Rewriting rules

The discourse in the foreign policy community that the existing global order is being challenged not only assumes that an orderly world exists, but there is also selectiveness in identifying the sources that threaten it. The United Nations charter lays down the framework of a global order, but the charter is seriously flawed. Equality before law is a fundamental principle for any order to rest on, but by creating a class of permanent members with veto rights the charter vitiates this principle. 
Kanwal Sibal Jun 25, 2018 00:00 IST

A storm is coming

There are fewer migrants crossing the Mediterranean and landing in the European Union countries this year than in any other recent year: only around 37,000 so far, although the flow will increase with good summer weather.
Gwynne Dyer Jun 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Not in the mind

Big differences can often be made through small changes. One such change has been brought about in the latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases released by the World Health Organization last week. "Gender incongruence" or being transgender will no longer be seen as a mental illness; it has finally been recategorized as a 'condition related to sexual health'.
Jun 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Open field

Too much of something, as it turns out, can be good. When the international governing body of football, Fifa, had unanimously approved the expansion of the men's World Cup to include 48 teams from the year 2026, a number of objections had been raised.
Jun 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Difficult journey; Friends no more; United stand

Difficult journey

• Sir - Recently, I visited Mandarmani in East Midnapore. The wide, long an... | Read»

Friends no more

• Sir - It was heartening to learn that the Bharatiya Janata Party decided ... | Read»

United stand

• Sir - The chief ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and West B... | Read»

Jun 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Streams of life

"The Yarlung-Tsangpo originates in the Jima Yangzong glacier near Mount Kailash in Tibet and flows 1,625 km before it enters into Arunachal Pradesh in India as Siang. The Siang is named the Brahmaputra (918 km) in Assam after the confluence of the Dibang and Luhit before it flows south through Bangladesh (337 km) as the Jamuna. There it merges with the Ganges and then splits into two, the Padma and the Meghna to form a vast delta." - Jesper Svensson, "Managing the rise of a hydro-hegemon in Asia", IDSA Occasional Paper 23, 2012

Names to look out for

An election to name a child whose astrological chart predicts he will be a political leader is a perfect expression of New India's spirit
Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Seen anew; Fever pitch

Seen anew

• Sir - Most reptiles are widely misunderstood because of their appearance.... | Read»

Fever pitch

• Sir - The football World Cup, played once every four years, has a huge fa... | Read»

Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

To write The right With Rights

Sometimes you look out the window and you do not wish to see what you see. For a while now, that has been predominantly the case, you do not wish to see what's happening out the window because it is such a rabid upturning of right things. Imagine men being killed for imagined evil over what they rear and for generations have traded in for the profit of others and their own. The milk thing, you get what I mean. But sometimes windows help; they go opaque, they do not afford a view of the outside. They keep out what is unnecessary and uncalled for, to put it mildly. Then the gaze turns inwards. It turns to necessary things that may not be out the window. Mahadeb, for instance, isn't to be seen out the window. But the wonderment over where he is and how he might be can progress behind opaque windows. In that kindly, and widely disregarded, thing called solitude. Why is it that Mahadeb has come to be so sorely missed? Only a chaiwala, after all. But no ordinary chaiwala, The ExtraordinaryChaiwala, notwithstanding. There is something about Mahadeb; perhaps it is how retro he is. An earthen stove, a coal fire, a pan, or three pans, and what nature springs in the gardens and what cows give, daily and dutifully, off their udders. No vends, no dispensers, no plugs no points, it is all just the pure thing of the jugglery of his hands and the elements. Mahadeb's charm is about fading charms. Like it is about so many other things. Like the writing - or filling, most times - of this column you see. Like how we used to write and how we now write.
LAZY EYESankarshan Thakur Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

Knight of the Rue Afzah

I spent a chunk of my childhood wondering what flavour it was. Was it rose? Or was it watermelon? Or was that a top note of pudina (mint) that I tasted so distinctly?
Tauhid Khan Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST


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