The writer is professor of political studies, Bard College, New York
India’s new official narrative is, at complete variance with the understanding that has informed Indian foreign policy so far. If Hindus were equally persecuted in East Pakistan/Bangladesh both before and after it broke away from Pakistan, why did India even bother to intervene in the war of liberation?
This is not the first time that a major country has adopted an ideology-driven refugee policy. There are lessons to be drawn from the experience of countries that had adopted similar policies before.
India is unlikely to deport to Bangladesh people who fail NRC test. But the millions who will become non-citizens will have fewer rights
Many view the citizenship amendment bill as a betrayal of BJP’s poll promise
India has displayed an ample supply of national self-confidence and pride in recent years. But the self-confidence has not translated into good public policy.
Can a democracy permit so many to be in a state of liminal legality? NRC poses a political and moral question
Debate over the state’s anti-conversion law points to the need to give more attention to religious change from the perspective of the ‘converted’.
Updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam and the Citizenship Amendment Bill could lead to a redrawing of the demographic map of South Asia, give new life to the discredited two-nation theory.
Thousands could be declared non-citizens when the National Register of Citizens is finalised. Since their deportation is an almost impossible option, the focus will be on the detention policy.
... is crucial to any attempts towards addressing it. It will require a careful consideration of the history of the state’s complex encounter with floods
Partition’s long shadow is evident on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to introduce a religious distinction in the law. It must be debated
Her supporters in Manipur and elsewhere should thank Irom Sharmila for her extraordinary sacrifice and move on with their campaign against AFSPA without her iconic presence.
Launch of NEDA notwithstanding, BJP remains prone to ideological grandstanding in the region.
The keyword in BJP’s election campaign in Assam was khilonjia — a non-Sanskritic word that means original inhabitant, indigenous or autochthonous.
How geopolitics and geography shaped the idea of the Northeast.
Veterans of the Assam Movement now fight polls. But the bitterness — and the issues — linger on.
Has the Naga insurgency, India’s oldest, really ended? It is too soon to say.
Delhi will not succeed in dealing with Khaplang if it fails to understand Naypyidaw’s new priorities.
Lynching episode underlines the need to bring in a politics based not just on memories of shared ethnic pasts, but the vision of a common future.
Chinese and Indian policies on river systems are more alike than different