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    India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

India-Russia relations are evolving and strengthening  

This New Year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to strengthen India-Russia relations. From several senior level bilateral meets in 2017 to increasing trade, India-Russia relations have already regained momentum. Apart from shared worldview and strong military-technical partnership, the two countries need to now look at strengthening economic and cultural relations writes Uma Purushothaman.

In 2017, India and Russia started paying more attention to their bilateral relations, reviving a stagnant relationship and recovering some of the momentum that was lost over the past […]

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    What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

As Nepal successfully conducted historic local and parliamentary elections in 2017, considered as the end to the decade-long transition period, there are high hopes of improved democratic governance in the new, decentralised federal set up. Sudeep Uprety notes that it is a matter of serious concern for women as only a small number of female candidates won the direct elections.

Nepal ranked […]

India’s skewed medical ratio

The Indian health sector is not getting the attention it needs. The heavily skewed doctor-patient ratio and the low budget allocations being made by the government are the principal indicators of this fact. Ananye Krishna explores the reasons behind this ratio and what can be done to improve medical care and the training of India’s future medical care providers.

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January 16th, 2018|Education, Featured, Health|0 Comments|

Politics and the philosophy of apology

When states and governments are called upon to apologise for historic wrongs including episodes of colonial violence, a series of philosophical questions spring up. Suyash Saxena considers some of these questions and their implications.

Recently the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, had appealed to the British government to tender an official apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. More than a thousand […]

January 15th, 2018|Featured, History|0 Comments|

Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively

In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]

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    How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

How the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman impacts India  

As the new Saudi Crown Prince gains more control, Pieter-Jan Dockx writes that India has a new balancing act to play between the House of Saud and the Islamic Republic. While counter-terrorism cooperation may increase, other indicators foretell a gloomy future.

In June 2017, King Salman bin Abdulaziz ousted, heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, replacing him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). The […]

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    To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

To improve security, the Afghanistan government needs to focus on urbanisation

Despite improved education, highways, and myriad other rural development projects, Afghanistan continues to face grave security issues. Rustam Ali Seerat argues that a government drive towards urbanisation may be the solution instead of trying to control sparsely populated territories. 

On October 7, 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. […]

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    ‘A life of football’: The vulnerabilities of Rohingya caught between Myanmar and Bangladesh

‘A life of football’: The vulnerabilities of Rohingya caught between Myanmar and Bangladesh

As Myanmar and Bangladesh discuss the possible repatriation of over half a million Rohinya refugees, many of the Rohingya population stranded in Bangladesh remain sceptical and afraid, comparing their uncertain status to ‘a life of football’, Nasir Uddin writes.

In the last four months of 2017 Myanmar security forces made an atrocious crackdown in Rakhine state, which triggered a massive influx […]

How does local government cope with disaster in Bangladesh?

Successful coordination is an essential ingredient for Disaster Management. In the first of a two article series on human interactions with environment in rural Bangladesh, Mohammad Tarikul Islam examines the coordination in the comprehensive disaster management approach in rural Bangladesh under the auspices of local government (Union Parishad) and potential impediments to this approach.

Bangladesh is undeniably the world’s most disaster-prone country. […]

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    Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

In Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, Emma Tarlo explores the hidden networks through which human hair circulates around the world, tangling together the local and the global through diverse sites, practices and processes. The book’s delicate movements between spaces, modes of individual narration and contexts make this a delight to read, writes Shannon Philip. 
Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair. Emma Tarlo. Oneworld Publications. 2016.
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