Book Review: Strangers of the Mist by Sanjoy Hazarika

Hazarika’s academic work on the North East reflects his background in journalism, human rights activism and his lived experiences as a citizen of this region. Although it was written in 1994, this book remains one of the most important pieces of literature on the region and has shaped much of the discourse. It is interesting to revisit it in the context of the controversy surrounding the updating of the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The question of who can be considered an Indian echoes the sentiments behind many of the nationalist rebellions in the region.

U.S Military Intervention in Iraq

This paper is an analysis of the war split into three sections. The first looks to place the Iraq War and its initial objectives within the various theoretical frameworks about interventions. The second section synthesizes existing literature to analyze three major ground realities that the U.S administration ignored while assessing a post-Saddam Iraq. The last section makes a case for three major consequences of the intervention, with regards to the current state of world affairs. By doing so, this paper aims to understand why the U.S intervened and who stood to benefit from it turning into an all-out war.

NE Delhi Riots: Framing and Humanitarian Communication

This paper analyses how humanitarian communication is framed to balance the goals of fundraising with important ethical considerations. The implications that this has for post-conflict reconciliation are examined. Further, the role of frames in defining grievable and ungrievable lives is assessed.

Evolutionary Cognition of Religion

Is religious belief & behaviour an evolutionary adaptation? Or is it an incidental by-product of the development of certain cognitive functions of the brain that possibly had non-religious evolutionary purposes. This paper looks at existing research in the field of Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience to answer this question.

Feminism, Human Rights and Bioethics

This paper aims to discuss the process by which feminism has challenged and reconceptualised the limited notions of human rights. Critique of the male-centric nature of human rights and the imagined insularity of the public and private spheres is evidenced through the debate surrounding abortion and physician-assisted suicide.

Divisive Identities in Post-Colonial Sri Lanka

Western imports such as the nation state, representative democracies and the idea of sovereignty played a huge role in perpetuating divisive identities in post-independence Sri Lanka. By ascertaining the role of colonialism in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, this paper emphasizes the need to decolonize the region and builds a case for further research exploring non-western solutions to the ethnic divide.

Religion vs. Secularism: Unraveling False Dichotomies Using a Gendered Perspective

The religion vs. secularism debate over social justice and equality in India creates divisive identities and strategically obscures the overarching problem of patriarchy that privileges Brahmin men over all others. By critically examining reforms to Religious Personal Laws in India, and the mechanisms that enable it, this paper aims to understand the nexus between patriarchy, religion and the state.