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  • Oliver Roy, Globalized Islam – The Search for a New Ummah and Gilles Kepel, War for Muslim Minds
    April 2006 By Rami Desai

    Both books – Globalised Islam: the Search for a New Ummah by Oliver Roy and The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West by Gilles Kepel tackle the issue of Islam in all its forms’ that is militant or political; stating that Muslim neo-fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. 

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  • Managing Global Challenges
    March 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    You are the CEO of a large corporation. You have to decide about moving or deploying a few hundred million dollars. If you are in stocks and bonds, you will look for short-term signals from markets. If you are serious about long term safety and returns, you must see forces outside the market. It does not really matter whether you are in insurance, manufacturing of goods, exports of computer hardware, tourism, mining or pharmaceuticals. If large amount of funds are at stake, you should ask yourself the following ten questions about how the world will shape in the next ten years.

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  • Rise of Intolerance
    March 2006 By Rami Desai

    We are living in an increasingly globalized world today. The world has become smaller due to the miracles of communications. Barriers of distances, languages, and cultures have all been overcome by science and technology. This bridge building for a better World essentially means that we should have today become more accustomed to the “other” – other religions and other races from across our own national borders. Unfortunately there are indicators that prove otherwise. What explains the 9/11, the Iraq War, and “the cartoon controversy” in the barrier-less globalized world?

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  • Margaret Mcmillan, Paris 1919
    March 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Prof. Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919 is not a book – it’s a movie. Her description of all major and minor characters, their egos, their desperation, their tactics, their mistresses make the book a moving experience. Her eye for detail is amazing. Her description of the ladies of the story from a socialite who plotted to marry General MacArthur to the charming Queen of Romania is amusing. 

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  • The 88 Million Hidden Truths of Cartoons
    February 2006 By Sundeep Waslekar

    At a recent lunch with a distinguished group of Qatari leaders of thought, someone asked me the obvious question. What can one make of the cartoon controversy? I told them that it reminded me of a fight between a husband and wife over coffee. The couple was so upset about the kind of coffee they should have in the afternoon that they got into a verbal brawl and that ended in fisticuffs. Of course, the aroma of the coffee could not generate such heat. The coffee was just an excuse. The real reason for tension between the two was much deeper. The cartoons are like the coffee. To understand why they have generated such anger, it is necessary to look much beneath the surface.

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  • An Imperative for Peace in Sri Lanka
    February 2006 By Devika Mistry

    As it stands, the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have so far agreed to meet in Geneva, Switzerland later this month. This is the first, of any high level talks to take place between the two, since the stalling of the peace process in 2003 and is indeed a very positive development. 

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  • Loretta Napoleoni, Insurgent Iraq - Al Zarqawi and the New Generation
    February 2006 By Semu Bhatt

    That the Bush administration mentioned the name of Abu Mos’ab Al Zarqawi as a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda while presenting its case to the United Nations for attacking Iraq, probably shocked no one more than Zarqawi himself. 

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  • Acting on a Different Theatre
    January 2006 By Semu Bhatt

    When I suggested the title of this article, given my tryst with theatre performances before I joined SFG, my colleagues joked, “Are you planning to write your autobiography?” Well, no, not yet. But then, as I perceive it, the current world is a theatre in itself, where multitude of complex issues unfold – forces of modernisation and extremism; crosscurrents of transnational economics and nationalism; inequality of power and skewed development patterns; identity subjugation and relative economic deprivation; and social, political, cultural prejudices and manipulation. All, and more such factors, lead to conflicts within and/or between states.

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