By Allan Jacob
We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies. But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister was the new star of the East. Expressions has no better hero than her this week — for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya. Continue reading Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion
By Bernd Debusmann Jr.
Not content with his already lengthy list of enemies, US President Donald Trump has found his latest target: professional athletes who exercise their constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression. Continue reading The curious case of Donald Trump VS Athletes
By Chelsea Barnett
As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment
By Chidanand Rajghatta
The journalist activist was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru earlier this week. In a Facebook post, her ex-husband remembers Gauri, and reflects on her ‘beautiful life of purpose’
Continue reading Gauri Lankesh: Amazing Grace
By Allan Jacob
All kinds of real and fake news emerges periodically from the hermit kingdom. What does the world have to fear from the North Korean dictator, a rising star in the nuclear firmament?
Continue reading Why you don’t want to mess with comrade Kim
By Keith Pereña
So, here’s the contradiction. In the past fortnight, news came out that visionary filmmaker and director George A. Romero had died. He passed away on July 16 due to infection in his lungs at the age of 77. The thing is, George Romero never died. The lone man behind the zombie-film genre continues to live. Continue reading Because people credited with creating zombies don’t just die
By Shalini Gopalkrishnan
Earlier this week, with the death of mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the world lost a genius. She was the lone female winner of the Fields Medal, a brilliant mind balanced by its humility.
Continue reading “You have to spend energy and effort to see the beauty of math”