How is India Turning Out More Self-Sufficient Kids?

Along with Brazil, China, Russia, and South Africa, the Republic of India is part of the BRICS bloc of nations that show the most promise in terms of rapid economic growth. Within this bloc, India and Brazil attract lots of attention due to the challenges they face in terms of eradicating poverty and dealing with large populations in need of adequate social development.… [Read more]

‘Special Powers’ Allows for Trampling on Women’s and Civil Rights

Before the sequestered budget cuts redirected attention to our elected officials’ inability to work towards a goal beneficial to most Americans, the news cycle contained stories about other items of importance, such as foreign policy and even issues such as the right to privacy. Many of these issues have something in common: the potential for governmental overreach of its authority.… [Read more]

Indians and Pakistanis unite in their demand: ‘We want war! We want war!’

Drums of war are beating loudly!! In response to a small but brutal skirmish on the India–Pakistan border, ordinary people on both sides of the border are making emotional appeals to go to war.

Let us place the morality of such actions aside for the time being; a large concern about this is that it appears we are not ready to learn anything from history.… [Read more]

Polio Vaccination in Third World – Savior or Killer?

For decades, polio vaccination in poor and underdeveloped countries has been presented as a message of hope for millions of children across the world who otherwise would risk contracting the paralyzing disease. However, there always have been concerns about the safety of this vaccine and cases of children paralyzed by this same vaccine have been reported off and on from various parts of the world.… [Read more]

Who’s a ‘Martyr’?

“A martyr is a man who dies in fight against infidels,” I read the opening line of a grade-2 lesson about a Pakistani military hero from the 1965 war between India and Pakistan. “Infidels”? I read the line again to make sure I didn’t get it wrong. And maybe I did, for the word in that line was none else than “infidel”.… [Read more]