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OMAIR AHMAD

Omair Ahmad is a Delhi-based writer. His last book was Kingdom at the Centre of the World: Journeys into Bhutan (Aleph, 2013).

“Wrong-headed approach to science and health”
28th Feb 2015
“Wrong-headed approach to science and health”

At the time of writing this column, almost 900 people have died in India in the last month and a half due to Swine Flu, a disease caused by the H1N1virus. Of course, if you listen to some of our polit

The trash that circles the world
21st Feb 2015
The trash that circles the world

The Earth has a greedy love and holds us close with its gravity. It takes a great deal of power to escape the planet's grasp. The escape velocity — or the speed necessary to escape the pull of gravi

What Jurassic Park taught me about childhood
14th Feb 2015
What Jurassic Park taught me about childhood

My physics teacher presented me with a copy of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park when I was in eleventh grade, pointing out the flaw in the logic of the book, but also recommending it to me as a good e

Are you scientifically beautiful?
7th Feb 2015
Are you scientifically beautiful?

A few years ago I had the privilege to fly to Paris for the release of the French edition of one of my books. Like all tourists, I thought I would go see the Louvre, France's iconic museum where some

A practical pancreas
31st Jan 2015
A practical pancreas

In January this year, an Australian boy named Xavier Hames received an artificial pancreas. Hames is four years old, and for the last two years of his life, he has been living with Type 1 diabetes, an

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History teaches us that we seldom learn from history
28th Feb 2015
History teaches us that we seldom learn from history

In his book on Mecca, Ziauddin Sardar is trying to tell two stories: the major one is a history of the city in Saudi Arabia in the context of great changes; the second one is an explanation of why the

There’s no ‘Islamic’ world, just a world with Islam in it
3rd Jan 2015
There’s no ‘Islamic’ world, just a world with Islam in it

In 2005 I was working as a Political Advisor at the British High Commission, and part of my work related to the "Engaging the Islamic World" strategy. My low view of this strategy was further reinforc

Surveilling the internet: Our response is LIM(P)
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Surveilling the internet: Our response is LIM(P)

The Foreign Minister of Iran, Javad Zarif, was in India about a year ago, and the Observer Research Foundation had arranged for him to speak at their annual RK Mishra Memorial Lecture. Through some un

Growing the future
27th Dec 2014
Growing the future

A couple of years ago, my wife came back from a trip to her office headquarters in the U.S. Since she was working with Microsoft at that point, one of the attendant pleasures of the trip was observing

‘It’s always sunny in space’
30th Aug 2014
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At an India-Pakistan conference on water issues in 2010, a senior journalist made an impassioned plea. "Water and all the issues related with hydro-electric power are a thing of the past," he said. "W

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