Dr. Trina Biswas
Photo Credit: Prem Singh
After a steady decline in the number of hungry people in the last two decades, the number of people who go to sleep hungry at night is on the rise again. There were over 200 million fewer hungry people in 2015 (790.7 million) as compared to 1990-92 (991 million) largely due to Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the global community. However, according to the United Nations (FAO), the number of people suffering from chronic hunger increased in 2016. Nearly one out of nine people (or about 815 million people) were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016 as per the United Nations. The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises estimated that 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing Crisis food insecurity...
Written By : Riaz Quadir
Rediscovering Darwin – By David Elliot Loye
If you are going to read only one book this year, or in the next two years or the next five, let David Elliot Loye’s “Rediscovering Darwin” be the one.
As has happened many times before in human history, original ideas get hijacked, transformed, mangled, suppressed or misrepresented by those who came after. The greater the ideas the greater the chances of any of this or a combination of these happening to them. The irony is that such distortions happen more often by the proponents of the ideas rather than their opponents. That has been the case with the ideas of one of the greatest and most revolutionary scientists of all time, Charles Darwin. He changed the way humanity thinks
From Director's Desk
Written By : Jayanta Chakrabarty
[Illustration : Arghya Manna]
On 17th December 2010, at 11:30 am, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 years old street vendor, set himself on fire in front of the governor’s office in Sidi Bouzid, a small town in Tunisia, to protest against the confiscation of his cart and the harassment and humiliation inflicted on him by a corrupt municipal officer and her aides.
Outraged by the events that led to Bouazizi’s self-immolation, protests began in Sidi Bouzid within hours. The protest gained momentum in next two weeks, spreading all over the country with the slogan “Work, bread and national dignity”, this in a country which had about 95% youth literacy rate and more than 30% employment rate among this particular section of the
Film Review By : Riaz Quadir
Have you ever experienced one of those fretful nights when you are drifting from deep sleep to hazy wakefulness, never knowing which is which; from horrific nightmares to brief glimpses of bygone sweetness of tender love; all in a jumbled, incoherent sequence that seems unending…
Watching “A Quarter Mile Country” seemed like revisiting one of those nights. All that intensity tightly packed into a 34 minutes package. Noman Robin, the director, takes us to Conrad’s 21st century Heart of Darkness, in the refugee camp in Bangladesh where many hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven away from Myanmar have been given shelter by the Bangladeshi government and people. Despite the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Hasina Begum’s
Written By : Deboshruti Roychowdhury
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
Written By : Kazi Tina
And the Hero appeared !
I know that the hero of a story doesn’t come at the end of it and we wouldn’t have made the title like this since it would end the curiosity of the readers. The fact is I wasn’t expecting neither a hero nor a story. I went there as an ignorant tourist and all that I was getting was beyond my expectations. So I’ve no right to pretend to be intelligent, by writing an organized story. I’m merely noting down what happened to me, step by step, staying as close to the facts as possible. If it adds up to look like story I would say that I’m plain lucky. If there is a hero, the credit goes entirely to this wall.
Coming back to the point; after the “DH Reiter’s” artwork and the creative writing “Need Weeds”, I
Written By : Somrita Bhattacharyya
Illustration: Arghya Manna
15th July, 2018. 9 PM. La Défense train station in Paris. A joyously tired crowd is heading back home after the magnificent victory of France in the Football World Cup 2018. ‘Allez Les Bleus’ slogan cascades through the air like a wave.
“Why should we shout out ‘Allez Les Bleus’? Our slogan should be ‘Allez Les Noirs’! They don’t want us; they don’t include us, why should we celebrate the victory of the Blues then?”- a voice revolts, in the shadowy railway station of a mid-July late evening. It was the voice of an Afro-French middle-aged man waiting in the station to catch the train to Versailles. Before the train arrived, his voice was subdued by the mockery of his fellow countrymen and some more ‘Allez Le
Written By : Senex
Photo credit - Alain Kugel
Each one of us is born at a particular point on the timeline of human history, and in a particular place with its unique culture both human and ecological. These factors, which are in constant flux, define us to a large extent. Not only how we live, but also how we think. Our very mindset and our world view is primarily a product of these two elements. They create the filter through which we view the world.
A decade ago I had read a short piece written by Ian McEwan, one of England’s best known novelists, describing how he had very recently found out that he had an older brother who had been given away in 1942 by his unwed mother for adoption. The brother, David Sharp, had been born an “illegitimate child” and wo
Written By : Riaz Quadir
Inglorious Empire –What the British did to India
By Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Long before Winston Churchill had accurately observed that “History is written by the victors”, Hermann Göring had said something far more profound: “We will go down in history either as the world's greatest statesmen or its worst villains”. He had the foresight to know that fortune’s arrow can swing either way depending where on the totem pole you end up. Another way of looking at it is that victors may very well write history but their biased version stands tall only as long as they control the narrative. Once their grip on power weakens their story is challenged and others get to have their say.
That, it seems, is the case with prior col
Dr. Trina Biswas
Illustration : Arghya Manna
Over the last several decades the ‘Global South’ countries have been the dumping ground of toxic or hazardous wastes coming from the ‘Global North’ countries. For years China topped the list of Global South countries as the world's top destination for recyclable trash followed by countries like Ghana, India, Philippines, etc. As it is cheaper to export garbage to China and as the country has no equivalent when it comes to waste-management capacity, China has always been the top destination for foreign garbage or foreign recyclable trash. Also, China has always encouraged imports of recyclables to support the boom of its manufacturing sector. In 2016 alone, China imported more than fifty percent of globally expor