The writer is professor of political studies, Bard College, New York
Sanjib Baruah writes: Despite the electoral failure of the anti-CAA platform, Gogoi’s victory might prove to be politically consequential in coming months.
It will continue to animate and shape the state’s politics in profound and unpredictable ways in the foreseeable future.
If Trump’s 2016 election victory was partly the result of a racial backlash against the Obama presidency, Biden’s public embrace of diversity and inclusion is sure to reinforce white resentment and disaffection.
It has become commonplace to talk of slavery as America’s original sin. But this narrative elides the story of the US as a settler colony — native Americans were forcibly removed before white settlers could use slave labour to cultivate those lands.
The pandemic forced states to adopt new rules to enable early and absentee or postal voting and to suspend some of the more onerous rules.
The fears about the possibility of a peaceful presidential transition point towards a crisis of liberal democracy that has uniquely American characteristics.
The fundamental question about who all the stakeholders in the Naga conflict are, still needs a satisfactory answer, one that is based on an in-depth mapping of the conflict.
Sanjib Baruah writes: Armed groups in Northeast India have a long track record of successfully claiming a share of development funds — with the complicity of elected and appointed public officials — both before and after signing “peace accords”. Nagaland may be the leader in this regard, but not an exception.
Anxiety about unintended consequences of a 1965 law lies behind politics of immigration in Trump's America.
In India, critics have legitimately called out the hypocrisy of elites who express digital solidarity with American protesters but ignore police violence and racial prejudice at home.
Society needs to regain moral compass, address plight of people in cities whose precarious livelihoods keep them steps away from destitution.
President Moon Jae-in’s left-leaning Democratic Party won a landslide victory in South Korea’s parliamentary elections last month, signalling strong public approval of the government’s handling of the crisi
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.