EGO is a New York based blog/zine for the South Asian diaspora. We curate the most interesting articles and news on the Web for our readers; and also interview brilliant, crazy, talented and fabulous individuals.

7 Billion

curated by Ayesha Khanna

National Geographic has a great video marking the fact that by the end of 2011, there will be 7 billion people on Earth.

Parag Khanna: The Voice of Mega-Diplomacy

Parag Khanna: The Voice of Mega-Diplomacy

Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler and author. Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Bahrain – What’s Next?

curated by Ayesha Khanna

Graham E. Fuller in International Herald Tribune:

“Where’s the next place to blow in the Arab revolution? Candidates are many, but there’s one whose geopolitical impact vastly exceeds its diminutive size — the island of Bahrain.

This is a place run by an oppressive and corrupt little regime, long coddled by Washington because the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered there. The future of the base is far from secure if the regime falls.

A few hard facts about the island that should give pause for thought:

First, Bahrain is a Shiite island. You won’t see it described that way, but it is — 70 percent of the population, more than the percentage of Shiites in Iraq. And like Iraq under Saddam Hussein, these Arab Shiites have been systematically discriminated against, repressed, and denied meaningful roles by a Sunni tribal government determined to maintain its solid grip on the country.”

Read more here.

The Game Preserve

Mohsin Hamid in Dawn:

Here in the game preserve, money flows to the hunt. Pakistani extremists are funded, armed and trained. And American hunters, whether far away at the remote controls of Predator drones or on the ground in the form of men with the shooting skills of a Raymond Davis, operate under paid immunity. Want a blanket Tribal Area Hellfire missile licence? Well that might set you back the price of 18 new F-16s. An all-Lahore Glock licence to kill? Perhaps double-oh-seven billion in development aid.

More here.

Human Rights Film Festival - NY

Human Rights Film Festival – NY

Now in its 21st year, the 2010 Human Rights Watch Film Festival—the world’s foremost showcase for films with a distinctive human rights theme—creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.

Teach For India

Only 61 per cent of India’s population is literate (2001 Census). Teach for India (formed under the aegis of Teach for All incubated as a seprate entity within Teach For America) is rising to the ocassion. In 2009, Rakesh Mani traded his job with JP Morgan in New York for his own classroom in a challenging Mumbai school.

Forget Islam

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Sareeta Amrute tries to make sense of, to find closure after the Mumbai attacks. By putting aside the question of religion, we might begin to make sense of this carnage in Mumbai in a way that unites rather than divides, in a way that looks beyond ideologies towards a common set of complaints and constraints on life that affect people across the subcontinent.

Repeal of India’s Sodomy Law

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Drafted by Lord Macaulay in 1860, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code—India’s sodomy law criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. The law has been called ‘archaic and brutal,’ ‘the colonial era monstrosity’. In 2000, the Law Commission of India concluded that it should be repealed.

Modern-Day Slavery

“There are more slaves today than at any point in human history” asserts author and journalist Benjamin Skinner. Even low-end Justice Department figures estimate that there are about 50,000 people languishing in hidden bondage. Ben talks to EGO about his book, “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery”