Rethink our relationships with elephants

Rethink our relationships with elephants

Throughout history and across cultures, elephants have amazed and perplexed us. They have been feared and hunted as wild animals, attacked and killed as dangerous pests. They also laboured for humans as vehicles, engineering devices, and weapons of war. Elephants have also been exploited for the luxury commodity of ivory, laughed at as objects of […]

Hilary Clinton: India is ‘indespensable’ to South Asia

Hilary Clinton: India is ‘indespensable’ to South Asia

India, said Hilary Clinton in one of her election speeches, is ‘indispensable’ in South Asia. Why does that statement scare some Americans (and a lot of the Chinese)? Read on. Peter Lee runs the China Matters blog. He writes on the intersection of US policy with Asian and world affairs. An extract of his analytical […]

ISIS is in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh ….

ISIS is in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh ….

To defeat ISIS, South Asian countries must look beyond their selfish and myopic interests The so-called Islamic State (IS) in appeared around 2014. Since then, policymakers and the strategic community in South Asia remain divided on whether the terrorist group poses a threat to the region or not. These differences can be attributed to two […]

Is India on the brink of a Dalit Uprising?

Is India on the brink of a Dalit Uprising?

Is India on the brink of a ‘Dalit uprising’? Are the self proclaimed ‘gau rakshaks’ queering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch? Will Prime Minister Modi rise to the occasion and come up with a master stroke that unifies India?  India cannot be the country where a cow is more valuable than a human being, writes […]

Vegan Foodies, a New Trend?

Vegan Foodies, a New Trend?

Point and Counterpoint: Vegan Food [The comments in brackets are by Boy Shakira, the serious stuff is written by Newsnet Intern Seema Kumari]  Food is the basic need of everybody. Some are vegetarian, some are hard-core meat lovers and there are some  turning towards vegan food. (Vegan Food?, Um… like Vegetarian hard-core man!) Vegan food […]

This was a Life: Abdul Sattar Edhi

This was a Life: Abdul Sattar Edhi

A subdued Pakistan went into national mourning to bid farewell to a man who owned just two sets of clothes. Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation, died on Friday last week in Karachi aged 88. Mr Edhi, a sort of Pakistani ‘Mother Teresa’, was revered for setting up maternity wards, […]

OF AYE AYE TEEZ & FACTITIOUS IDOLATRIES

OF AYE AYE TEEZ & FACTITIOUS IDOLATRIES

A fortnight ago the final results of IIT Advanced were announced. It is a prestigious pan India examination, in which, not just students but parents and the education industry at large invest time, diligence, disciplined focus and money. Phew, what a slew! How has IIT garnered this fame? Despite its hype and appeal to dedicated […]

Bhutan can Teach Bihar to spay Barking Strays

Bhutan can Teach Bihar to spay Barking Strays

They move around in ferocious packs and sometimes scare the living daylights out of kids and older citizens! Towns like Patna with a formidable stray dog population should learn from Bhutan.  The Newsnet team trawled around the web to discover a dog magazine called The Bark! And we got our paws on this fascinating piece […]

Auto-rickshaws and following Jesus

Auto-rickshaws and following Jesus

Experience sharing By KATIE By KATIE Since I have been here in South Asia, I have discovered everything is completely different from anything I’ve known before. The language, food, architecture, culture, people, dress and the transportation all are different than in the States. For instance, in the United States, we have a lot of traffic […]

The cool kids are on Ethereum, says the Crunch

The cool kids are on Ethereum, says the Crunch

In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth. And […]

Uncomfortable but Actual : Raghavan’s book on India’s War

Uncomfortable but Actual : Raghavan’s book on India’s War

Historian Srinath Raghavan in his latest book, India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia, 1939-1945 (Allen Lane), details India’s contribution to World War II. The book explores the war’s impact on the Independence movement, how it was during this period that the Army saw its biggest expansion, and why this inquiry is important from […]

What does fair mean?

What does fair mean?

Fair means not to be biased, judgmental and to be unbiased in each and every situation. Fairness is not just a part of a person’s nature but also the part of a person’s identity and personality. If you treat a person with equality without discrimination or favoritism then you are called fair. Fairness is without […]