Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · Water, Water Security

Teesta Resolution Critical but Likely to Elude India and Bangladesh This Time

  During an India-Bangladesh dialogue exactly one year ago, Bangladesh foreign minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said the settlement of the land boundary dispute between the two countries in 2015 proved that anything is possible with political will. Now, as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina arrives on her first state visit to Delhi in seven years… Continue reading Teesta Resolution Critical but Likely to Elude India and Bangladesh This Time

Conflict · Foreign Policy · World

Hot Wars and Cold Conflicts: Finland’s Immigrant Challenge

With his neon, yellow jacket identifying him as a volunteer, Hazrat Shah is hard to miss. He’s serving up warm food and drink under a makeshift tent to refugees in Finland, just outside Helsinki’s main railway station. Women, children and men huddle around a small fire in the cold to protest the Finnish government’s decision… Continue reading Hot Wars and Cold Conflicts: Finland’s Immigrant Challenge

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · US Politics

As Trump Confronts Iran, Chabahar is in the Eye of the Storm

This appeared on the Atlantic Council's website. On the roller coaster of ties between the United States and Iran, President Trump’s apparent extreme hawkishness towards Tehran is one more loop in which the world has turned upside down. This time, though, it’s not just US-Iran ties that are susceptible to damage. While Trump’s dealings with… Continue reading As Trump Confronts Iran, Chabahar is in the Eye of the Storm

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy

India Warily Watches Trump

Americans may still be coming to terms with Donald Trump’s election victory, but more than 7,000 miles away, the wheels of India’s diplomatic machinery began turning soon after the November results. Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval both visited the United States within a month of the elections with the… Continue reading India Warily Watches Trump

Conflict · Foreign Policy · Identity & Culture · National Security · World

The Clash of Civilizations-revisited.

At the end of the Cold War, political scientist Samuel Huntington who taught at Harvard University created a hypothesis. As the break up of the Soviet Union resulted in ethnic conflicts – across Central Asia and Eastern Europe most government officials and foreign policy analysts used his Clash of Civilizations as a prescient bible –… Continue reading The Clash of Civilizations-revisited.

Conflict · Gender · India · Religion · Rights

My Name is Honour

Watch my documentary: My Name is Honour Not far off the highway, less than 100 kilometers from the nation’s capital, the districts of Western Uttar Pradesh seem to have become synonymous with violence based on caste, religion or gender. The constitutional guarantee of a fundamental right to life is challenged every day by notions of honor. But what is this notion… Continue reading My Name is Honour

Gender · India · Rights · Sexual violence

The Anatomy of a Protest

Freedom, enshrined in the constitution of India and safety for India's women from sexual assault at home or outside. The brutal gang-rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old girl on her way from a movie in the evening on Sunday evening in December triggered an awakening that took many by surprise. Perhaps the simplest explanation… Continue reading The Anatomy of a Protest