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.
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 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’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 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 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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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.
The Centre for Studies of Plural Societies (CSPS) organised a 'Distinguished Lecture'...
Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised a book discussion on Ideology and Organization in...
The Centre for Studies of Plural Societies (CSPS) organised a webinar on 19th July 2022,...
Centre for Studies of Plural Societies (CSPS) organised a book discussion on Born a Muslim: Some...
The Centre for Studies of Plural Societies (CSPS) organised Academic Writing Workshop on a Research Proposal titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Research Proposal” by Dr Madhan Mohan on 27th September 2022.
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.
The Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised Academic Writing Workshop on 27th September 2022.
Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised Research Colloquium on 15 September. Dr Javed Iqbal Wani presented a paper on Communalism, Labour and Law in Late Colonial Bombay.
Centre for Studies of Plural Societies organised a book discussion on Ideology and Organization in Indian Politics: Growing Polarization and the Decline of the Congress Party (2009-19) on 26th August 2022 at 4.00 PM (IST), authored by Prof. Zoya Hasan.
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.