Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

Hundreds of thousands of India’s farmers have been camping on the roads leading to New Delhi in an unprecedented protest that has lasted more than two months but has not been given its proportional share of attention, either from the media or the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its merit and legitimacy. The … Continue reading Indian Farmers Versus Narendra Modi’s Propaganda Machine

Katharina Volckmer’s Debut Novel ‘The Appointment’ Explores Germany’s Historical Baggage in a Personal and Political way

IT IS A MONOLOGUE in just over 100 pages and it is only towards the end that the reader recognises the root of the problem the narrator is trying to address: historical guilt. Specifically, the German historical guilt of its Nazi past, which, according to the author, needs more resolute acts of reconciliation proportionate to … Continue reading Katharina Volckmer’s Debut Novel ‘The Appointment’ Explores Germany’s Historical Baggage in a Personal and Political way

India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

THE SAVAGE KILLINGS of Indian soldiers by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the freezing cold of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15th—with iron rods, clubs and other improvised weapons rarely used in modern combat—raise enormous concerns about the likelihood of an escalation of armed conflict, especially because tempers are high following weeks of … Continue reading India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

‘Biggest Drivers of Kerala’s Success are Women Empowerment and Political Competition’

Professor Robin Bannerman Jeffrey is one of the foremost authorities on Kerala’s development and politics. For decades, he has written about India, from Punjab to Kerala and on subjects as varied as media to mobile phones. Jeffrey, now 75, was born and raised in Canada before he went to England to study and later travelled to … Continue reading ‘Biggest Drivers of Kerala’s Success are Women Empowerment and Political Competition’

How Arvind Kejriwal Evolved as a Politician to Lead AAP to Another Landslide in Delhi

INSIDE THE AAM AADMI PARTY’S (AAP) nondescript headquarters at 206, Rouse Avenue, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, the likes of Manisha Pande, a yoga therapist, have been dancing away for hours. She and her friends had been on their feet even when Arvind Kejriwal and his lieutenants made a grand appearance in the afternoon of … Continue reading How Arvind Kejriwal Evolved as a Politician to Lead AAP to Another Landslide in Delhi

Will the Money Laundering Probe of CC Thampi Open a Can of Worms?

FOR PEOPLE WHO know him well, Cheruvathur Chekkutty Thampi, popularly known as CC Thampi, is famous for his self-effacing ways and unassuming demeanour. A peer who has known him well from the early 1980s and has seen his rapid and stratospheric rise to a business tycoon in the 1990s says that Thampi, who has interests … Continue reading Will the Money Laundering Probe of CC Thampi Open a Can of Worms?

Internet Freedom Is Expected to See a Dip This Year (But People Will Find Ways to Stay Connected)

On the night of January 5th, outside the North Gate of Delhi’s premier educational institute Jawaharlal Nehru University, I tried, while balancing on my toes among young people pushing and pulling each other, to upload photos and videos of the chaos unfolding in front of me with no success. I was suddenly proud of my … Continue reading Internet Freedom Is Expected to See a Dip This Year (But People Will Find Ways to Stay Connected)

How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics

The Harivaraasanam rendition by Yesudas in praise of Lord Ayyappa was one of the first devotional songs I heard in my life. To the teenagers of my generation who grew up in the 1980s, it was one of the most exciting experiences whenever neighbours and relatives prepared themselves to visit Sabarimala, which appeared distant to … Continue reading How Sabarimala Changed Kerala’s Politics

‘We Will See Redoubled Efforts at Infiltration, Recruitment and Weaponisation of Militants’

An alumnus of the University of Cambridge, Dr Radha Kumar’s specialisations include ethnic conflicts, peace studies and conflict resolution. She had served as an interlocutor appointed by the Government for Jammu and Kashmir from 2010 to 2011, and has worked in various parts of the world to bring peace to troubled areas. The 66-year-old author, feminist and academic has … Continue reading ‘We Will See Redoubled Efforts at Infiltration, Recruitment and Weaponisation of Militants’