Politics

  • Permalink Gallery

    The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

Borders in 2019 do not just represent territorial frontiers but are sites where ideas of nationalism are performed on a daily basis. Taking the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as an example Sanaa Alimia (Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) looks at how the introduction of ID cards has come to symbolise more than just the the control of a border.

Walls. Fences. Checkpoints. These […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Long Read: Kashmir: Youth, state and the clash of narratives

Long Read: Kashmir: Youth, state and the clash of narratives

Mohd Tahir Ganie (Dublin City University, Ireland) argues that while the Indian state has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to quell the anti-India political mobilisations in Kashmir, the policy has been only marginally successful. This is primarily because the narrative of Kashmiri self-determination is stronger than ever among the new generation of Kashmiris that has emerged as the most significant actor […]

Long Read: Muslims and an inclusive India under Modi 2.0

The landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s recent parliamentary elections and the re-election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister have, once again, cast a spotlight on the plight of Muslims in India. Although Muslim fears of a BJP-led government are not unfounded, Modi has been sending out positive signals in his outreach to them. However, […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    BJP’s 2019 victory: How caste-based politics has been redefined and reinvented

BJP’s 2019 victory: How caste-based politics has been redefined and reinvented

Far from signifying the end of caste-based politics, Narendra Modi’s victory in May’s general election has reinvented and redefined caste-based politics, according to Avishek Jha (Independent Researcher). Here he argues why the BJP’s victory must be attributed to its social coalitions and the political mobilisation of less dominant castes and sub-castes not just its use of national security issues. […]

The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter

Following the BJPs surge in West Bengal during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Soumya Bhowmick (Observer Research Foundation, India) explores the recent electoral trends in the state to argue how an insecurity in the identity of citizens of the state has allowed a religious identity to come to the fore.

The Lok Sabha 2019 elections in West Bengal produced an […]

Legally Unequal? Citizenship in Modi’s New India

Following the landslide victory of the BJP in India’s 2019 General Election last month, Niraja Gopal Jayal (Jawaharlal Nehru University) argues that Narendra Modi’s second term could see a revival of the party’s Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016).  Alongside routinised violence against minorities, the reintroduction and passage of this bill would undermine the universal conception of equal citizenship in India.

Among […]

June 7th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Legally Unequal? Citizenship in Modi’s New India|
  • Permalink Gallery

    Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two villages in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, Madanpur and Chishti, situated on either side of the two-lane Panagarh-Morgram highway, have often explained the prevailing political atmosphere in the state. Since 1988, I have visited and lived in these villages to carry out research for my upcoming book, Cultivating Democracy, and found that they have served as a lens to […]

May 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics|
  • Permalink Gallery

    Bangladesh needs paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Bangladesh needs paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Rural community development in Bangladesh has led not only to socio-economic improvement, but has implications for social, economic and environmental systems, argues Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh)

Human security, a factor of non-traditional security, generally refers to the survival of individuals, community and even the world. Human security is the emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities, proponents of which challenge […]

May 14th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Bangladesh needs paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes|
  • Permalink Gallery

    No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

Ending the civil war, bringing lasting peace to Kachin State and achieving peace were key campaign promises in 2015 of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD).  With the 2020 election just over a year away their window of opportunity is quickly closing. Stella Naw (Civil Rights Defenders) outlines what the NLD government and the […]

May 13th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process|

The new Indian election: Free but not fair

The 2019 elections are a radical rupture in India’s recent electoral history, argues Dr Mukulika Banerjee (author of Why India Votes? and Director of LSE South Asia Centre).
Photo Credit: Shutterstock, denisproduction.com
This 2019 national election in India is nothing like the one before it in 2014. There is something fundamentally different about it, even though it is superficially familiar. The vocabulary is the […]

Bad Behavior has blocked 813 access attempts in the last 7 days.