Amitava Kar | The Daily Star
  • Amitava Kar

    The writer is a member of The Editorial Team, The Daily Star. Write to him at

  • Power to the powerless

    The general attitude toward journalists is perhaps summed by what Norman Mailer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer, expressed many years ago, “If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”
  • The slow death of democracies

    Lately, democratic erosion in many countries has been less dramatic and more deceptive. There are no tanks in the streets. A formal or
  • A case for more tea shops

    When we look at someone like Mozart who shows his unusual gift at an early age, we think that it must be genetic. But studies show that genetics is a relatively small piece of the genius puzzle. Geniuses are neither born nor made. They are grown, according to Eric Weiner, author of the bestselling book The Geography of Genius (2016).
  • The power paradox

    The Machiavellian thesis that power is about force, intimidation and violence no longer passes muster. Instead, through social practices that promote the interests of others such as empathy, equality, collaboration, open mindedness and generosity, we acquire power.
  • Taking activism beyond social media

    As the world marks the centenary of the October Revolution, it is apt to study online movements and their offline results. The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, an estimated 3.5 million people in cities around the US...
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