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North Korea on the Brink: Socio-Political Impacts of a Nuclear North Korea

I would like to start with a quote. Lord Acton the English historian famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In InternationalAffairs, Nov 01, 2017

NuclearWeapons

North Korea on the Brink: Socio-Political Impacts of a Nuclear North Korea

I would like to start with a quote. Lord Acton the English historian famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In InternationalAffairs, Nov 01, 2017

America

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

China's Medieval Mindset and Prime Minister Modi's Moment of Truth

Through the many powerful dynasties that ruled over China, the greatest ambition of the various kings used to be the propagation of their unquestioned authority over as large an area ...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 25, 2020

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

COVID-19 and the Deepening of Federalism in India

Winston Churchill once advised to never let a good crisis go to waste. The present COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for India to utilize this crisis by presenting itself as an...

In Politics, Apr 12, 2020

After COVID-19: Implications on International Organizations and the Global Order

Human beings are perhaps cognitively wired for reacting faster to events that come as a sudden shock or stimulate loyal sentiments connected with social identity (race, religion, nati...

In InternationalAffairs, Politics, Economics, Mar 30, 2020

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

Knowledge Transfer Between Natural Allies

A decade ago, President Barack Obama termed the United States of America and India as natural allies. One is the world’s oldest democracy while the other is its largest. Both nations ...

In History, Politics, Aug 20, 2019

Is the World Order Fundamentally Changing?

On the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, let us see the fundamental shift that is happening in the world by the rise of China. Many scholars including Former U.S. Se...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 03, 2019

North Korea on the Brink: Socio-Political Impacts of a Nuclear North Korea

I would like to start with a quote. Lord Acton the English historian famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In InternationalAffairs, Nov 01, 2017

China

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

China's Medieval Mindset and Prime Minister Modi's Moment of Truth

Through the many powerful dynasties that ruled over China, the greatest ambition of the various kings used to be the propagation of their unquestioned authority over as large an area ...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 25, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

After COVID-19: Implications on International Organizations and the Global Order

Human beings are perhaps cognitively wired for reacting faster to events that come as a sudden shock or stimulate loyal sentiments connected with social identity (race, religion, nati...

In InternationalAffairs, Politics, Economics, Mar 30, 2020

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

Is the World Order Fundamentally Changing?

On the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, let us see the fundamental shift that is happening in the world by the rise of China. Many scholars including Former U.S. Se...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 03, 2019

North Korea on the Brink: Socio-Political Impacts of a Nuclear North Korea

I would like to start with a quote. Lord Acton the English historian famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In InternationalAffairs, Nov 01, 2017

Nehru

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

WANTED: HEALTHY OPPOSITION

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has the opposition been so feeble and bedraggled as it is today. I say this because, in every epoch of the Indian democracy, there were...

In Politics, History, Jul 01, 2019

Nehru, the Opposition, and the One Sheep

On his 55th death anniversary, here are three episodes that show Nehru’s outlook towards the opposition and which also have contemporary relevance.

In History, May 26, 2019

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

Nehru's Tryst With Progeny

Four score and seven years ago, millions in India celebrated Independence Day for the first time after the declaration of Purna Swaraj a few months ago. The president of Congress who ...

In History, Politics, Nov 14, 2017

Congress

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

Modi Government's Policy Paralysis and Opposition's Unused Brahamastra

Wouldn’t it be confusing if suddenly a day the Sun shall rise from the West? What if Bengalis would suddenly quit eating fish? How about a time when Kerala will cease to be God’s Own ...

In Politics, Policy, Economics, May 09, 2020

Whither India?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Feb 29, 2020

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

Defining Politics

The word “politics” comes from the Greek word “politikos” which means pertaining to the affairs of the state or its citizens. Politics has been variously defined as the process by whi...

In Politics, Oct 20, 2019

Abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution of India

Let’s start from the beginning. Article 370 was introduced as a temporary measure, to be valid until the formulation and adoption of the state’s constitution. The state of Jammu and K...

In History, Politics, Aug 07, 2019

WANTED: HEALTHY OPPOSITION

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has the opposition been so feeble and bedraggled as it is today. I say this because, in every epoch of the Indian democracy, there were...

