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Let Padmavati be released!

Padmavati is one of India’s most anticipated historical films that almost everyone is eagerly waiting to watch. But due to the historical context of the film that deals with the exploits of a Rajput princess against the tyranny of a Muslim conqueror, the film has garnered its fair share of controversy. Groups such as the Shree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) and the Rajasthan State Women’s Commission (RSWC) have mobilized in large numbers and have threatened

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परमाणु बम से आज़ादी!

हाल ही मे नोबेल प्राइज़ समिति ने अन्तराष्ट्रीय परमाणु हथियार समाप्ति संगठन (ICAN) को शांति पुरस्कार से नवाज़ा। समिति ने कहा की, “ग्लोबल वार्मिंग, प्रदुषण और आतंकवाद से भी ज्यादा भयानक है परमाणु हथ्यार।इसके उत्पादन को रोकना और परमाणु शक्ति को ऊर्जा के लिए उपयोग करना आवश्यक है।” जब अमेरिकी सेना ने अगस्त 1945 को जापान के हिरोशिमा और नागासाकी पर परमाणु बम गिराए थे, तो इसका प्रभाव पूरी दुनिया ने देखा था। शायद इंसान

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How can we protect journalists from harm?

Protecting the rights of journalists is one of the central premises for ensuring that the media functions efficiently and effectively as the ‘4th Arm’ of the state. Sadly, in India’s case, this hasn’t been the norm. In a recent survey undertaken by ‘Reporters without Borders’, it was reported that India ranked 136 out of 180 countries in the ‘Press Freedom Index’. The murder of fearlessly outspoken journalists in India has become a norm. In recent

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‘लव-जिहाद’ पर एक सोच

आये दिन ‘लव जिहाद’ के ऊपर काफी चर्चा हो रही है। आखिरकार यह ‘लव जिहाद’ है क्या? हाल ही देश के उच्चतम न्यालय ने ‘लव जिहाद’ के एक केस की तहकीकात करने के लिए ‘राष्ट्रीय जांच एजेंसी’ (NIA) को नियुक्त किया है। क्या यह समस्या इतनी संगीन है की इसके पीछे NIA को नियुक्त किया जाना चाहिए? जहां कुरान मे जिहाद का मतलब ‘धरम युद्ध’ है, वहीँ कुछ सूफी सिलसिले के गुरु मानते हैं की

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आतंकी तत्वों को रोकने के लिए एक-जुट होना पड़ेगा

हाल ही मे अमेरिका के लास वेगस (एल. वी.) मे एक आतंकवादी ने आम जनता पर गोलियों की बौछार शुरू कर दी। हालांकि आतंकवादी ने इस घिनौने काम के बाद ख़ुदकुशी कर ली, दुखद रूप से डर और आतंक फैलाने के अपने मंसूबे मे वो कामयाब हुआ। सरकारी सूत्रों के अनुसार इस ‘एनकाउंटर’ मे करीबन 60 लोगों की मौत हुई और 530 लोग घायल हुए। और भी चौकाने वाली बात यह है कि स्टीफन क्रैग

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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

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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

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Pakistani Nuclear Politics: Slippery Slope which strengthens Military Gum Boots

According to me, mainstreaming a nuclear Pakistan with a nuclear deal at current stage is a slippery slope which will only strengthen the military gum boots in Pakistan. A new report by the Carnegie-Stimson[1] collaboration proposes that Pakistan consider the following five nuclear weapon-related initiatives: • Shift declaratory policy from “full spectrum” to “strategic” deterrence. • Commit to a recessed deterrence posture and limit production of short-range delivery vehicles and tactical nuclear weapons. • Lift Pakistan’s

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India’s North West: A Picture Starting to Emerge

Afghan Taliban’s intransigence on the peace process coupled with its attack on civilians in Kabul has forced the four powers initially driving the peace process to increase the pressure on the group. President Ghani’s announcement to initiate a 5-year war strategy[1] against the Taliban, American drone strike on the head of the Taliban[2] travelling through Baluchistan and Pakistan policy of stepping up operations[3] on the terrorist groups have put the group on the defensive. The Americans have been

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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

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