There are hardly any women in areas such as diplomacy, military and the academic discipline. Even the women who break the glass ceiling and enter the field are not at the top, in leadership positions. In order to gain respect, women usually have to ‘masculinise’ themselves. Examples of Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Jean Kirkpatrick and Indira Gandhi illustrate this point. Even then these women are discriminated against. Kirkpatrick called herself as a ‘mouse in a man’s world’.
Free speech rests on the assumption that ideas must battle it out in a free marketplace. The prohibition of one kind of thought or shutting down on the other side of the debate can hinder democracy. Questions that “seditious speech” poses must be answered. Further questions must be posed. Yet, those who prohibit this speech have no answer. They only have a flag. In a battle between the nation-state and democracy, the former triumphs when sedition is still on the books.Read more "Criminalising Dissent: Sedition in India"
The “fateful triangle” between the United States and the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories has been mired with the ambiguity of strategic interest in foreign policy. This article traces the future of American foreign policy towards Israel in light of the incumbency of Donald J. Trump as the President of the United States.Read more "Israel and Trump: Fundamental Departure from Foreign Policy Legacy?"
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of Uttar Pradesh completes its nascent 100 days on 25 June. Here’s a look at all the headlines it made while in office and the key challenges it faces.Read more "100 Days of Yogi"
Students at IIT Madras held a beef festival on campus, in a show of open protest against the Centre, terming the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter “food fascism”, and hurtful to marginalised social groups including Dalits and Muslims.Read more "The Politics of Food and Saffronisation of Indian University Spaces"
The Hindu Yuva Vahini has unleashed a reign of terror Left, Right and Centre in Uttar Pradesh. In a move reminiscent of the Talibani condemnation of the ISIS, the Hindu Right has united with the other side of the spectrum in its censure. This article deconstructs the counter-intuitive political move.Read more "The Hindutva Genus and a Maverick Species"
Lalu Prasad is holding a grand rally in Patna on 27 August and Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are set to attend it. Akhilesh caused a stir amongst political pundits with his statement: “If there is any announcement (regarding a future BSP-SP alliance), it will be made there.”Read more "Will the Elephant Ride the Bicycle?"