‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’

Richard McGregor is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers In the wake of the Chinese Communist Party celebrating 100 years of its formation, this former Beijing bureau chief of the Financial Times spoke to Open on China’s foreign relations, the history of the communist party in that country, … Continue reading ‘It is striking that China would take on India at a time it needs friends’

After Sweden, it is now UK’s turn to offer Assange justice: Co-author

Dr Suelette Dreyfus modestly calls herself a researcher. But she is also an author who co-wrote a best-selling book with Julian Assange, titled Underground, a 500-page volume on the lives of young hackers of the 1980s and the 1990s (including Assange himself). While she is glad that a Swedish judge has dropped rape charges against … Continue reading After Sweden, it is now UK’s turn to offer Assange justice: Co-author

Caste Politics: The Disillusionment Behind the Dalit Resurgence

FILMMAKER STALIN K’S AWARD-WINNING 2007 documentary on untouchability, India Untouched, features a Varanasi priest, Batuprasad Sharma Shatri, who declares animatedly before the camera that only animals use intelligence while human beings fall back on ancient textbooks for answers about life. “Therefore, I believe in caste and untouchability,” he announces with a melodramatic flourish, dismissing the … Continue reading Caste Politics: The Disillusionment Behind the Dalit Resurgence