Journalism as literature: The writings of Ryszard Kapuscinski

By Vikas Datta,

Journalism, or especially news reporting, is a rather ephemeral form of literary expression, concerned as it is with bare facts of a developing situation in a terse and concise style. But there are practitioners of the craft whose reportage is no less a work of literature - like this intrepid, peripatetic Polish reporter, whose coverage of Africa (and its messy experience of colonialism's end) and Central America was unparalleled and enduring, and made him a credible contender for the Nobel Literature Prize.


Political crisis in Yemen and proxy war of Saudi Arabia

By Dr.Mohammad Nazrul Bari,

Yemen was among the four Arab countries convulsed by huge protest and demonstrations from February 2011 onwards including Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. In February 2011 after the Arab spring at Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to leave his office by the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council. Saleh’s power was divided into several groups. Mansoor Ali Hadi, Deputy of Ali Abdullah Saleh, got elected as the new President of Yemen with full support of Saudi Arabia.

Who's afraid of Rahul Gandhi?

By Amulya Ganguli,

Nothing shows the weakness of the Narendra Modi government more than the fact that it gives the impression of having been spooked by Rahul Gandhi to strive for a pro-poor image.

Hence, the directive to ministers to go around the country after the budget session to counter the perception that the government is anti-farmer.

Know thy World: We must succeed here to succeed in the Hereafter

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

I am returning to this column after a long time. I was kept busy by myriad other pressing engagements. As I had said at the time of the beginning of this column, I intend to reach out to the youth with it, particularly Muslim youth. So far the tradition with this column has been that it has been talking about Islam as lived and practised everywhere. I am getting back to it as a warm-up to the holy month of Ramadhan that looms barely a few weeks away. This time we will be talking more about this world than the Hereafter.

Bhakti-Sufi Traditions: Uniting Humanity

By Ram Puniyani,

In contemporary times, religions’ identity is being used as cover for political agenda. Be it the terrorist violence or the sectarian nationalism in various parts of the world, religion is used to mask the underlying politics.

Hurdles slow down AMU Kishanganj construction

By Muhammad Mudassir Alam,

After a long wait of around five years, the construction work of Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) Kishanganj Centre has started a couple of weeks ago. The construction work of boundary wall of AMU’s Special Centre at Chakla village is currently in progress but alleged hurdles waged by local suppliers of construction materials such as sand, bricks, concrete etc. somehow have affected the pace of the work.

Modi government’s stepchild

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Narendra Modi government has come to power on a plank of ‘development’, a thriving economy and people’s economic wellbeing. In practice, it has ended up doing just the opposite.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen says public health and education are the foundations on which development stands. To handle jobs in a vast development enterprise people need different levels of education and training as well as health and fitness to do assigned work efficiently.

Genesis of Saudi, Iranian activism in Levant

By Soroor Ahmed,,

To call the civil strife in Syria just a sectarian clash would amount to criminal over-simplification of history. The origin of the turmoil in Levant can be traced to the carving out of Lebanon from Syria by the colonial powers that also created Israel.

With about 43 % Christian and 57% Muslims–– Sunnis and Shias––as well as minority Druze population, this tiny country was designed as another future base for the western powers.

British leaders eye Indian votes

By Anasudhin Azeez,

As the campaigning for the British parliamentary election enters its final phase, Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders are eyeing undecided voters, especially among the 700,000 strong Indian community.

The polling began at 7 a.m. (GMT) on Thursday (12.30 p.m. IST). Ironically, the fate of Britain - the oldest democracy in the world - is in the hands of a few thousand immigrants from its erstwhile colony India.

How to counter side effects of antibiotics

By Amar Chandel,

There are times when it becomes unavoidable to take antibiotics. While these may cure you of your diseases, they leave you with nasty side effects like bloating, belching, gas, constipation and diarrhea.

As the very name antibiotics suggests, it kills bacteria. Unfortunately, it also kills friendly bacteria which are so very valuable for your health.