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On Yoga

On Yoga

Yoga has become an international business today. A study claims that in America alone, about 15 million people practise yoga today. As the world celebrated this ancient art, Indians made world record with 35,000 people doing Yoga around the India Gate in New Delhi, ably supported by the Prime Minister himself. Of course, the run […]


As we woke up on Monday, feeling a little depressed that the next day we would have to get back to work and the ‘royal gift’ of long weekend was almost over, we saw the news that we thought we’d never hear. Osama bin Laden is dead. Once the most dangerous man on Earth, now […]

Who is the most threatening terrorist?

What can the world, especially India and the US learn from Abdulmutallab’s attempted bombing of an American flight on Christmas day? The media are speculating whom to blame, how to approach this issue, and the pseudo-seculars must already be planning their defences. Take an example what Time magazine has to say about lessons to be […]

A war for the world

‘Don’t increase the troops to Afghanistan; more troops are needed to train the local army and police; don’t set deadlines on withdrawal; troops can’t be there forever; we need a plan; having a date is premature; you can never win a war against the Taliban; Veitnam déjà vu…’ Regardless of what you otherwise think about […]

President or Philosopher

‘There is no greater security challenge in the world today than turning the tide on nuclear-proliferation, and pursuing the goal of nuclear-free world,’ is not a line from some university scholar’s book about nuclear proliferation. ‘A war with no end, a dependence on oil that threatens our future, schools where too many children aren’t learning, […]

The shoe missed his face

About half of Arab world is gleefully lapping up the video. Even the Talibans, who are against any form of pictorial representation, would be downloading and watching it with relish. Some oil-rich millionaires from Saudi even offered to buy the shoes at astounding prices. Hundreds of Iraqis rallied to demand the release of the journalist, […]

The Laughing Buddha

An unprecedented nature of liberation protest is being staged currently in front of the world media. Tibetans and their supports everywhere are marching through the Olympic Torch routes, disrupting the rally and at times, even attempting to snatch the torch or extinguish the flame. Their demand, a Tibet free from China and under the august […]

Iraq, Again

I had written about Iraq before. I’m compelled to write again now because this week, the entire western media is busy observing the fifth anniversary of the war. Understandably, the noise is particularly jarring in the UK. From documentaries to public surveys to special supplements to newspapers, they are everywhere. Since I have been reading […]

Adjective to terrorism

Enough has been written about the Mumbai blasts and I do not want to write yet another ceremonial condemnation. This piece is not about the Mumbai blasts. Many muslims are uncomfortable with the term ‘Islamic Terrorism’. In this blog itself, I had a visitor who objected to my using this term. Some schools say terrorism […]