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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: What is the Krishna water dispute and who all are involved?
Sat, Sep 07, 2019

The Krishna river dispute took a new turn this week, when Maharashtra and Karnataka CMs agreed to jointly oppose Andhra Pradesh’s application seeking a relook at the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal’s 2010 order on water distribution between the riparian states.

Explained: Remembering Dadabhai Naoroji on his birth anniversary
Thu, Sep 05, 2019

Naoroji’s lasting intellectual contribution was to expound the 'Drain Theory'. He was closely involved with the Indian National Congress in its early phase, and served as the first Indian member of the British parliament.

Explained: Now with first woman president, what is Asiatic Society, Mumbai
Tue, Sep 03, 2019

The Asiatic Society is a learned society whose activities include conducting historical research, awarding historians, and running an institute of post-graduate studies.

Explained: Michael Faraday and electromagnetic induction
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Michael Faraday is regarded as one of the greatest scientists produced by 19th century England, with pioneering contributions in both chemistry and electromagnetism.

Explained: Ferdinand Piëch — the man behind Volkswagen’s turnaround
Wed, Aug 28, 2019

In a career spanning over five decades, Piëch was known for making technological advancements in his cars a key priority, while at the same time maintaining a management style that many thought was ruthless and authoritarian.

Explained: Why Brazil’s handling of environment is being called into question
Wed, Aug 28, 2019

As an increasing number of people, governments, and international forums such as the G7 are now closely observing the environmental catastrophe, fingers are being raised towards the policies of Brazil’s newly elected leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

Explained: What is the G-7, why is PM Narendra Modi in France right now
Tue, Aug 27, 2019

The G7 or 'Group of Seven' are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is an intergovernmental organisation that was formed in 1975 by the top economies of the time as an informal forum to discuss pressing world issues.

Cathay Pacific: A storied carrier bruised by Hong Kong’s protests
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Since June 9, Hong Kong is witnessing large scale protests, mostly non-violent, that have sought the withdrawal of a much-debated extradition bill.

Explained: Italy’s political crisis — What caused it and what lies ahead
Wed, Aug 21, 2019

It will now be up to President Sergio Mattarella to try to find a solution to the political crisis. Conte, a lawyer with no political affiliation, was considered a voice of reason in the 5-Star/League coalition and has good relations with Mattarella.

Explained: Sikkim, from Chogyal rule to Indian state
Wed, Aug 21, 2019

The current instability follows a unique event: the voting out of a government in power for the first time in Sikkim’s history. Since joining India in 1975, Sikkim has seen its government changed only twice -- in both cases, the government had fallen before the new one was voted in.

Explained: US to expand meaning of ‘public charge’ in immigration policy. What does this mean?
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

The new rule expands the ambit of the term “public charge”, by introducing additional conditions that could preclude an immigrant from obtaining a green card.

Explained: New rights for Saudi women: what they are, how they will work
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

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
Wed, Aug 14, 2019

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
Tue, Aug 13, 2019

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?
Mon, Aug 12, 2019

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’
Sat, Aug 10, 2019

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: Malaysia is the world’s only monarchy of its kind. Here’s why
Sat, Aug 03, 2019

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: The crescent in ‘Islamic’ flags
Thu, Jul 25, 2019

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
Thu, Jul 25, 2019

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
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

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
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

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 Rajasthan HC judges don’t want to be called ‘My Lord’
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

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
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

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.

Explained: The case against Jeffrey Epstein
Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Apart from what is seen as an example of plutocratic misuse of power, the fact that several of Epstein’s victims were minors, some as young as 14, has exacerbated public anger.

Explained: Jaipur declared World Heritage Site, what does it mean?
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

A World Heritage Site is a location having an “Outstanding Universal Value”. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets at least once every year, generally in June/July, to deliberate the addition, removal, or modification of items on the list of World Heritage Sites.