Tag Archive: South Asia

India’s Regional Policy: Still Meddle and Muddle

How we see our national interest depends on how we see ourselves. Therein lies the rub. The rump Republic of India sees itself as the successor to the British Raj, which left these shores in 1947.

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J&K: Time to break-up the fiction.

The Indian state has now to offer something tangible to satisfy most aspirations in Kashmir, and we are talking only about Kashmir. J&K is an artificial and recent construct. Its long past its use by date. We must also accept that reunification with the POK part of it is neither desirable nor feasible. Historically, culturally, ethnically and linguistically Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir have as much in common as Tamil Nadu has with Punjab or Assam with Gujarat. The destinies of the people of Jammu and Ladakh have to be delinked from Kashmir. Nor are they exactly happy to be dominated by Kashmir.

Contested Waters, Shrinking Livelihoods: Critical Issues in Trans-boundary River Sharing in South Asia

Whether the waters in South Asia can be characterized by ‘shared commonalities’ or whether transnational consensus must precede localized or unilateral policy interventions do not constitute the primary axis of the debate. The developmental discourse in this regard seems to have perpetuity, at least in terms of policy mindsets, which transcends boundaries and reduces the issue to usage of water for so-called ‘national’ purposes and considers the deleterious effects as being the sine qua non of development. Additionally, policy interventions in water are paradigmatically ‘statist’, ‘top-bottom’ and non-participatory having scant regard for complex issues such as loss of culture and livelihoods.

Bajrangi: Not A Review

It’s a belief in innocence. It’s a cry for turning the clock back. It’s a want for getting back to your roots. There would be a million eyes across the North who yearn to go and see that wooden door through which their childhood flew into manhood overnight.

Border Anthems – Dedicated to our grandparents

67 years ago, India and Pakistan were born amidst the chaos of the Partition. An artificial border was drawn between two countries that used to be one land.
These are their Border Anthems.

Beyond the Bonhomie: When the Oldest met the Largest

Nagesh K Ojha is a researcher in School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi. India is a country of immense contradictions, yet it is significant on the global chessboard especially for American’s long-term… Continue reading

Medicine in Colonial India

Awadhesh Kumar Jha is a Research Scholar at Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He can be reached at awadhesh4jnu[at]gmail.com. Book Review Madhuri Sharma, Indigenous and… Continue reading

A real tapestry

Amit Ranjan, Ph D, researches and writes on international affairs. He can be reached at amitranjan.jnu@gmail.com. Book Review The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan by Rafia Zakaria/Beacon Press, Boston, USA, 2014… Continue reading

Haider : Some Reflections

Dr Gopa Nayak is a writer and an academician. She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and her first Master’s degree is in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of… Continue reading

Parsing the Xi Jinping Visit: Economics as the ‘Base’ of the Sino-Indian Relations

P.K.Anand is associated with Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He can be contacted at anand.p.krishnan[at]gmail.com. The three-day state visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping was viewed with great expectations and therefore, received… Continue reading

Shrinking space for minorities in Pakistan

Besides being victims of blasphemy allegations, they have also been bombed wholesale in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while performing their religious duties in their sacred places, says Muhammad Akbar Notezai. He is a… Continue reading