Debunking the Nuclear Deterrence Logic

This essay shows that the deterrence logic fails on four counts. While the realist logic can explain nuclear proliferation, I argue it cannot reasonably explain that proliferation would cause deterrence and, thereby, non-use.

Review: Pashakhanlou’s Realism and Fear in International Relations

How has fear influenced the realist theory of international relations? In this book, published in early 2017, Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou sets out to decipher the role of fear in political realism by researching Morgenthau, Waltz and Mearsheimer’s writings.

Can We Separate Art From the Artist?

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The historic #MeToo movement, which gained momentum in 2017, has thrown a spotlight into the men-of-art and their unlicensed abuse of power.

Realism in International Relations

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The theory of realism has had a significant influence on the study of international politics, as it appears in practice. Realism is shaped by power politics.

Liberalism in International Relations

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Liberalism argues that the concentration of unaccountable power is a fundamental threat to individual civic liberty, therefore must be restrained.

Pegasus and The Rise of Illiberal Democracies

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The Pegasus project shows us the governments that rule us could soon be capable of knowing everything about us, while we know nothing about them.

Identity Politics and Its Discontents

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Fukuyama's book, Identity published in 2018 addresses the growing threat of identity politics to the liberal democracy in contemporary world politics.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Brief History

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict dates back to the end of the nineteenth century, with the birth of major nationalist movements among the Jews and the Arabs.

What Do Epicurians Teach Us About COVID-19

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The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened as many as 145 million people around the world. It is raging in several countries like never before.

NFT: what is it? how does it work?

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In the early march of 2021, Mike Winkelmann – the digital artist known as Beeple – sold an NFT for a whopping $69 million. Yes, you heard it right.

 Myanmar Coup: what is happening and why?

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In one of the bloodiest days of protests since the coup d’état that began in early February, Myanmar security forces gunned down more than 114 civilians on March 27, 2021.

What is Blockchain Technology?

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Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed public digital ledger consisting of records called blocks - linked to one another using cryptography.

Who Controls My Data?

There is a saying, “when we get something for free, then we end up being the products.” In the age of information, all the clicks we’ve left behind — and would leave behind in future — are being (will be) used to analyze us, rate us, package us, and sell it back to us.

Where There is No Caste: Utopia

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Isabel Wilkerson, in her bestselling book "Caste: The Lies That Divide Us," introduces caste as a guiding framework to analyse racial hierarchy in the US.

We Don’t Need No Thought Control

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‘We Don’t Need No Education’ — a catchy phrase in Pink Floyd’s 1979 release of ‘The Wall’ became an instant hit reaching a worldwide audience.

Police Brutality, Custodial Deaths, and (Un)Just System

Police, as an institution, is like an organ in a body. It is designed to perform a certain function, i.e., catch the bad guys.  As millions of Americans march on the streets of Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, etc. to protest the institutional murder of George Floyd, the world’s attention now needs to shift towards the… Continue reading Police Brutality, Custodial Deaths, and (Un)Just System

The Rise and Fall of the LTTE in Sri Lanka

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In this article, I would like to address the political character of the Sri Lankan state that had enabled the crisis to unfold, and also highlight the structural and temporal factors.

The Morality of Saving Lives and COVID-19

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Even as we learn to live with the virus, there is a grave challenge to the inherent human-beliefs as COVID-19 has shown us the world is gravely unequal and subtly cruel.

Review: Nicholas Dirks’ Castes of Mind

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In the Castes of Mind, Nicholas Dirks documents the century old caste scholarship, colonial intervention in caste, and its impact on Indian modernity.

Happiness in the Unknowns

We live in crazy times. These days, social realities are generated in the virtual world. An era of snappy chatter applications – Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and House-party – where one’s social realities exist. Today’s generation would not be able to imagine life without the internet. Life before Facebook and Snapchat has ceased to exist in our lived realities.

Politics in the Time of Coronavirus

The pandemic-state will always be mired by the rise of authoritarianism, surveillance, and xenophobia. However, such a state will not be suitable for a post-crisis era. We need to keep in check the power of Governments in a post-pandemic society.

Decoding the Narrative Around CAA

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Hindu nationalists, first, reinstated their ideologues as heroes. Then, they elaborated on the Hindutva ideas as alternate facts. Now, they are on a path to establish Hindu nation.