Irrational Parallels

The current raging debate in Brazil on the subject of hosting the FIFA World Cup, the second biggest sporting event on the planet after the Olympics, amid widespread poverty and social problems reminds me of a very popular "intellectualism-inducing" lament in India: "Why do we need to work on the space program when people don't even have drinking water?"

Narendra Modi and Collective Leadership

‘Taking everyone together as a team’ is a heart-warming sentiment that almost always stands the risk of failing the test of circumstances. For, the unpalatable truth of life is that not everyone is born equal – or can even grow to be an equal.

There are some who take the reins of the moment in their hands and either convince others in the team to follow them or simply bulldoze their own flock decisively into following them. Very few such people have been there in the history; and with the advent of the ‘right to equality’ cacophony across physical and metaphysical spaces, there would be even fewer of ‘iron men’ in the future.

Luckily, India currently has one such person. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his previous responsibility, could ‘neutralize’ the pretenders in his party into following him in Gujarat. If India has to deliver its promise in the coming decades, he would have to succeed in achieving the same in New Delhi. And he only has one year to raise the bar – and the barrier – for the pretenders in the NDA government (the opposition barely exists elsewhere). Just one year. Beyond that lies the possible resurgence of the regurgitated.

Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan: Exiled Journo

Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11, Vidhyapati Mishra spent two decades in U.N.-funded Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal before resettling in the United States. Just a week before his departure from Nepal to Charlotte of North Carolina, self-learned journalist Mishra also featured in the New York Times with his powerful narrative story exposing the other side of the Bhutan’s gross national happiness.

India Just Scored a Self Goal

At the peak of campaigning by Bhutan’s two political parties for the recently concluded National Assembly (NA) elections, word spread that India was unhappy with the shrill nature of arguments – and their counters – related to India. Almost immediately, the said conversation was cooled down by both the parties and the campaigning from thereon stayed clear of it.