August 17, 2017

Bhutan Diversifies its Renewables with Wind Turbines

A new wind turbine installed in Bhutan [Photo by Dawa Gyelmo via thethirdpole.net, Creative Commons License]

Bhutan is developing wind and solar to reduce its reliance on hydropower and reduce electricity imports every winter. Read More »

Pakistan: A ‘Democratic’ Hypocrisy

corruption

The civilized world believes that it can enforce the rule of law in a totally lawless environment, this cannot be done unless Pakistan brings integrity into governance by bringing the unthinkable -- a law against cannibals eating human beings into the statute books. 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 »

Afghan Reconciliation Moving Forward?

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier renders a salute to Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi, ANA Chief of Staff, as Mohammadi address ANA soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2010. Gen. Mohammadi invited Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A) to meet with ANA and coalition forces at various ANA posts throughout the region. Both generals received mission updates and feedback from ANA and coalition forces on training, quality of life and combating terrorism.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released, Creative Commons License)

Will a failure of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan lead to fresh international fighting? Clearly, 15 years of insurgency has led the international community to conclude that force offers no solution. The vibes emerging out of the process appear to be positive and underscore that pragmatism is guiding the process. Read More »

A New Hotbed of Terror in Eastern Afghanistan

(Courtesy Google maps)

The ideological synergy among the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani terrorists in eastern Afghanistan represents a formidable threat, and demands extraordinary action by both Afghanistan and Pakistan to confront it. Read More »

Pakistan’s Terror-Stricken Province’s Textbooks Need a Review

(Screenshot from KP Textbook Board website)

A review of textbooks being taught in public schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province offers food for thought to all those who dream of a Pakistani youth raised on ideals of diversity, inclusion, and respect for human and women rights. It also points out how little the textbooks offer in terms of inducing critical and analytical thinking among students. 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 »

‘False Flag’ Operations

India Pakistan border at Wagah. (Photo by Koshy Koshy, Creative Commons License)

Can India and Pakistan afford to be held hostage to the evil designs of non-State actors or even motivated “State” ones? Read More »

Pakistan: Why the World Doesn’t Believe Us

Civilian law enforcement agencies against criminal syndicates and religious conglomerates running thousands of seminaries and tens of thousands of mosques across Pakistan are tardy and unconvincing. (Photo by Benny Lin, Creative Commons License).

Pakistan’s counterterrorism discourse must be anchored in across-the-board rule of law. Read More »