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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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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.

A Theory of Doddering Dominoes

A Theory of Doddering Dominoes

In the Ukrainian crisis, if there is one organisation or entity that comes out as the most sensible in indicating the way forward for the world is the European Union (EU). The EU, as an organisation with a particular sensibility and sobriety, can temper the worst excesses of nationalism and the vehicle that it often mindlessly carries forward the nation-state.

Gender and Women in the Postcolonial Indian Literature: Lecture by Dr Preetha mani

Gender and Women in the Postcolonial Indian Literature: Lecture by Dr Preetha mani

The stories of partition in the post-independence era of India got incorporated into the Nayi Kahani, where the protagonists had to deal with the emotional and psychological trauma of displacement and the demarcation of femininity. The idea of segregation was a significant factor in the movies where the romance genre was incorporated along with heartbreak, separation, and longing in the life of protagonists because of the religious divide. Another shift in the narratives came with the Brahminisation of storytelling. The supposed ideal woman had Brahmin surroundings, customs, and dialects which resembled that of a Brahminical society, which led to outrage by the anti-Brahmin groups, and the writers shifted to a new form of storytelling where they justified their representations of Brahminic women by using the new woman’s desire as a rift between tradition to modernity. In this narrative, the new woman’s reformist sensibilities helped the writers side-stepping the question of caste and religion into an account of cultural modernity. 

Book discussion on Annie Zaidi’s Novel “City of Incident”

Book discussion on Annie Zaidi’s Novel “City of Incident”

Annie Zaidi, the author of the novel “City of Incident” and the winner of the Tata Literature Live Award 2020, interacted with the CSPS interns discussing the key concepts of her novel. The novel “City of Incident” echoes the actual voices of the metropolis. It has 12 stories escorting the idea of every day, unveiling the neglected narratives of the city. Wafa Hamid, Assistant Professor at Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi, chaired the session.

Book Discussion: Secularism Confronts Islamism by Dr Mohammad Affan

Book Discussion: Secularism Confronts Islamism by Dr Mohammad Affan

Secularism Confronts Islamism: Divergent Paths of Transnational Negotiations in Egypt and Tunisia provides an in-depth examination of the recent confrontation between Islamists and secularists in Egypt and Tunisia. The book presents a new approach to understanding Islamism and secularism and addresses the variables that could affect the outcome of transitional negotiations. The book provides new insights from the Arab Spring experience by examining the causes of the conflict between the secularists and the Islamists during the transitional period. The book is a key resource for academics and students interested in democratisation theory and Middle East politics. 

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