David Cameron's exit speech, with his quivering lower lip, won some praise on social media. Very quickly, however, sentiments changed with the recognition that it was his disastrous decision, coupled with bad timing and strategic misreading of sentiment that plunged global markets in turmoil and uncertainty. Across the globe, the reaction quickly moved from shock and horror to ridicule and contempt.
What are the implications of Brexit for democracy? Arguably, Brexit represents the first major casualty of the ascent of digital democracy -- the ability to receive information in almost real time through mass media and to make one's voice heard through social media -- over representative democracy. This claim deserves an explanation.
Whilst there has been a tremendous outcry from the 48% who did vote to remain, this is not the time to dismiss the other 52% as being a racist and backwater group.
Amjad Sabri's untimely and unfortunate death was a shock for all of us, and the pain and sadness will take time to go away. Pakistan, of course, is no stranger to such murders. And if we take a step back, the qawwali singer's killing is part of a larger pattern.
The British have shocked the financial, political and business establishments of the world by voting to leave (52%) the European Union in the referendum of 23 June 2016. Here's an analysis, in simple terms, of the implications of this outcome.
With the prospects of India's immediate participation in the Nuclear Suppliers Group getting blocked, there are emerging questions as to what now and what next. Is this a permanent setback or should India continue to pitch for NSG entry as a participating government? Is India willing to undertake additional responsibilities by way of "entry fee" into the NSG? While India's admittance into the NSG will not accrue it stupendous advantages, entry into the export control group is nevertheless coveted for some good reasons.
Those born after 1985 cannot know the deprivations, the global isolation, the limited horizons and the stranglehold of the State on our lives. As we mark a quarter century of liberalization next month, we have reason to cheer despite the raucous dissent and dismay surrounding us. What's Changed: 25 Years of Liberalized India , edited by brand guru Kartikeya Kompella, is a compilation of thought-provoking essays by some of the men and women who rode the wave of liberalization that changed our lives.
Udta Punjab explores the situation but doesn't delve deeper into the addict's point of view. It explores more of the Punjab and less of why is it "Udta", and what makes the "kanjar aulaad" resort to doing drugs.
For grammar nazis who have long frowned upon -gate as lazy journalism, -exit is preposterous if not downright despicable. But it doesn't look as if this suffix will be making an exit any time soon.
Today, India is home to more than 365 million youth with immense potential to fast-track its growth. The National Policy for Skill Development (NPSD), 2009 has espoused a target of 500 million trained youth by 2022. The recent developments in online learning come after realization of the fact that lack of education infrastructure, up-to-date course curricula and qualified teachers are some of the main reasons behind the unskilled white collared workforce in the country.
Raman Raghav 2.0 is all style and little substance, and doesn't live up to the hype created by the trailer. It makes an average film like Ugly look like a masterpiece. Alas, Anurag Kashyap seems to be going his one-time mentor Ram Gopal Varma's way! With each film he appears more lost as a filmmaker.
Instead of attempting to broaden Europe, the goal today needs to be to deepen it. Now, Brexit has given us the chance to contemplate this path forward.
LONDON -- Brexit, a revolt against cosmopolitan "Cool Britannia," will be remembered as an early step in the unraveling of the EU and the shift of global economic activity toward Asia.
Four years and six months later, the Popular Party's performance is astounding. In Europe, the administrators of austerity have generally failed. The PP appears to be an exception.
No doubt, Rajan did a great job but many of our earlier RBI governors were no puppets. They may have had a much lower public profile than Rajan, who had rock-star status. But, they didn't simply toe the government line always. Again, my assessment is that Rajan did great but it is also true that his profile was much larger than his work -- in direct contrast to earlier RBI governors.
"Am I a pureblood, Mama?" My Harry Potter-inspired preteen asked me recently. My daughter, growing up in China, has asked me versions of this question since she was six years old. "What am I, Mama? Am I a Hindu? Am I Chinese? Am I an Indian? Why do I write Baba's surname and not yours?" I grew up in India and the term "pureblood" has layers of implications attached.
"Send doctors to villages" is the splendidly preposterous yet most commonly proffered answer to the burning sociopolitical question: How to ensure good quality healthcare in villages? A character aptly said in 3 Idiots that people often need to be shown "demos", and that is what I will try here. Using instances from some popular films, I will attempt to explain why exactly, in current circumstances, the knee-jerk "send doctors to villages" is an ineffective solution to rural healthcare challenges.
The Aarushi Talwar case, the Nirbhaya rape case, the Sheena Bora murder case and most recently the Kanhaiya Kumar incident share a frightening denominator -- that of "trial by media". The media is fast rising as a "janta ki adalat", trying cases and delivering verdicts of its own volition, undermining the administration of criminal justice in India.
Last month, I went to an NGO in north Delhi with a friend who worked there. Coincidentally, on that very day, the CBSE class 12 results came out. The mood there was very jubilant because more than five visually challenged students associated with the NGO got more than 90% marks while a few others got more than 80%. Though these performances would not be considered extraordinary in normal circumstances, these were not ordinary students.