiming that they were the victors. So in case there was a war with Pakistan this time, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wanted to have a ?complete victory ?over Pakistan Forces. Manekshaw was said to have asked her for three things for achieving a complete victory:
(a)More ... Read More
A BRIGADIER REMEMBERS: My Hero, FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW ? I
Brig. C. G. Verghese VSM (Retd.)
(Brigadier C. G. Verghese retired from the Indian army in 1982 after a long and meritorious service. At present he lives in Bombay. He is a keen observer of the political and social landscape in India and many follow his blogs. He has authored the first and perhaps the only comprehensive two-volume history of Mizoram. He has also written on St Thomas, and the early churches in India. He ... Read More
My First Marathon
Three years ago I ran my first "event". It was a 10km where I was not only competing against myself but more importantly I was competing against my buddy Eric. I finished it in 0:49:45.5; but I was beaten by Eric just by a nose (he did it in 0:49:43.3).
Two years ago I ran my first half-marathon, so 21.1km. I was a bit conservative when running it but still I did it in a ... Read More
Those Were The Days In Lucknow
Oft in the noisy nights, when smog hides the starry lights, the wafting smells of childhood make my world look bright. Those were the days when innocence had not lost its naivety to the allure of the mobile phone, or the ready access to internet porn sites, or the dizzying effect of television reality shows.
Although I started my schooling in Dehradun, my childhood was spent in Lucknow. My father was transferred from the ... Read More
GENDER CONSTRUCTION IN INDIA
By Anuradha Sharma
In a hegemonic patriarchy negativity is associated with woman because she is thought to be ‘Other’ and thus a threat to the dominant group. In the present age when women are working in the same capacity as man, it is necessary to reinterpret the literature.
She is socialized to behave in a definite way that is controlled by an inflexible system of social dictates that provided men with certain civil liberties to hold ... Read More
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
Modi will bring new life to the Saarc summit in Kathmandu
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