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A virtual universe

In 2009, when the social networking website Facebook attained 150 million members, its boyish founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed, “If Facebook were a country, it would be the eighth most populated in

Other side of growth

The killer fire that consumed nearly 300 lives of garment workers in Pakistan’s commercial hub of Karachi has reignited a core question dogging the process of globalisation: Which section of society in developing countries benefits from economic growth and integration into the international economic order?

Is China going back to Dengism?

The recently concluded visit to India by China’s defence minister, Gen. Liang Guanglie, has breathed some life back into frozen military-to-military relations between the two Asian giants. Since 2010, China’s non-issuance of a visa to a senior Indian military commander in charge of Jammu and Kashmir and a reciprocal snub by New Delhi had halted concrete engagement.

Who NAM I?

The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is taking place in Tehran, is an occasion for deep introspection among its 120 member states about the identity of the group and its mission in a multipolar world. A pioneer in collective action for developing countries to remain free of superpower domination in the past, NAM has to adjust to a present where there are multiple centres of power.

Independence 2.0

On the eve of India’s 66th Independence Day, it is time to recalibrate the meaning and content of the word “freedom”, which has to adapt to an international situation that is quite different from the one in which our founding mothers and fathers kicked out European colonialism.

Industrial democracy?

The breakout of mass rioting by workers against senior executives in a Maruti Suzuki car manufacturing plant on July 18 in Gurgaon, Haryana, is a black mark on contemporary India’s industrial relations. It is emblematic of a crisis in emerging economies where contradicting goals of high economic growth and welfare of the present generation of workers are clashing with no easy resolution in sight.

The lumbering Brics

A public warning issued by Premier Wen Jiabao of “huge downward pressure” weighing on China’s economy has multiplied doubts about the direction in which the world’s second-most powerful country is heading. Latest statistics show that China’s unstoppable juggernaut has slowed down to an annualised GDP growth rate of 7.6 per cent, the lowest since 1999.

Indignant indignity

The pots, pans and ladles are back, ringing noisily in the streets of Madrid.

Hope springs in Valley

Tangmarg, Baramulla

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