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April 4, 2021

El Salvador’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in August 2018 was the third such change in Latin America following the end of the informal truce that had restrained the PRC’s diplomatic competition with Taiwan between 2008 and 2016. This pivot also precipitated expressions of concern from Washington, whose reaction to prior changes in diplomatic posture by the Varela government in Panama (June 2017) and the Medina government in the Dominican Republic (May 2018) had been more muted.

April 4, 2021

On 9th of November, the Supreme Court of India has delivered the final judgement in the much awaited Ayodhya-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The order has wider implications on the culture, society, economy and polity. The citizens of the country by and large has welcomed and respected the top court’s verdict. The court’s judgement has succeeded in settling the inordinately delayed land dispute by providing the right of possession of land to one party over another.

April 4, 2021

“They say it is love. We say it is unwaged work.”
– Silvia Federici, Wages Against Housework (1975)

April 4, 2021

Dr. D. Samarender Reddy

MBBS; MA (Economics), The Johns Hopkins University

Writer / Poet

Femina took out a campaign sometime back on domestic violence, with the hashtag #ActAgainstAbuse. Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu who was a part of Femina’s campaign, said, “It [domestic abuse] is considered to be a personal matter. Women are given to feel that issues like these should be kept between the couple and the family. If a woman is not able to put an end to it by herself, then she needs to speak up, seek out help and support from outside. Otherwise it is going to kill her – mentally and physically.”

April 4, 2021

China’s expanding presence and inuence in Latin America is now widely recognized by political and business leaders and security professionals. In the last two decades, the nation’s trade with the region has expanded 18-fold to $314 billion, while its companies have become important partners and suppliers for rms operating there and key owners and operators of the region’s oilelds, mines, ports, telecommunications and electricity grids.

January 13, 2021

There is no heaven, and the Gods are dead - so must It seem to the believers, as socialism crumbles in north-east Europe. The little relief afforded by South Europe has evaporated with the split in CPSU. With the split, CPSU's grip on Russia is loosened, and with Russia disappears a major bulwark against the 'baikanisation1 which threatens the Soviet Union.

January 7, 2021

Dr. Evan Ellis is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at CSIS and Professor ofLatin American and Caribbean Studies. His work focuses on securityand defense issues, including transnational organized crime, populismand the region's relationships with China and other non-WesternHemisphere actors. Dr. Ellis has published over 250 works, includingthree books and has presented his work in 26 countries across fourcontinents. He has testified on multiple occasions regarding LatinAmerica and the Caribbean before the U.S. Congress and his workregularly appears in the media in both the U.S. and the region. Throughhis work, Dr. Ellis calls attention to the strategic importance of LatinAmerica and the Caribbean for the United States through bonds ofgeography, commerce and family and how the prosperity and securityof the U.S. are tied to that of its partners in the region.
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The U.S., Latin America and China know mercantilism well. Britishrestrictions on direct trade between its colonies and Europe to advantage itsown industry was a driving factor in the American Revolution.
The "Boston Tea Party," taught to U.S. children from grade school, was aniconic protest against British mercantilism. Similarly, for Latin Americans,Spain's use of mercantilist regulations, including the famous

January 6, 2021

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January 3, 2021

Last week, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the majoritarian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’ passed three farming bills during the monsoon session of the Parliament. It was heralded as a “watershed” moment in the history of agriculture sector reforms by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The three bills are the repealed versions of the ordinances of the same that were brought in June 2020.

January 3, 2021

(This article was first published in the English daily newspaper Telangana Today, on 5th May 2020)

One day. That is all it took. For what? To overcome my Islamophobia. How? Before that, a little background, though these days everyone understands what one means by Islamophobia. Still, here goes.

October 12, 2019

 Note from the Editor of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective:
The world is awash in nationalism and India, the world's largest democracy, is no exception. Sometimes pundits have called this politics "populist," others have called it racially or ethnically driven. In India, as historian Archana Venkatesh explains, the roots of nationalists’ politics are religious, and those roots run deep. This month she explains the long history of the Hindu nationalism we see triumphant in Indian politics today.

