Japan suffered three devastating blows, one after another: an earthquake tore her first, then a tsunami, and then a nuclear power station.  Now, this gentle and generous nation is left with too many broken pieces, too many missing lives, and too many mourners.

The recent turmoil in diktat nations across the Middle East and northern Africa has caught the attention of rulers and ruled around the world.  People in this region are gathering in masses to express their frustrations and anger, and are revolting against their leaders.

Voters have spoken, winners have heard them, a new administration is in office, and a rosy morning has dawned in Bihar.  Soon the work shall resume – the work, that is, of moving Bihar forward.

In Jammu and Kashmir, various groups of people have been seeking to break away from India.  Some nations, too, have been asking, or have been asked to ask, India to do something about the Kashmir issue, meaning, loosely, to let the state separate from India.

Recently 84-year old Fidel Castro, the retired revolutionary leader of Cuba, told American journalist, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine (published in the United States), that the “Cuban model” no longer works.  Castro was referring to the economic model of communism, which he implemented in Cuba 50 years ago.

Those who live or travel there would not disagree that India has an ample amount of two things: heat and poverty. The former is felt nearly all year round from sunrise to sunrise, and the latter, like the sun, is omnipresent. Are parents alone at fault for poverty? Or is the hot climate a culprit?

Some people resort to violence to get what they want and could care less if they hurt or kill—either themselves or others or both—in so doing.  This phenomenon is old, and scholars who have studied such behavior have suggested using economics as a tool to reduce violence.

A war within a country, resulting from a riot or uprising or violence, pits citizens against citizens and bloodies everyone.  It could flare up without warning or simmer forever at low heat.  A war between two nations, on the other hand, kills the nation’s enemies and is unlikely to happen frequently or to last a long time. Take, for instance, India, a fast emerging economic power.