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The federalist principles

The federalist principles

Deep questions of equity are raging in India and the U.S. — hyper-nationalism is blurring the debate

BY: Varghese K. George Debates over taxation and representation have been central to the evolution of democracy over centuries. India and America, the biggest and oldest democracies, respectively, are in the midst of a renewed debate over these subjects in recent months, the repercussions of which will be felt decades into the future. The two […]

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How a letter by a Catholic archbishop incensed India’s BJP

How a letter by a Catholic archbishop incensed India’s BJP

Archbishop Couto's letter should be seen in the context of growing anti-minority sentiment in India.

By: Apoorvanand  A letter the Catholic Archbishop of Delhi sent to all parish priests working in India’s capital city has created a furore in the country’s already charged political scene. In the letter dated May 8, Archbishop Anil Couto requested parish priests to start a year-long prayer campaign to save India from the “turbulent political […]

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Tragedy as farce

Tragedy as farce

Tyranny will always lend itself to lampooning.

By: Mahir Ali IN his 1852 critique of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Karl Marx begins by citing the Hegelian remark that “all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Whatever one might think of that opinion, it would surely be […]

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Being mad about peace

Being mad about peace

One can understand his colleagues being miffed with something Gen Durrani said, but why are the politicians so worked up?

“YE deewangi kab khatam hogi?” When will this madness end? The disarming question from former Indian vice president Hamid Ansari prompted Pakistan’s ex-spy chief retired Lt-Gen Asad Durrani to agree to do a book with his friend, the former RAW chief, Amarjit Singh Dulat. The Dulat-Durrani book explores Ansari’s poser from different angles. Luckily, it […]

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Reflections on Haspel’s confirmation

Reflections on Haspel’s confirmation

By: Robert Crawford It is appalling that the Senate would approve for CIA Director someone who was directly involved in carrying out torture. Haspel should have been disqualified from the beginning, no matter what she told the Senators during and after her confirmation hearing. Despite crucial information held back by the CIA, Senators had sufficient […]

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An excuse for a war

An excuse for a war

By: Conn Hallinan The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the determination of the Bush administration to invade Iraq in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington? Predictions are dicey things, and few human institutions are more uncertain than […]

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Lies Is The Leitmotif Of This Regime

Lies Is The Leitmotif Of This Regime

No promise fulfilled

By: MOHAN GURUSWAMY To my mind “Modi Hatao” is a perfectly appropriate agenda considering how useless Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned out to be, and the damage he has done to the economy with his Tughlakian ways. To discover how useless he has been, one only has to read the BJP agenda of 2014 […]

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Tipping point in West Asia

Tipping point in West Asia

So far, Iran’s response to U.S. provocation has been rhetorical but President Rouhani has little room for manoeuvre

By: Rakesh Sood The long-standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict in West Asia has been overshadowed by new flashpoints in the region, both internal and external, since the Arab Spring. The fight against the Islamic State and its offshoots, beginning with Iraq; the Syrian conflict that has drawn in the U.S., Russia, Iran and Turkey; renewed skirmishing between […]

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The plight of women- the trade of bodies!

The plight of women- the trade of bodies!

By: SAJAD FAROOQ RATHER A prostitute is a person who is legally defined as one “who allows her body to be used for lewd purposes in return for payment”. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services for money. The very word itself speaks about the plight of women and the universality of this issue is […]

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The segregated city

The segregated city

Ghettoisation and Disturbed Areas Act are dividing urban spaces in Gujarat, pushing Muslims to the edge.

By: Christophe Jaffrelot , Sharik Laliwala In the current debates on the place of Muslims in Indian society, a key dimension has remained unexplored: What is their physical place? Where do they live? This question has become topical given the accusation of “land jihad” that has emerged in different parts of the country and the […]