Bashar al-Assad must be brought to justice, says brave Syrian journalist

(First published in The Hindu Sunday magazine dated Nov. 18, 2018) Her hazel eyes have witnessed utmost suffering. Yet Kholoud Waleed remains stoic as she narrates the story of how her world turned upside down in March 2011, when the Syrian people started an uprising against the country’s dictatorial regime led by Bashar al-Assad. AnContinue reading “Bashar al-Assad must be brought to justice, says brave Syrian journalist”

Jairam Ramesh profiles Indira Gandhi as a naturalist

[First published in The Hindu dated May 21, 2017] Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare While reading the “unconventional” biography of Indira Gandhi — Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature — one cannot help but wonder if the mantle of her father and India’s first PrimeContinue reading “Jairam Ramesh profiles Indira Gandhi as a naturalist”

Mahmood Mamdani on the Charlie Hebdo cartoon controversy

[First published in The Hindu dated Jan. 15, 2015] Back with a Prophet Mohammed cartoon on its cover, Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, has resolved to take on Islamic fundamentalists, after a terror attack on its office premises in Paris last Wednesday claimed the lives of 10 staff members including that of its editor,Continue reading “Mahmood Mamdani on the Charlie Hebdo cartoon controversy”

Calcutta Sojourn – following the trails of the past

[This is a republished version of an old blog I wrote in 2005 as a five-part series]   Before the gulf between Calcutta experienced and Calcutta remembered widens, I’d like to ink down whatever my heart longs to say with regards to my recent visit to the city. This particular piece of writing is lessContinue reading “Calcutta Sojourn – following the trails of the past”