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Best Regards

Sayantan Chakravarty


If a success of a movie were to be gauged by its ability to draw mixed feelings, then the hugely successful, eight Oscars-rich SD is one such. There are those who cannot stop gushing at the film’s cinematographic finesse, soulful music, and superb photography, direction and acting. And then there are those who are not really happy about the way Indian poverty has been celebrated, and turned into a theme that the western audience likes. The ones that are displeased feel the movie has come at a time when India’s image in the world is no longer of a third world nation, but that of a country that is driving growth, fuelling investments, attracting talents from across the globe to work and research, and is generally considered an emerging economic superpower.

Surely, there must be something about the movie that is drawing such mixed feelings. When I spoke to consulting editor Rakesh K Simha about the story, he said, “India is the land where people go to war over a perceived insult to their mother. It's okay to be a liberal, but when it comes to India, our mother, let us not be so forgiving towards foreigners.”

We also have an array of articles that speak on the Indians’ struggle for citizenship in the USA during the first half of the 20th century, and how they overcame odds and led the path for fresh waves of immigration. We have a perspective on the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.

Taking over in March as high commissioner of India in Trinidad and Tobago is Malay Mishra. He was earlier involved deeply with the diaspora during an over three-year stint with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs as a joint secretary. We have an interview with him during which he has articulated his views on Indo-Trinidad relations very crisply.

Happy reading.

Sayantan Chakravarty

Consulting Editor
Rakesh K. Simha

Contributing Editors
Vatsala Kaul, Dinesh Raheja, Indrani Talukdar (all India), Srikanth Beldona, Dharminder Diwan, Arnelle Hartenstein (all US), Rajesh Kumar (New Zealand), Ramesh Mathew (Qatar)

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Debashish Dutta (Consultant - Design)

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