In April and May 2019, the world’s largest democracy held elections. More than 540 million voters, out of 900 million registered, cast ballots. The global press portrayed the election as a contest between the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress, though India is a multi-party parliamentary democracy. The BJP won an overwhelming majority and returned to power in Parliament.

December 23, 2016

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December 21, 2016

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded. Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed. Everybody knows that the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost. Everybody knows the fight was fixed: the poor stay poor, the rich get rich. That’s how it goes. Everybody knows. Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the elected party governing India wants to decimate all opposition parties and be the only party to ‘Rule’ India.

December 21, 2016

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  Many do not know the difference between Hinduism and Hindutva, and so it is disturbing to read and hear about ‘Hindu fundamentalism’.

November 17, 2016

Dr. Prabhat Patnaik is one of the most well-known and respected economists of this country.

Narendra Modi went on national television at 8 p.m. on November 8 to announce that from midnight of that very date, i.e. in a mere four hours’ time, 500 and 1000 rupee notes would cease to be legal-tender. The justification advanced for this bizarre move was that it would strike at “black money”.

September 20, 2016

  The fact that several third world countries, especially in Asia, have experienced remarkably high rates of GDP growth has been a matter of much discussion. There has been talk of a development of “multi-polarity” in the world, of a shift in the balance of economic power from the West to the East, and of even an overtaking of the traditional metropolitan economies by the newly emerging ones.

August 5, 2016

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Communal Violence in Muzaffarnagar Agrarian Transformation and Politics Jagpal Singh This paper is an integrated version of presentations made at the Centre for the Multi-level Federal Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi in November 2013; Academic Committee’s Discussion Forum, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi in August 2014; and in Doon University in February 2015, Dehradun. I thank Balveer Arora, S V Reddy, Nandini and an anonymous referee for their helpful comments and suggestions.

August 5, 2016

Introduction Equality is one of the principles of democracy. The leftists’ belief in equality is the remarkable difference between Left and Right. From this viewpoint, it can be said that equality is not necessarily economic equality. So, democracy basically needs political equality and it has relation with its concept. In the line of the Left’s egalitarian view, the scope of the usage of justice or most of the social and political equalities have to be basically extended into socio-political relations among individuals, groups or nations too. Equality is a relative concept.

June 12, 2016

T his article was originally published by the author in 06 June, 2016

For many of us, beef has become ‘news’ of unpleasant sort. There is now a forensic report after eight month from a lab in Mathura which claims that the meat found inside the lynched man, Mohammad Akhlaq’s home at Dadri “belonged to beef or a cow progeny”. It is in contrast with an earlier report by the Greater Noida Veterinary Officer which declared that the meat was mutton. Be it beef or mutton, no respectability is shown to the right to food, the notion of privacy and right to life of the citizens of India.

June 12, 2016

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This article studies the process of the emergence of the Islamic Movement in South
Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan) and follows its internal changes. It explains how the Islamic
organizations rise came about and provides solutions to questions such as: What
have the effective factors been in the emergence of this movement and its internal
changes? What is the difference between this and other Islamic movements? How
have other Islamic movements affected it? Which ideological-intellectual trends have

May 17, 2016

This article was first published by the authors in The Hindu BusinessLine of 11th May, 2016

Let’s move beyond the problem of exports and transit to GST. This will reduce levies impacting inter-State goods movement

India’s merchandise exports have fallen over the last 16 months. Future prospects look bleak as ever due to sluggish global demand accentuated by a slowing China, and India being blocked out of regional trade deals such as TPP.

April 8, 2016

This article was first published by the author in The Indian Express and is reproduced here with the permission of the author.

We have a new entry in the iron laws of Indian politics list. It goes as follows. When political parties are in or close to power at the Centre, they see the merits of the strong-Centre model of federalism, and when they are away from the Centre, they can only see its limitations.