Payback for Colonial Sins

Payback for Colonial Sins

The British government’s offer of monetary compensation of £20 million to over 5,000 living Kenyan survivors of systematic torture during the Mau Mau anti-colonial revolt is a historic reckoning with an ugly past. Instead of bringing the sordid chapter of crimes...
Washington’s Nuclear Hypocrisy

Washington’s Nuclear Hypocrisy

In April 2009, President Barack Obama gave hope to nuclear disarmament activists around the globe. Speaking in the Czech Republic, he affirmed “America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” It was, and...
Postcard from Mumbai

Postcard from Mumbai

Even if you have not been to steamy Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s well-known outdoor laundry facility, there is a chance that your clothing has. Densely packed against Mumbai’s central rail system, this iconic complex is the largest of many sites that...
Orientalizing Rape

Orientalizing Rape

The Western press has been heavily criticized for orientalizing India’s rape culture while downplaying its own. Since the brutal rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in mid-December ignited widespread protests throughout India and...
As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

Women’s rights have been in the forefront of international of international concern over the last few weeks. Making the biggest headlines were the massive demonstrations in New Delhi and other cities in India provoked by the brutal gang rape by six men of a...

Is Rape in India Having Its Newtown Moment?

“Seven days of demonstrations peaked Sunday, as thousands of people joined women’s and students’ groups,” the New York Times reported, after “a 23-year-old medical student who boarded what she thought was a public bus on Dec. 16 was...
India: Linchpin of the Pivot?

India: Linchpin of the Pivot?

The January 2012 Pentagon document on Strategic Guidance, entitled “Sustaining Global Leadership: Priorities for Twenty First Century,” has inaugurated a new cold war in the Asia-Pacific region between the United States and China. The document affirms that...
How Did Coal-Rich India End Up With Power Blackouts?

How Did Coal-Rich India End Up With Power Blackouts?

“If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it, then you are allowed to steal some,” said Shivpal Singh Yadav, a minister for public works for India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). “But don’t be a bandit.” Caught...
India’s Gambit in the Central Asian Abyss

India’s Gambit in the Central Asian Abyss

The importance of Central Asia tends to be under-estimated by most Western observers, particularly in the major print media and on TV. It was only the Western business world that understood the region’s significance promptly after the fall of the Soviet Union,...
Has the Developing World Abandoned Iran?

Has the Developing World Abandoned Iran?

In a recent interview, the eminent geo-strategist Ian Bremmer suggested that a “nuclear-armed Iran” is inevitable because, in an emerging “G-Zero World” where no single bloc of countries can dominate international affairs, the emerging powers...
Afghanistan Dominates Latest U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Afghanistan Dominates Latest U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

Just days before the Third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue between the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the Indian Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna, in Washington, D.C., an important address was given by Robert O. Blake, a U.S. State Department official, at a...