In Politics, History, Jul 01, 2019

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

Indian General Election 2019: Towards a Hung Parliament?

This article was originally published here.

In Politics, Feb 21, 2019

Nehru's Tryst With Progeny

Four score and seven years ago, millions in India celebrated Independence Day for the first time after the declaration of Purna Swaraj a few months ago. The president of Congress who ...

In History, Politics, Nov 14, 2017

Rajaji

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

WANTED: HEALTHY OPPOSITION

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has the opposition been so feeble and bedraggled as it is today. I say this because, in every epoch of the Indian democracy, there were...

In Politics, History, Jul 01, 2019

Nehru, the Opposition, and the One Sheep

On his 55th death anniversary, here are three episodes that show Nehru’s outlook towards the opposition and which also have contemporary relevance.

In History, May 26, 2019

Nehru's Tryst With Progeny

Four score and seven years ago, millions in India celebrated Independence Day for the first time after the declaration of Purna Swaraj a few months ago. The president of Congress who ...

In History, Politics, Nov 14, 2017

SardarPatel

Nehru's Tryst With Progeny

Four score and seven years ago, millions in India celebrated Independence Day for the first time after the declaration of Purna Swaraj a few months ago. The president of Congress who ...

In History, Politics, Nov 14, 2017

RamGuha

Nehru's Tryst With Progeny

Four score and seven years ago, millions in India celebrated Independence Day for the first time after the declaration of Purna Swaraj a few months ago. The president of Congress who ...

In History, Politics, Nov 14, 2017

Urdu

A Fine Example of Classic Hypocrisy

कहाँ मयखाने का दरवाज़ा ‘ग़ालिब’ और कहाँ वाइज़पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

In History, Politics, Culture, Sep 17, 2018

Hypocrisy

A Fine Example of Classic Hypocrisy

कहाँ मयखाने का दरवाज़ा ‘ग़ालिब’ और कहाँ वाइज़पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

In History, Politics, Culture, Sep 17, 2018

Hindutva

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

A Fine Example of Classic Hypocrisy

कहाँ मयखाने का दरवाज़ा ‘ग़ालिब’ और कहाँ वाइज़पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

In History, Politics, Culture, Sep 17, 2018

Ghalib

A Fine Example of Classic Hypocrisy

कहाँ मयखाने का दरवाज़ा ‘ग़ालिब’ और कहाँ वाइज़पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

In History, Politics, Culture, Sep 17, 2018

DevAnand

Dilip Kumar: A Synonym of Perfection

After the battering that I received over my last post, I thought, I should stick to a (hopefully) less controversial topic: the greatest Bollywood actor of all time.

In Cinema, May 19, 2019

The Charm of Dev Anand

There is an old Latin saying, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, speak only good of the dead, while on the other hand there is Voltaire’s injunction that while we may flatter the living, the ...

In Cinema, Nov 10, 2018

VijayAnand

The Charm of Dev Anand

There is an old Latin saying, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, speak only good of the dead, while on the other hand there is Voltaire’s injunction that while we may flatter the living, the ...

In Cinema, Nov 10, 2018

MohammedRafi

The Charm of Dev Anand

There is an old Latin saying, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, speak only good of the dead, while on the other hand there is Voltaire’s injunction that while we may flatter the living, the ...

In Cinema, Nov 10, 2018

SDBurman

The Charm of Dev Anand

There is an old Latin saying, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, speak only good of the dead, while on the other hand there is Voltaire’s injunction that while we may flatter the living, the ...

In Cinema, Nov 10, 2018

Shakespeare

After COVID-19: Implications on International Organizations and the Global Order

Human beings are perhaps cognitively wired for reacting faster to events that come as a sudden shock or stimulate loyal sentiments connected with social identity (race, religion, nati...

In InternationalAffairs, Politics, Economics, Mar 30, 2020

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

Retirement

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

SachinTendulkar

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

SushmaSwaraj

Abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution of India

Let’s start from the beginning. Article 370 was introduced as a temporary measure, to be valid until the formulation and adoption of the state’s constitution. The state of Jammu and K...

In History, Politics, Aug 07, 2019

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

Washington

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

2019 - A Year of Paranoia and Missed Opportunities; 2020 - Modi's Indira Gandhi Moment?

