'The Nagas want a flag of their own, to share the Kohima skyline with the national tricolour.'Rediff.com Google tells me that the real Napoleon Bonaparte used somewhat more vivid imagery to rhetorically raise and dismiss the question, what's a throne? For my limited purpose this week, I'm content to use what Rod Steiger, playing him in the 1970 classic Waterloo, said. Something like, what's a throne? It's an overpriced piece of furniture. This was still the early 19th century, a throne still mattered. In most of the modern world, it doesn't even exist. Nationalism has crept back pan-nationally to some extent lately, yet the symbols of the nation-State -- thrones, crowns, anthems, flags -- have generally faded from our consciousness. They haven't gone away, though. Sportspersons take these very seriously at championships, for example. It is just that the modern nation-State is more stable and secure and the value of such symbols has become commemorative, less existential. We can, … [Read more...] about Will Modi give the Nagas a separate flag?
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The mixed social media reaction to the context surrounding her recent pregnancy announcement was pushed to one side as Iskra Lawrence enjoyed a night out with partner Philip Payne. The expectant parents were hand in hand during an appearance at Beverly Hills restaurant Mr. Chow on Thursday evening. Sporting a florescent bra beneath a form-fitting white top, Iskra, 28, displayed her baby bump as they made their way inside. Dinner date: The criticism surrounding her recent pregnancy announcement was pushed to one side as Iskra Lawrence enjoyed a night out with partner Philip Payne The British model added to her look with a fitted grey skirt, while casual running shoes rounded things off. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Victoria Beckham, 45, means business as she flashes her... Katy Perry dazzles in a glittering gold and purple jumpsuit... 'I still feel stressed, unmotivated and question myself':... Joan Collins, 86, looks glamorous in blue … [Read more...] about Iskra Lawrence displays her growing baby bump as she steps out for a dinner date with boyfriend Philip Payne… days after announcing her pregnancy
As 1958 drew to a close, a despondent mood drew over the offices of the West Indian Gazette in Brixton, south London. A decade after the Windrush docked, with the symbolic arrival of the postwar generation of black Britons, a series of racist attacks in Nottingham had sparked several nights of rioting in mid-August. By the end of the month, conflict had spread to west London, to Notting Hill, where white youths regularly went "nigger hunting". The Gazette's founder-editor, Claudia Jones, had had enough. "We need something to get the taste of Notting Hill out of our mouths," she said. "Someone suggested we should hold a carnival," says Donald Hinds, who was in the room at the time. "We all started laughing because it was so cold and carnival is this out-on-the-street thing. It seemed like a ridiculous suggestion." But Jones had other ideas and set about making arrangements. A few months later, on January 30, 1959, London's first Caribbean carnival was held in St Pancras town hall. … [Read more...] about The politics of partying
How should a podcast honor a largely-unsung Founding Father, more than two centuries after his death? In the case of "Mobituaries with Mo Rocca," a musical production number and comic roast seemed like the most fitting means of paying tribute to Thomas Paine. The English-born Paine grew up in humble circumstances and arrived in Philadelphia on the eve of revolution. His pamphlet "Common Sense" became one of the bestselling publications in American history, inspiring colonists to cut ties with England. Without him, there might not be a United States. Yet, when Paine died, only six people showed up at his funeral. The paltry obit that was published at the time summed up his life in this line: "He had lived long, did some good and much harm." To add insult to injury, a crazed fan dug up his bones. Today, there seems to be some confusion over Paine's historical significance. "People may have known he said, 'These are the times that try men's souls'; they may know that he said, … [Read more...] about “Mobituaries”: Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father