Sunday, September 18, 2016
Filled under: Al Qaeda , Aleppo , Free Syrian Army , ISIS , Kurds , Russia , Syria , Syrian Crisis , USA
Posted by: danish Ahmed 2:21 AM
As the Russia-US brokered deal for ceasefire agreement enters the third day, it is still unclear if the deal described as "last chance " for Syria can in fact halt the humanitarian catastrophe underway in Aleppo and other regions of the embattled Arab country. The level of mistrust among all actors in the region is so high that even if no civilian fatality has been reported since the commencement of the ceasefire,the humanitarian aid has yet to reach the besieged population. Much has changed since I last blogged about the situation in Syria but not the brutalities and mistrust which makes lot of people wonder if this cessation of hostilities has been largely accepted by all sides to look for a solution or simply buy time to consolidate their positions,rearm and work out new strategies. What adds to the skepticism is the fact that the trust deficit is not just between middle eastern actors but also between US and Russia who are already on the opposite sides in the Ukrainian conflict. The effort to break the siege of Aleppo to deliver humanitarian aid could well have led to a full fledged proxy war between US and its regional allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Russia and Iran. This is perhaps another reason why the US and Russia agreed to the ceasefire deal but how long it can hold cannot be predicted given the complex situation in the war ravaged country.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Posted by: danish Ahmed 2:37 AM
|Courtesy : pottermore.com|
Do note that I haven't seen the play,this review is of the script released in the book format and also that though I will try to avoid including spoilers,I don't offer an entirely spoiler free review especially in the first act.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Posted by: danish Ahmed 3:03 AM
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Filled under: ABVP , BJP , India , Indian Civil Society , Indian Democracy , JNU , Kanhaiya Kumar , OccupyUGC , Rohith Vemula , RSS
Posted by: danish Ahmed 12:24 AM
JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar has suddenly become a political sensation with prominent TV news anchors and journalists lining up to interview him and politicians across party lines giving sound bytes on live TV. Of course it followed his electrifying speech in JNU campus, hours after being released from jail which was broadcast by most TV channels and went viral with #KanhaiyaKumar trending globally on Twitter and his speech on YouTube, websites and other social media platforms getting millions of hits. Some pundits were quick to pronounce the birth of a new political star but one of the sanest voices in Indian media, Ravish Kumar actually asked the question, partly to Kanhaiya whom he was interviewing and partly to the viewers, if the student leaders new found fame is a flash in the pan or there is a possibility of it becoming something bigger. Though Kanhaiya made a brilliant and noble plea to delink personalities and individuals (especially himself) from battle between ideologies and principles, it is but a fact that it is because of his oratory skill that he is in the spotlight today,the political dynamics of the country have become too personality driven to be wished away.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Filled under: Alejandro González Iñárritu , Emmanuel Lubezki , Hugh Glass , Leonardo DiCaprio , Movie , movies , Review , The Revenant , Tom Hardy , Will Poulter
Posted by: danish Ahmed 3:10 AM
|The Revenant (n. One who has returned, as if from the dead.)|