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From Yesterday by Anupam Dasgupta-a book review

Posted by Biswanath Banerjee on April 21, 2017 at 12:30am 0 Comments

From Yesterday by Anupam Dasgupta is a romantic story with three main characters. Although there are three protagonists-it is not a love triangle- it is rather two circles of love- one intercepting the other.

Adi met Anita over a social networking site- both being well established-Adi being much younger than his crush. Infatuation soon develops into love-but Anita’s bitter past continues to haunt her in her present. The voice from the past never let her settle- ultimately she disappears from his life leaving Adi clueless.

Destiny takes Adi to a new land-amid new people. Here he finds Christiana-who instantly felt attracted towards Adi. But the shadowy presence of Anita continues in the life of Adi. Anita was the true love of her life-and Christiana?

The climax gets…


North Korea: Witness to Transformation blog weekly update - Apr. 27

Posted by Kent Boydston on April 27, 2017 at 11:38am 0 Comments

In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.

Marcus Noland: Executive Vice President & Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Weekly Roundup

April 27 – North Korean Signals: The Diplomatic Commission

April 26 – Non-Interference and…


Carnegie Council Appoints Pacific Delegates for Fact-Finding Trip to Indonesia on Religion and Tolerance

Posted by Carnegie Council on April 24, 2017 at 4:17pm 1 Comment

In October 2017, Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program is leading a fact-finding trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The purpose of the trip is to investigate religion and tolerance.

As the largest Muslim nation, Indonesia has the potential to shape the way the world's fastest growing and most contentious religion is perceived worldwide. While Indonesia has decided not to join the Saudi-led military alliance against terrorism, Indonesian Muslims are adding their own voice to the global, multifaceted narrative by promoting peace and tolerance via the activities of Nahdatul Ulama, the country's largest Muslim organization. Nahdatul Ulama was founded as a counterforce to Wahhabism, which has been promoted in Java by Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Islam has been called a possible "counter-narrative" to radical Islam, and President Joko Widodo has spoken of the aspiration that…


Saint Teresa of Calcutta: A Celebration of Her Life & Legacy by Raghu Rai-a book review

Posted by Biswanath Banerjee on April 21, 2017 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Saint Teresa of Calcutta: A Celebration of Her Life & Legacy –by eminent photographer Raghu Rai is a collection of photographs and his memoirs of the Mother Teresa. The photographer first met Mother way back in 70’s when he was doing a feature story on behalf of Junior Statesman and after that his association with the iconic figure and her Organisation continued. He took numerous brilliant photographs of Mother covering a wide range of subjects.

The book is divided into three board categories- the first category covers photographs of the Canonization of Mother in Vatican City, the second category comprises picture of the city of Joy and its dwellers, mother’s work among the poorest of the poor and Mothers and her sisters in prayer. In my view-there are some of the brilliant…



The Most Socially Just Tax

Started by David Harold Chester. Last reply by Hanane Saouli Mar 1. 1 Reply

Although many people in government and politics are reluctant to change the tax regime, we should recognize that our present complicated system for taxation is unfair and has many faults. The biggest problem with taxation is to arrange it on a…Continue

Tags: Justice, Social, LVT, land, taxation


Started by Hanane Saouli. Last reply by David Harold Chester Feb 26. 1 Reply

Peace requires positive combativity in our relations and equally in the face of our own impulses. But to define peace as the struggle won by reason against instincts is false. It is not by fighting that inner peace is attained, but by cultivating an…Continue








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