Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

In Sri Lanka, Cartoonists Take on the Alt-Right
Oct 14, 2019

In Sri Lanka, Cartoonists Take on the Alt-Right

Narendra Modi Has No Business Campaigning for Trump
Oct 10, 2019

Narendra Modi Has No Business Campaigning for Trump

The New Age of Protest
Oct 04, 2019

The New Age of Protest

Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

Oct 02, 2019

On July 30, a remarkable event took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when representatives of multiple religions — Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism — came together to express solidarity with the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks that shook the island nation in...

Imran Khan Takes a Shot at Narendra Modi

Imran Khan Takes a Shot at Narendra Modi

Oct 02, 2019

On September 27, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered an impassioned speech at the UN General Assembly in New York that has sent heads spinning. Taking to the podium for over 50 minutes, he addressed four themes that conjoin inextricably. The first topic was climate change. Pakistan...

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Climate Financing Can Help Developing Countries Reject Fossil Fuels

Sep 26, 2019

As Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN created ripples worldwide, millions of youngsters took to the streets, protesting against climate injustice and the failure to reduce carbon emissions. Aside from Thunberg, many other youth activists, including Xiye Bastida and...

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Without Free and Fair Elections, Afghanistan’s Economy Will Not Recover

Sep 25, 2019

Afghanistan’s presidential election, scheduled for September 28, will hopefully bring the 9.6 million registered voters to the polling stations, 35% of them women. The election is essentially a rematch between the current president, Ashraf Ghani, and his chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, plus...

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Sep 18, 2019

Beware of who you follow, my mother always said, because not everyone has your best interests in mind. I must have forgotten this advice those couple of years when I considered Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to be a female empowerment idol in India. Anyone who follows Bollywood is aware of the...

How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Sep 12, 2019

Around 20 years into the new millennium, everything about our lives and surroundings is changing at an incredible pace. The ways we work, play, study, communicate, spend and earn are rapidly evolving to bear little resemblance to how we’ve lived through most of modern times, let alone history....

15 Facts About the Kashmir Conflict

15 Facts About the Kashmir Conflict

Sep 06, 2019

Fact 1: The June 3, 1947, partition plan announced by the British government and its 1947 Indian Independence Act pertained only to the directly-administered British provinces and other territories. Note that there were 565 princely states that covered 40% of the area of pre-independent India...

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

Aug 30, 2019

Not too long ago, James Crabtree, the former Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, wrote about the new “billionaire raj” in India. He spent most of his time hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in Mumbai, and even acted in a Bollywood movie. This former acolyte of Tony...

Is Democracy Sustainable Anywhere in the World?

Is Democracy Sustainable Anywhere in the World?

Aug 29, 2019

In an article on Fair Observer describing the quandary India faces as its economy seeks to react to the global trend toward electric vehicles, Atul Singh and Manu Sharma make the strategic observation that investing in battery technology should be a key to India’s economic future. Because of...

Kashmir Explained: Why India and Pakistan Fight Over It

Kashmir Explained: Why India and Pakistan Fight Over It

Aug 27, 2019

Tensions are rising in South Asia after India ended the special status for Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370. Lockdown continues in the Indian state as key leaders are in custody, communications are blocked and thousands of troops patrol the streets. Across the border, Pakistani Prime...

Load More