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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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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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