Why do modern societies need any armies ?

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.” Thomas Paine Armed forces are the pride of any nation. Millions of armed men keep a constant vigil on our borders so that you and me can get along with our business of making a living and creating value added lives. From timeContinue reading “Why do modern societies need any armies ?”

Why democracy will never work in the Arab world ?

The past few days have been a harrowing experience for democracy in the Arab world. Egypt one of the most populous Arab countries in the Middle East just had a second Tahrir square revolution. This time it was a coup d’etat when the first democratically elected government of Egypt was overthrown by an ambitious EgyptianContinue reading “Why democracy will never work in the Arab world ?”

Rise of Naxalism

Due to the IPL fracas, the news organizations in India have shown a certain laxity in the coverage of the Naxal attack on politicians in the Indian state of Chattisgarh. It is a dastardly attack, no doubts on that. But the event offers certain lessons the corruption laced Indian polity needs to remember. Development andContinue reading “Rise of Naxalism”

Air India: An epitaph or a renascence?

Last year in the month of July, yours truly had planned a trip to India from Canada, on our national carrier- Air India. I had planned the trip well in advance and I was overjoyed at obtaining a good price for my ticket during this busy season. Barely days after I had booked the flight,Continue reading “Air India: An epitaph or a renascence?”

Indian woman: Goddess, Mother, Rape victim

In the beginning of this year, the horrifying tale of Amanat or Nirbhaya or the nameless girl (who was brutally raped by sex starved dastards) became a staple diet for media outlets all over the world. Since then, the news regarding women from India has never been the same. Check out this damning Kindle single:Continue reading “Indian woman: Goddess, Mother, Rape victim”

Modi and the idea of India from an NRI

These days, Narendra Modi, the current chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat is much in news. The main opposition party of India has virtually endorsed him as their choice for the important post of Indian prime minister. In a parliamentary democracy, this position is of utmost importance. Barring two terms by the incumbent,Continue reading “Modi and the idea of India from an NRI”

I am my Brother’s Keeper: A Dialogue about South Asian politics

” I’m talking about a moral deficit. I’m talking about an empathy deficit. I’m taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother’s keeper; we are our sister’s keeper; ……. we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny” President-elect Barack Obama Its after aContinue reading “I am my Brother’s Keeper: A Dialogue about South Asian politics”

The Assiduous Power of Belief

“….Mr Obama I am waiting for 2008. Maybe in this Age of Aquarius you are our man for the job!!” Tenny on March 31, 2007 (Barack Obama and the Law of Infinite Growth and Hope) Seriously speaking, I don’t like self-praise or acclaim when I start this post with a quote of mine. But watching President-electContinue reading “The Assiduous Power of Belief”

I am a Hindu Christian!

“Not until we see the richness of the Hindu mind and its essential spirituality can we understand India” Lyn Yutang Couple of days ago, on Diwali, I had a great time with my friends. For the first time in my life, I went for a Diwali party with my friends. It was at the houseContinue reading “I am a Hindu Christian!”