Resorts and Indian Politics

Eknath Shinde (extreme right) with other rebel Shiv Sena MLAs at a resort in Guwahati on June 22, 2022 Luxury retreats continue to be a haven for both party honchos to herd their flock and rebels who want to break away Transporting fellow legislators to luxury destinations to ensure that they don’t fall for inducements … Continue reading Resorts and Indian Politics

The West Treats Julian Assange Like a Mafia Don, Not a Publisher: Stefania Maurizi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWhFwdNcXvY Stefania Maurizi talking to Open Magazine from Tuscany, Italy Stefania Maurizi is the only international journalist to have partnered with WikiLeaks in all of its major projects since 2009. The acclaimed Italian investigative reporter, who currently works for the daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, had previously been associated with major media groups such as La … Continue reading The West Treats Julian Assange Like a Mafia Don, Not a Publisher: Stefania Maurizi

India’s lavender revolution: Millennials and GenZs lead from the front to call out homophobia as a colonial hangover

LESBIAN COUPLE FATHIMA NOORA, 23, and Adhila Nazrin, 22, heaved a sigh of relief on May 31 when the Kerala High Court allowed them to live together, snubbing close relatives who had forcibly taken away and detained the former at an unknown location with the purported connivance of a few policemen. They were both delighted … Continue reading India’s lavender revolution: Millennials and GenZs lead from the front to call out homophobia as a colonial hangover

‘Pervez Musharraf’s Undoing: Playing Politics While Maintaining his Military Swagger’

Historian and author Ayesha Jalal in conversation with Ullekh NP   Pervez Musharraf (Photo: Getty Images) Acclaimed historian and author Ayesha Jalal, who thoroughly examines Pervez Musharraf’s nine years in power, first as military general and then as president of Pakistan, in her absorbing book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics, says that … Continue reading ‘Pervez Musharraf’s Undoing: Playing Politics While Maintaining his Military Swagger’

Social networks care about India only as much as Union Carbide cared for its victims: Meta whistleblower

Do not expect them to give up profit for principles, warns 31-year-old Sophie Zhang Sophie Zhang, American data scientist and whistle-blower The first thing that strikes you about Meta whistle-blower Sophie Zhang is that she uses the kind of abbreviations and usages that people in India employ on a day-to-day basis, in sharp contrast with most expats … Continue reading Social networks care about India only as much as Union Carbide cared for its victims: Meta whistleblower

Dhruva Jaishankar says formal ties with Afghanistan unlikely in near future

  Dhruva Jaishankar The author-analyst is worried about the role of the Haqqani Network and others in launching attacks on Indians within Afghanistan Foreign policy expert and author Dhruva Jaishankar, who is currently the executive director of the Observer Research Foundation America, feels that although Indian diplomats have met the Taliban in Kabul in a … Continue reading Dhruva Jaishankar says formal ties with Afghanistan unlikely in near future

Taliban can’t ensure security to Indians keen on resuming Afghan projects: Christine Fair

A Taliban patrol in Kabul, August 18, 2021 (Photo: AP) C. Christine Fair, Professor Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, has over the years earned a reputation for being one of the world’s foremost experts on military affairs and politics in South Asia. A polyglot, she has spent quality time in Afghanistan … Continue reading Taliban can’t ensure security to Indians keen on resuming Afghan projects: Christine Fair

Whistle-blower compares Facebook to iceberg that sank the Titanic

Amid talk of more disclosures, Sophie Zhang says she is upset at not being able to offer her testimony in India so far Sophie Zhang, American data scientist and whistle-blower who had worked at Meta (then Facebook) between 2018 and 2020 s the world awaits her next move in the wake of yawning silence from … Continue reading Whistle-blower compares Facebook to iceberg that sank the Titanic

Author Stein Ringen offers a new definition for democracy and hits out at sceptics

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) NORWEGIAN SOCIOLOGIST and political scientist Stein Ringen is renowned for his obsession with democracy. He has said in recent interviews that it is so because he is from Scandinavia, which has had great luck with democracy, with its high doses of what he calls potentials and low risks. In his latest book, How … Continue reading Author Stein Ringen offers a new definition for democracy and hits out at sceptics

‘Indo-Israel ties are expected to grow faster than ever before,’ says ambassador Naor Gilon

Naor Gilon, Israel’s new ambassador to India, in conversation with Ullekh NP Gilon is an engaging conversationalist. Inside his office in the well-guarded embassy on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, the 58-year-old  diplomat talks about his love for Indian food, and historical and bilateral ties between the two democracies, besides a raft of issues. This is his third … Continue reading ‘Indo-Israel ties are expected to grow faster than ever before,’ says ambassador Naor Gilon