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Shashi Tharoor takes a closer look at India and the immense diversity that has been a source of strength and inspiration

In his new book, 'The Battle of Belonging', Shashi Tharoor takes a closer look at India and the immense diversity that has been a source of strength and inspiration

In India, God talks to everyone - here's why

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

Shashi Tharoor's new book, 'The Battle of Belonging' is an examination of India, redolent of prayers and politics; of history and histrionics; of incense-wreathed temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches, where God talks to everyone. more…

Whither freedom of speech in India?

Madan Lokur, former Justice of the Supreme Court, India

Madan Lokur delivered the 2020 BG Verghese Memorial Lecture

MADAN B LOKUR
NEW DELHI

India is on a dangerous slide into authoritarianism where people are arrested for sedition on the basis of made-up fairy tales. more…

Will airline bailouts really fly?

PanAm's demise in 1991 did not attract any bailout

When PanAm departed in 1991 no bailout was considered

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

National pride must not muscle out profit in the search for quick fixes - why some airline rescues are simply folly. more…

Can a virus help unite a fractured HK?

Masked passengers on Hong Kong MTR - Covid-19 protection

Covid-19 brings out the masks on the Hong Kong MTR

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Could an invisible virus help a divided city heal? The Covid-19 threat offers a unique opportunity to bring the city together. more…

Delhi pogrom one more ugly augury

Family in mourning after Delhi pogrom that claimed over 50 lives

Mourning the death of a family member after February 2020 'riots' in Delhi

VIJAY VERGHESE
NEW DELHI

From Kashmir to the Citizenship Amendment Act an increasingly fascist Indian State is sending the country backwards. more…

Asia has two green thumbs

By late 2019, two surprise candidates at the forefront of the greening of the earth, were China and India. China accounts for 25% of global greening through forests and croplands. Read more

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks have racked up weighty bad loans. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

An Aye for an Aye - online click storm

How Internet giants are reshaping our world for better or worse...

Google office at Mountain View California. Where is it leading us?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once a force for good. What happened? The online click-storm affects us all. more…

Biden his time but...

Asia and the Arab world watch with bated breath and ponder a Biden victory ... See world opinion

The world will be as one

After the coronavirus could travel return to a more genteel experience? more…