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India in League of Nations

“India contains 300,000,000 people, and to say that those people should have no representation of their own in the League of Nations would be carrying the logic...

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A theory of censorship

A ban must be understood through a framework that takes into account the reason for the ban, the stakeholders involved and its impact on the stakeholders. Censorship...

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The losing war against ungoverned spaces

We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns...

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan after the US drawdown

The Afghanistan war was one of the opening salvos in a struggle that will not end with the war’s official completion. The coming drawdown in US forces from Afghanistan...

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What is Indian secularism?

Secularism is more than laws, concessions, and special considerations. It is a state of mind, at best almost an instinctive feeling, such as India has known for...

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Getting objective about it

Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history...

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Let us keep our Republic

Let us keep our Republic

Before she was selected by John McCain as his running mate in the 2008 US presidential elections, Sarah Palin was a little known governor of a distant American state....

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Liberalise education

Liberalise education

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North observed that “economic history is overwhelmingly a story of economies that failed to produce a set of economic rules...

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Vote!

Vote!

In the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008, many people expressed their anger and frustration at the political leadership. An idea that...

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The case for freedom

The case for freedom

A visitor from the 17th century on a trip to the year 2009 would be rather surprised to learn that the United States of America is in distress. He would, of course,...

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