What can Nitish Kumar’s support for demonetisation tell us about his political aspirations?

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 high-value notes would be withdrawn on November 8, the public outrage that followed offered the Opposition parties an opportunity to come together to form an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party. But the Opposition failed to grab this opportunity for two reasons.…

As SAARC Faces Unprecedented Setback, Time to Rethink the Rigid Boundaries of Its Nation States

by Ravi Kumar and Sasanka Perera Four member states recently withdrew from the SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad, affectively scuttling the meeting. This has raised several questions – from the continued existence and overall usefulness of the regional grouping, to the foundational concern of how to work out issues of regional…

Meanings of Bihar Election 2015: Victory of the Local and Popular over the Ignorance of the Others

(Note: This was written immediately after the assembly elections in Bihar in October-November 2015. This was not published anywhere out of laziness and because publishing in magazines/journals also involves many constraints. It is being posted without any alteration. It would be interesting to see how things have moved since then and when the neighbouring state…

श्रीनगर के कब्रगाह में

एक के बाद एक हर कब्र से जमी बर्फ की चादर हटा कर जब वह बुजुर्ग ईद के दिन श्रीनगर के कब्रगाह में अपने बेटे की कब्र तलाश रहा था मेरे अंदर से अनायास ये शब्द निकल पड़े: तुम्हारे कब्र पर जमी बर्फ ने आग लगा दी वादी में कितनी गर्मी होगी जाने अबकी बार…