• India’s High-Wire Balance on Israel and Palestine

    India’s High-Wire Balance on Israel and Palestine0

    In recent years, India’s growing ties with Israel and its policy posture towards Palestine have been a subject of intense public debate both inside and outside of India. Supporters have argued that the shift in the orientation of Indian foreign policy, in terms of its changed policy towards Israel, bears the mark of “realism” and

  • Journalism in Bangladesh: A Stricken Path

    Journalism in Bangladesh: A Stricken Path0

    As the general population of Bangladesh switched on their television sets on the night of July 25 and opened their newspapers the next day, most of them were stunned by the news of an attack on 20 media personnel  at the hands of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) doctors and staff. The incident was at

  • Poetry and Politics at a Time of Transition

    Poetry and Politics at a Time of Transition0

    Turning and Turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold: Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. — From

  • The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed

    The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed0

    Introduction   At the end of July 2012, India was hit with the world’s largest ever blackouts during which nearly 670 million people were without power. The lack of power for only two days brought one of the world’s fastest growing economies to a grinding halt, with financial losses estimated to be equivalent to 1.5% of

  • Displaced Rohingya at the Margins

    Displaced Rohingya at the Margins0

    This past summer marked a disturbing escalation of the persecution of the minority Muslim Rohingya population in Burma’s Arakan state. The Rohingya are commonly referred to as one of the world’s most persecuted communities – in their native Burma (now officially known as Myanmar) they have faced a slowly escalating complex of discriminations including forced

  • An Interview with Jeet Thayil

    An Interview with Jeet Thayil2

    Jeet Thayil’s incendiary debut novel, Narcopolis, reveals the drug culture of Bombay from the 60s to the present, with a lyrical, hallucinatory intensity both seductive and frightening. Drawing comparisons to the works of Burroughs and Rushdie, the novel has garnered plaudits for its stylistic invention and uncompromising portrayal of the vice teeming just below the

  • Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry

    Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry0

    In a paper written for the U.S. Institute of Peace, Noah Coburn, a professor at Skidmore College, noted that the United States and others in the NATO coalition trying to bring stability to Afghanistan have relied on warlords and powerbrokers that actually benefit from instability. As they skim off wealth because of the corrupt Karzai


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