India and the Geopolitics of Higher Education

Introduction The third anniversary of the National Education Policy (2020) coincided with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurating the 'Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam' at Bharat Mandapam in Delhi on 29th July 2023.[1] The Prime Minister

Human Rights and America’s Immigration Politics - Part 2

(Reading Part 1 of this article is a recommended prerequisite to gain proper understanding of the second part. The previous article took instances of Human Rights in PM Modi’s US visit and India’s response to it as an entry point to discuss the

Human Rights and America’s Immigration Politics - Part 1

The concern of Human Rights during PM Modi’s US visit The Indian Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi’s visit to the US was much discussed for its significance of being his maiden three-day state visit, with at least three meetings with the US P

“Professors of Practice” (PoP) for India’s Educational Institutions; UGC Launches Portal

UGC has launched an online portal to facilitate the recruitment of industry experts as “Professors of Practice” (PoP) for India's education institutions. This move is expected to reduce the gap between academia and industry in different domains.

The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ and India’s ‘Adivasi’

The Vatican recently disowned the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ that it was associated with for several centuries. This comes a year after the much-discussed apology of the Pope to the indigenous Canadian population. The Vatican has only renounced the

Can the West Understand Indian Traditions Better?

The Western descriptions of India in scholarship, early travelers, media, and movie depictions like Indiana Jones have mostly been problematic. Many of such descriptions stand today as ‘common sense’ even to many Indians, creating a blockade to a

Revival of the Ancient Indian Martial Art of Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu or Kalari is popularly known as the ‘mother of martial arts’ for specific reasons. The term ‘Kalari’ refers to the martial art and the arena where it is taught and practiced, while ‘payattu’ means combat or practice. The tra

Is Vasudhaiva Kuṭumbakam a Pacifist Notion? Discussing the Blind Application of the Phrase

Introduction: A Brief Background of the Phrase and its Usage at International Forums As India ascended the G20 presidency, the discussions on its theme, ‘Vasudhaiva Kuṭumbakam’, became widespread. The theme’s motto is ‘One Earth, One Fa

Vatican Repudiates the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’: A Close Reading of the Statement and its Mixed Responses

Context: Vatican Disowns, but does not rescind, ‘Doctrine of Discovery’[1] During Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in 2022, he formally apologised to the country’s indigenous population for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s

The Decline and Reclamation of the Discourse on Duties

Introduction: The Conflict between Rights and Duties Unlike the language of rights that have received great momentum in the contemporary world, the language of duty is seemingly less popular. The notion where rights are met through the fulfillmen

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