Changing tourism prospects during Covid-19: Policy options for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

By Maheshika Dissanayake* As the third-largest export sector globally, the tourism industry is severely affected by the unprecedented COVID 19 pandemic. From January to October in 2020, according to UNWTO, loss in the export revenue from the international tourism sector was recorded at US$ 935 billion, which is ten times larger than the loss of … Continue reading Changing tourism prospects during Covid-19: Policy options for sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

Raj Kapoor and Shailendra: The most iconic combination of Hindustani cinema

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* Shailendra, poet and lyricist of extraordinary ideas and a weaver of words, the man who immortalised himself with Raj Kapoor's collective team of geniuses such as Mukesh, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas and Shankar Jaikishan, passed away on December 14th, 1966. Ironically, December 14th is also Raj Kapoor’s birthday. Raj Kapoor always referred … Continue reading Raj Kapoor and Shailendra: The most iconic combination of Hindustani cinema

What separates giants like Maradona or Mohammad Ali from other sports icons

Diego Maradona By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* A portrait size painting of Diego Maradona was on display at certain ruins in war torn Syria where people were mourning the death of the legend. In the entire Latin American world, people are pouring their respect to Maradona who died in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Capital where his … Continue reading What separates giants like Maradona or Mohammad Ali from other sports icons

Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ* Light a lamp for COURAGE – to illumine the darkness which has engulfed many everywhere! Diwali, the Festival of Lights is a reminder that each one of us is called to be a light in our world today; a light that is visible, enkindling other lights with hope and in … Continue reading Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning

Liberating Muslims from alims’ hermetically-sealed religious, cultural capsules

By Moin Qazi* Book review: “The Scientific Muslim: Understanding Islam in a New Light”, by Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, pp184, Rs 595, Konark Publishers While a global pandemic has been a looming risk for decades, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through societies, economies, health systems and governments around the world. The pandemic has revealed both the … Continue reading Liberating Muslims from alims’ hermetically-sealed religious, cultural capsules

Character assassination as smear campaign to control of individuals and their freedom

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* What is character? Character indicates totality of feature of an individual’s personality, courage, commitment and outlooks from righteousness to humility. The material or physical representations or moral frameworks are not character. Class, gender, race, sexual orientations, religious practice and moral values do not represent character. Character is a commitment to one’s … Continue reading Character assassination as smear campaign to control of individuals and their freedom

AI: If we cede our position as smartest on our planet, we might also cede control

By Chaitanya Iyer* In May 2020, OpenAI, a California based Artificial Intelligence (AI) research company, first described its new AI language-generating system called GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3). Since then, hundreds of media outlets have written about the system and its capabilities. Social Media has been abuzz about its power and potential. The Guardian even … Continue reading AI: If we cede our position as smartest on our planet, we might also cede control