Monthly Archives: December 2008

Why Indian Bengalis are overjoyed by Bangladeshi elections result?

The defeat of Khalida Zia and her allies in the recently concluded Bangladesh elections once again proved that majority of Bengalis – either in West Bengali or Bangladesh – don’t believe in mixing religion with politics. Many in the community still have not been able to forget or forgive the division of Bengal on the basis of religion 61 years back. In 1971, the Bengali-speaking people rejected the fanatical philosophies of Pakistan and created their own motherland with help of India. Of course, many Bengalis would have wanted it to be a part of India. But that’s another story!

As columnist Deb Mukharji puts it, there were two key issues in the Bangladesh election this time. One was religion or as Zia and her Islamist friends called ‘the protection of Islam’. The second issue, as promoted by Sheikh Hasina and her allies, was development and poverty eradication. Victory of Hasina and allies with a two third majority gives a clear indication about the preference of the Bangladeshi people. Read more »

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Ahtisaari for serious resolution to Middle East crisis

Barack Obama must give high priority to the Middle East conflict during the first year in office as the United States President, said Martti Ahtisaari after received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize at Oslo, Sweden on December 10. The former Finnish president urged the international community to seriously commit itself for a result to the crisis in that region. Read more »

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The story of Cloetta Fazer

What happens when two Nordic partners split? The Nordic region’s largest chocolate and sugar confectionery player Cloetta Fazer has split. Yet another de-merger in the dynamic world of commerce, so what makes this story so tempting? By Kunal Majumder The company was formed after merging two giants – Cloetta of Sweden and Fazer Konfektyr of Read more »

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Fashion in Preservation

FASHION IN PRESERVATION IS WHAT LITTLE LHASA, OR MCLEODGANJ, NESTLED IN THE HILLY ARMS OF HIMACHAL PRADESH, EMBODIES. IT BOASTS A UNIQUE RETAIL MARKET WHERE THE POPULAR BRANDS MAY NOT SCORE HIGH, BUT SLOT THERE DEFINITELY IS FOR SOME NICHE ONES. WHAT THEREFORE PREVAILS IS A BUBBLING MIX OF ETHNICITY FLOWING FREELY INTO CHANGE. BY KUNAL MAJUMDER Read more »

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New Fashion Flavours

Boundaries are fast melting and one often finds varied cultural flavours and inspirations doing the rounds on our runways. Kunal Majumder takes a close took at designers who have merged cultural identities and have drawn inspiration from Islamic patterns. Read more »

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