Amitava Kar

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March 26, 2019
March 26, 2019

Time to speak up for Palestine

On March 20, 2019, the UN Human Rights Council held an interactive dialogue with Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

Christchurch: Why this is not an isolated terrorist attack

In the aftermath of the deadly attacks in New Zealand that caused global shock, it is important to explore the broader questions about the ideology behind these acts of terrorism.

February 23, 2019
February 23, 2019

A failure of imagination

Mohsin Hamid's masterpiece “Exit West” is a sobering reminder of the decisive human failure that we conveniently call “the refugee crisis.” Published in 2017, the novel is making waves in...

February 8, 2019
February 8, 2019

The Power of Love

Valerie Taylor refuses to accept despair as the final outcome of the ambiguities of life. She proves that nothing makes one incapable of reaching up for the possibilities that confront him or her.

January 31, 2019
January 31, 2019

A better life for women

The book “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism” (2018)—as provocative as it sounds— has nothing to do with women's carnal pleasures.

December 10, 2018
December 10, 2018

Inequality and our mistaken modernity

We derive our swagger from the pervasive inequality in our society. There is inequality even among the pets we keep. There are mainly two kinds of dogs in this country.

December 3, 2018
December 3, 2018

What drives missions to Mars?

On Monday, November 26, NASA landed spacecraft InSight on Mars, after a long and difficult voyage—more than 300 million miles over six months.

May 4, 2018
May 4, 2018

Power to the powerless

The general attitude toward journalists is perhaps summed by what Norman Mailer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer, expressed many years ago, “If a person is not talented enough to be a...

April 14, 2018
April 14, 2018

The slow death of democracies

Lately, democratic erosion in many countries has been less dramatic and more deceptive. There are no tanks in the streets. A formal or

February 14, 2018
February 14, 2018

A case for more tea shops

When we look at someone like Mozart who shows his unusual gift at an early age, we think that it must be genetic. But studies show that genetics is a relatively small piece of the genius puzzle....