As we enter 2020 today, let me start this write-up with a disclaimer: In India, if Sharma Ji’s spoiled son has the single “virtue” of being good at studies, the society exonerates him...

In Politics, Jan 01, 2020

Is the World Order Fundamentally Changing?

On the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, let us see the fundamental shift that is happening in the world by the rise of China. Many scholars including Former U.S. Se...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 03, 2019

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

Steinbeck

Of Ignorance and Folly

One of my favorite novelists, John Steinbeck in his popular novella Of Mice and Men wrote that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This is something every graduate st...

In History, Biography, Jan 17, 2019

Gandhi

Cities, Big Business, Entrepreneurs: Mahatma Abhorred Them and We are Paying Today

There have been many great men and women whose contributions to contemporary Indian society are evident in our day-to-day lives. Buddha, Mahavira, Ashoka, Adi Shankaracharya, Kabir, G...

In Culture, History, Policy, May 31, 2020

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

Defining Politics

The word “politics” comes from the Greek word “politikos” which means pertaining to the affairs of the state or its citizens. Politics has been variously defined as the process by whi...

In Politics, Oct 20, 2019

Gandhi

How to introduce Gandhi to somebody who knows not much about him? In fact, how to interpret Gandhi oneself? It’s interesting to think that he seems to be so approachable and yet so di...

In History, Biography, Oct 02, 2019

The Predicament of Evaluating Some Public Figures

It is easy to evaluate the legacy of those public figures who did much good for society and some bad; or those who are remembered in the history of the world because of the havoc they...

In Biography, History, Jun 12, 2019

Nehru, the Opposition, and the One Sheep

On his 55th death anniversary, here are three episodes that show Nehru’s outlook towards the opposition and which also have contemporary relevance.

In History, May 26, 2019

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

Of Ignorance and Folly

One of my favorite novelists, John Steinbeck in his popular novella Of Mice and Men wrote that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This is something every graduate st...

In History, Biography, Jan 17, 2019

SarojiniNaidu

Of Ignorance and Folly

One of my favorite novelists, John Steinbeck in his popular novella Of Mice and Men wrote that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This is something every graduate st...

In History, Biography, Jan 17, 2019

Feminism

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

Of Ignorance and Folly

One of my favorite novelists, John Steinbeck in his popular novella Of Mice and Men wrote that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This is something every graduate st...

In History, Biography, Jan 17, 2019

Modi

China's Medieval Mindset and Prime Minister Modi's Moment of Truth

Through the many powerful dynasties that ruled over China, the greatest ambition of the various kings used to be the propagation of their unquestioned authority over as large an area ...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 25, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

Central Vista Redevelopment Project: An Exercise in Self-Love, Deception, and Vanity

The first thing that strikes an observer while watching the proceedings of the British Parliament—often referred to as the Mother of Parliaments—is the lack of space in both Houses of...

In Culture, Politics, History, May 25, 2020

Modi Government's Policy Paralysis and Opposition's Unused Brahamastra

Wouldn’t it be confusing if suddenly a day the Sun shall rise from the West? What if Bengalis would suddenly quit eating fish? How about a time when Kerala will cease to be God’s Own ...

In Politics, Policy, Economics, May 09, 2020

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

2019 - A Year of Paranoia and Missed Opportunities; 2020 - Modi's Indira Gandhi Moment?

As we enter 2020 today, let me start this write-up with a disclaimer: In India, if Sharma Ji’s spoiled son has the single “virtue” of being good at studies, the society exonerates him...

In Politics, Jan 01, 2020

(Dis)United and (Un)Progressive India

After winning the general election in May 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared, “If anyone has won, it is India. We dedicate this victory to the people of India.” The victo...

In Politics, Economics, Sep 06, 2019

Abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution of India

Let’s start from the beginning. Article 370 was introduced as a temporary measure, to be valid until the formulation and adoption of the state’s constitution. The state of Jammu and K...

In History, Politics, Aug 07, 2019

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

Indian General Election 2019: Towards a Hung Parliament?

This article was originally published here.

In Politics, Feb 21, 2019

BJP

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

Whither India?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Feb 29, 2020

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

Indian General Election 2019: Towards a Hung Parliament?

This article was originally published here.

In Politics, Feb 21, 2019

RahulGandhi

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

Indian General Election 2019: Towards a Hung Parliament?

