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Independence – our lost PRIDE?

“You have to fight for freedom and once that freedom is achieved you have to fight to be free within that freedom” ~ Michael Sage My heart swells with pride the moment the national anthem is sang or heard; be it at the podium of the Olympics games, a sporting event, in educational institutions or in a foreign land. That feeling is held captive within, which none can steal. The anthem is a beautiful mix of what makes us Indian, a reminder that beyond all odds there is an INDIA which is one at its core. However the pride I

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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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Wearing a uniform can mean many things

Every institution that wants to leave a rich tradition, a rich legacy of its decorum and order and wants to create an ‘Element’ of considerable influence in a majority of cases emphasises on wearing a Uniform. The word itself as one can see puts focus on creating a sense of uniformity but with a difference in interesting ways. Although the general norm is to enforce uniforms in schools, many colleges also place emphasis on a uniform as a crucial symbol or if one can also state as a ‘Branding Tool’. Now this would mean that the uniform assumes importance 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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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries thus avoiding the mistakes and time constraints that some developed countries faced during their process of development. The strategy also aims at integrating social goals

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Barbarism is Not a Tactical or Strategic Escalation Ladder

“To know only one thing well is to have a barbaric mind: civilization implies the graceful relation of all varieties of experience to a central human system of thought.” ― Robert Graves It is time to deal with the issue of mutilations separately from the overall gambit of military conflict. The Army carried out a massive counter assault using heavy mortar fire on Pakistani posts along the Line of Control, as “heavy retribution” for the beheading of an Indian soldier. In the past three weeks, the Pakistan Army has mutilated bodies of two of India’s soldiers. The Indian Army’s Northern

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The trip to Dharamsala- Ancient but still Awesomely Alive

The trip to Dharamsala was certainly one I would never forget. It was a mixed bag of emotions. I was excited yet fearful of a trip to a place I had never been before. The hours it took to convince friends to come along, the essential items that were supposed to be packed, the music that was supposed to be heard each and everything was a task in itself. 30.9.2016 The day to the trip had finally come. I woke up in the morning, went for my walk, came back and packed my bag for the trip ahead. Due to

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The Process of CPEC – Confidence, Corruption, Elections, China

PM Nawaz Sharif was forced to resign one year before his stipulated five- year term in light of the Supreme Court verdict indicting him for disproportionate foreign assets revealed as part of the Panama Papers Expose. Articles 62 & 63 of the Pakistani Constitution[i] have been invoked which were inserted at the time of President Zia-ul-Haq. This article argues that his ouster has four dimensions. The first is the confidence across various stakeholders of the Pakistani State. The Military is confident after Zarb-e-Azb & Radd-ul-Fasaad that the worst of internal terrorism is behind them notwithstanding the fact that the TTP and

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Indian Narrative in International Politics

What is soft power and how relevant is it? Soft power is the ability to influence perceptions of your own country in a person’s mind, who is not aware of the various aspects of your national life. It is a modern approach in the information age to influence the undecided and the neutrals. While beneficial to sectors like tourism, arts and culture, Soft power is essentially a citizen concept. The govt can invest, organize and encourage but it cannot direct and interfere in the exercise of soft power. True soft power lies in the standards and discourse that citizens and

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The wonderful world of Cartoons

Cartoons have always been a source of wonder & introspection for me. Cartoons have a wider role than being just a source of comic relief. There are instances where they have become forums for people to express their thoughts. I for one have always enjoyed the cartoons of RK Laxman. His satire on Indian polity and society never fails to amaze me, in particular the Common Man. For over a century and a half, this cartoon has captured the aspirations, thoughts and opinions of the people, be it during the Indira Gandhi emergency period of 1975 or the Corruption tainted Congress Govt of

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