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Jawed Naqvi

Oil, Palestine And A Pathan Cabbie

IN explaining the Middle East conundrum Edward Saeed and Noam Chomsky have been lucid. John Pilger and Robert Fisk with their relentless exposés of allround western perfidy have been unbeatable. To me personally though a Pathan cabbie I…

Sociology Of A Shaping Tsunami

TSUNAMIS and earthquakes come unannounced but their apparent ‘suddenness’ is embedded in decades, possibly centuries, of subterranean activity. Political tsunamis are equally hard to detect or predict. But we know that they move along…

Zakia Jaafri And The Jersey Widows

HER circumstances are many times more adverse. Perhaps that is why in her fight for justice Zakia Jaafri outshines the four heroic American women of 9/11 who became known as the Jersey widows. Their husbands perished when fanatics, driven…

Wolfowitz And Hazare

ON April 15, 2008, India’s most televised anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare received the World Bank’s Jit Gill memorial award for ‘outstanding public service’. On April 12, 2006, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz had claimed in Jakarta…

To Hell With Good Intentions

IT is a feature of our times that many a good intention has turned into a right-wing menace, and Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign galvanising swaths of urban India in recent days is a prime example. The problem is pervasive. You look…

And Now, Amy Winehouse

FROM the rise of Gregorian chants to the pointless death of Amy Winehouse, music has been as much about prevalent cultures as it is inevitably about the politics of the day. The state of a people can perhaps be best gleaned at any given…