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 A.G. Noorani

Of summitry

Of summitry

What are summits worth in modern times?

  SUMMITRY is in vogue these days. North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with President Moon Jae-in on April 27 has been the most promising in the series. The two-day meeting at Wuhan between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not a summit that marked a decisive turn in the relations […]

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Edward Said’s Orientalism: Forty years later

Edward Said’s Orientalism: Forty years later

Forty years after the publication of Edward Said's seminal work, Orientalism lives on in other shapes and forms.

  By: Hamid Dabashi There is a video – tucked away somewhere deep in the attic of the internet – of me 15 years ago, convening an international conference on Edward Said’s book, Orientalism, at Columbia University. Said at that time was still with us. In this video, you can see me briefly introduce him […]

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A splitting headache

A splitting headache

Kashmir is the campaign that New Delhi has lost in key places

By: Sankarshan Thakur  Just a few hours before Sameer Bhat, better known as Sameer Tiger, a most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in a gun battle in Drabgam in South Kashmir this week, he had pushed online a short video of a local youngster being interrogated by him on suspicion of being an informer. […]

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Afraid of peace?

Afraid of peace?

The reality is that war-making is a profitable enterprise.

By: Aasim Sajjad Akhtar This past Tuesday was the International Day of Workers, an occasion for labour movements and leftists the world over to recall the day in 1886 when unarmed labourers, carrying white flags symbolising peace, protested against appalling working conditions in the American city of Chicago. Authorities fired indiscriminately, and the white flags […]

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Here is Why India Has Slipped Down the Press Freedom Index

Here is Why India Has Slipped Down the Press Freedom Index

A matter of shame

BY: NIKHIL WAGLE On this World Press Freedom Day(3rd May) three instances from the last fortnight haunt me repeatedly. A quote attributed to journalist Rana Ayyub went viral after Kathua and Unnao, where she is supposedly defending child rapists. Of course the quote was fake. But as it happens with most fake news, it went […]

 Kamila Hyat

Honest politicians: an endangered species?

Honest politicians: an endangered species?

Most of us in the country would agree that we have, at best, only a handful of politicians who can in all probability be considered honest, or at least relatively honest, about their financial disclosures. Adding a moral or ethical dimension brings the numbers down even further. In fact, the same is true for India […]

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The fire next time

The fire next time

Recent debate on the Atrocities Act should factor in the milieu that marginalises Dalits at every step.

BY: Abdul Khaliq Those who purvey the myth that caste is no longer a factor in determining the chances one gets in life are living in denial. Caste consciousness is a part of our everyday lives; its universality renders it normal. We are all scarred by it. But the brutal fact is that our dominant […]

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Two centuries after

Two centuries after

Marx comes across as more of a 20th-century than a 19th-century figure.

BY: Mahir Ali BY the time the centenary of Karl Marx’s death was marked 35 years ago, devotees of his ideas were struggling to promote their continued relevance. After all, by then the world differed remarkably from the mid-19th-century state of affairs, with most of the advanced capitalist nations capitulating to some extent to the […]

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Raja Mandala: Lessons from Korea

Raja Mandala: Lessons from Korea

India, Pakistan could take a cue from peace talks in the Peninsula.

BY: C. Raja Mohan As hopes for peace and reconciliation surge in the Korean Peninsula after last week’s summit between the leaders of North and South, there is some wistfulness in the Subcontinent at the absence of a peace process between India and Pakistan. Is there something Delhi and Islamabad can learn from the unfolding […]

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Making room for a young Pakistan

Making room for a young Pakistan

BY: Mosharraf Zaidi On Wednesday this week, the UNDP will publish the Pakistan National Human Development Report (NHDR). This edition of the document focuses on young people, aged fifteen to twenty nine. The lead authors of the report are Dr Faisal Bari and Dr Adil Najam. Dr Bari teaches at the Lahore University of Management […]