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Seema Sengupta

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Sinking into abyss of despair

At perpetual war with the same people that it claims to be its own, the Indian state has eventually ended up exposing the façade of the dummy democracy maintained in areas declared disturbed by the administration to tackle disenchantment and growing disillusionment among a broad section of the ci

July 25, 2016

Bangladesh at a crossroads

Bangladesh is stranded at the crossroads, as successive terror acts jolted the famous Bengali pride — a byproduct of pan-national collective sense of identity that has emerged in the predominantly Bengali-speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent’s Gangetic delta region over the course of history

July 18, 2016

Spurring regional arms race

India’s formal membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is strangely seen by many in the country as a feather in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cap, which would ultimately pave the way for New Delhi’s elevation as a major player in the global arms export market.

July 11, 2016

India’s naïve NSG bid

Is Narendra Modi-led government squandering precious diplomatic resources on seemingly unachievable objectives in the short term?

July 04, 2016

Changing geopolitics in S. Asia

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which is seen as an effective counterweight to western dominance of the global order, is on the verge of playing a stellar role in subtly redefining South Asian geopolitics.

June 27, 2016

India’s new best friend

While addressing distinguished guests at the third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) in New Delhi in the fall of 2015, Moroccan King Mohammed VI emphasized the need to foster a multidimensional partnership between Morocco and India, based on which a thriving Afro-Indian ties can be achieved.

June 20, 2016

In the grip of Afrophobia

More than around 100 years after Indian freedom movement icon Mahatma Gandhi was bundled out of a railway carriage in South Africa because he was brown, his own motherland is in the news for rising incidents of racist attacks against Africans of varied nationalities.

June 13, 2016

Growth sans employment

A sizable section of India’s educated youth remaining unemployed is the greatest challenge before the nation, which boasts of being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, observed former Indian prime minister and a world renowned economist, Manmohan Singh while speaking at a higher ed

June 06, 2016

Electoral politics in India

The recent assembly election results in five Indian states has charged up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) so much that Modi himself turned up at the party’s New Delhi headquarters to declare “these polls have made it clear that the BJP’s ideology is being accept

May 30, 2016

Specter of Hindutva terrorism

The significant watering down of the 2008 Malegaon blast case in India, despite several fatalities and injuries caused by Hindu radicals’ extremism, by the country’s premier investigative agency NIA is a clear pointer to a now undeniable fact that the anti-minority bias in the security and politi

May 23, 2016