There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
constraint and mutual nuclear deterrence may have prevented all-out war with
Pakistan in the past over contested Kashmir. With thousands fleeing their homes
amid escalating violence, that may not remain a secure wager.
The military is never far from politics in Pakistan—and it may be implicated in the latest political crisis, as opposition forces led by Imran Khan challenge the legitimacy of the government of Nawaz Sharif.
Can the new Aam Aadmi party transform Indian democracy? Or will high expectations be dissipated as the party'spromises are challenged and its weaknesses are tested? Either way, other movements for social and political change should take heed.
Almost all discussion of Afghanistan after 2014 hinges
on the withdrawal of western forces. Yet into that gap a major power is
stepping—China. China’s involvement in turn poses major questions, vis-à-vis Pakistan, India and their own
point of friction—Kashmir.
US drones are often thought of as focused
entirely on action against Al-Qaeda and associates, particularly in Pakistan.
But the CIA's expanding global net extends into the Pacific, linked to the
surveillance operations of the National Security Agency.
JS Mill, liberalism's intellectual giant, justified despotism in India, thought Britain should be a beacon of liberty like Athens (because of its navy) and that it is impossible for a democracy to rule another country well. Listen to Dr Georgios Varouxakis on his latest book, Liberty Abroad
Bangladesh's modern experience of industrial disaster highlights the fragile conditions in which many of its urban workforce toil. But the country has an earlier history of large-scale developmental ambition, far from the metropolis, which equally defined the lives of those involved. The trajectory of these "ruins of progress", says Delwar Hussain, can illuminate the challenges of the present.
The problem with the use of 'zero tolerance' in
public discourse is that it makes for good populist politics and rhetoric which
generally translates into regressive and ill-informed public policy, especially
in the area of criminal justice, says Vijay Nagaraj.
There are more than one
million prostituted girls in India. "Only when the buyers of sex are
arrested will the brothels close down; and only when the brothels are closed
will we be safe,” Uma Das, speaking to Hillary Clinton in India
Alarm about the declining ratio of girls to boys in
the Indian population, evidence of a particularly lethal form of gender
discrimination, has overshadowed the more positive trend that is emerging in
neighbouring Bangladesh where the ‘aversion to daughters’ seems to be
India has had a complicated relationship with the United States for most of its independent history. Things are better now - but Indians still do watch the election closely, fearing a return to old tensions.
As India celebrates its 66th year of independence, the country's leaders are still largely ignoring what needs to be addressed, and the government has come to be referred to as a 'consortium of the corrupt', with two parallel power centres
The Pakistani military and intelligence service will not easily break the ties with Islamist terrorist groups in Afghanistan like the Haqqani network. Islamabad wants to keep a foothold in Afghanistan when western troops leave and use Islamic extremism as a counterforce to ethnic conflict and incompatibility strewn across the border.
The Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad made both friends and enemies in the course of his detailed reporting of Islamist groups and insurgencies in the country. An official report on his abduction and murder in May 2011 may leave key questions unanswered, says Nick Fielding, but read carefully and in context it brings the truth of his end closer.
The Afghan Taliban and the United States have begun talks, advancing prospects that coalition forces can withdraw from Afghanistan. But there are many potential pitfalls on the road to peace: a real risk of a political and military stalemate in Afghanistan, forcing the United States to leave the region under uncertain and possibly dangerous terms.
The government of India’s decision to roll back legislation that would allow FDI in multi-brand retail is ill-advised. However, in the grand scheme of things it is but a hiatus that at worst merely derails the momentum of reforms.