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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive yet brotherly’ relationship with Pakistan as the US withdrawal becomes imminent. The complications of a dialogue with Pakistan are all too evident with the Taliban

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Pakistani Strategic Culture: False Invincibility or Persistent Revisionism?

The issue of revisionism is a strange and important one in International relations discourse. Revisionist states, simply put, are the ones wanting to revise the status quo. Tacit or explicit consent to the status quo leads to long term detrimental effects to their interests in their national security calculation and perception. The most persuasive of the justifications of revisionism is encapsulated in the following dictum: In a race as in the case of the International political system, if you are not moving forward, you are going backward. A state that is not dynamic in its strategic thinking and nation building

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Indian Foreign Policy Debate: A Neo-realism and Classical Realism Nuance

‘Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.’    – Pt. Nehru speech to US Congress and Senate, October 1949 The fact that India needs stronger relations with United States to deal with the constellation of power around her is not a bone of contention between classical realists and neo-realists. The question is to add a variable which gives an important nuance to the argument. For long, classical realists and neo realists have argued on the difference[1] between balance of power as an outcome and balance of power as

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Micro-Aggression Theory, Victimhood Culture and Article 370 as a Counter Radicalization Tool

For argument’s sake if we keep the violent insurgency problem in Kashmir aside for the reading time of this article, Kashmiri politics is primarily characterized by politics of identity and culture. While there are deep problems with defining culture and cultural analysis, sociologists and cultural theorists still attempt to theorize about cultural politics. One such theory is the micro-aggressions theory. Micro aggression[1] is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M.Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. In 1973, MIT economist Mary Rowe extended the term to include

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शाहबलूत का पत्ता!!! – भाग – २

चिठ्ठियाँ जिंदा लाश होती हैं! धूप का तीखापन, दोपहर की निसंगता और उजाड़ सा अपना अस्तित्व खोता ये छोटा स्टेशन| उसने दायें-बायें सर घुमा के देखा, एक चमकदार चौंध हर ओर पसरा पड़ा था|दूर-दूर तक सिवाय चिमनियों के कुछ और नज़र नहीं आता था| या तो उस चौहद्दी के बाहर हर चीज़ बहुत छोटी है या अब ये चिमनियाँ बहुत ऊंची उठ गयीं हैं| पिछली बार जब आई थी यहाँ तो सात साल पहले आई थी|उस समय ये नया पुल नहीं था इसकी जगह जर्जर, हिलता- काँपता बिलकुल इसका जुड़वां पुल था या ये उसका जुड़वां है|  जीजी की चिठ्ठी

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शाहबलूत का पत्ता!!! – भाग – १

प्रेम, युद्ध से पलायित देवताओं का स्वांग भर है! चौमासों की रात, रात की उमस और आकाश में बादल| आकाश का हर हिस्सा आज बादलों से पटा पड़ा था | बूँदें लबालब भरी हुई थीं, इतनी कि कोई एक बूँद भी हिले तो बीच का तारतम्य ही टूट जाये | “आज पानी न पड़े” उसने सोचा | उधर छत पर कोई किसी को कहानी सुना रहा था जिसके टूटे-टूटे शब्द उसके कानों में पड़ रहे थे| “आला खोल टटिया, बाला खोल टटिया, में खोल टटिया, चें खोल टटिया|” उसे यूँ लगा जैसे कोई मन भीतर के किवाड़ खटखटा रहा हो|

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Every day is New Year’s Day, Every Night is Xmas Night

Mr. Floyd Bottomsup was teaching a history lesson describing the accomplishments and adventures of Alexander the Great and his beloved horse Bucephalus to a class of 6th graders. Bottomsup finishes the class stressing that if one has a dream and pursues it singlemindedly, each of the kids could achieve even greater things than Alexander and rewrite history. Next day, the teacher asked the kids if they had some questions about the previous lesson. One kid raises his hand and says that he rewrote history and he can show it his notebook. The teacher is pleasantly surprised calls him to come

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A walk……

As I enter, it looked all grey… There is hardly any space, some things stuffed to the side, some thrown around. As I try looking further there are things which lay untouched. There isn’t much to explore as the space hasn’t been managed, it seems like it has been this way for a while. Yet I tread along ah! I do happen to notice some familiar stuff around too. As my walk got slower my discoveries got awkward. It bought back flashes of the past. Tames me further. My steps hesitant as I pray for no more surprises… but that

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Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

There was a farmer who lost his watch in the barn. This watch was given to him by his father and there was a sentimental attachment to the watch. He searched high and low, but could not find it. He enlisted the help of  a group of children, promising them a reward. They couldn’t find the watch either. But one little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. “Why not” the farmer thought, “After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the

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Social Etiquette – The Forgotten Good-natured Behaviour Code

Commercialization has taken precedence over most of our good values! Is advancement in Science inversely proportional to advancement of ‘human-ness’? Ganesh Subramanian discusses our behavioural code which has changed with our so-called ‘advancement’ in this post. The biggest fear of advancement of mankind is that in the mad pursuit of developments and an equally insane dash for material possessions, somewhere there is a risk of losing our social values and a possible deviation from accepted behavioural norms. With crass commercialization of almost everything in humanity, good old values like respect for others, maintaining public decency, respect for elders etc., are well

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