Can We Stop Misgovernance in India?

September 26, 2018

If most of the history of India has been characterized by misgovernance, is there any hope at all that it can be stopped? Before I answer that question, I should say that this article is neither for nor against India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Nor does this article argue for or...

India: Between Religious Murder and Secularism

January 05, 2018

As a society, India must admit that religious extremism and hatred are deeply entrenched in its sociocultural body politic. On December 6, 2017, a Muslim migrant laborer, Mohammed Afrazul, was hacked to death and set on fire by an unemployed Hindu fanatic Shambhu Lal Regar in a small, sleepy...

A Brief History of Kashmir’s Vanishing Autonomy

September 06, 2017

All attempts to further erode the special status conferred on Jammu and Kashmir are likely to backfire. I had the good fortune of staying in Puerto Rico for a few weeks while attending a friend’s wedding last year. It is an archipelago situated in the northeast Caribbean Sea, blessed with...

Kashmir Has Been Through Worse

May 19, 2017

What lies behind the violence in Kashmir? It wasn’t far back when we all jubilated over the peace process in Kashmir within the framework of Kashmiriyat (Kashmir’s cultural and political values), jamhooriyat (democracy) and insaniyat (humanity). Atal Bihari Vajpayee had declared...