April 24, 2017

South Asia’s March Towards Ultra-populism

(L to R) National monuments of Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. (Image by ViewsWeek via Creative Commons photos)

In each South Asian country, the no-go areas of discourse are proliferating rather than decreasing as the state establishments deploy ultra-populism. In response, the intelligentsia cowers, the “opinion-makers” are dehumanized as they take to weighing what to say and what to leave unsaid. Read More »

Bhutan: The Indian Army’s Front Line

The town of Paro in Bhutan. (Photo by Rita Willaert, Creative Commons License)

Strategically located, the tiny Himalayan country is at the center of growing tensions between India and China. Read More »

View from India: Behind Delhi’s ‘Pakistan Quandary’

A view of Digwar, a small bordering town on the bank of Betarh Nullah, in Haveli District of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Half of this village is in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while the half of it is in Indian-administered Kashmir. At the far end of this view, is the Poonch city in Indian controlled Kashmir. (Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari, Creative Commons License)

India needs subtle strategies to contain and counter “threats” from Pakistan. The jingoistic and threatening rhetoric in a section of Indian media in response to each “provocation” from Pakistan does India no good. India’s power ought to be felt by its adversaries and not flaunted. Read More »

Gujarat Pogrom: Will US Court Give Immunity to Modi?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at Central Park during his stay in New York from September 26-29, 2014. (Photo via Narendra Modi Tweet)

The U.S.-based lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi is progressing and it is unclear if the court will grant him diplomatic immunity. Read More »

India: Costs of Ignoring Hunger

(Photo by Balazs Gardi, Creative Commons License)

Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value. Read More »

India’s Groundwater Drops to Critical Levels

Women getting water from a well in India. (Photo by Arati Kumar-Rao, Creative Commons License)

Cities and villages in India will soon run out of potable water if current trends continue, warns senior water official Read More »

Border Skirmishes: India, Pakistan Back to Blame Game

A Pakistani soldier aims at Indian territory from his check post on the country's "Working Boundary" with India. (Photo from videostream)

The latest India-Pakistan border tensions indicate a strategic shift in New Delhi’s policy which is becoming more aggressive with each passing day. Reports from India indicate that the new policy is being orchestrated by the country’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, a decorated former intelligence official. Read More »

Nepal: After the Storm

DISASTROUS AUTUMN: The storm came in October, when locals and trekkers least expected it. Nepal Army helicopters arrived on the morning after to ferry out the survivors of the blizzards and avalanche in Manang. (Photo via Nepali Times)

In a rare occurrence, a cyclone that started in the Bay of Bengal caused an avalanche in the Himalayas, killing at least 40 in Nepal. The even was a wakeup call to install effective early warning weather systems in mountainous Nepal’s higher reaches. Read More »

Why Emperor Akbar Haunts Hindutva

Hindutva's saffron flag. (Photo by Bharath Joshi, Creative Commons License)

There has been a traditional affinity, even bonding, between Hindu and Muslim extremists of the subcontinent. They have both mistrusted the liberals within their respective folds. It was natural, therefore, for Hindutva in India to emulate its narrow-minded Muslim counterparts in Pakistan to jointly target the genial Emperor Akbar, otherwise considered a symbol of enlightenment and religious tolerance. Read More »

Malala Brings Home the Nobel

(Photo via Dawn)

For many in her hometown of Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the significance of a Pashtun girl wining the Nobel is clear. To them it is an historic event from which Malala Yousafzai has emerged, perhaps somewhat incongruously, as mythical a figure as Malalai of Maiwand, the Pashtun folk hero who rallied Pashtun fighters against the British troops during the second Anglo-Afghan War. Read More »