This article was originally published here.

In Politics, Feb 21, 2019

Cicero

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

Gutenberg

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

Pulwama

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

Balakot

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

IAF

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

Pakistan

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

Kashmir

Whither India?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Feb 29, 2020

(Dis)United and (Un)Progressive India

After winning the general election in May 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared, “If anyone has won, it is India. We dedicate this victory to the people of India.” The victo...

In Politics, Economics, Sep 06, 2019

Abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution of India

Let’s start from the beginning. Article 370 was introduced as a temporary measure, to be valid until the formulation and adoption of the state’s constitution. The state of Jammu and K...

In History, Politics, Aug 07, 2019

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

Caste

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

CivilServices

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

Ambedkar

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

Non-Violence

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

Ramayana

Rama, the Brilliant Politician

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई, प्राण जाई पर वचन न जाई, this single sentence overwhelmingly dominates most discussions around Rama. Rama is often portrayed as a monolithic figure in whose char...

In Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Apr 16, 2020

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

Mahabharata

Rama, the Brilliant Politician

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई, प्राण जाई पर वचन न जाई, this single sentence overwhelmingly dominates most discussions around Rama. Rama is often portrayed as a monolithic figure in whose char...

In Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Apr 16, 2020

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

Bose

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

British

Verdicts on the Events of 1857

The rebellion of 1857 has been interpreted in three distinct ways by various people. Britishers view the clash between them and Indians as “The Great Mutiny.” Indians, on the other ha...

In History, Apr 07, 2019

EastIndiaCompany

Verdicts on the Events of 1857

The rebellion of 1857 has been interpreted in three distinct ways by various people. Britishers view the clash between them and Indians as “The Great Mutiny.” Indians, on the other ha...

In History, Apr 07, 2019

Meerut

Verdicts on the Events of 1857

The rebellion of 1857 has been interpreted in three distinct ways by various people. Britishers view the clash between them and Indians as “The Great Mutiny.” Indians, on the other ha...

In History, Apr 07, 2019

1857

Verdicts on the Events of 1857

The rebellion of 1857 has been interpreted in three distinct ways by various people. Britishers view the clash between them and Indians as “The Great Mutiny.” Indians, on the other ha...

In History, Apr 07, 2019

Muslims

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

Two Agendas for the Wish List of Indian Democracy

In the past seven decades, Indian democracy has matured to a level where we, Indians, can be rightly proud of our democratic achievements. Benjamin Franklin once wrote that the duty o...

In Politics, History, Apr 14, 2019

Secularism

Two Agendas for the Wish List of Indian Democracy

In the past seven decades, Indian democracy has matured to a level where we, Indians, can be rightly proud of our democratic achievements. Benjamin Franklin once wrote that the duty o...

In Politics, History, Apr 14, 2019

Madison

Two Agendas for the Wish List of Indian Democracy

In the past seven decades, Indian democracy has matured to a level where we, Indians, can be rightly proud of our democratic achievements. Benjamin Franklin once wrote that the duty o...

In Politics, History, Apr 14, 2019

DilipKumar

Dilip Kumar: A Synonym of Perfection

After the battering that I received over my last post, I thought, I should stick to a (hopefully) less controversial topic: the greatest Bollywood actor of all time.

In Cinema, May 19, 2019

BimalRoy

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

Dilip Kumar: A Synonym of Perfection

After the battering that I received over my last post, I thought, I should stick to a (hopefully) less controversial topic: the greatest Bollywood actor of all time.

In Cinema, May 19, 2019

Madhumati

Dilip Kumar: A Synonym of Perfection

After the battering that I received over my last post, I thought, I should stick to a (hopefully) less controversial topic: the greatest Bollywood actor of all time.

In Cinema, May 19, 2019

Kripalani

Nehru, the Opposition, and the One Sheep

On his 55th death anniversary, here are three episodes that show Nehru’s outlook towards the opposition and which also have contemporary relevance.

In History, May 26, 2019

Westphalia

Is the World Order Fundamentally Changing?

On the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, let us see the fundamental shift that is happening in the world by the rise of China. Many scholars including Former U.S. Se...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 03, 2019

India

Indians' Unreasonable Fascination With Leaders From Highly Developed Nations

Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina has a famous line: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy wrote thus since happy families have ...

