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by Bhaskar Menon on 20 Nov 2018 4 Comments

Many Indian historians internalized the European view of India. The dada of colonial era Indian historians, R.C. Majumdar (1888-1980), even went to the extent of declaring the lack of historical sense one “of the gravest defects of Indian culture.” In Ancient India he wrote that the “the aversion of Indians to writing history” defied “rational explanation.” ...

by Bhaskar Menon on 19 Nov 2018 2 Comments

Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), a German theorist credited with the insights that led to the birth of Anthropology, asserted that Europeans were the only people with a sense of history. He saw societies in China, India and the Americas as experiencing change, but not possessed of the capacity to perceive it as cumulative development; their past was thus...

by Jonas E Alexis and Vladislav Krasnov on 18 Nov 2018 7 Comments

Alexis: You are a Solzhenitsyn scholar, and Solzhenitsyn is arguably one of the rarest minds and perceptive writers the twentieth century ever produced. Solzhenitsyn praised Putin for his tremendous work, and no one ever really challenged him on this. Krasnov: First of all, thanks for focusing on a Russian writer who belongs as much to Russia as to the USA...

by Jayasree Saranathan on 17 Nov 2018 27 Comments

Indian secularism has always been at odds with the commonly accepted meaning of the word secularism. It made a new record when the Kerala government claimed in an affidavit submitted to the High Court that Sabarimala is a secular temple “where entry of devotees is not restricted on the ground of any caste or religion”. As justification, the importance of Vav...

by James M Dorsey on 16 Nov 2018 4 Comments

Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in this week’s mid-term elections (Nov. 9] and mounting Turkish efforts to corner the kingdom in the Khashoggi crisis. To counter possible US pressure, the kingdom is exploring opportuniti...

by Thierry Meyssan on 15 Nov 2018 0 Comment

Syria should soon be experiencing the end of armed hostilities on the whole of its territory, with the exception of the areas occupied by Turkey and the United States. The international Press is now focused on the return of the refugees, the reconstruction of the areas of devastation, and preventing the return of European jihadists. But these questions are s...

by F William Engdahl on 14 Nov 2018 2 Comments

One of the more important consequences of the Trump Administration trade war against both China as well as Japan is the recent diplomatic and economic meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Not only was it the first such meeting by a Japanese PM in seven years since the chill in relations over a group o...

by Sandhya Jain on 13 Nov 2018 7 Comments

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s failure to renegotiate parts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his visit to Beijing (Nov. 1-5) affirms President Xi Jinping’s inflexible commitment to making China a leading world power by 2049, the centenary of communist rule. The Border & Road Initiative (B&RI) and military power are keys to this...

by B S Harishankar on 12 Nov 2018 22 Comments

Recent attempts by certain lobbies to link controversial archaeological sites of Keezhadi and Pattanam has raised questions on their agendas. Keezhadi is at Sivaganga district near Madurai in Tamil Nadu, while Pattanam is at Ernakulam in Kerala. There are neither ceramics nor other cultural remains reportedly unearthed at these sites to show the alleged...

by Israel Shamir on 11 Nov 2018 1 Comment

I was hesitant to write on the subject while the Pittsburgh dead weren’t buried yet. I know, it is not a valid consideration for the militant pundits. The US Jews accused President Trump and the Israeli Jews blamed Palestinians for the shooting as on the cue before the victims were declared dead. However, you can’t talk sense before the dead are laid to rest...

by Bhaskar Menon on 10 Nov 2018 3 Comments

On 12 June 1975, a judge of the Allahabad High Court found Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of several minor counts of using government machinery to help her 1971 election campaign (such infractions as use of an official jeep to get to her rural constituency, and use of electricity from a government office by organisers of a rally). He voided her election...

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 09 Nov 2018 37 Comments

The question is explosive in the current Indian socio-political context. Many factors are intertwined, emotionalism, religiosity, and what not. As a scientist, I look at the question with a rational mind. Let’s first discuss the current global food situation vis-à-vis that of India. According to the most recent data made available by the Food and Agriculture...

by Jaibans Singh on 08 Nov 2018 3 Comments

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law is among the most brutal and discriminatory legislations in the modern world. On the face of it, the law prohibits blasphemy against any recognised religion and provides for punishment ranging from fine to death. In actuality, it is being used to suppress and brutalise the minorities in the country - Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis, etc....

by B S Harishankar on 07 Nov 2018 9 Comments

The German philosopher Hegel observed that India existed for millennia as a wonderland in the European imagination due to its treasures, both intellectual and natural, which have lured people over the ages. Yet mainstream Indian historiography, especially of the Left, has adopted a policy of ‘outright rancor and omission’ towards our knowledge traditions...

by James M Dorsey on 06 Nov 2018 2 Comments

If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European support the most by targeting ethnic rights activists. Mr. Khashoggi’s murder has focused attention on Saudi harassment and intimidation of dissident...

by Kanchan Gupta on 05 Nov 2018 11 Comments

Just before he fell ill and was admitted to hospital, never to return home again, Girilal Jain would often tell his close friends about how was working on a book in which he would grapple with the question of Hindu nationalism. This book had been in the making for the past many years – first in the depths of his mind later in the form of notes. Any other aut...

by P M Ravindran on 04 Nov 2018 11 Comments

Remembering the above quip in the context of the events that have unfolded in Kerala post the Sabarimala verdict of the apex court on September 28, 2018 is not just coincidental. It was a 4:1 judgment of a bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, himself. The majority opted to rule in favour of a cosmetic notion, touted as gender equalit...

by James M Dorsey on 03 Nov 2018 0 Comment

Khan’s insistence on a refocus of CPEC takes on added significance given that Pakistan is turning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it avert a financial crisis with a loan of up to US$ 12 billion and its agreements with Saudi Arabia involving US$ 6 billion in financial support and could produce some US$ 10 billion in investments that would be ...

by James M Dorsey on 02 Nov 2018 2 Comments

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lands in Beijing on November 3, the latest head of government to seek a renegotiation of commercial terms and/or focus of projects related to China’s infrastructure and energy-driven Belt and Road initiative. He follows in the footsteps of his Malaysian counterpart; Mahathir Mohamad has suspended US$ 26 billion in Chinese-...

by N S Rajaram on 01 Nov 2018 7 Comments

In the fullness of its wisdom, the Congress has divided Hindus as Good and Bad depending on whether one supports building a temple at the sacred site in Ayodhya or not. At least that is how I, a Bad Hindu as my name indicates (RajaRam) view the statement of Congress leader Sashi Tharoor. By this logic, a Good Hindu opposes the Ram Temple. Let us next try to ...

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