Nilantika Banerjee, an author from India felt curious to look into the relevance of religion in the lives of the people of her rainbow nation-state– ‘secular India’– from a neutral and unbiased position. She ended up with facts which are quite contrary to her initial expectations!!
Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mt. Everest, who is now on a visit to Australia, writes for Alochonaa.com about his experience of meeting non-residence Bangladeshis. He discusses what impact corruption has had on opportunities in Bangladesh, how leaving home to pursue education, while a difficult choice is the right choice and that by doing so Bangladeshis can actually help make their home a better place.
Part two of Scott Musgrave’s East Asia series focuses on South Korea. Here, the Republic’s views on foreign policy, politics of nationalism and geopolitics are explored. It is found that patterns between the perception of threat, US engagement and domestic unrest and how they correlate to when nationalist sentiments are at their loudest. It is shown that domestic political ambition plays a very important role in the diplomatic relationship with Japan.
In this article, Dr Maggie discusses for Alochonaa the failure of the current education system to educate students for life. It discusses what this failure means for students lives and their futures. Dr Maggie argues for ‘life education’ to become a permanent feature of every curriculum in all schools and universities globally.
Liberalization of the global economy has lead to the increased size of the economy, but also the worsening of income equality. Nevertheless, Bangladesh has made major strides in improving public health and gender equality. This has allowed Bangladesh to become the World Bank’s favorite success story in recent times, as opposed to being relegated to a “basket case” in her early years.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the Decade 2013-2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures building on the efforts in the UNESCO General Conference which had called for “the development of a universal global consciousness” based on dialogue and cooperation in a climate of trust and mutual understanding and for a “new humanism for the twenty-first century”. For Alochonaa’s new series on “Rapprochement of Cultures” Dr. Rene Wadlow looks at the creative efforts of individuals who built bridges of understanding over the divides of cultures, social classes, and ethnicity and created a foundation for the New Humanism. In this piece Dr. Wadlow reviews the life of Leopold Sedar Senghor, the former President of Senegal who in Wadlow’s word, “was a poet, a cultural bridge-builder between Africa and Europe, an active world citizen and world federalist.”