In Culture, Economics, InternationalAffairs, Jul 10, 2020

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

COVID-19 and the Deepening of Federalism in India

Winston Churchill once advised to never let a good crisis go to waste. The present COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for India to utilize this crisis by presenting itself as an...

In Politics, Apr 12, 2020

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

Knowledge Transfer Between Natural Allies

A decade ago, President Barack Obama termed the United States of America and India as natural allies. One is the world’s oldest democracy while the other is its largest. Both nations ...

In History, Politics, Aug 20, 2019

Is the World Order Fundamentally Changing?

On the thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square protests, let us see the fundamental shift that is happening in the world by the rise of China. Many scholars including Former U.S. Se...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 03, 2019

Churchill

The Predicament of Evaluating Some Public Figures

It is easy to evaluate the legacy of those public figures who did much good for society and some bad; or those who are remembered in the history of the world because of the havoc they...

In Biography, History, Jun 12, 2019

Kissinger

The Predicament of Evaluating Some Public Figures

It is easy to evaluate the legacy of those public figures who did much good for society and some bad; or those who are remembered in the history of the world because of the havoc they...

In Biography, History, Jun 12, 2019

Bengal

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

The Predicament of Evaluating Some Public Figures

It is easy to evaluate the legacy of those public figures who did much good for society and some bad; or those who are remembered in the history of the world because of the havoc they...

In Biography, History, Jun 12, 2019

RSS

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

Federalism

COVID-19 and the Deepening of Federalism in India

Winston Churchill once advised to never let a good crisis go to waste. The present COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for India to utilize this crisis by presenting itself as an...

In Politics, Apr 12, 2020

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

Pluralism

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

Countering the Hindutva Narrative

There are three things that contribute most to the rise of a political party. These are: ideology, ideology, and ideology. Without an ideology, it is plainly impossible to build or su...

In Politics, Jun 18, 2019

Jefferson

WANTED: HEALTHY OPPOSITION

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has the opposition been so feeble and bedraggled as it is today. I say this because, in every epoch of the Indian democracy, there were...

In Politics, History, Jul 01, 2019

Hamilton

WANTED: HEALTHY OPPOSITION

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has the opposition been so feeble and bedraggled as it is today. I say this because, in every epoch of the Indian democracy, there were...

In Politics, History, Jul 01, 2019

Communism

Twentieth Century's Religion

As the fruits of the Industrial Revolution transformed the lives of masses around the world and ushered a new era of scientific curiosity, most religions of the world declined in the ...

In Politics, History, Religion, Jul 08, 2019

Democracy

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

Knowledge Transfer Between Natural Allies

A decade ago, President Barack Obama termed the United States of America and India as natural allies. One is the world’s oldest democracy while the other is its largest. Both nations ...

In History, Politics, Aug 20, 2019

Abolition of Article 370 of the Constitution of India

Let’s start from the beginning. Article 370 was introduced as a temporary measure, to be valid until the formulation and adoption of the state’s constitution. The state of Jammu and K...

In History, Politics, Aug 07, 2019

Twentieth Century's Religion

As the fruits of the Industrial Revolution transformed the lives of masses around the world and ushered a new era of scientific curiosity, most religions of the world declined in the ...

In Politics, History, Religion, Jul 08, 2019

Dhoni

India's 2019 Men's Cricket World Cup Campaign

From the past few weeks, I had been planning to write this article on the coming Sunday after victory in the World Cup for India but that was not to be. And so here I am, gloomy, deje...

In Cricket, Jul 12, 2019

Bumrah

India's 2019 Men's Cricket World Cup Campaign

From the past few weeks, I had been planning to write this article on the coming Sunday after victory in the World Cup for India but that was not to be. And so here I am, gloomy, deje...

In Cricket, Jul 12, 2019

RohitSharma

India's 2019 Men's Cricket World Cup Campaign

From the past few weeks, I had been planning to write this article on the coming Sunday after victory in the World Cup for India but that was not to be. And so here I am, gloomy, deje...

In Cricket, Jul 12, 2019

Kohli

India's 2019 Men's Cricket World Cup Campaign

From the past few weeks, I had been planning to write this article on the coming Sunday after victory in the World Cup for India but that was not to be. And so here I am, gloomy, deje...

