Let his village remember

A review of Farthest Field by Raghu Karnad. Raghu Karnad’s Farthest Field (Harper Collins India) is a “forensic non-fiction” about three men who lived in his house as sepia coloured photographs in silver frames, until he decided to find out more about them starting with their real names. What starts as an effort to paint […]

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ISIS: the State of Terror

A review of ISIS: the State of Terror by Jessica Stern and JM Berger. Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are filled with passionate intensity.  – WB Yeats, […]

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When Iran enters the global mainstream

An Iranian entry into the international mainstream is an opportunity of altogether different proportions. There is now a good chance that Iran will conclude a nuclear deal with its international interlocutors comprising the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. The parties seek a grand compromise that will keep Iran more than a year away from developing a nuclear […]

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Clear and present danger

Underestimating the long-term impact of political risk on the oil trade, in Iraq and beyond, has serious economic consequences for India. Amid reports that Iraqi militants have attacked oilfields in Iraq, the Minister of Petroleum appeared unruffled, reassuring the country that these developments would not lead to a shortfall of petroleum products in India. While the honourable […]

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The complaint against India Mukhtar Ahmed Butt’s piece on September 14, 2010 in Pakistan’s Daily Express talks about what he calls increasing “Indian terrorism” in Kashmir. Mr Butt alleges that while India tricked former president Musharraf into thinking that it would negotiate on important issues like Kashmir, water and Sir Creek; it instead increased its […]

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