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View From The Neighbourhood: History lessons

A weekly look at the public conversations shaping ideas beyond borders — in the Subcontinent.

In Good Faith: Behind the veil

The young Muslim woman of today may choose to go ahead and own the hijab. She has decided to carve her own path.

Iranian delusion and the American war machine

The million-dollar question is: How can Iran defuse one of this era’s most serious crises?

Few believe that PM Modi used the term ‘Khan Market Gang’ as it would resonate more with voters than ‘Lutyens elite’

. The shopkeepers in Khan Market are, however, most upset over its sudden prominence. They fear that the civic authorities could come down heavily on them for unauthorised and unsafe renovations.

SC verdict in Priyanka Sharma’s case is a classic example of the half loaf of freedom

When India became independent, Indians did not win freedom. The ruling class changed colour but the accents remained pucca. The punitive laws passed by the British were preserved just in case the natives revolt.

If Modi returns to power, he might have to drop the Hindutva project

Ordinary Indian voters do not see Narendra Modi as wicked. They believe it is because of him that such things as toilets, gas connections and loans to build homes have become available to them.

In Lok Sabha elections campaign, we have seen an abundance of everything except debates on policies

There is no denying that abuses and epithets were hurled across the net but, in the melee, even sarcasm and allusion were labelled unparliamentary!

Gained in translation: Ghalib in Banaras

It is interesting to observe that even here, education, employment, public health, etc have failed to emerge as big poll issues. Even the drinking water crisis could not become the rallying point.

One outcome of Elections 2019 is clear: Regional parties can no longer be wished away

Today, 13 of the big states in the country have the presence of a strong regional player, much to the discomfort of national parties who believed their dominance in India’s politics would continue unchallenged.

Divide and rule is the winning ideology this election, only we call it polarisation

Divide and rule might have served as a strategy during certain phases of colonial rule, but it did not work in every case. Its contemporary use demonstrates the persistence of the temptation that India’s colonial rulers had felt during their stay.

Asia Bibi’s plight retrains the spotlight on Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

This “black law” has made hundreds rot in jail. It seeks to punish with death individuals who insult the Holy Prophet in “word gesture or innuendo” — it typically targets the minorities in Pakistan.

Nuanced interventions, not bureaucratic silos, will help to clean the Ganga

The cleanliness of the river on the ground is driven by engineering. This does not consider the health of the worker, the health of the river from an environmental standpoint or ensuring that the processes in place work smoothly.