Thinking Matters - Soman Baby

Saudi Arabia: Its New Driving Force
Oct 02

Saudi Arabia: Its New Driving Force

Saudi Arabia’s “Princess Nourah University is preparing to set up a driving school in cooperation with the relevant authorities,”...

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Bahrain : The most expat friendly nation
Sep 11

Bahrain : The most expat friendly nation

This week’s news report of ‘Expat Insider 2017 Survey’ is simply a ratification of my long term belief. For expatriates, Bahrain...

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India’s big tax reform
Jul 03

India’s big tax reform

On Saturday, 1 July 2017, India introduced a ground-breaking tax reform law, through a constitutional amendment. The Goods and Services Tax (GST)...

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Trump talk in Riyadh: Drive them out
May 22

Trump talk in Riyadh: Drive them out

“Drive them out”! “Drive them out”! Seemingly, that is the key phrase in US President Trump’s speech at Riyadh...

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North Korea: A crisis brewing?
Apr 17

North Korea: A crisis brewing?

What does Saturday’s (15 April) attempted missile launch by North Korea - which failed when it exploded immediately after lift-off...

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US attacks on Syria: Where is the conflict heading?
Apr 10

US attacks on Syria: Where is the conflict heading?

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.” With these words,...

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Laptops and tablets on planes: The ban bungle
Mar 27

Laptops and tablets on planes: The ban bungle

The United States on Monday (March 21), and the United Kingdom on Tuesday (March 22), banned most electronic devices, like laptops and tablets, on...

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Kerala Chief Minister’s Visit-- A Jump Starter
Feb 20

Kerala Chief Minister’s Visit-- A Jump Starter

What is the reason for this grand reception, befitting a Head of State, for  a Chief Minister from just one state of India? Many people in...

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Trump’s New Order:  The Questions Ahead
Jan 16

Trump’s New Order: The Questions Ahead

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the...

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Fidel Castro -  A Leader like No Other
Nov 28

Fidel Castro - A Leader like No Other

“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and...

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What’s up ahead for the new UN Boss?
Oct 17

What’s up ahead for the new UN Boss?

A new Secretary-General of United Nations will assume office from 1 January 2017, for the next five years. And the huge operations of this...

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Bahrain Celebrates the Kerala Connection
Oct 03

Bahrain Celebrates the Kerala Connection

For me, one of the high points of the past week was Thursday evening. It should be recorded as a momentous occasion not only for me, but in fact,...

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Government Forum 2016 : A Focus on Future
Sep 19

Government Forum 2016 : A Focus on Future

While attending the Government Forum 2016, held in Bahrain yesterday, many in the audience, like me, experienced a renewed sense of elation at, and a...

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Rio 2016: The Glory of Games
Aug 22

Rio 2016: The Glory of Games

By the time you read this, the Rio 2016 Olympics would have drawn to a close. When it is 6 am on Monday morning in Manama, Bahrain, it would be...

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The Turmoil in Turkey
Jul 25

The Turmoil in Turkey

It is ‘putsch’ in German.  It is ‘coup d’état’ in French. It is ‘hükümet darbesi’ in...

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Grieving with France. Fighting against Terror
Jul 18

Grieving with France. Fighting against Terror

Driving back from the French Embassy in Bahrain, on Saturday night - after attending the Candle Light Prayer Vigil organised by ‘This is...

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Terrorism - A Disease that Must be Arrested
Jul 04

Terrorism - A Disease that Must be Arrested

On Tuesday, a deadly attack at Istanbul airport - in Tukey - killed 44 people, and injured over two hundred. On Friday, an attack on a Café...

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Brexit - The Ramifications of the Referendum
Jun 27

Brexit - The Ramifications of the Referendum

It is three days since the EU Referendum was held in UK. And there have been diverse comments, criticisms, predictions , cartoons and jokes, on the...

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