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Shamed Mourinho Has Unleashed a Beast

The article first appeared on The Huffington Post (UK) here Chelsea supporters could be forgiven for thinking that in hindsight, the embarrassment of that humiliating FA Cup Round 4 loss to Bradford could well be the most timely potion that destiny could have provided Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. For a coach who is not the biggest advocate of player rotation, slightly less tired legs of his chosen few could...

English Cricket is Losing the Plot

The article first appeared on The Huffington Post (UK) here It would have been okay if it were just about losing a test match to India at Lords Cricket Ground after 28 years. What should worry the mandarins of the game in its country of birth, however, is the complete lack of purpose and direction of the current team. Saddled with a captain who is trying to stay put on a slippery slope, the current English team...

India Beware: Bangladesh is Staring at Anarchy

The article first appeared on Asia Times Online here. With no end in sight to political turmoil rooted in historic conflicts and sectarianism, Bangladesh is edging closer each day to chaos. The overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL) in January 5 parliamentary elections did little to ease the tense situation. Terming the current government “illegal”, the Begum...

The Tricky Business of Permanent Residency

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] The jury is still out on the cost of providing fast-track residency to affluent foreigners There are many ways in which modern societies are getting shaped across the world. Australia cast its vote recently in favour of crafting one by handpicking well heeled citizens from other countries. On May 25, Australia’s Immigration Minister Chris...

Bridge Over Troubled Waters (News Report)

The fate of Bangladesh’s biggest infrastructure project hangs in the balance DHAKA — Asian funding agencies, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided much needed, albeit temporary relief to the government on July 31 choosing not to cancel their loan for the US$2.9 billion Padma bridge project, for another month. The Padma bridge project has been in peril...

An Even Match

[This article was first published here on The Huffington Post] A November 2011 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US congressional advisory panel, urged the White House and US Congress to scrutinize China’s military expansion and pushed for a tougher stance against, what it dubbed as, anticompetitive Chinese trade policies. While China’s military, which benefited...

Embracing the Last Resort (News Report)

India’s anti-graft crusaders hint at taking the fight against government into the political arena NEW DELHI — Marking a departure from its traditional stand of staying “completely apolitical”, India’s ongoing anti-corruption movement on July 31 appeared to lean towards formation of a political alternative. Addressing a crowd of thousands at Jantar Mantar Square in New Delhi, Prashant Bhushan, eminent...