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On The Rumours of The Death of Section 377

By: on 7 Jul 2009

Let me start by telling you a few short stories from Delhi in recent years:

A Closer Look: What We CAN Learn From the Indian Elections

By: on 27 May 2009

As I have noted before (1,2), I am skeptical of broad pronouncements of the meaning of a national election in India within 24 hours of their occurrance.

What We (Don't) Learn About 'Indians' From The Indian Election

By: on 16 May 2009

Call me bitter because my own prognostication was off, but as I mentioned in the post where I attempted to test my own sense of general trends in Indian politics against my ability to predict election results, I find rapid post mortems from the very institutions and people who failed to accurately predict the elections both puzzling and structurally insidious.  Setting aside the comments that are deliberately designed to further political ambitions (i.

Liberal Internationalism: Amnesty USA Issues Appeal To Get Letters To Obama on Sri Lanka

By: on 14 May 2009

Thinking through how to deal with violence in a less-powerful society that is at the whim of larger, more powerful societies is hard.  I know I should sign this but take into account the competing agendas of not supporting liberal imperialism ever again and ameliorating humanitarian disasters.  Take a look and see what you think and sign AFTER TAILORING the

Para Science: Predicting the 2009 Indian Parliamentary Elections

By: on 9 May 2009

THE PAST:

Shortly after the 2004 Lok Sabha elections that brought Congress to power and ended BJP's term, The Hindu wrote the following:

Political Shenanigans in Nepal Continue Apace

By: on 4 May 2009

If you've been following our news section on Nepal, you may have noted that Comrade Prachanda has resigned as the head of the Nepalese Government.  Prachanda is the head of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), also simply known as 'The Maoists' in the press- though I do believe there are other groups of Maoists operating in Nepal.  A facebook friend was kind enough to start a conversation about this on his/her status message and I thought I would continue in that vein here.  I am writing with the understanding that I&

What If You Had One Day Left To Stop Mass Ethnic Cleansing? (Updated)

By: on 18 Apr 2009

Update

The mass violence is scheduled to accelerate tomorrow.  This addendum to the post is a list of several steps you can take culled primarily from the comments. If you look in the comments and particularly kettilkili's comment, you can find some advice about framing your own work or other resources if you want to see what else has been done or plan your own steps.

1. Read up to date news from International Red Cross on civilians in the North East

An American Perspective on Race and Civil Liberties in the UK

By: on 28 Mar 2009

I. I saw a programme today on the tele which interviewed young people about what they thought of a school programme that allows them to pay for their food with their fingerprint.  The fingerprint is hashed into a number, which is then stored in a fairly unsecure room on a server, according to a school official.  The school official said that it would be impossible to reconvert the number back into a fingerprint, which the show later pointed out has already been done by a team in Japan.

Pakistan and Its Future: A Response to Wajiha Ahmed

By: on 21 Mar 2009

Wajiha Ahmed recently wrote a refreshing post on Pakistan on Sepia Mutiny.   Here are the two key points for me:

democracy is not an event, it is a process.

a structural reality: prolonged military rule (for more, read Ayesha Siddiqa’s Military Inc or Ayesha Jalal’s Democracy and Authoritarianism).

The State Department, the Media, and "Human Rights in South Asia"

By: on 26 Feb 2009

I. A few years ago, I was walking down the street near the East Village with some colleagues from various organizations when a woman came up to us and stopped us.  "Have you heard about Gujara?" she asked me.  She did this without saying hello, introducing herself, or saying her name--which all makes sense, because she was, in fact, a total stranger.  She just happened to want to talk to me about the emotionally loaded topic of the Hindutva pogroms in Gujarat without knowing me, where I come from, or what my views might be.

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