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Om Marathe


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.

Explained: Here is how postal voting in the US works
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Unlike in India, all US elections–federal, state, and local– are directly organised by the governments of individual states.

Explained: Why the US envoy to South Korea has shaved off his moustache
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

For many in South Korea, the envoy’s moustache brought back painful memories of the country’s colonial period between 1910 and 1945, when the ruling Japanese governors also sported the facial hair.

Explained: How new Hong Kong security law gives China more controls on city state
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

The far-reaching law, which greatly expands Beijing’s power in Hong Kong, has been criticised by the United States as “draconian”. The United Kingdom has also called its passing a “grave step”.

Explained: Everything you need to know about the hacktivist group Anonymous
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Anonymous members have had several run-ins with the law, with government agencies making arrests for computer hacking, fraud, and cyber-stalking.

Explained: Why an oil spill in Russia’s Arctic region has become a cause for worry
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil to spilled into the Ambarnaya river, turning its surface crimson red.

Explained: Antifa, the group that Trump wants to declare a terrorist organisation
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

While the movement has had a presence in several European countries and has come into focus in the United States in recent years, Antifa does not have a formal organisational structure.

Explained: Why Donald Trump wants the US to exit the Open Skies Treaty
Wed, May 27, 2020

The exit from the Open Skies Treaty is the most recent example of important pacts Washington has stepped away from during the Trump presidency, including the Paris Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

Gopal Krishna Gokhale: The liberal nationalist regarded by Gandhi as his political guru
Thu, May 13, 2021

At Bombay, Gokhale opposed the British government’s onerous land revenue policies, advocated free and compulsory primary education, and asked for the creation of equal opportunities to fight against untouchability.

Explained: Why Spain’s king has renounced inheritance from his father
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Felipe VI decided to distance himself from his father after recent news reports said that when Juan Carlos I was king, he allegedly received $100 million from Saudi Arabia in 2007.

Explained: Why Italy has imposed a nationwide lockdown
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Coronavirus in Italy: So far, 9,172 people have been infected by the virus, with 1,598 fresh cases reported Tuesday.

Explained: What is the Convention on Migratory Species and how does it matter to India?
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The CMS is an environmental treaty of the UN that provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats.

Explained: The implications of the Irish election result
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

The Sinn Fein, a left-wing nationalist party, delivered its best-ever performance in the national polls, upsetting the two dominant centre-right parties

Explained: How wide is the gender gap in science?
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Between 1901 and 2019, 334 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 616 Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, of which just 20 have been won by 19 women.

Explained: Lessons from a melting Antarctic glacier
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

A 2019 study had discovered a fast-growing cavity in the glacier sized roughly two-thirds the area of Manhattan. Then last week, researchers from New York University detected warm water at a vital point below the glacier.

Explained: Why wetlands matter to world and India
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

India has over 7 lakh wetlands and rules for their protection; yet not one of the wetlands has been notified under domestic laws, according to environmentalist Anand Arya, a petitioner in a Supreme Court case on wetlands.

In European Parliament earlier: Detained seamen, Afzal Guru’s hanging, Delhi bus gangrape
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Five key groupings, ranging from the centre-right to far-left, and comprising 559 out of the 751 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), have moved resolutions that criticise the law.

Explained: Why some states have Vidhan Parishads, why Andhra Pradesh doesn’t want one
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Ironically, it was abolished the last time by N T Rama Rao, the founder of the TDP, after the Congress blocked all the government’s decisions in the Council. And it was restored by Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy, the father of Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy.

Explained: What President Rajendra Prasad said in first R-Day speech
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

On each Republic Day, the President’s speech carries significance, as it outlines the programme of the government that he/she presides over.

Explained: Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President with quite a few extreme views
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations. A far-right populist, he is the most radical occupant of Brazil’s top office since the return of democracy to the country in 1985.

The Preamble: What does it say, and what does it mean to India and its Constitution?
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

The ideals behind the Preamble to India’s Constitution were laid down by Jawaharlal Nehru’s Objectives Resolution, adopted by the Constituent Assembly on January 22, 1947.

Fact Check: European royals, besides Harry and Meghan, who ‘stepped back’
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Like Harry and Meghan, royals in other parts of Europe too, have had trouble confining themselves solely to traditional duties, and have tried to pursue professional careers.

Explained: The ‘presumption of constitutionality’ in the case of the new citizenship law
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

The term ‘presumption of constitutionality’ is a legal principle that is used by courts during statutory interpretation — the process by which courts interpret and apply a law passed by the legislature, such as Parliament.

Explained: Who was Manilal Doctor?
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

An associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Manilal Doctor is known for his efforts towards helping abolish the indentured labour system that Indian immigrants in many parts of the British Empire were subjected to.

Explained: What is JUS COGENS?
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The jus cogens rules have been sanctioned by the Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties of 1969 and 1986. According to both Conventions, a treaty is void if it breaches jus cogens rules.

Explained: Who was Lord Curzon, to whose table the West Bengal Governor recently referred?
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Lord Curzon, India’s Viceroy between 1899 and 1905, was one of the most controversial and consequential holders of that post. The partition of the undivided Bengal Presidency in 1905 was one of Curzon’s most criticised moves