I was recently told that even Alimuddin Street is a field of green flags. The record voting turnout, the philosophical attitude of my leftwing friends and relatives, and the confidence of Mamata Banerjee who is allowing herself to sound almost ministerial – it all points to not merely the end of communist rule in West Bengal but its imminent rout. Read more

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Kazakhstan superficially reminds one of Saudi Arabia. It is a vast country, much of it ecologically hostile to human habitation (-45 C in the winter one Kazakh told me); inhabited by a population about the same as a large Indian city; and choc-a-bloc with mineral resources – oil, gas, uranium, coal and whatnot. Read more

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The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and now South Africa) are beginning to make their mark on the global scene. Read more

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There is a lot of guff about the perils and promise of nuclear power going around. I am a wary supporter of nuclear power. Read more

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