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Shadowy victimhood

Shadowy victimhood

Each of the attributes of Emergency Indira finds reflection in Narendra Modi

By: Sankarshan Thakur Just a footnote, if you will, to the annual rite of fuming and frothing over the Emergency, now that it is beginning to ebb and settle: there were many more that suffered and refused to submit than those that each year parade the stage, brandishing medallions of victimhood and rekindling rage. The […]

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Iran’s Syria predicament

Iran’s Syria predicament

There is growing pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria.

By: Marwan Kabalan As Syria’s civil war draws to a close, Iran’s activity in the country is coming under increasing scrutiny. The US, Israel, and the Gulf states are all working towards making Iran’s military presence in Syria untenable and its withdrawal – a prerequisite for resolving the conflict. The Trump administration is not as […]

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The strongman’s dilemma: on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The strongman’s dilemma: on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

With Erdoğan set to change the nature of the Turkish republic, his political style could exacerbate its problems

By: Rakesh Sood With the electoral victory last month, 64-year-old President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan created history by becoming the longest serving ruler of Turkey. So far, that distinction belonged to Mustafa Kemal ‘Atatürk’, the founder of the Turkish republic, its first president from 1923 till his death in 1938. Mr. Erdoğan was Prime Minister from […]

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The Making of a New Rahul Gandhi (that makes BJP and Sambit Patra nervous)

The Making of a New Rahul Gandhi (that makes BJP and Sambit Patra nervous)

Five ingredients

By: SEEMA MUSTAFA NEW DELHI: What does it mean when a Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson with by now immense experience on television channels that he frequents on a daily basis, says “Joote se maaro Rahul ko, joote maaro Rahul ko.” Of course he later claims that he wanted to say that traitors–he has still to […]

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This World and other Worlds

This World and other Worlds

By: Sankarshan Thakur Never mistake one for the other, this world and the other world. Or worlds, who knows how many there might be. What we know is merely the cognisable, merely a pinhead. Look up the skies someday and if pollution will spare you the sight, glance at the stars. Each one might be […]

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 ‘Unfreedom in Thailand’

 ‘Unfreedom in Thailand’

By: Naveed Qazi Whenever there has been a military junta ruling a country and making amendments to the constitution, a repression is almost inevitable. The regime in Thailand seems one of those brutish examples – the Thai regime had attained power in May 2014. Before this, 2006 military coup made news headlines. A year later, […]

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The meaning of secularism

The meaning of secularism

As the Congress prepares for crucial State and general elections, much will depend on its ideological clarity

By: Smita Gupta As a series of important State elections and then the Lok Sabha election approach, the Congress is being watched for how it plays the secularism card. Over the last three decades, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has purposefully moved to the political centre stage, the Congress has defined its secularism in […]

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 The dilemma of the heavyweights

 The dilemma of the heavyweights

‘A friend in need isn’t a friend indeed.’ This is how the doyen of pessimism, Arthur Schopenhauer, turned on its head one of the most commonly used aphorisms.

By: Hussain H Zaidi Going by the wisdom of the German philosopher, the only reliable guide to choosing friends and foes is pragmatism. In a world where discretion is the better part of valour, it is better to turn away from a friend who is in hot waters than to stand by him and thus, […]

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In 2018, the 1992 test

In 2018, the 1992 test

Many of those charged in the Babri Masjid demolition case are lawmakers. That’s what makes the case a litmus test for rule of law in the country

In July, the Supreme Court will resume hearings to the title suit of the land in Ayodhya. But it is another litigation, related to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, which holds great significance for India as a constitutional republic. The verdict in this case could send out the powerful message that the […]

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Comparing faiths

Comparing faiths

The study of religions should enlighten us about interfaith dynamism.

By: Jan-e-Alam Khaki RELIGIOUS experience has been a profound phenomenon in human history in terms of holding beliefs, adopting a religious language, and interpreting the mundane and sacred. There is no one type of experience all religions universally acclaim, but a “variety of religious experiences”, as William James rightly demonstrates. Therefore, studying a religion, let […]

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