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14
Dec

Kolkata Journal

08.12.12 Arrived in Kolkata this morning on the overnight train from Varanasi. A city of opulence in decay. Everywhere there are big old colonial buildings with their…

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07
Dec

Euphorbia

I have always admired plants. I studied botany at university for about a year and found myself fascinated by way they function and the ingenious and…

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30
Nov

Democracy and the Public Interest

Politicians talk incessantly about the ‘public interest’. Indeed, the term is used so frequently that it seems to have a kind of prima facie legitimacy. The…

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12
Oct

Burqas, Niqabs and Liberalism

I personally find niqabs and burqas abhorrent. When I see a woman wearing one, I worry about whether it is her choice to do so, about the…

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12
Jul

People with no Toes

In his novel, Things Fall Apart, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe takes us on a journey into the world of the Igbo Tribe of Nigeria (‘Ibo’ in…

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11
Jul

The Rwandan Myth

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda is normally seen as the result of ethnic tensions between the Tutsis and the Hutus. However, what many may not realise…

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