Opinion

Disaster, Development, and Fate

The earthquake that struck near Bhuj is the most powerful to have hit any populated area in the world in at least the last 20 years. The Bhuj earthquake was nine times as intense as the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, ten times the 1995 quake in Kobe, Japan that killed 5000...

Lessons From A Stalled Election

By the time you read this, the question of who will be the next President of the U.S. will have a considerably less uncertain answer than it does as I write. In fact, that next President will have been sworn in. Today, that development seems impossibly distant....

Elections Serve As Rites of Passage

Every four years, the general election brings with it a reminder that I am an American first and an immigrant second. For us naturalized citizens, each presidential contest marks the passage of time, roots us that much deeper into Americana. Each election season, I...

In God We Trust And Let Immigrant Rights Rust …

With the opinion polls, changing colors faster than a chameleon, behind us and a president roaring about his squeaking-in with the narrowest of margins, we ask ourselves the essential question: “What did we immigrants try to achieve through the election?”...

IT and Society in India

The term “core competence” has become a buzzword in corporate circles in the U.S. as well as India. Management scholars Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahlad define it as a company’s skill or technology that benefits customers. In the course of the Indian software...

A U.N. With One Person

The once widespread hope that the United Nations represented the chance of a new and peaceful world order has faded on in recent years. One possible reason is that the body is not representative but has a built-in bias, which puts decision-making in the hands of a...