Narendra Modi and the struggle for India’s soul

The Economist

When the world’s biggest electorate handed Narendra Modi a thumping victory five years ago, India seemed poised for far-reaching change. His party had won an outright majority of seats in the national parliament, a rare feat in India’s fractious politics. This was not only punishment for tarnished incumbents or reward for Mr Modi’s hard-working, no-nonsense, business-friendly image. Many also saw it as a ringing endorsement of his ideology. Mr Modi’s strident brand of Hindu nationalism, which pictures Pakistan less as a strategic opponent than a threat to civilisation, puts him at the fringe even of his own Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp). MORE…

How to make Asian homestyle spicy chicken drumsticks with tikka masala

Ingredients to marinate the chicken drumsticks:

  • 6-8 pieces of Chicken Drumsticks (2 lbs approx)
  • 1 Tikka masala seasoning mix
  • 1 Tbs of Hot Chill Oil (available from Asian market)
  • 2 Tsp of Ginger/Garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp of Red Chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp of Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp of Salt (to taste)
  • Garnish with finely chopped cilantro/green onion

Oven cooking:
Preheat your oven to 375°F and roast to an internal temperature of 165°F, time about 1 hour.

Great recipe to serve as Appetizer. Enjoy!!!

Parenting methods are exacerbating social divisions – How to help level the playing field

The Economist

British children used to play conkers in the autumn when the horse-chestnut trees started to drop their shiny brown nuts. They would select a suitable chestnut, drill a hole in it and thread it onto a string, then swing their conker at that of an opponent until one of them broke. But the game has fallen out of favour. Children spend less time outdoors and rarely have access to chestnut trees. Besides, many schools have banned conkers games, worried that they might cause injuries or trigger nut allergies.

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Nepali restaurateurs fined in Finland Owners – accused to trafficking and exploiting fellow Nepali workers

Nepali restaurants in Finland have become so popular in the past 20 years that in many places they have started replacing Indian diners in Helsinki and other cities. It now looks like there was a dark side to this success: four Nepalis restauranteurs in Finland have been found guilty of human trafficking, discrimination and tax evasion.

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