As smartphones have become affordable to a large population, they have, for the first time, allowed Indians to enjoy porn privately. This has fuelled a porn boom in India & consequently given rise to a “moral panic” around Pornography. Continue reading The Great Indian Porn Panic
Rewriting and distorting history is an essential part of the very project of Hindu nationalism. Continue reading Renaming India, Rewriting History
Machines are great at brute calculations. Humans are good at creativity and intuition. The future should not be looked at as a battle in which humans are pitted against machine. It is more likely to be a fusion band with electric Guitars, Tabla and Sitars. Continue reading Our Extended Minds
Every time I watch the World Poverty Clock, I imagine the animated people to be running away from a kidnapper, some ‘Mogambo’ figure, who has imprisoned them in a land far away. I am sure a diplomat will receive them at the airport. Continue reading A Foreign Policy For The People
When Radcliffe divided the erstwhile British India into two, the rivers of the Indus water system decided not to give a fuck. The Indus & its sidekicks had been flowing the way they did since eternity & they were not going to be perturbed by this newfangled concept called a nation-state. Continue reading Understanding The Indus Water Treaty
If we are to participate in OIC, it should only be as a member, nothing less than that. Continue reading Old Acquaintances: India And The OIC
John Maynard Keynes labelled IMF & World Bank as “Master Fund” and “Miss Bank” respectively. This assignment of gender reveals the functions of the two Institutions quite well. Continue reading IMF & World Bank: How do they differ?
Open a Coke Studio song on youtube & scroll down to the comment section. The comment section brims with Indians and people all over the world praising how beautiful Pakistani music is. You will find Indians professing their love for the Pakistani neighbors like you won’t find anywhere else. Continue reading Coke Studio as Pakistan’s Soft Power
In diplomacy, they say, “If you are Not at the table, you are on the menu. If India isn’t part of the peace process in Afghanistan, we can be sure that our interests will be ignored. It’s better to choose to engage with the Taliban now than being forced to talk to them later. Continue reading Should India Engage With Taliban?
Nationalism isn’t inherently bad. We have inclusive nationalisms & divisive nationalism. We have nationalisms that are about the glory of the nation even if the people are kept wretchedly poor. We have nationalism that is first & foremost about removing poverty & any kind of discrimination against the historically oppressed classes. Continue reading Nationalism: Good Or Bad?
Saudi Arabia may not be Pakistan’s “all weather” friend as China claims to be but the two countries have almost always been there when the other one needed. Continue reading There For Each Other: Saudi Arabia & Pakistan