In Cricket, Jul 12, 2019

Judaism

Reminiscing the Visit to a Synagogue

Exactly a year ago, I had received an opportunity to visit a synagogue when my friend, Neil, delighted everyone on our team by announcing that he had just stepped into parenthood and ...

In Religion, Aug 27, 2019

Sikhism

Reminiscing the Visit to a Synagogue

Exactly a year ago, I had received an opportunity to visit a synagogue when my friend, Neil, delighted everyone on our team by announcing that he had just stepped into parenthood and ...

In Religion, Aug 27, 2019

Synagogue

Reminiscing the Visit to a Synagogue

Exactly a year ago, I had received an opportunity to visit a synagogue when my friend, Neil, delighted everyone on our team by announcing that he had just stepped into parenthood and ...

In Religion, Aug 27, 2019

GDP

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

Whither India?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Feb 29, 2020

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

(Dis)United and (Un)Progressive India

After winning the general election in May 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared, “If anyone has won, it is India. We dedicate this victory to the people of India.” The victo...

In Politics, Economics, Sep 06, 2019

Bollywood

Parallels between Cinema and Politics in India

The state of any medium of cultural expression such as art, cinema, music, theater, etc. is reflected in the politics of that society. Talking about today’s nation-states, generally, ...

In Cinema, Politics, Sep 30, 2019

Ethics

Ethics, Morality, and Actions: From Rodents to Humans, Nations to Companies, Ancients to Contemporaries

Let us imagine that we have created a time machine and transported ourselves five hundred years back to observe our surroundings. It’s the year 1519 and we have landed in that region ...

In Others, Nov 03, 2019

Delhi

Delhi—Pollution and Perspectives

Delhi, or as Delhiwallas love to say, Dilwalon ki Dilli, is an urban settlement consisting of seven ancient cities arranged in a kaleidoscopic pattern. These seven cities reflect Indi...

In Politics, Nov 30, 2019

Pollution

Delhi—Pollution and Perspectives

Delhi, or as Delhiwallas love to say, Dilwalon ki Dilli, is an urban settlement consisting of seven ancient cities arranged in a kaleidoscopic pattern. These seven cities reflect Indi...

In Politics, Nov 30, 2019

IndiraGandhi

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

2019 - A Year of Paranoia and Missed Opportunities; 2020 - Modi's Indira Gandhi Moment?

As we enter 2020 today, let me start this write-up with a disclaimer: In India, if Sharma Ji’s spoiled son has the single “virtue” of being good at studies, the society exonerates him...

In Politics, Jan 01, 2020

SocialMedia

The Curse of the Bombardment of Information

Which was the last major news that aroused your interest so much as to compel you to express your views? Which was the most interesting news to you preceding that? And, preceding that...

In Others, Jan 09, 2020

FakeNews

The Curse of the Bombardment of Information

Which was the last major news that aroused your interest so much as to compel you to express your views? Which was the most interesting news to you preceding that? And, preceding that...

In Others, Jan 09, 2020

Twitter

The Curse of the Bombardment of Information

Which was the last major news that aroused your interest so much as to compel you to express your views? Which was the most interesting news to you preceding that? And, preceding that...

In Others, Jan 09, 2020

Nationalism

Perspectives on Indian Nationalism

There are broadly two definitions of Indian Nationalism as put forward by academicians. The first celebrates nationalism in India as being pluralistic under which a citizen can succes...

In History, Culture, Jan 19, 2020

Akbar

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

Jahangir

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

ShahJahan

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

Aurangzeb

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

RajivGandhi

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

IbnKhaldun

A Tale of Two Dynasties

There once lived a great emperor by the name, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. He ruled over the Mughal Empire which he expanded to include most of the Indian subcontinent. He was born in...

In History, Politics, Jan 25, 2020

AI

Should the Government Dabble into AI Researchers’ Preference to Publish Openly?

In academia, researchers have always preferred to openly publish cutting-edge research. This is because publishing in high-impact journals is a prerequisite to secure financial grants...

In Policy, Feb 10, 2020

Research

Should the Government Dabble into AI Researchers’ Preference to Publish Openly?

