India · Rights · Social Media

More Counter Speech needed to combat Hate on Facebook in India

Efforts at Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) online have become an important focus for social networks. CVE targets extremist ideologies, tackling them through alternate narratives that focus on peace-building. It is an invaluable tool to supplement counterterrorism strategies worldwide. To identify effective counter-speech on Facebook, ORF conducted a study analysing posts and comments on prominent public… Continue reading More Counter Speech needed to combat Hate on Facebook in India

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · World

Contesting the dragon: India and ASEAN converge

The invitation to 10 ASEAN leaders and heads of government as Chief Guests on Republic day, focused conversations on new and emerging alliances, and ongoing tensions between India and China on the Doklam plateau, make it clear that 2018’s foreign policy focus is directed Eastward. Even though a ‘Look East Policy’ has officially, and some would… Continue reading Contesting the dragon: India and ASEAN converge

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy

For New Delhi, the relationship with Tel Aviv is an exercise in balance

The still-damaged corner wall of the blue-and-white building and a police van permanently parked outside the Chabad House that was attacked during the worst terror strike in Indian history in Mumbai on 26.11.2008 (where the now 11-year old 'baby' Moshe lost his parents), is both a testament to a strengthening relationship between India and Israel,… Continue reading For New Delhi, the relationship with Tel Aviv is an exercise in balance

Gender · Rights · Sexual violence

Breaking the Silence: 5 Years after Nirbhaya

Watch here: Five years ago a country wept when a young Delhi girl battled for and lost her life after being brutally gang raped in the heart of the city. The Nirbhaya Act strengthening punishment for sexual predators and expanding the definition of abuse was the outcome of that anger and grief. Today, women -… Continue reading Breaking the Silence: 5 Years after Nirbhaya

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · India

How India Beat UK For Major Win At World Court (ICJ)

It is hard to remember another election of judges to the International Court of Justice that's been as fraught as the one that concluded at the United Nations in New York this week. India's Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected for a 9-year term after Britain withdrew its nominee, Justice Christopher Greenwood. What is clearly being… Continue reading How India Beat UK For Major Win At World Court (ICJ)

Conflict · India · National Security

CVE: Lessons for India

Have spent the last few months learning about, understanding and critiquing policies that focus on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE in policy jargon)- in order to look at what India can do. This report- a result of all the studying- emphasises the need to go beyond law enforcement-based approaches to terror and extremist violence, and recommends… Continue reading CVE: Lessons for India

Gender · Politics · Rights · Sexual violence

Triple Talaq and Marital Rape: Politics and Patriarchy Trump Gender Justice

A week is a long time in politics. If there were ever any doubt about this, the government’s contradictory positions on gender justice over the span of seven days between August 22 and August 29 have laid them to rest. On August 22, women all over India celebrated the Supreme Court’s verdict declaring triple talaq illegal… Continue reading Triple Talaq and Marital Rape: Politics and Patriarchy Trump Gender Justice

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · India

Two pieces: After the India-US visit, Terror Convergence ‘Trumps’ Controversy

World leaders who pride themselves on having shaken up their respective systems by taking on the "liberal elite" and "draining the swamp", US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Modi have more in common than many of their counterparts. As many compared the two for their propensity towards populist politics, distaste for critique, and disregard… Continue reading Two pieces: After the India-US visit, Terror Convergence ‘Trumps’ Controversy

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · India

Two pieces: Before the India-US Visit, the call to lower expectations.

To say that the United States is still getting used to Donald Trump as president, six months into his inauguration, is at the very least, an understatement. It is against a backdrop of unpredictability unleashed by the president’s policy and turbulence, both domestically and globally, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-awaited meeting with Trump will… Continue reading Two pieces: Before the India-US Visit, the call to lower expectations.