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Garhwali Riflemen on the march in France during World War 1 | Photo Courtesy : British Library

The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – One hundred years after the start of World War I, the world has been commemorating that seminal event. Described as “a war to end all wars,” the Great War, as it was called at the time, failed to live up to its billing. Those who fought and died in it would not have expected its ...

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New times, new battles in India and beyond

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist| I grew up in the 1970s, in Calcutta – now Kolkata. I was bombarded with new ideas and alien concepts. That meant being plunged from a conservative Catholic convent, and a practically Victorian society and mindset, to a world where I listened to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Ravi Shankar, Pink Floyd, protest music ...

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The Underachieving Education Business

|By John S. Katzman| NEW YORK – Capitalism has produced many high-quality products and services, from smartphones to high-speed transport and compelling entertainment. Yet the profit motive, essential in so many fields, seems to have disappointed in one crucial area: education. The former spend 23% of their revenue on recruiting new students, compared with a mere 1% spent by non-profit institutions. At ...

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Responding to Ebola

|By Jeffrey D. Sachs| NEW YORK – The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for re-thinking some basic assumptions of global public health. We live in an age of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that can spread quickly ...

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Haryana polls

Haryana polls and Hooda’s desperate bid

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: When Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda says he is keen to contest from Indri, an assembly constituency in Karnal District, in the upcoming Haryana polls, it is the clearest possible hint of his complete loss of confidence in the bigoted politics he has pursued during the last ten years of his rule. The 14 assembly constituencies ...

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Neel and Deep at an award ceremony

Joshi siblings : India’s youngest MBA graduates

|By Sanjib Guha| Their achievements did not create much of a flutter a few years ago when siblings Neel (then 13) and Deep (then 11) earned the distinction of being the youngest MBA graduates of the country, a record of sorts. The feat just had few mentions here and there. Having completed their MBA from Indian Management School and Research (IMSR) ...

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The new politicians

Twitter tiffs and celebrity clashes as stars wade into Gaza debate

|By Mark Wheeler, London Metropolitan University|The Conversation| Celebrity humanitarians have had a profound impact upon the practice of international political communication. New forms of political participation have emerged as celebrity activists have reconfigured politics for a more fragmented and image-conscious public arena. But until the current controversy concerning Israel’s military action within Gaza, celebrities have largely steered clear of the ...

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We’ll never find an Ebola vaccine without taking some risks

|By Connor Bamford and Andrew Shaw, University of Glasgow| The Conversation| The current West African ebolavirus outbreak, which has now reached more than 1,000 cases and resulted in more than 800 deaths, is a reminder of the often unpredictable nature of viruses and the difficulties in finding and developing vaccines and antivirals. The outbreak appears to have focused efforts. Anthony ...

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The Large Hadron Collider tunnel| Photo by Julian Herzog licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

The Dark Side of Physics

|By Maria Spiropulu| PASADENA – Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in physics, astronomy, cosmology, and the life sciences. Today, physics stands at a new threshold. On July 4, 2012, the ...

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The Other Nigeria

|By Paul Collier and Acha Leke| LAGOS – Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings, and murder But, while these developments certainly merit international concern, they should not be allowed to obscure ...

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