Arjun Ramnath

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Aaron on right track

After being laid low by injury, Varun Aaron is gradually gaining confidence, bending his back and drawing the attention of the cricketing fraternity. …

'Life has changed, but I'm still the same person'

<b>Next</b><p><b>Bikash Mohapatra</b><p><b>Boxing ace Mary Kom expresses hope that her story will inspire Indian women.</b><p>"Outside a ring there’s a large audience cheering for …

Nelson Mandela, the Father

To the very end, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, though frail and somewhat forgetful, remained the Father of the Nation for South Africans. It could even be said that, in the several trips he’s made to the hospital over the past two years, he was, in his own way, preparing his family—biological and …

Mandela in Verse: Myself I Stood in the Storm

On each day of Nelson Mandela’s eighteen years of confinement in Robben Island prison, he looked out onto the same barren world: low gray-brown walls; the prison yard where he and his fellow-detainees broke rocks, gray dust rising in gray puffs from his hammer. Beyond the prison walls, men labored …

Muddling on in the middle

As the year draws to end, two writers reflect on their careers as amateur cricketers. Both articles are extracts from The Nightwatchman, the quarterly cricket journal which was launched earlier this year. This Christmas the publishers are offering a ribbon-bound bundle of the first four issues, …

One of the World's Tiniest, Poorest Countries Is Redefining HIV Care

In Rwanda, success is measured not by how many people live and die, but by how many take their medication and lead normal lives.<p>In the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region, has made enormous strides in the fight against HIV. There are now more than 7.5 million people …

The War No Image Could Capture

Photography has given us iconic representations of conflict since the Civil War—with a notable exception. Why, during the Great War, the camera failed.<p>The Great War: A Photographic Narrative<p>By Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts (editors)<p>Knopf<p>The British photographers were stationed on the front lines …

The NSA's Porn-Surveillance Program: Not Safe for Democracy

Its targets extend beyond suspected terrorists—and some rhetoric that the First Amendment would protect is singled out.<p>Let's think through the troubling implications of the latest surveillance-state news. "The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and …

Japan’s plan to supply all the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the …

Fossil Fuels

The Tarun Tejpal case shows sexual harassment is a problem India has to face up to

There has been plenty of anguished debate in India lately about rapes by strangers. Now, the country is riveted by a case that has revealed the sordid reality of workplace harassment, not by slum dwellers, but by a suave darling of the New Delhi elite.<p>Tarun Tejpal, editor of the investigative …