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The Popularity of India’s Cinema and the Role of Soft Power

The Popularity of India’s Cinema and the Role of Soft Power

Joseph Nye defined the concept of ‘Soft Power’ as the ability to obtain a preferred outcome by attraction rather than coercion or force. Thus, if a country aims to influence the choices of another country in contemporary times, it must take the route of co-option and seduction rather than threats and inducements.

Opportunities and challenges of India’s G-20 Presidency

Opportunities and challenges of India’s G-20 Presidency

As India has assumed the G-20 Presidency, the international political discourse and global agenda are going to see many new narratives – non-traditional issues, and of course, non-Western assertions.

India’s steady rise on the world stage is a better-late-than-never moment that many world powers, middle powers, and smaller nations expected and desired to happen, in the hope of a more balanced world order. Financially, India promises them a vast and demanding market; offers more non-prescriptive trade relations and investments to smaller nations; carries limited unilateral military and strategic ambitions, and gets along with both Western and non-Western blocs.

Antisemitism and Perception of Hitler in India

Antisemitism and Perception of Hitler in India

Antisemitism has been rhetorically used by Indian leaders (irrespective of their political or religious persuasion) since the time of the Freedom movement. Hindu nationalists like M.S. Golwalkar, K.B. Hedgewar, and V.D. Savarkar have used Nazi Antisemitic rhetoric to further their Islamophobic agenda in India to the extent of justifying Nazi treatment towards Jews and wishing for similar treatment against Indian Muslims.

Asia Bibi Exonerated, But Scope for Misuse of Blasphemy Law Remains Challenge for Pakistan

Asia Bibi Exonerated, But Scope for Misuse of Blasphemy Law Remains Challenge for Pakistan

Asia Bibi’s case was politicised after the then Punjab governor Salman Taseer visited her in jail in November 2010, following the pronouncement of her death, and expressed his frustration about the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Taseer was assassinated by his own security guard Mumtaz Qadri on 4 January, 2011. Qadri’s arrest, trial, death sentence and February 2016 execution sparked huge protests and a massive funeral procession, exonerating the killer of Taseer. Since then, religious-political groups in Pakistan had been aggressively campaigning to execute Asia and were attempting to influence court procedure by campaigning against her.

Ganga’s Revival: A Distant Dream without Reimagining Policy

Ganga’s Revival: A Distant Dream without Reimagining Policy

Ganga is one of the most significant rivers in India. The river has appeared in almost all election campaigns, particularly in the cow belt region. In 2017, when the BJP was campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh elections, its slogan was “Gaon, Gau, Ganga and Gita.” Unfortunately, with Ganga still overloaded with pollutants, all the extensive talks regarding Ganga’s conservation seem like prattle.

Sri Lanka Under Liquidity Trap

Sri Lanka Under Liquidity Trap

Sri Lanka is currently reeling under severe inflation and foreign exchange crisis with falling foreign currency assets and the government’s inability to foot the bill for essential imports. Sri Lanka has seen an enormous capital flight of this short term capital which has triggered a massive selloff in its bond market and currency. The central bank sold dollars in the foreign exchange (forex) market to stabilize the sliding rupee.

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Lessons in Popular Resistance

Lessons in Popular Resistance

Over the past three months, the farmers of the country have shown excellent resolve and organisation against the unilateral moves of the central government. In Punjab, the ongoing agitation had begun in November 2020. Tractor rallies across the state were held and widely publicised. The central government at that time had not anticipated that it could pose a serious challenge to its credibility and prove difficult to resolve the disagreement. It was only when the farmers assembled at the borders of Delhi and demonstrated their might and determination that the government took any serious notice of the issue. On Tuesday, the protests entered Delhi and occupied the Red Fort area.

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Muslims in European Citizenry: Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Sindre Bangstad

Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised an online ‘Distinguished Lecture’ on Muslims in European Citizenry on 10th Oct 2022. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Sindre Banstad, Visiting Professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, US and chaired by Prof. Bhaswati Sarkar, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prophet Mohammad beyond Islamism: Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Juan Cole and Dr Shadi Hamid

Prophet Mohammad had many critics belonging to various religions and tribes. His teachings face several questions even today when the world has progressed well beyond his time. Many Muslims and non-Muslims are still exploring and rethinking the relevance and significance of Muhammad as a Prophet and a human being.

In an attempt to understand “Prophet Mohammad beyond Islamism,” the Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised a discussion by Prof. Juan Cole, author of “Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires” and Dr Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution. The session was chaired by Dr Manindra Thakur, Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

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