By: ALI AHMED An earlier contribution to The Citizen very rightly brings out the political rationale for the government calling off the meeting of the foreign minister with her Pakistani counterpart set to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this month. Here his point is reinforced […]
Norbert Häring’s latest book discusses how digital transactions facilitate surveillance and could herald a cashless dystopia
By: Sankar Ray Are we unwittingly subjugating ourselves to a “Totalitarian World Currency in the Making”? Norbert Häring’s latest book, Brave New Money: PayPal, WeChat, Amazon Go, lucidly narrates how digital transactions bring us under automatic surveillance. The democratic order thus gives in to a totalitarian monetarism — the mirage of cashless utopia. Along with […]
Hindu nationalism as an electoral strategy can only go that far in India.
By: Uday Chandra When Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to victory in the 2014 elections, it was the first time that a party had achieved an outright majority in India’s parliament since 1984. It seemed that the era of caste and region-based coalitions had ended, and a new era of religious nationalism […]
BY: Yashwant Sinha While inaugurating the Indian Post Payments Bank on September 1, the prime minister attacked the Congress after awarding a gold medal to himself for the economy recording a growth rate of 8.2 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal. Speaking about bank NPAs, he said that 12 big defaulters […]
A year after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his new Afghanistan policy, the stalemate continues
By: Rakesh Sood Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was in New Delhi on September 19 for a day-long working visit. A short press release indicates the low-key nature of the visit. The reason is simple — the growing sense of uncertainty that prevails. Presumably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the issue of seven engineers working […]
Back to the beginning when NothingHappened, for an inventory of what happened
By: Sankarshan Thakur Some things we need not be told. Or need not be told at a time. Or be told at another time. When there is the need for them to be told; it’s what some folks also call being told on a need basis. Those needs, it is becoming apparent, have begun to […]
Beyond its shoddy schools and stale bread, we, Palestinians see UNRWA as a symbol of our inalienable right to return.
By: Ramzy Baroud Maintaining one’s dignity while living a dismal existence in a refugee camp is not an easy feat. My parents fought hard to spare us the daily humiliations that come with living in Nuseirat – Gaza’s largest refugee camp. But when I turned six, and joined the UNRWA-run Nuseirat Elementary School for Boys, […]
How does one observe yet another International Day of Peace?
By: FR. CEDRIC PRAKASH SJ On Thursday September 20, four people were killed in Maryland, USA in a workplace mass shooting spree; it was the third workplace shooting in the US in less than 24 hours. Earlier that day in Uttar Pradesh, two men were killed in an ‘encounter’. Since March 2017, sixty-six persons have […]
Mohan Bhagwat’s views about the Constitution, Muslims are radically different from that of his predecessor, K S Sudarshan.
The recent lecture series by the Sarsanghchalak of the RSS, Mohan Bhagwat, which was splashed across front pages nationwide, forcefully raises the question: Is this organisation under its present chief changing its position on critical matters such as the Constitution, the concept of Hindu Rashtra and the treatment of minorities? And if the answer is […]
A threat similar to 1977 stares back at us. Will the present generation of Indians, far more educated in numbers, reasonably more resourceful than before and wiser from the benefit of hindsight, rise up again eight months from now to reclaim liberty?
By: Bishwadeep Moitra “My interest is not in the capture of power, but in the control of power by the people”-Jayaprakash Narayan, 1977 In independent India, people’s verdict ‘to overthrow or substitute by another governed’ – definition of a revolution – has happened nine out of 16 times since the first general elections in 1952. […]