The Foreign Desk
Illyumzhinov’s rule of Kalmykia, a primarily Buddhist Republic on the shores of the Caspian Sea, was characterised by a string of bizarre escapades including an alien abduction in 1997 and the campaign slogan ‘a wealthy President is a safeguard against corruption’.
It seems apt then, that last week 4000 people in Bangkok convened to discuss ways towards bettering the Muslim community, not just individually but collectively.
The celebrated food writer Naomi Duguid rarely travels with either a translator or a fixed itinerary. Rather, she’d prefer to go where her eyes and taste-buds lead her and plunge into situations, hoping that with a little persistence and patience she will make herself understood and understand what people are saying to her.
It’s open season for criticising India’s leaders. Time too, you might say – why didn’t the attacks start much earlier in the current government which has been failing for most of the time since it was elected in 2009.
Pranab Mukherjee, publicly regarded until a few weeks ago as the veteran politician on whom the government [...]
The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
It is a little over a week since the US Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment on President Obama’s signature policy achievement in office so far, the Affordable Care Act, which extends medical insurance coverage to additional tens of millions of Americans as well as covering those with pre-existing conditions.
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
While most Indian media attention has been focussed on Pranab Mukherjee and what the end of his unproductive time as finance minister might mean for economic progress now that prime minister Manmohan Singh has taken over the job, a significant liberalisation move has been made by the usually moribund Defence Ministry.
“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”
It says something about the way that India and other countries fail to look after those in need that it has taken an Indian businessman based in London to alert the world to the plight of widows who are cast aside in their thousands by families after their husbands die.
Yesterday Lord (Raj) Loomba was lauded [...]
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