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The Paradox of Messiah States

A messiah state is a state that seeks to save other societies from a perceived threat. The paradox is that they are unable to do so, and they create structures that they once opposed. In recent times, the United States has assumed the role of a Messiah State. The United States experimentation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria have faced the wrath of unheeding, non-fruitful, futile endeavours which has cracked the entire order and fabric of their societies. There is no system in place to hold the Messiah States accountable for their conduct. The US’s never-ending war in Afghanistan prompted finger-pointing about who, if anyone, was to blame.

Who Controls the Levers of the India–US Relations?

The perception that India was disinterested in the United States and acted difficult with the superpower dominates the analysis of India’s foreign policy over the past 75 years. Such broad conclusions are drawn without assessing the US policy vis-à-vis India.

Finding Economics in Small Things

The Economics of Small Things by Sudipta Sarangi, Penguin Random House India, 2020; pp 296, 225.

 

Is AUKUS is driven by strategic concerns or entrenched interest of military industrial complex?

AUKUS—the new trilateral security arrangement between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom has increased the chances of a split in the transatlantic alliance by making a clear distinction between the roles of the maritime and continental spheres. The military pact has reduced the military role of Quad in the Indo–Pacific. A ruptured West and a weak Quad are likely to make China and Russia happy.

 

Education, Assimilation and Cultural Marginalisation of Tribes in India

The cultural marginalisation of the tribal people in India through the school system in pre- and post-independence India is discussed by drawing parallels with the residential school system that existed in the United States and Canada.

 

India’s Afghan Policy: Challenges and Anxieties

India can only wait patiently and watch the situation in Afghanistan before initiating any action.

Looking Back at the Indo–Soviet Treaty

The Indo–Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was signed in August 1971, 50 years ago. Significance of the treaty in its own time is explained along with the contemporary relevance of its underlying motives for a vision of a plural, multipolar world.

Afghanistan: Present Tense, Future Imperfect

The Taliban takeover cannot be understood outside the hegemonic economic and geopolitical interests.

 

The Many Uses of Constitutions

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley, London: Profile Books, 2021, pp 502, 2,280 (hardcover).

 

Distorted Narratives on Cuba

It is imperative that the inhuman blockade imposed by the United States is lifted.

 

A New Global Minimum Corporate Tax

Consensus on corporate tax rates can boost India’s revenue mobilisation prospects.

 

Looking Back at Donald Trump’s Presidency: A Reading List

As Donald Trump’s presidency comes to a close, a reexamination of his domestic and foreign policy reveals a fractured legacy—of populism, protectionism and unilateralism.

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