Imtiaz A Hussain

KAUTILYAN KRONICLES

July 20, 2019
July 20, 2019

A Giant Retreat for Mankind

Remember those first words ever spoken from the moon? In the half-century since Neil Armstrong uttered them, the space race has invited many other countries—from the rich to the poor, from the...

June 10, 2019
June 10, 2019

‘Clash of civilisation’ or crash: Environmental doomsday?

What do the following civilisations have in common: Mesopotamia four millennia ago; the 8th-century Viking Greenland settlement; Mayas from the 10th century; and the Khmer empire in the 15th century?

June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019

Angela Merkel’s legacy: ‘Holy Roman Empress’?

Historians are often bemused by how the millennia-old Holy Roman Emperor was not holy, nor Roman, nor even an emperor.

May 29, 2019
May 29, 2019

GPA and beyond: Time to break out of old pedagogical models

Grumpy” was her name. In the flower-filled month of May, the world’s most famous cat of the same name bid her ever-cheering audience a sad adieu. Perhaps not the best of analogies, but it...

May 18, 2019
May 18, 2019

Galloping Bangladesh: Emperor with no clothes?

Don’t judge a book by its cover.” So goes a popular cliché, though appraisals become more sanguine the more one opens the volume. Recent (April) reports about the country’s top-flight economic...

May 4, 2019
May 4, 2019

There goes the neighbourhood: Sri Lankan spillovers

"Tragedy” only mildly describes Sri Lanka’s bombing spate. It was heinous, stirring the wrong juices, pitting the wrong spiritual brethrens against each other. It was evil, not only fanning...

April 21, 2019
April 21, 2019

Of fires, fates and fortunes

Fire,” Don McLean wrote in “American Pie”, “is the devil's only friend.” It must have been so for Roman Emperor Nero: he anecdotally “fiddled while Rome burned” in 64 AD.

April 6, 2019
April 6, 2019

'Civilising' Dhaka

Civil society cannot be built this way, upon the salacious preferences of home-builders, bus-drivers/conductors, and environment abusers.

March 31, 2019
March 31, 2019

Crusading children: Fault in our stars... or ourselves?

At least two truisms can be said about children: every mother and father goes out of her/his way to build the best possible future for them; and the state does not have a choice but to follow suit.

March 24, 2019
March 24, 2019

Post-Christchurch social reconstruction: Global the message, local the onus

It is not enough to alert the public of social cracks: how they can be repaired must be part and parcel of any de-constructing exercise.