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Statue of his own arrogance

Statue of his own arrogance

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By: Amitava Gupta Kolkata, India Illustration: Sagar Mondal Irony died a painful death (hopefully not as painful as being lynched, though) when arguably the most divisive Prime Minister India ever had unveiled the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The statue is destined to enjoy a short stint of fame being world’s tallest statue, only to be dwarfed by the statue of Shivaji that BJP is building in neighbouring Maharashtra. Since Prime Minister Modi unveiled the statue on October 31, India has been on the boil. In all fairness, one should laud the Prime Minister for honouring at least one of his pre-election promises. Though India is still awaiting Achche Din on most counts, the statue is there in full glory. Modi promised to celebrate the astute Gujarati freedom
Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 3

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 3

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
Written by: Riaz Quadir Paris, France Photo courtesy: Souroneil Lahiri When you have been profligate your entire life, no, make that, for many generations; and profligacy has become a part of your genetic makeup, then recklessness simply becomes a way of life. Watching everyday life in Britain gives one such an impression. Well, at least for the most part. There are some, like the young and famous linguist, Alex Rawlings, who is so scared of what is to come after Brexit, that he cannot imagine how “This whole country is on the brink of the worst disaster since the second world war, and everyone is just sipping coffee, going about their daily business as if nothing is happening.” So, is it the proverbial sangfroid of the English or imperial hubris that keeps them in the stratosphere
Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son- Part 2

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France Humanity for the large part has been playing ostrich regarding climate change and the impending chaos it entails, perhaps even extinction of life on Earth. However, because there is no defined timeline for these projected calamities, one can stay with one’s head buried in the sands interminably. Brexit however, is a totally different matter. For Britain the world ends in March 2019. Panic is gripping Britain tighter and tighter as the days go by. The country is gradually waking up to the idea that the promises made by the leavers were fake, and even the few leaders who may have been honestly deluded hadn’t thought it through or didn’t have enough information and details to know what Brexit would actually entail. The Scottish First Min
The changing face of youth in Indian capital

The changing face of youth in Indian capital

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
  Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo Credit : Prem Singh As the face of a city changes, so does the people residing in it. Or maybe vice-versa. Such is the story of the National capital and its lifestyle which is changing at the speed of one restobar/month. Maybe we don’t notice some things when we’re a part of it, but if you take a step back, a lot seems to have changed. This is exactly what happened when I came back to my hometown Delhi, after spending three years in Paris. Living in Paris, it was never difficult to find a bar for a glass of wine or beer – every neighborhood had more than one! When people asked me about the drinking culture in India, I always used to say ‘there isn’t even a bar close to my place’! This statement that I made over and over
Article 35A: Is it the root of all battles?

Article 35A: Is it the root of all battles?

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
Written By: Amitava Gupta Kolkata, India Photo Credit: Lydia Gaudin, Altaf Ahmad Budoo It does not take much to understand why BJP is against Article 35A in Kashmir, which was added to India's Constitution through a Presidential order in 1954. This article gives the state legislature of Jammu & Kashmir the discretionary power of defining permanent residents of the state. None other than the permanent residents can acquire immovable property in the state, nor can 'outsiders' get government jobs or stake a claim in any government scholarship or other forms of aid. Put simply, Article 35A makes it difficult to change the demographics of the state. The valley is predominantly Muslim and BJP is yet to make much political inroads there. The 2014 Assembly election in J&K is a...
Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Say ‘Yes’ to Abortion, Ireland!

Current Affairs, Politics & Social, Popular
  Written By : Deboshruti Roychowdhury Haryana, India Dean of Students, Ashoka University Illustration: Sagar Mondal ‘If you don't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?’ - Unknown The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6% just a month back. A referendum held in May resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. Previously, abortion in Ireland was only allowed when a woman's life was at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. But why was abortion such a big issue for the Catholic Ireland which had voted on abortion five times since 1983, until the May 2018 one? Catholicism has still been the biggest religion in Ireland in spite of falling mass attendance and ab
Modi-magic Faces Challenge, Time for Survival War

Modi-magic Faces Challenge, Time for Survival War

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
  Written By : Sankhadip Das Kolkata, India Photo Credit: Prem Singh The faith has died. People reposed, destiny disposed. The faith that Narendra Modi would be the sole rescuer of the nation; the people's trust that Modi was the Messiah who would bless us with achhe din; he was the leader who would put an end to all social and political insecurities, corruption and instabilities, is just no more. What is worse, the trust collapsed not because of failure or inefficient delivery. It collapsed because of lack of political will to deliver on promises. The intention came under doubt. The goalposts were shifted as soon as power was theirs. Social welfare, jobs and security were instantly replaced by Swachh Bharat, Yoga, cow vigilantism and religious supremacy. Those who p
Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son – Part 1

Brexit: Parting of Europe’s Prodigal Son – Part 1

Current Affairs, Politics & Social
An Overview Written By Riaz Quadir Paris, France There are few adults of sane mind living in Europe who have not been inundated with the word Brexit in the last couple of years. Not a single day has passed in the last 24 months (since June 2016) that mainstream newspapers have not had the word somewhere on their front page, often multiple times. So, what exactly is Brexit and why are so many people obsessed with it. The term Brexit has existed for a while though - since 2012 to be exact - but what it means is simply Britain exiting the European Union. Britain’s history with continental Europe has been a checkered one at best. Many Europeans do not consider the Britons as true Europeans, specially since Britain had surged ahead of all other European nations to forge the biggest Empi
The Wedding

The Wedding

Politics & Social
  Riaz Quadir Image Source  >>  AP NewsRoom In the course of history, Empires rise and fall with periodic regularity. But rarely has one falling, passed on the baton to its wayward cousin across the ocean to carry on and complete its original blueprint for the Empire. The Anglo-American experience is that exception. Lately, it had been faltering, but today the project got a special shot in the arm. It was a wedding that (like in the old days) was going to cement the two countries, at least at a people’s level. The groom was a British Prince, the bride, American royalty, à la Hollywood. Nobody does pomp and circumstance like these two. One real, the other make believe. Today they combined their skills. The whole world was invited. And they lapped it all up. What Ter
Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

Armenia’s Velvet Revolution

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  Ani Hovhannisyan Yerevan, Armenia ‘Don’t let Armenia become a new Syria or Ukraine’- one of my compatriots from the Diaspora told me, as I was packing my bag to go back to my country. It was 31st March 2018. Nikol Pashinyan, member of Civil Contract and Yelk (the opposition coalition), started a 200 kilometers protest march from Gyumri to the capital. After the capital city of Yerevan, it’s the second largest city in Armenia. The demonstration called ‘My Step’ was to protest against the election of the former president Serzh Sargsyan as the prime minister. Previously, he had won the election twice, in the years 2008 and 2013. But he had then been charged with winning the election fraudulently with the help of his oligarch friends and thus became really unpopular. On Ap

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