Three poems from Romi Jain, a published poet, novelist, and vice president of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs. 1. The Diary The scribbled bits of paper swirled in a storm and littered a black carpet: the ashes in a nude forest, interspersed with dry hails. The upturned edges made a futile exercise to understand the thoughts that lay unknown, until scooped out for the exclusive reader—me. “Have this diary then… brand new, and keep it […]
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Three poems from Romi Jain, a published poet, novelist, and vice president of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs: “To the Immigrants to America,” “From a Woman to Men Whose Silence Sucks” and “Words.” To the Immigrants to America Dear Immigrants: To the gateway to freedom from fear, where the stale tears – wiped not for years- dissipate, where the lip edges depressed with sorrow stretch gaily into inverted rainbows, where fantasies progress merrily from mind to existence […]
Russia has faced trade disputes with the European Union since its accession to the World Trade Organization in August 2012. Alexei Ulyukaev, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development, recently hinted at the possibility of filing lawsuits against the United States in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the sanctions imposed on Russian banks in the wake of annexation of Crimea. Be that as it may, it could be another manifestation of the spreading out of the chessboard of […]
India must find a way to harness the energy and enthusiasm of its young people to safeguard its honor and return to the unparalleled glory of its pre-colonial era. Youth is a golden phase not only of the individual but also of the nation. Blessed is India, a richly ancient civilization, with such wealth, with 70 percent of its population below the age of 35 years. The diamonds now need to be mined and refined. […]
A distinctive feature of the Indian electoral scene is the Aam Admi Party’s goal to end corruption, communalism and crony capitalism. Skullduggery might be a mild phrase for the current state of the Indian politics. In the countdown to the general elections of 2014, the distribution of party tickets exhibits unscrupulous and semi-overt calculations involving winnable horses. Hence, the race track is witnessing digressions, keeping the spectators on tenterhooks and turning the contest sharply concentric […]
The United States and Europe are poised to create the world’s largest Free Trade Area under the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The negotiations have been underway since July 2013 after the November 2011 US-EU Summit. In February 2014, the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman met in Washington D.C. to review progress before launching the fourth round of talks in Brussels this month. De […]
The arrest and treatment of Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general of the consulate general of India in New York City, has caused diplomatic tensions between the United States and India. In a tit-for-tat response to the United States’s “deplorable” treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, New Delhi has asked Washington to recall one of its diplomats. Khobragade, deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested in December 2013 on the charge of visa fraud for allegedly underpaying her […]