• Addressing Religious and Nationalist Extremism for a Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations

    Addressing Religious and Nationalist Extremism for a Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations0

    Politics is a game of interest. For developed countries it is for national interest, but in underdeveloped states this may not be the case. In the latter, the self-interest of political leaders and parties is mostly the priority. The political elite seldom consider national interest before their own benefit. In order to pursue their interests,

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  • An LGBT Victory in America Should Pave the Way for India to Follow

    An LGBT Victory in America Should Pave the Way for India to Follow0

    On June 26, 2015, the LGBT community in the United States achieved a landmark historic decision in what it has been pursuing for decades: the legalization of same sex marriage. This furiously debated topic has been a polarizing one since its inception in the 1960s but, with each passing decade, has seen gradual shifts toward

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  • Pakistan’s water crisis is too real

    Pakistan’s water crisis is too real0

    Back in 2011, the American actor George Clooney recalled asking Barack Obama to identify the one thing that kept him up at night. “Pakistan,” replied the US president. Obama did not elaborate. We can assume, however, that he was alluding to the various nightmare scenarios that spooked Washington officialdom back then, including loose nukes and

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  • Leave the flag, take the wicket

    Leave the flag, take the wicket1

    Cricket in its ‘national’ avatar has become an avenue for war by other means — an opportunity to display jingoism, sexual objectification of women, of doing ‘lena’ and ‘dena’ between nation-states It starts off pretty innocuously, and happens most often during cricket tournaments. Certain citizens of the Indian Union start talking about the possibility of

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  • Pakistan: Why the Political Instability?

    Pakistan: Why the Political Instability?0

    Political instability is a plaguing problem in both developing and so claimed “underdeveloped” countries. On the other hand, political stability is the chief mechanism for socioeconomic development of a state. It is only possible through an organized political system within the state. In this article Pakistan will be explored according to the drivers of stability.

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  • Just why does Pakistan accuse Indian spies of terrorism?

    Just why does Pakistan accuse Indian spies of terrorism?0

    Several weeks ago, the Pakistani armed forces accused India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, or RAW, of fomenting terrorism. A statement issued by the military’s media wing after a Corps Commanders conference on May 5 minced no words. “The Conference…took serious notice of RAW’s involvement in whipping up terrorism in Pakistan.” RAW Emotion

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  • Will Mamata scuttle the Teesta treaty again?

    Will Mamata scuttle the Teesta treaty again?0

    There used to be a sexist Sanskrit saying cautioning against including a woman on an important trip. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh may have learnt the widsom of this ancient adage when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee abruptly opted out of his team during a visit to Bangladesh in late 2011 to sign an

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  • Either Eat Grass or Confront the Bomb?

    Either Eat Grass or Confront the Bomb?2

    It’s amazing how academia (pretty much like any field) contains its share of pessimists and optimists who manage to polarize opinion. The caveat that needs to be understood, however, is from where the pessimism or optimism stems; whether it is Pervez Hoodbhoy’s proclivity towards nuclear abolition when issues of security in South Asia are raised,

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  • Then Why Call Bangladesh a Democracy?

    Then Why Call Bangladesh a Democracy?3

    When you hear Bangladesh in the international media what image pops up in your mind? Just another idiosyncratic South Asian democracy? Or a country of authoritarian rule? If you never thought that Bangladesh is not a democracy that is not your fault. In a global media where sweeping generalizations are ordinary, you might not notice

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  • New age of Indo-Mongolian relations

    New age of Indo-Mongolian relations0

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mongolia on 17th May making him the first ever prime minister in history to do so. His visit to this sandwich nation is a part of the three nation visit which includes the high profile visit of China and South Korea. Usually Mongolia does not figure on the itinerary

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  • Sino-Pak Strategic Cooperation in Gwadar

    Sino-Pak Strategic Cooperation in Gwadar0

    F.S. Aijazuddin in his excellent book on Pakistan’s role in 1971 U.S.- Chinese rapprochement wrote that “Pakistanis love China for what it can do for them, while China loves Pakistanis despite what they do to themselves.” These lines have stood the test of time. In 1965 during the Indo-Pak war, Pakistan sought Chinese assistance and

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  • The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle

    The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle0

    If you live within the territorial limits of the Union of India, it is very likely that you were unaware of two important red-letter days in late March. You are not alone. Bhagat Singh was executed on March 23, 1931 and Shurjo Sen was born on March 22, 1894. Governments that utilise half a chance

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  • Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?

    Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?6

    The year 2072 of the Nepali calendar has brought a long waited consensus among the political leaders: first draft of a constitution holding the major issues like federalism and electoral process. It is disappointing to get a mere half unwrapped present. The ongoing discussion on the debated issues seems to lead nowhere until now. The

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  • Curing Afghanistan

    Curing Afghanistan0

    Three wise old men from South Asia with connections to Singapore have produced a book in which they offer a well-meaning, idealistic cure for the ills of Afghanistan that inadvertently may lead to a genuine solution in that troubled land. In a book entitled Afghanistan: The Next Phase, they suggest a formal association of 10

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