F or several weeks now demonstrators in Hong Kong have been occupying one of the few open spaces — Central — in densely built Hong Kong. Their demand is for genuine democracy, as promised by the government of China at the time of the takeover in 1997. Hundreds of thousands of young people are squatting on streets, wielding umbrellas as shields against tear gas or other strong-arm tactics of the police and pro-Beijing thugs.
On July 17, a scheduled Malaysian Airlines aircraft, MH 17, that took off from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport, was shot down over war-torn Ukraine. This was the second time in six months that an airline’s aircraft had met with such a tragedy. In March, another Malaysian aircraft, MH 370, disappeared into thin air. In spite of naval fleets from six countries scouring the Indian Ocean in what has become the largest and most expensive search mission in history, its wreckage remains to be found. But the disappearance ended up triggering a million conspiracy theories.
By a rough estimate, more than 32,000 books and treatises have been written on the First World War—or the Great War, as it is known—since it erupted 100 years ago.
The ISIL scheme for a sectarian Islamic Caliphate can prove to be a thorn in India’s side with its threat to the latter’s oil dependence and its manifesto of Sunni-Shia hatred
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
While Mukul may have passed away, he has infused so much life into Truth of Gujarat page that it does not need his physical presence
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
Months after they fled their homes because of the communal flare-up, many of the displaced victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots returned to their villages to cast their votes. With transport being taken care of by the administration, the refugees told the waiting crew of journalists —who wanted to know how it felt to be returning to their old homes — that they cast their votes and immediately returned to the camps.
As a rule of thumb, I rarely ever accept the dubious explanations from Western outposts on current world occurrences.
What really went wrong with the India story? The rapacious attitude of Indian businessmen, government corruption, inflation, or global slowdown?
Some time back, I stumbled upon the work of an Italian photographer who had courageously travelled to Syria’s troubled and war-ravaged city of Aleppo. The theme of his gallery of disturbing pictures is ‘deserted homes’, a silent glimpse into what the war has done to the abodes of ordinary people. The homes featured are mostly of the rich and the well-heeled, who seem to have left in a hurry once the bombs began to go off.
Arvind Kejriwal leaves no one in doubt about who he is – an aam aadmi or a common man.
When political journalists travel to different parts of the country during elections, we ask people some obvious and occasionally boring questions.
In the 1990s, Brunei was not just famous in India for its oil riches, but also for its Sultan’s proximity to the extremely politically influential godman, Chandraswami.