Hokkolorob, the title of a composition by the popular Bangladeshi musician, Arnob, was the mobilizational theme of a momentous student movement in India last year. Subhasish Ray, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore argues that the choice of this theme marks a new and exciting phase in the evolution of protest music in India.
Against the backdrop of Oregon college shooting in America, Jonathan Byrd, an American singer-songwriter offers an insightful sociological analysis behind America’s gun problem. He argues: ” When millions of people live close to the bone in a country that doesn’t seem to care about them, and the most effective weapons in the world are widely available, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to paint the resulting picture.”
Germany became a country haunted by its past – determined to act as a model international citizen that was reluctant to employ its power abroad, a country committed to working through multilateral institutions, and a country eager to become a leading advocate of the non-proliferation regime.
In December 2014, Dave Riley began the Twitter-based public history project, @SouthAsia71. From this handle, Dave live-tweets the Bengali struggle for independence as if it were happening today. This article describes the rationale behind the project, an overview of the ground covered to-date and provides an indication as to where the project is headed.
In this piece, John Kofas analyses the evolution of the ‘New World Order’ since its proclamation 25 years ago.
Supporting dictatorships in the name of stability has become one of the bedrocks of Western foreign policies across the developing world. Yet there is little evidence that this policy is successful in preserving stability and a lot of evidence that foreign support for dictatorships, particularly the petro-dictatorships, just causes more problems in the long-term.
In this piece Mubashar Hasan shares the summary of his recently published scholarly article titled ‘Sport as a critique of politics: Everest climbing, nationalism and the failure of politics in Bangladesh.’ Mubashar argues that in Bangladesh, Everest climbing has political significance as these mountaineers use their public platform to criticise national politics. Even hoisting the flag at the top of the world (after risking own lives) can be used as a way to express dissatisfaction over the country’s politics.