Om Marathe

Om Marathe is a sub-editor at the Indian Express, with interests in foreign policy, law, and engineering. He is a qualified Spanish speaker and keenly observes the Latin American region.

Articles By Om Marathe

Explained: The 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

Female activists resented these restrictions, and in 1848, the nation’s leading suffragists convened a historic women’s rights meeting at Seneca Falls in New York.

Explained: New rights for Saudi women: what they are, how they will work

Under the new rules, Saudi women would be able to travel abroad without needing to seek approval from their male guardians. They would also be able to apply for a passport by themselves upon turning 21. The reforms place Saudi women on a par with the men with regard to the freedom to travel.

Explained: Aden, the war-torn Yemeni port’s deep India connections

Aden, Yemen’s fourth-largest city, was a part of British India for 98 years, during which time a strong connection between Yemen and India was forged.

Explained: Saudi Aramco, the company to which Reliance Industries will sell 20% stake

A Saudi Arabian state-owned company, Saudi Aramco has in recent years started making investments across diverse market segments, including in technology companies.

Explained: What happened during Gulf War? How was India involved?

New Delhi had been one of the first powers to recognise the Baathist regime when it came to power, and Baghdad, in turn, had consistently maintained a pro-India stance, especially during the era when the rest of the region was seen to have gravitated towards Pakistan.

Back in 1947, the US said: Best that India, Pakistan ‘settle’ Kashmir by ‘direct negotiation’

While successive US administrations have encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue, some officials have from time to time suggested the possibility of mediation by Washington.

Explained: This day 77 years ago, Quit India in Mumbai

After the movement was launched in Mumbai, residents belonging to diverse communities and political affiliations joined in, resisting harsh measures undertaken by the colonial government to muzzle dissent.

Explained: A short history of Kashmir before the Mughals

Between 1326 and 1585, when the region was conquered by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, the original Kashmiri culture and society underwent profound changes.

Explained: Malaysia is the world’s only monarchy of its kind. Here’s why

The top office in Malaysia is known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which literally means ‘He Who is Made Lord’– referring to its elective nature, and has a tenure of five years. Malaysia’s system of elected monarchy is the only one of its kind in the world.

Explained: How you can benefit from new work permit rules in the UAE

With an increased number of workers available for hire, the new rules would be beneficial for employers since they would be able to recruit from the local market without bearing the cost of a full visa.

Explained: The crescent in ‘Islamic’ flags

The crescent, or ‘Hilaal’ in Arabic, is the curved shape of the waning moon, and is used by many Muslims as a means of cultural and political expression.

Explained: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s India connection

On one of his visits to the country, Johnson called India "a wonderful, beautiful, and thriving country". He was also reported to have referred appreciatively to PM Modi as a "firecracker" and a "political phenomenon".

Explained: From Kuala Lumpur to San Francisco, these are Cesar Pelli’s greatest creations

Cesar Pelli, the Argentinian architect who earned international fame for designing the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, died at an age of 92 on Friday in the United States. Here are some of his most imposing creations.

Explained: The missile system and treaty at the heart of US anger with Turkey

The INF Treaty was signed between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, in which both powers agreed to destroy two categories of lethal missile systems from their own stocks as a means to decelerate the nuclear arms race.

Explained: Why a ‘new’ pyramid in Egypt is triggering excitement worldwide

The 101-metre-tall Bent Pyramid was built for the pharaoh Sneferu in ancient Egypt around 4600 years ago. It is considered to be an important milestone in pyramid construction.

Karnataka crisis: What is a whip? What does it do?

According to senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was representing the rebel MLAs, the SC order renders inoperative the three-line whip issued against the rebel MLAs to attend the Assembly.

Karnataka crisis: What was SC’s Kihoto Hollohan order of 1992, what is the role of Speaker?

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi cited the landmark judgment in Kihoto Hollohan vs Zachillhu And Others (1992), in which the court upheld the sweeping discretion available to the Speaker in deciding cases of disqualification of MLAs.

Explained: Trump’s immigrant policy; what the ICE planned, and why

Illegal immigration is an issue that the US has been grappling with for decades, and over 10 million undocumented migrants are currently known to be residing in the country.

Explained: Why Rajasthan HC judges don’t want to be called ‘My Lord’

The debate around court etiquette in India took a new turn on Monday as a Full Court of the Rajasthan High Court resolved to censure the salutations “My Lord” and “Your Lordship” from courtroom protocol– a practice that has been inherited from British rule.

Explained: What proposed change in US Green Card legislation means for Indians

Green Card holders can qualify for US citizenship generally after three to five years. Over 10 lakh migrants from around the world are known to receive Green Cards yearly.