By: Sankarshan Thakur This too. That too. Ivy too. Poison too. League too. Beleaguered too. Neck too. Tie too. Garland too. Noose too. Murder too. Mubarak too. Eulogy too. Apology too. Layak too. Naalayak too. Poot too. Kapoot too. Baap naalayak. Beta layak. Baap layak. Beta naalayak. All in the family. SangParivar – hum saath […]
How I and four young Palestinians made it to the 1998 World Cup in France.
By: Marwan Bishara Twenty years ago, I was asked by the General Council of the Parisian suburb Seine-Saint-Denis to invite four Palestinian youth to attend the World Cup in France and to organise their visit. At the time, football was the last thing on my mind. I was finishing my doctorate in France, doing my […]
The 70-page act is essentially a guidebook for the ‘Global Bully’.
IT would be a shame if the international community were to submit to the gross violation of international law that has been systematically committed by the United States, through its Congress, for over two decades. The Countering of America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), 2017, has aroused widespread resentment because of its broad reach — […]
Under-representation of Muslims in police and army hurts the constitutional project of multi-cultural India
By: Christophe Jaffrelot , Shweta Bhutada The recent ‘Status of Policing in India Report, 2018’ published by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and the NGO Common Cause — which has been hardly discussed in the media, unfortunately — offers a comprehensive survey of the performance and perceptions of the Indian police. We […]
Development for now, rest later
80 Lok Sabha seats are sufficient to ensure that any differences that might exist between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are blown away, at least until after the general elections. Those hoping to see differences widen between the two are disappointed, with both leaders now on the same page […]
The World Cup is drawing more attention in Britain than Brexit negotiations
By: Swapan Dasgupta Judging from outward appearances, the United Kingdom is not very political. You can be in any part of the country on the day before a general election without realizing that the carnival of democracy is on. True, there are the occasional ‘monster’ demonstrations that often disrupt life and traffic in Central London, […]
Only an effective charter of governance can help us.
By: Tariq Khosa PAKISTAN today suffers from a crisis of governance. The radical right is ascendant. Institutional decay is advanced; the state’s writ is eroded. We soon go to the polls in a divisive, belligerent and to a great extent despondent environment. It is time for serious reflection and introspection. In the past decade, our […]
Trump will seek his own version of a 'reset' in relations with Russia. What would that look like?
By: Marwan Bishara The Kremlin prefers the Republicans over the Democrats. Or at least that is what a Russian political insider told me back in 2008, as we stood on the rooftop terrace of a hotel overlooking the Red Square on the eve of the US presidential elections. I found it a rather surprising statement […]
In Pakistan, the democratic process is in danger again
By: Mehmal Sarfraz Elections in Pakistan are all set to take place exactly two weeks from now. It is quite clear that two of the largest political parties in the country – the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan Peoples Party – are being pushed against the wall while the establishment’s new favourite party, […]
The trolls that target Sushma Swaraj are a byproduct of her and her party’s politics
By: Apoorvanand BJP leader Ram Madhav (‘Trust your leader’, IE, July 6) asks his “social media activist” friends not to waste their time on Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj since she is one of their own. He also appeals to them not to let go the “regressive Muslim cleric”, who performed nikah between […]