December 16, 2017

Art in Exile

The Babylonian Ishtar Gate, excavated from Iraq, cannot be seen by most Iraqis. This is because it is displayed at the Pergamon Museum of Berlin, far away from the sight of Iraqis.   The gate, along with many other artifacts, was excavated by German archaeologists before the First World War in the territory that is currently modern Iraq. In the ... Read More »

US Treatment of Diplomat Unacceptable: India

The arrest and hand-cuffing of India’s deputy consul general (DCG) Devyani Khobragade in New York as if she is a criminal with all the intrusive personal indignities heaped on a “felon” by the US manuals raises serious questions about India-US bilateral equations and the unilateralist manner in which the US interprets the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR).   This humiliation ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Divisive Politics

Given the fractured and vindictive political climate in Bangladesh, the risks of new injustices occurring are very real. Dramatic hanging of Abdul Quader Molla symbolizes two axioms about gross miscarriage of justice: ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ and justice hurried is justice buried’; both were operative in this case. Opening of cases after over forty years of the alleged crime, enactment ... Read More »

An Indian View on Legacy of Pakistan’s Retiring Chief Justice

Ifthikar Chaudhary, who stepped down as Chief Justice of Pakistan on December 11, will go down in history as the first judge to challenge a military ruler successfully, and then to have spoilt it all by his relentless onslaught against a fledgling democratic government, its President and Prime Minister.   Mr. Chaudhary’s epic term in office, which included more than ... Read More »

Bangladesh Hangs Opposition Politician Ahead of Elections

    Bangladesh has executed opposition leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes during in 1971 war, after a shady trial. Molla is the first person to be sent to gallows on war crime charges during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.   Molla, 65, who was also assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, was hanged hours after he refused ... Read More »

Extremism: Changing the Mindset in Pakistan

A mindset is a set of assumptions that everyone develops throughout their lives and become so established that people or groups continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools of those within the same mindset without questions. As an incident of a person’s philosophy of life mindset can be powerful, having the ability to control, persuade and even hold us ... Read More »

India’s INS Vikramaditya and the Aircraft Carrier Debate

The Indian Navy has been energized by the commissioning of its new aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya. Coming two months after another significant achievement – the nuclear reactor of theArihant, India’s first indigenous nuclear powered submarine, going critical – the Vikramaditya is being seen as a game changer, with the potential to transform the Indian Navy’s profile in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Judges And Military Clash Over Rule of Law

Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan’s Supreme Court (in Islamabad) nearly every day last week. Shah’s four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan’s civilian government over its military.   The outcome of the legal tussles could have far-reaching effects for Pakistani ... Read More »

The Right Gets it Right Ahead of Elections in India

There is a saying in Hindi: “Jab upparwala deta hai to chappar faad ke deta hai” (When god gives happiness, he gives in bountiful measure). In a democracy, people are god, and they have bestowed on the Bharatiya Janata Party a bouquet of electoral victories. It could not have got better — the party has won in all the four major states ... Read More »

Can Himalayan Hydro Power Bring Water Cooperation?

Considering how often the fear of looming water wars is perpetuated in the media and blogosphere, you would be forgiven for not knowing that 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. But cooperation is not merely the absence of conflict, and indeed conflict and cooperation coexist in every relationship, be it between individuals or states managing trans-boundary ... Read More »