"An estimated 1.64 million Chinese relics are owned by foreign museums. Even more than that are owned by private collectors. A great number were looted, stolen and smuggled out of China between the 1860s and 1949 when the country was subjected to colonial invasion and civil wars. Because of the difficulties on the way to [...]
Category: Point of View
Who do Blogs really belong to ?
When I first started to blog, I saw it as a way to express myself. I enjoyed putting thoughts down first thing in the morning. And then as the blog caught on, it was like relating to a whole universe of people with diverse thoughts. I then discovered that people like to express themselves back [...]
Did Karl Marx predict this ecomomic meltdown ?
"Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized, and the State will have to take [...]
Davos World Economic Forum – the fixers ?
I cant help laughing. I see TV coverage of all the world's bussiness, economic and political leaders gathering together to network and party over a weekend. And the world press says "they are discussing how to save the world from the current financial mess" Hang on, are these not just the people that caused the [...]
Ganga, The Girl Child
NImi is a partition baby in the truest sense. She was born in a train carrying refugees from Pakistan to India. Many did not make it. Nimi almost did not. Not because of the savagery of those times. But because of a savagery that exists even now. In abundance. Because Nimi was bundled up in [...]
Happy Republic Day, but what are we celebrating ?
Used to be such fun. Getting ready early in the morning, putting on your woollies with my mom trying to get us going as early as possible. To see the parade in Delhi from as vantage a point as possible. It was such a event. As a boy of course my favourite were the armed [...]
What is the identity that is India ?
Sitting in a coffee shop at Vienna airport waiting for my flight to Innsbruck. , using fast free internet (why cant we have that all over India ?). The airport is full of Indians. Going to Milan and Frankfurt mostly. This is the time of the textile fairs, so its wonderful to meet all the [...]
he sat here in all humility in extreme simplicity and changed the world his empty 'chair' a symbol now of the lack of leadership Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi's room at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Visited today by my daughter Kaveri and myself. To pay our respects and homage.
Forgotten how to write a letter ? Guest column from Neelesh Misra
"Quick! Help me! I have forgotten to write a letter!" My wife, who generally does not think much of my slow moving brain until she needs its help, shook me this weekend as she broke a long silence as we watched the TV together. "Huh?" I said. "Do you write the date on the left [...]
We must be responsible bloggers
We are exploring very sensitive issues on our blog and I do not put any form of editorial control except for obscenity, or very personal and direct insulting behavior towards another member of our community. However we live in very sensitive times and I do not see why this blog should become the same mind [...]