September 19, 2017

India: State of Exclusion

Market in Aizawl. More than 2886 Chakma names were deleted from the electoral roll, published in 1995 and 1996, from Aizawl district alone. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Who are India's Chakma minority and why they continue to be victims of ethnic conflict in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh states? Read More »

View from India: Fresh Turmoil in Kathmandu

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli. (Photo via video stream)

The K.P. Oli-led government has managed to stave off yet another crisis after Maoist leader Prachanda flip-flopped on the issue of withdrawal of support. However, more instability looms ahead. Read More »

India: The Problem of Secretive Tax Havens

Caudan waterfront in Port Louis, Mauritius.
(Photo by B.navez | Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons License)

Panama is a tax haven, but Mauritius is one with which India has a comprehensive double tax treaty. This complicates matters more. Read More »

View from India: Breakdown of Law and Media Trial

(Photo by Prachatai, Creative Commons License)

Two forms of nationalism emerging are emerging in India —an aggressive, dominating and capable of assaults while the second one being democratic and demanding the right to dissent. Read More »

Private Dam Builders Back Out of Brahmaputra Dams

The Brahmaputra flows from eastern Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh where 160 large dams are planned (Photo by Rita Willaert, via thethirdworld.net )

Arunachal Pradesh’s ‘dam rush’ seems to be over with most private players yet to start on the projects and asking the public sector to take over. Read More »

Do Lawyers Have the Right to Punish in India?

(Photo from video stream)

The assault on Kanhaiya Kumar by a group of lawyers is a reminder that some of the lawyers have tainted the image of the bar in India, writes one analyst. Read More »

View from New Delhi: Taxpayers and JNU Controversy

(Photo via FB post by Pashupati Nath)

Sections of Indian taxpayers will do well to pay attention to the huge waste of national resources going on under Prime Minister Modi's watch than targeting the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University for their opinion. Read More »

View from New Delhi: Attack on Freedom of Speech

JNU students protesting arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar in New Delhi. (Photo via video stream)

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University had always been recognized for its democratic space and left politics. Arresting innocent students on criminal charges just because they were shouting ‘anti-national’ protests exposes the levels to which Modi government has stooped down to. Read More »

View from New Delhi: India’s Transgender Rights Debate

The Supreme Court of India

India has not been a universal beacon for minority-group freedoms. Transgendered people cannot be fully protected in India if their gender identity becomes illegal. Read More »

Modi’s Idea of India

(Photo by Narendra Modi, Creative Commons License)

Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes. Read More »