Of hyphens and the US-India-Pak trinity

While India seeks to impress on the big other to dehyphenate it from the bastard cousin, Pakistan feels the exact opposite. Read the 8-Point agenda for Holbrooke by Dr Maleeha Lodhi, former envoy to the US and the UK, and Read More …

Pirates? Aarrr, our frigates will fix em! Err… what about context?

When the Indian Navy sunk a Somali “pirate” ship in the Gulf of Eden, the Indian media (including leading journalists) cheered from the sidelines. Nothing like booming guns and gun-toting soldiers to fire up the cockles of journalists. But here Read More …

Networked societies and surveillance, lessons from US

Many politicians, policy boffins, and journalists have been saturating the airwaves and print that the state needs surveillance laws (link), there are the pliant corporates who will oblige the state with this (link), or there is the plain ol’ mob Read More …

As Obama ascends… Martin Luther King on All India Radio, 1959

Talk about the role of mass media in the history of South Asia and  making history in South Asia and the world. This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The web site of the Consulate General of India Read More …

Minority report society: Who is a "suspect" in a networked India?

Hindustan Times reports Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion of a national database of criminals and suspects. He also wants changes in laws so that these can be made possible: “We need to create a database of all the criminals Read More …

26 Nov proof: Of media truth and truthfulness

Times of India says Pakistan has conceded to Indian “proof” of the 26 Nov, 08 Mumbai attacks (link). The News, on the other hand reports Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stating all “attempts aimed at isolating Pakistan have been Read More …

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate India-Pak…

Mitchell Reiss (cited in Christian Brose’s blog at Foreign Policy) says Hillary Clinton could be asked the following question at her confirmation hearing. It has been reported that there will be a Special Envoy for South Asia. What will be Read More …