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Communal and ethnic politics could cripple Indian film ind...

Vijay Sethupathi and Muttiah Muralitharan Before independence and for the first three decades after independence, the Indian film...

Lankan Tea, a pandemic time solace

Merrill Fernando We feature below an interview with Merrill Fernando, founder of one of the largest tea companies of Sri Lanka, Di...

Enter the Dragon, Exit the Tiger

Back in 1976, there was a Bruce Lee blockbuster, Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger. Over four decades on, tables have seemed to have tur...

India celebrates Independence Day-what independence?

The picture of a little lad straddling the chest of his grandfather – who had just been shot dead by Indian security forces in Ka...

Ethnicity and religion in military recruitment in Sri Lank...

A Malay trooper of the Ceylon Rifle Regiment in 1830 Ethnicity and religion have been defining factors in recruitment to the milit...

A storm in a Tea cup

The conflict in the eastern Himalayas, spanning Nepal and the Darjeeling hills in India, is not over a border line but is between growe...

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The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, long before the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Gone are the day...

‘Those were the days’: a music video for a cause-a million...

Kaushiki Chakraborty Those days of the past Can we ever forget? What the eyes saw, the heart felt, We cannot forget.  ...

India still to learn lessons from Brooks-Bhagat report on...

Transparency and learning lessons from past mistakes are not virtues in most countries. Even when an inquiry commission is set up to fi...

Covid, crime and corruption

In addition to being a pandemic, a plague, a curse upon mankind, Covid is, ostensibly, a great cleanser. People in the initial stages o...

Exactly a century ago, Sri Lanka went through a horrific p...

Exactly a 100 year ago, Sri Lanka had the experience of going through a horrendous pandemic the Spanish flu or influenza, which claimed...

Bangladesh: Media falters further in face of the COVID-19...

The coronavirus outbreak has pitched the Bangladesh news media into a deep crisis. The television channels, newspapers and online news...

Bright side of a dark cloud

In Bangladesh when the government initially announced a holiday from 26 March to 4 April, a semi lockdown began in the country. Scared,...

Is Urdu returning to Dhaka?

Participants at a programme of the Bangla-Urdu Literature Foundation With the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, there had been a...

King who became a reclusive Buddhist monk

Tobgyal Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal, the Chogyal of Sikkm It was a cold and windy afternoon. The date was February 19, 1982. Atop a h...

In Kolkata, its’ not “cool” to speak in Bangla any more

I often find my teenage niece, a student of a premier English school in Kolkata, chatting in fluent Hindi with her peer group which is...

Old boys’ group barters piping hot meals for plastic waste

Months before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-published ‘plogging’ at a beach in Mamallapuram in the south India...

Icon of Shaheen Bagh protesters is Ambedkar, not Gandhi

A portrait of BR Ambedkar at the protest site, surrounded by Indian flags. More than a month has passed since Taskeen Ahmad, a law...

Kashmirs’ July 13, 1931 uprising and BJP’s misplaced antag...

Martyrs' graveyard in Srinagar On July 13, 1931, just outside the Central Jail of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, a Muezzin...

Traumatic effects of oppression and violence on Kashmiri k...

Picture of Kashmiri kids in a winter coaching centre established to cope up with the academic losses caused by the August 5 clampdown...

At Qazi Bari, visitors see and savor Old Dhaka’s rich heri...

Old Dhaka’s traditional food has always been a popular attraction. And now, the Qazi Bari at Rokonpur has been added to the list...