The Gold Hunt Based on a Dream

The world today is witness to one of the intrinsic dynamics of Indian society. A dynamic which forms the bedrock for many, if not most, of the Indian population’s daily activities. Religion. Yesterday, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began excavations at the ruins of an old fort at¬†Daundaia Kheda village in the northern Indian…

Are You a Dormant Savant?

“What’s a Savant?” is probably what you first thought. It is a condition of the human brain than enables a human being to do incredible things (usually at the price of a normal life). One of the foremost experts on Savant Syndrome Dr. Darold Treffert explains it as: “a condition in which a person, usually…

MI 5 compromised? Where’s James Bond when you need him!

One of the foremost topics of discussion in the journalism world is this report by The Guardian in June earlier this year-¬†http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order It is perhaps the single most important piece of writing in the world of journalism at the moment. Something straight out of a movie! You could almost hear this at a cinema: “In…

Somebody Save Syria

According to the Syrian Network of Human Rights and The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, Targeting of women and children in any civil war is one of the international standard of identifying the percentage of targeting civilians in a civil war. This percentage should not exceed 2%. In Syria, it is 5.2%. More than two…

When Journalism Just Looks Wrong!

Barkha Dutt’s account of ‘DehatiAuratGate’ As I watched the above video, a nagging thought kept burrowing into my mind. It just wouldn’t let me go. Was that the right way to do it? Let me explain.. The above video shows Barkha Dutt, one of India’s leading journalists, making a strong case of the fact that…