This paper features 4 articles. The first article attempts to assess the universal theme of 'confession' as it appears in two Anglo-Indian novels, namely A.K. Naryan's The Guide and B.Bhattacharya's He Who Rides a Tiger. In the second article the paper will investigate whether if certain shared, value-based expectations of a state‘s appropriate behavior continues to exist, and whether the state will continue to pursue a foreign policy that is consistent.The third theme looks at a particular systemic approach to classroom, school and district improvement, building on the national School Improvement Policy, which has the power to transform school community relationships and in the process could create the capacity from the ground up to practice democratic governance. The fourth article covers the development of taxes in the world and specifically Ethiopia.