What’s Next for Cryptocurrency?

Mar 18, 2020

We are now entering the second decade of the existence of cryptocurrency, and it seems that some of the initial predictions of early adopters may have come true. The most commonly cited prediction by the mainstream media was of Bitcoin’s failure, either because of its lack of intrinsic value or...

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
Mar 02, 2020

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan
Mar 02, 2020

The Gray Lady and Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan

Pakistan Takes Cues From China to Clamp Down on Freedom of Expression
Feb 17, 2020

Pakistan Takes Cues From China to Clamp Down on Freedom of Expression

India’s Muslim Minority Should Join the National Mainstream

India’s Muslim Minority Should Join the National Mainstream

Feb 17, 2020

Ever since the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act that discriminates specifically against Muslim asylum seekers, India’s Muslim minority has been protesting and agitating. It is reacting against what it perceives to be majoritarian tyranny that has been...

After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?

After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?

Feb 12, 2020

Until recently, elections in Delhi were not a big deal. In fact, the act that governs the National Capital Territory of Delhi grants very limited autonomy to the city administration. Some derisively call elections for the Delhi government to be a glorified municipality contest. That derision may...

India: Autopsy and Resurrection of a Republic

India: Autopsy and Resurrection of a Republic

Feb 12, 2020

Citizenship is fundamental to any republic, and the executive branch has the right and obligation to keep track of the number of citizens and non-citizens residing in its territory. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India are worthy...

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Are Still Outliers

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Are Still Outliers

Feb 11, 2020

On the Index of Women Entrepreneurs, India ranks 52 out of 57 countries. In the Indian start-up scene, it’s rare to see a woman directing an enterprise. Bhavna Anand Sharma, founder of Cureveda, a dietary supplements company, is one of the few Indian women leading the charge in revolutionizing...

Is Afghanistan Ready to Negotiate With the Taliban?

Is Afghanistan Ready to Negotiate With the Taliban?

Jan 28, 2020

After more than a year of negotiations between US and Taliban representatives in Qatar, talks have now reached a critical point. The two sides are reportedly close to signing an agreement that will pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue and the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan....

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Jan 23, 2020

Over the past five years, India has seen several changes around the creation and dissemination of data. The Indian government has come under fire for withholding data on crucial issues like unemployment, as well as changing statistical methodologies to ascertain key metrics, calling into question...

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

When It Comes to Mental Health, India Remains Shockingly Misinformed

Jan 17, 2020

Indian journalist Manu Joseph recently wrote a column in which he questions major intellectual advances in history, claiming they were nothing but delusional ideas of schizophrenics. He asks, rhetorically: “What if many things that we call philosophies today had emerged from a mental disorder?...

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jeff Bezos Plays the Cowboy With the Indians

Jan 17, 2020

Forbes has followed Jeff Bezos on his pilgrimage to India this week. On January 15, the journal reported on Amazon’s declared ambition to help boost the Indian economy. The magazine reports: “Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday from New Delhi that his e-commerce...

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

Jan 03, 2020

On December 15, 2019, the police of India’s capital state, Delhi, forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, a premier university of higher education, to dispel peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). What happened next sent shockwaves throughout the nation....

Why #MeToo Won’t Succeed in India

Why #MeToo Won’t Succeed in India

Dec 18, 2019

Kabir Singh is a drunkard. He’s also an angry lover. And a sociopath. Kabir Singh is the archetypal abusive man: He falls head over heels for a woman at first sight, pursues her until she gives in, wards off other suitors by threatening them, and slaps her when he is angry. What does the...

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