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We’ve all heard of an elephant in the room to mean problems we ignore or systematically fail to address, but what does humans in the room mean?

There are humans in the room is a partly tongue in cheek blog that reflects on the human condition, real problems and human stupidity. Animals don’t kill for pleasure, nor do they torture each other for fun and funds. Decades after we told ourselves what universal human rights are, we are still arguing about what is human and what is not. There are any number of documents that hold us to ensuring that each of us on this planet has food, water and primary health, but we are nowhere near our goals. Worse, in our mindless pursuit of victory and revenge we have destroyed more than we create, driven animals and plants to extinction while we attend conferences to protect clean air and save the planet.

The blog will reflect on governments from dictatorships to democracies and everything else in between. We will promote good writing from people who are passionate and bring domain knowledge. Above all, we hope to bring some humour and laughter back in our lives as a means to understanding our own weaknesses and recognising that we are all responsible for igniting change. We believe in human good and we keep the faith.

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  • A Pakistan-China-Taliban axis precludes India sitting out on Afghanistan, writes Harini Calamur

    Now, with the Taliban back in at the helm in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the chief influencer and with the ISIS and Al Qaeda back in play – India is in the crosshairs of some of the worst terror organisations in the world. With more powers and groupings indicating that they will negotiate with the…


  • Will China get embroiled in the graveyard of empires?

    Afghanistan is a complex geopolitical playground and remains one of the world’s fiercest battlegrounds. After the recent withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban immediately began claiming territory in various parts of the country. They now control more than 85 per cent of the country. The Afghan government may be overthrown in…


  • The US should provide an explanation for the enfeebled Afghan military

    The US war on Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 was backed by the largest and most all-encompassing international support ever rallied behind a state going into conflict. The shocking images from New York and Washington D.C. in 2001 gave the US unprecedented access to this international support, so much so that even states such…


  • Compulsory License under Patent and Competition Law to Ensure Vaccine Equity

    It is clear by now that universal access to vaccines depends upon cheap prices, and high scale and speed of production. Even if governments subsidise prices to make the vaccines cheap or ideally free of cost, at present, there are not enough vaccines to administer the critical mass of the population in poor- and middle-income…


  • The Matter of Xi’s Succession

    At the all-important two sessions (lianghui) meetings last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials adopted a new and surprisingly unambitious Five-Year Plan, reoriented the country’s technology strategy and redoubled the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. All of this was documented in the English-language media. But another crucial CCP announcement flew below the media’s…


  • Enough Sermons on Climate, It’s Time for ‘Just’ Action

    As Britain readies to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November this year, there is a concerted effort to push countries towards publicly endorsing and adopting ‘Net Zero’—a carbon neutral emission norm—as policy. This is a demand for an inflexible, near-impossible, time-bound agenda to achieve what is…


  • Bringing Everyone to the Tobacco Table

    Cancel culture is not unique to the age of Twitter. After all, we cancelled the tobacco industry decades ago. As such, the treatment of the sector may hold important lessons for navigating a world of wokeness and the potential pitfalls of absolute cancellation. In his new book, Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to…


  • How India and the US can lead in the Indo-Pacific

    Although the Pacific and Indian Oceans have traditionally been viewed as separate bodies of water, India and the US increasingly understand them as part of a single contiguous zone. The US Maritime Strategy (2015), for example, labels the region the ‘Indo-Asia-Pacific’, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump referred to it in their…


  • Excuse Me, Mr. U.N. Secretary General

    The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres raised the climate change stakes this week when he called for the cancellation of all coal-fired power projects around the world. He said “Today, I am calling on all governments, private companies and local authorities to take three steps,” “First, cancel all global coal projects in the pipeline and…


  • Online content regulation: The good, the odd and the untenable

    On 25 February, the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, were released jointly by the ministries of information and broadcasting and of electronics and information technology. They were met with an anticipated storm of dissent, particularly over rules that would regulate online content, such as user-generated material on social…