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Overcoming the China Conundrum

Narratives of the new Cold War and the “liberal” West versus “authoritarian” China are neither adequate to grasp the political economy of contemporary China, nor do they explain global contradictions. More importantly, such narratives serve to obfuscate the reality of political and economic challenges faced by the vast masses of the developing countries as well as advanced capitalist countries.

Rethinking India's International Economic Diplomacy

Some first rough thoughts to provide a context for and to make a case for the pursuit of a clear coherent and consistent international economic policy by India's policy-makers.

Witness to History

Trumpets and Tumults: The Memoirs of a Peacekeeper by Major General Inderjit Rikhye; Manohar, Delhi, 2002; pp 266, Rs 500.

Modernity, Terrorism and the Masquerade of Conflict

America's wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have raised many questions on terrorism, modern war, the role of Islamic fundamentalism in opposition to the west's appropriation of modernity and the continuing relevance of imperialist military and economic aggression in contemporary north-south debates. Terrorism is a form of identitarian conflict which has a history rooted in the colonial past of many third world countries. Afghanistan is a good example illustrating the consolidation of so-called modern and traditional identities in modern history. Time and again western imperialist powers have portrayed Afghanistan as the battle frontier of western civilisation. This essay offers a deconstruction of this western mythology and points out that a holistic critique of the western appropriation of real and symbolic modernity is necessary to comprehend the problem of religious terrorism and thereby wrest the anti-American initiative from the terrorist.

A Letter to India: In Manto's Spirit

On the lines of Sadat Hasan Manto's facetious letters to Uncle Sam written at the height of the cold war when Pakistan was being wooed by the US as an ally to fight communism, a letter to prime minister Vajpayee, This letter is a spirited assessment of the most recent standoff between India and Pakistan, peppered with rare insights that have always been Manto's hallmark.

New US Nuclear Doctrine

The details of the classified US Nuclear Posture Review which have appeared in the media point to a perpetuation rather than a break with the cold war logic on nuclear weapons. They also go against president Bush's stated policy of reduced reliance on nuclear weapons. By attempting to define a new role for these weapons of ultimate destruction and envisaging their use even in conventional wars, the review redefines deterrence and undermines the non-proliferation regime.

Political Reconstruction of Bangladesh-Reflections on Building a New State in the Seventies

This paper seeks to point out certain general lessons that we have learnt prom the last 25 years of experience in regard to state and nation building in the "Third World".
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