ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reconciling Hegemony and Mutual Respect: Obama's Muslim Outreach

Barack Obama's speech in Cairo on 4 June 2009 was a balancing act that reconciled US interests with a new effort at reaching out to the "Muslim world". The priorities of the US and its interests in maintaining its hegemony in world affairs are interspersed, with emphases on making a break from the more confrontational positions taken by his predecessor George Bush's regime vis-a-vis the Muslim majority nations.

Gujarat Violence: Meaning and Implications

For years to come, the recent communal violence in Gujarat is going to remain a reference point in identity narratives about the 'self' and the 'other'. Therefore, the different narratives of the violence discussed here, along with their internal nuances, will continue to shape and influence collective memories. In a sense, these narratives, in the larger context of the environmental factors, will influence the political orientations of the people.
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