After Trump: Why the World will Revert to ‘Normal’?

After Trump: Why the World will Revert to ‘Normal’?

The incubatory period of the gale of nativist populism , which swept the Western world, in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, could be held to be the time period between 1980’s and 2015(roughly speaking). This datum or period entailed profound structural change(s) of an economic, political and cultural nature. Going […]

Why Peace between India and Pakistan will Remain Elusive?

Why Peace between India and Pakistan will Remain Elusive?

In 1989, an American scholar, Francis Fukuyama, wrote an essay titled, “ The End of History and the Last Man”. The essay, which was carried by the Foreign Affairs magazine, was later expanded into a book towards the tether end of the Cold War confrontation. The grist and mill of Fukuyama’s argument was that with […]

American Foreign Policy under Trump: Decline or Retreat?

American Foreign Policy under Trump: Decline or Retreat?

Foreign policy oftentimes is conceived and formulated by experts and specialists. The heads of states then accord legitimacy on a particular foreign policy decided upon by these experts. However, the nature and course of a particular foreign policy bears the ingress of the ideological predilections of a particular administration. Given this, what will be the […]

Notes on the Culture of Sifarish and Nepotism in Kashmir

Notes on the Culture of Sifarish and Nepotism in Kashmir

Sometime ago, under the insistent goading of my family, I went for a job interview at a certain university in Kashmir. Whilst I did not want to appear at the interview, but winning or prevailing against family in Kashmir is a battle that one can’t really win. I played along and went for the interview. […]

Triple Talaaq Verdict: Sign of the Times?

Triple Talaaq Verdict: Sign of the Times?

The Supreme Court of India has held the practice of “triple talaaq” as illegal. Couched and garbed under the notion of gender rights, it has been observed by the court that “the practice of triple talaaq was “manifestly arbitrary” as the marital tie could be broken “whimsically” by a Muslim man and this must be […]

United States’ Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan: The New Great Game?

United States’ Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan: The New Great Game?

Foreign, defense and security policies of nations are actually conceived, formulated and drafted by experts. The heads of nations or states then accord the weight and credibility of their office to a particular foreign and security policy enunciated by experts. Given this, the consensus that appears to have emerged in the United States toward Afghanistan […]

On Modi and his Goli, Gali Statement: Action(s) Undercut Words

On Modi and his Goli, Gali Statement: Action(s) Undercut Words

The Prime Minister of India, in a statement, on India’s Independence day, asserted “ neither bullets(Goli) nor abuse(s)(Gali) will solve the Kashmir issue. Love will”. These sweet sounding words lend themselves to the suggestion that India is on a course correction and review toward Kashmir and Pakistan. And that diplomacy complemented by dialogue would be […]

Ah Kashmir: The Pathos and Bathos of the Blighted Vale

Ah Kashmir: The Pathos and Bathos of the Blighted Vale

Descant is a word that is defined by the dictionary as “a discourse on a theme”. Given this meaning, what would be the descant of Kashmir? I would stick my neck out and posit that contemporary Kashmir is defined by the “descant of sadness and sorrow”. I am not a psychoanalyst but I know enough […]