Kashmir has been buried under a thick silence. Local newspapers’ websites were last updated on August 4th while reporters had to transport their articles and photos out of the state on USBs, and many got their footages deleted. The government claims everything is under control and going back to “normal”, while pharmacies are running out of medicines due to the curfew and ban on movements.
- Two months after Rahul Gandhi first offered to resign, the Indian National Congress is still staring at political uncertainty. After a second, humiliating defeat in general elections, the party desperately needs a new strategy, narrative, and leader.
- India is becoming an increasingly dangerous and inhospitable place for its minorities and is drifting away from the secular character its founding fathers fought for is no longer in doubt. This is something Modi himself must realize.
- The number of incidents of communal violence in India increased between 2014 and 2017. What causes lie behind such clashes and what solution to tame further social tensions?
- The world’s largest democracy is getting ready for the parliamentary elections, and Indian parties are planning their next political campaign moves.
- The recent military escalation reflects the underlying dynamics of the never-ending Kashmir conflict.
- The international campaign to support Osman Kavala’s candidature for the Nobel Peace Prize developed over an extremely brief period of time.
- The electoral defeat of the BJP does not mark the end of Hindu nationalism as such, not even its retreat
- At a national executive meeting in New Delhi last September the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah said that the party would remain in power for the next 50 years if it won the 2019 general election. Was he just dreaming?
- China is building its influence in a region that has traditionally been dominated by the US.