• India: Manufactured Images and Modi! 0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy    9 January 2021 Of late, Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t giving much importance to political rhetoric he played upon, not too long ago, that is his “56-inch” chest. Clearly, he is well aware that this may not help turn the political tide in his party’s favor in forthcoming assembly elections. There

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  • Last chapter of an enfeebled democracy?0

    by William Milam   January 8, 2021 I began writing this on Tuesday, the day that the two runoff elections for the two senate seats in Georgia were being held, and a day before President Trump’s latest, and probably final, assault on our democracy takes place. On Wednesday, Trump’s disciples in Congress will challenge the already-certified

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  • Normalisation of “Hindutva Shock Therapy” for the Consolidation of Capitalism in India0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak   8 January 2021 The rise of neoliberal marginalisation combined with social and economic marginalisation under a Brahminical structure and its caste-based hierarchical social order has laid the foundation for ‘Hindutva’ political, social, cultural, and economic projects. The resurgence of neoliberalism from the 1980s led to the acceleration of further marginalisation

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  • Nepal:  A failed democracy: Is monarchy the answer?0

    by Bisheh Joshi and Laabhesh Thapa    6 January 2021 The transition from Monarchy to Democracy has been the zeitgeist of the late 19th and 20th Centuries. Those democracies slowly evolved to partial dictatorships. However, it is rare to see a transition from the Social Contractarian idea of “Self-Rule” by, of, and for the people to

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  • Book Review: Voting in a Hybrid Regime – Explaining the 2018 Bangladeshi Election0

    Book Review Voting in a Hybrid Regime Explaining the 2018 Bangladeshi Election by Ali Riaz (2019); Palgrave Macmillan; p. 109 Hardcover $ 25.90 ISBN-13: 978-9811379581 ISBN-10: 9811379580 by Md. Akmal Hossain    5 January 2021 Bangladesh, since its independence, has come across different types of government systems. From a parliamentary to a presidential system, and

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  • United States Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020-A critical Analysis0

                His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at his enthronement ceremony, February 22, 1940, in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo courtesy of Tibet Museum by Dr. Adfer  Shah       4 January 2020 While he is leaving the white house soon, Donald Trumps’ last blow to China is his signing the legislation

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  • Reason for being; spiritual journey of a South-Asian immigrant0

    “ I was waking up each day, dreading what would go wrong.” When I was growing up, it never occurred to me to contemplate why I was alive, my real purpose, or what I was truly passionate about. Most young people don’t think about it: they are either too busy trying to excel in academics

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