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The colonial world order is responsible for the Rohingya crisis

The colonial world order is responsible for the Rohingya crisis

Myanmar has become a sad story of state violence against its own religious community who are shamefully still waiting to be recognized as citizens. Issues intensified once again in the recent conflicts left unresolved by the outgoing British colonial administration and the successive administrations in Myanmar, Bangladesh and India. The Rakhine region, for its geographical and strategic location, remained a battleground during the world war period, and both British allies and the Japanese fought many wars in the region to control the important coastline. Britain captured most of the Muslim dominated areas that were then called Arakan, in 1824, which started economic activities across the region and brought more Indians to the region.

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Reforming Medical Education In India

Reforming Medical Education In India

Prof. Furqan Qamar iterated that the capacity of the medical field is severely restrained in India. However, this does not mean that the number of medical colleges and their intake capacity has remained stagnant since independence. India had only about 28 medical colleges and in 2021-22, the number of medical colleges has gone up to 595. While in 1950-51, almost all medical colleges were under government domain with the idea of training people to serve the nation. During 1991-92 this started changing as high fee charges in medical education started making entry into the system. In today’s scenario of the above 600 colleges, almost half of them are private or in the private domain. The intake is deficient, with less than 100,000 students every year, half of which goes to the government and half to the private sector.

Hijab on Trial

Hijab on Trial

The hijab verdict resonates with the Babri Masjid case where the court declared that the temple should be made based on ‘faith’ on the demolition site, despite endorsing the absence of historical evidence of the destruction of the temple there.

CSPS Academic Writing Workshop on Writing a Research Proposal

CSPS Academic Writing Workshop on Writing a Research Proposal

Dr Ahmed began with the concept of what a research proposal essentially entails- it is a brief outline of one’s work and has to be convincing and intensely researched enough to be worked on. Prospective researchers should begin by selecting a broad area of research. Dr Ahmed stressed that one must always reciprocate the ideas in the brain on pen and paper and form a gist in about one-two page. 

To have multiculturalism, the public sphere must accommodate the presence of new group identities: Prof Tariq Modood

To have multiculturalism, the public sphere must accommodate the presence of new group identities: Prof Tariq Modood

The lecture explained why we must value our citizenship and how it should be about our sense of belonging. Prof. Modood said that “we belong to our citizens, and we belong to our co-citizens”. Multiculturalism, therefore, cannot succeed without people valuing their citizenship. It retells the national story/ history so that minorities can be included in it and wants the story to be inclusive, plural, and multicultural while ensuring that these stories are narrated so that they are not stigmatising. He asserts,” to have multiculturalism, the public sphere must accommodate the presence of new group identities.” Public educational institutions and political organisations should work as the machines of reformation retelling the plural stories of the nation.

A hard call

A hard call

Contesting ideological orientations have caused the exclusion of many talented, competent, and capable people from playing their part in state-building and nation-building. For example, a non-Muslim could not be elected as prime minister and/or president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan no matter their capabilities.

Book Review- Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic

Book Review- Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic

How did the Islamic Republic of Iran face the challenges to the survival and sustainability of the Islamic Revolution? International pressure and sanctions notwithstanding, how did Iran manage to remain a leading player in its region? What trajectory is Iran likely to follow—both in its domestic politics and in the conduct of foreign policy? Amin Saikal, in his book Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic has attempted these questions.

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