In academia, researchers have always preferred to openly publish cutting-edge research. This is because publishing in high-impact journals is a prerequisite to secure financial grants...

In Policy, Feb 10, 2020

AAP

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

Kejriwal

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

SwatantraParty

The Unreasonable Significance of AAP in Indian Politics

In the history of Independent India, much like other democracies, political parties have either gravitated around a particular ideology, caste, religion, culture, ethnic or linguistic...

In Politics, Feb 16, 2020

Tughlaq

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

Vajpayee

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

NarasimhaRao

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

ManmohanSingh

The Myth of the Supremacy of a Majority Government in India

As many stories go, once upon a time, there lived a king. The king’s name was Muhammad bin Tughluq and he was the Sultan of Delhi from 1325 to 1351. He ruled over much of north India ...

In Politics, Feb 23, 2020

Economy

China's Medieval Mindset and Prime Minister Modi's Moment of Truth

Through the many powerful dynasties that ruled over China, the greatest ambition of the various kings used to be the propagation of their unquestioned authority over as large an area ...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 25, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

Modi Government's Policy Paralysis and Opposition's Unused Brahamastra

Wouldn’t it be confusing if suddenly a day the Sun shall rise from the West? What if Bengalis would suddenly quit eating fish? How about a time when Kerala will cease to be God’s Own ...

In Politics, Policy, Economics, May 09, 2020

Whither India?

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Feb 29, 2020

SatyajitRay

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

HrishiDa

The Bengali Triumvirate in Cinema

Time and again, Bengal has given the world remarkable personalities in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps no other part of the subcontinent has so consistently produced so many re...

In Cinema, History, Mar 08, 2020

Coronavirus

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

Modi Government's Policy Paralysis and Opposition's Unused Brahamastra

Wouldn’t it be confusing if suddenly a day the Sun shall rise from the West? What if Bengalis would suddenly quit eating fish? How about a time when Kerala will cease to be God’s Own ...

In Politics, Policy, Economics, May 09, 2020

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

COVID-19 and the Deepening of Federalism in India

Winston Churchill once advised to never let a good crisis go to waste. The present COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for India to utilize this crisis by presenting itself as an...

In Politics, Apr 12, 2020

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

After COVID-19: Implications on International Organizations and the Global Order

Human beings are perhaps cognitively wired for reacting faster to events that come as a sudden shock or stimulate loyal sentiments connected with social identity (race, religion, nati...

In InternationalAffairs, Politics, Economics, Mar 30, 2020

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

COVID-19

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

Modi Government's Policy Paralysis and Opposition's Unused Brahamastra

Wouldn’t it be confusing if suddenly a day the Sun shall rise from the West? What if Bengalis would suddenly quit eating fish? How about a time when Kerala will cease to be God’s Own ...

In Politics, Policy, Economics, May 09, 2020

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

COVID-19 and the Deepening of Federalism in India

Winston Churchill once advised to never let a good crisis go to waste. The present COVID-19 pandemic is a great opportunity for India to utilize this crisis by presenting itself as an...

In Politics, Apr 12, 2020

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

After COVID-19: Implications on International Organizations and the Global Order

Human beings are perhaps cognitively wired for reacting faster to events that come as a sudden shock or stimulate loyal sentiments connected with social identity (race, religion, nati...

In InternationalAffairs, Politics, Economics, Mar 30, 2020

The Economic Disaster Wrought by COVID-19

The globalized, industrialized, and incessantly-driven economic world that we live in is similar to an amateur riding a bicycle. The moment he bears a shock, there is a genuine fear o...

In Economics, InternationalAffairs, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

Italy

COVID-19, “Pandemic Diplomacy,” and Re-shaping of the World Order

It is safe to say that no other single event in the 21st century after the 9/11 attacks has had a greater impact in the geopolitical arena than the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

In InternationalAffairs, Mar 14, 2020

Advaita

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

Shankaracharya

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

Brahma

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

sticky

Philosophy in the Time of Corona: Advaita, Shankara, and Mother Nature

It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s playground. Perhaps an idle mind is also the philosopher’s playground. Which among the two is more dangerous, I rest upon your judgment. Wi...

In Philosophy, Religion, History, Apr 05, 2020

Rama

Rama, the Brilliant Politician

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई, प्राण जाई पर वचन न जाई, this single sentence overwhelmingly dominates most discussions around Rama. Rama is often portrayed as a monolithic figure in whose char...

In Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Apr 16, 2020

Krishna

Rama, the Brilliant Politician

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई, प्राण जाई पर वचन न जाई, this single sentence overwhelmingly dominates most discussions around Rama. Rama is often portrayed as a monolithic figure in whose char...

In Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Apr 16, 2020

Prophet

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

Jesus

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

BlackDeath

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

MartinLuther

Of Religions and Pandemics

It is generally foolhardy to write about religion. An intricate web weaved around mythology shrouds every human religion. This makes it harder to separate fact from fiction. In a worl...

In Religion, History, Apr 19, 2020

Roosevelt

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

Lincoln

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

Leadership

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Theodore Roosevelt once expressed thus: “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is to a great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had l...

In History, Apr 27, 2020

Liberalism

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

UniformCivilCode

The Great Liberal Crisis

In Avengers Endgame, when Thanos arrives on Earth and blows apart the Avengers Headquarters, Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark amidst the rubble, “What happened?” Tony stoically replies, “...

In Philosophy, Politics, May 17, 2020

Parliament

Central Vista Redevelopment Project: An Exercise in Self-Love, Deception, and Vanity

The first thing that strikes an observer while watching the proceedings of the British Parliament—often referred to as the Mother of Parliaments—is the lack of space in both Houses of...

In Culture, Politics, History, May 25, 2020

Cities

Cities, Big Business, Entrepreneurs: Mahatma Abhorred Them and We are Paying Today

There have been many great men and women whose contributions to contemporary Indian society are evident in our day-to-day lives. Buddha, Mahavira, Ashoka, Adi Shankaracharya, Kabir, G...

In Culture, History, Policy, May 31, 2020

Socialism

Cities, Big Business, Entrepreneurs: Mahatma Abhorred Them and We are Paying Today

There have been many great men and women whose contributions to contemporary Indian society are evident in our day-to-day lives. Buddha, Mahavira, Ashoka, Adi Shankaracharya, Kabir, G...

In Culture, History, Policy, May 31, 2020

Minorities

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

AfricanAmericans

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

Tagore

The Curious Similarities and Differences Between Two Minorities - African Americans and Indian Muslims

In addition to the mortal and economic havoc wrought by the epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, among other devastating events like cyclones, wildfires, locust attack, etc. that have ...

In Culture, History, Jun 09, 2020

ArmedForces

China's Medieval Mindset and Prime Minister Modi's Moment of Truth

Through the many powerful dynasties that ruled over China, the greatest ambition of the various kings used to be the propagation of their unquestioned authority over as large an area ...

In History, InternationalAffairs, Jun 25, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, We Are Squarely Behind You. All We Ask For Are Transparency And Statesmanship

The loss of twenty lives of our soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is heartwrenching. Going through their diverse socio-economic backgrounds and reading about their stories ...

In Politics, InternationalAffairs, Jun 19, 2020

UnitedNations

International Cooperation is a Necessity More Than Ever: The United Nations Must be Reformed or Replaced

The epidemiological pandemic, COVID-19, has accelerated the development, proliferation, and acceptance of many newer technologies that would have otherwise taken years. Virtual learni...

In InternationalAffairs, Jun 30, 2020

Scandanavia

Indians' Unreasonable Fascination With Leaders From Highly Developed Nations

Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina has a famous line: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy wrote thus since happy families have ...

In Culture, Economics, InternationalAffairs, Jul 10, 2020

NewZealand

Indians' Unreasonable Fascination With Leaders From Highly Developed Nations

Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina has a famous line: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy wrote thus since happy families have ...

In Culture, Economics, InternationalAffairs, Jul 10, 2020

Canada

Indians' Unreasonable Fascination With Leaders From Highly Developed Nations

Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina has a famous line: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy wrote thus since happy families have ...

In Culture, Economics, InternationalAffairs, Jul 10, 2020

Tolstoy

Indians' Unreasonable Fascination With Leaders From Highly Developed Nations

Leo Tolstoy’s iconic novel Anna Karenina has a famous line: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Tolstoy wrote thus since happy families have ...

In Culture, Economics, InternationalAffairs, Jul 10, 2020