Category Archive: Politics

Mandate 2017: Mapping Electoral Trends in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, on the whole, is witnessing what is sociologically termed as ‘social change’. Due to rampant urbanization and imitation of lifestyles unknown to the region fueled by substantial increase in disposable incomes, the state is undergoing changes, which are fundamental and structural in nature. Coupled with such changes are assertions in the form of political mobilizations, which will impinge on the 2017 elections.

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Climate change, food security and sustaining peace

The interconnectedness of food security, natural resources, peace and conflict is not new to anyone familiar with fragile and conflict-affected states. The question is how to reverse this negative spiral. It is instrumental to focus on the questions of how interventions are interacting with other factors, what negative side effects may appear and how to reduce or, even better, prevent them.

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

Simply put, both Trump and Kim Jong-Un have dangerous degrees of authority that neither the American Founding Fathers nor Marx and Engels could have envisioned.

The Presidential Election

It is worth noting that, finally, we have not one but two worthy Dalit candidates who are educated and cultured enough to be the first citizen of this huge democracy where social stratification traditionally happened on the basis of birth.

Why should Bharat have to feed India at its cost?

About 70 per cent of India lives in rural areas and all-weather roads do not connect about 40 per cent of rural habitations. Lack of proper transport facility and inadequate post harvesting methods, food processing and transportation of foodstuffs has meant an annual wastage of Rs. 50,000 crores, out of an out of about Rs.370, 000 crores.

OBOR: Bunkum and Incredulity.

Much is being made about the overland link between China and Europe by rail and road links. Most commentators seem to miss that the Trans-Siberian Railway line from Vladivostok to Moscow is almost a hundred years old. Its capacity can be beefed up. Yet overland freight costs will always be much more expensive than sea freight costs. Business is about cuttings costs and taking the least expensive options. No one with commonsense will prefer to shift by land what can be shipped.

जेल से आजादी की सदायें

फिलीस्तीन पर जोर के दम से दमन कर रहे इजरायल के आपराधिक और बर्बर रवैये का एक प्रमाण उसके जेल हैं जहां हजारों फिलीस्तीनियों को अमानवीय स्थितियों में रखा जाता है. एमनेस्टी इंटरनेशनल ने फिलीस्तीनी प्रिजनर्स सोसाइटी के हवाले से बताया है कि इजरायल की जेलों में फिलहाल 6,500 फिलीस्तीनी कैदी हैं जिनमें कम-से-कम 300 बच्चे शामिल हैं. इन्हें विभिन्न 17 जेलों में रखा गया है जिनमें से 16 इजरायल में हैं. कैदियों में 57 महिलाएं हैं जिनमें 18 साल से कम उम्र की 13 लड़कियां हैं.

Emerging Political Realities

The results of a series of elections since 2014 general elections, with a few exceptions, prove that the BJP through its sister organizations has successfully captured the available political space in India, and is a dominant force with little or almost no opposition in coming years. Any challenge to its present position is possible only through a rise of an alternative politics from the below.

2017: The year in which nuclear weapons could be banned?

There are fears that those NATO and allied non-nuclear weapon states which might participate will run interference and complicate the discussions on behalf of the nuclear weapon states. Another fault line could be between those non-nuclear weapon states that want a quick, short norm establishing a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and those that might prefer a more detailed treaty with provisions on verification.

A note on the Dutch elections

A radical left does exist in the country. The critical investigation as to why it did not advance does not lie with imputing objective trends. It lies with examining the political weaknesses of the left.

The complete statement : Foreign language Oscar nominees blame ‘leading politicians’ for inciting fear and bigotry across the world

Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders. We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.