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Home-Bound: Is education not ‘the thing’ anymore for Nepal’s middle-class families?

By Neha Basnet
Like most middle-class children, I left the country with high hopes of a life-changing experience, which, fortunately or unfortunately, did happen. It was a life-changing experience for me and for my mother. And just like hundreds of thousands of other young Nepalese in their 20s, I fear I will barely survive in Nepal.

Rohingya Muslim Persecution in Myanmar

By Syed Kamran Ali
India could take in some of the refugees into its own territory. While there are some Rohingya already living in cities like Hyderabad, more needs to be done considering the severity of the situation. If countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand could accommodate thousands of fleeing Rohingyas, India ought to show more empathy.

Going out on the Jericho road

By Achyut Dutt
There is this emptiness. The years are rolling by and soon you’ll be 60, an age when interesting things stop happening to you when you would like them to. The feeling that you have amounted to very little, that you have made no impact whatsoever on the community at large, has acquired a studio apartment at the back of your mind.

An Interview with Dr. Neha Vora on ‘Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora’ (2013)

By E P Mohammed Swalih
This is what I mean by “consumer citizenship” – you mark your identity and belonging through material goods. This is of course connected to prosperity but it is not reducible to wealth. I remember one of my first interviewees in Dubai telling me that when he was growing up in Kerala, Carrefour plastic bags were considered status symbols.