War Clouds over Europe: Are we prepared?

2013

One wrote in 2013 about “Europe Going Down”, that ‘as Europe goes down we need to be prepared for consequences’. To quote: “The European economic and social crisis is becoming worse with each passing day”. One...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

बहुधा दृष्टिकोण

जब 9/11 की तबाही हुई, उस दौरान मैं विश्व बैंक में बतौर कार्यकारी निदेशक वर्ल्ड वाशिंगटन डी सी में था। इस त्रासदी के परिणाम स्वरुप यह प्रत्येक बुद्धिजीवी का चलन हो गया कि वह इन दो प्रश्न पर बहस करे कि 'क्या गलत हुआ, और 'लोग हमसे नफरत क्यों करते...

Hindi, Historical and Civilisational Studies

The Bahudha Approach

It was during my tenure as Executive Director, World Bank, at Washington DC, that the catastrophe of 9/11 took place. In the aftermath of the tragedy, it became fashionable for every think-tank to discuss two questions: ‘What went wrong?’...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

अमेरिकी चुनावों में तीसरे उम्मीदवार के रूप में ईसा

पिछले करीब तीसेक साल में अमेरिकी चुनावों में ईसा मसीह की अहमियत काफी बढ़ गई है। ऐसा तब है, जब ईसाई धर्म - चर्च जाने वाले परिवारों अथवा पारिवारिक मूल्यों के अर्थ में - में लगातार गिरावट देखी गई है। विवाह के बगैर ही संतानोत्पत्ति में 50 प्रतिशत से...

Hindi, Historical and Civilisational Studies

Jesus as a Third Candidate in the US elections

In the last 30 or so years the importance of Jesus in US elections has increased substantially. This is in a situation where Christianity– in the church going /family values sense– has seen a decline. The number of birth out of wedlock has...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

Foreign Archaeological Collaborations and India’s Security Concerns

The current rage in Indian archaeology is foreign collaboration. One of the reasons why this has become popular is that it imposes no intellectual and logistical burden on the Indian collaborator. The problems of the necessary fund and the...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

Wendy Doniger Episode: An Analysis

Wendy Doniger is once again back in news, as always, for the wrong reasons. This time the Penguin decided to withdraw her book rather than face the criminal charges in the court of law. For those who may not be fully aware of the facts of the...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

In Memoriam: John F Kennedy

The historical record sheds positive light on JFK

It is fifty years since the assassination of President Kennedy, and time to explore his Presidency for what it might have done for Indo-US relations, had he lived longer. What...

China, US, Pakistan, Historical and Civilisational Studies, International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies

Sardar Patel’s Legacy and the Congress: A Reality Check

The recent spat between the ruling Congress and the main Opposition BJP over the legacy of India’s ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has reignited the debate over the differences among the stalwarts on key issues pertaining to the nation’s...

Historical and Civilisational Studies

The Kashmir Dispute—the Faultlines

In the dynamics of history and the variables which govern the course of political sociology, historians do not make history. They only record its course and describe the forces and narrate the events, which are a reality that the historians...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Pakistan, Jammu & Kashmir, Historical and Civilisational Studies, Neighbourhood Studies