Corruption Culture Democracy Environment Globalisation Governance Government Life Media Optimism Politics Radicalization Regional Relationship Technology Terrorism Urbanisation World

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

Read more
nuke
Corruption Government Infrastructure Politics Politics Radicalization Science Technology World

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 veto on Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty negotiations and reduce or stop fissile material production. • Separate civilian and military nuclear facilities. • Sign the Comprehensive

Read more
Corruption Crime Democracy Government India Optimism Politics Politics Poverty Radicalization Terrorism Travel Urbanisation Women

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 categorical in their statement that the Taliban leader was an obstacle to peace[4]. Strategists have speculated as to whether the leader was given up by

Read more
Corruption Democracy Globalisation Indian Culture Leadership Life Politics

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

Read more
sushil_nitish_lalu
India Opinion Politics Politics

Bunty & Babli, the story of Bihar

“Aisa koi saga nahi, jisko humne thaga nahi”. The Bunty & Babli mandate of Bihar politics is over. Like the movie, Bunty (Read: Laloo) conned Babli (Nitish) in creating a new alliance. It was dubbed as Mahagathbandhan against communal politics. What Bunty did not decipher is, this is 2017 and the government is hard selling women empowerment. So Babli did a double con and left Bunty out in the cold. “Sahi aur galat mein chun na asaan hota hai, par do galat mein se ek sahi ko chun na namumkin hai”. This is the sad state of affairs we are

Read more
China Featured Governance Government India Opinion Politics World

NSG is not strategic but the strategic involves NSG

NSG is not worth the effort but process wise it’s important to make the effort to enter. Good Indo-US relations are worth the effort. If US does not involve itself in Asia, India, Japan and others can’t do anything about China.   China does not forget, it will never forget it’s century of humiliation before 1949 and Chinese are very hard working people and PLA is a party state army, the only army that serves a political party before a nation. Japan, Vietnam, south Korea will never compromise with China and NATO obliges US to support them. If Asian allies

Read more
Child Sexual Abuse Crime Delhi/NCR Featured Governance Government India Life Opinion Politics Rape sex Social Values and Norms Top Youth Pulse

Why Sex Has Become The Only Strong Attraction

Santosh Desai, who writes the column City City Bang Bang for the Times of India, is one of the very few of what I would call the Thinking Man’s Journalist. When most other news articles across various media are filled with details and opinions, his are the rare exceptions, filled with an honest and unbiased analysis of the issue at hand. In  TOI, he wrote about the whole furore over Dr Harsh Vardhan’s comment on sex education in our country. He said that as opposed to the vehement self-righteousness with which sex education is being defended by the so-called liberals,

Read more
India Politics Top

Modiji: Enjoy spring 2016, 2017 will be game of thornes

  Politics is often thought to be only about winning elections. However, its more about what happens between elections that result in those electoral sweeps or washouts. India is now gearing up for assembly elections in 5 states – Bengal, Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Assam. The ruling party at the Centre has always been the focus and under scrutiny when states go to polls and the same question is always asked. Is this a referendum on the Centre or the PM? From that point of view, Modi is not breaking sweat over 2016 assembly polls. After all what does

Read more
Corruption Featured Governance Government Opinion Politics Sports Top Youth Pulse

Rehan Poncha’s Open Letter To Narendra Modi

A letter to the most powerful man in the country! I would appreciate it if you could share this post so it reaches many! Thank you! Dear Mr. Narendra Modi, I write to you as an athlete of the country you lead and have been elected to better. Amidst the hysteria around the football World Cup, a news channel broke the story of a few MLA’s who were going to Brazil to watch the World Cup under the pretext that they needed to see how an event as big as the this was being managed. A day later, after much

Read more
Democracy Governance Government India Opinion Politics Poverty Social Top

आरक्षण नीति की समीक्षा का औचित्य

आरक्षण नीति की समीक्षा अथवा आरक्षण समाप्त करने की पहल: आर०एस० एस० के संघ प्रमुख श्री मोहन भागवत ने देश में आरक्षण व्यवस्था की समीक्षा करने के लिए गैर राजनैतिक समिति बनाने की पहल की है| सीधे तौर पर कहा जाये तो उन्होनें अस्पष्ट रूप में आरक्षण को समाप्त करने की तरफ इशारा किया है| भारतीय जनता पार्टी और कॉंग्रेस के कुछ नेताओं के द्वारा भी कहा गया है कि अब वक़्त आ गया है कि जाति व धर्म के आधार पर दिए जा रहे आरक्षण पर विचार करने की आवस्यकता है| धर्म व जाति के स्थान पर आर्थिक आधार पर

Read more