Articles by Soumashree Sarkar
Apr 30, 2019
Sri Lanka bans 'face veils': Why have Muslim items of clothing always suffered in fight against terrorism?So deeply entrenched is our impression of equating the violent Islamism of the Islamic State to the everyday habits of followers of Islam that it skipped the attention of the world at large that Sri Lanka had become only the second ever country in Asia to enforce such a countrywide ban.
Mar 26, 2019
Rahul Gandhi may have promised a universal basic income, but here's why no country has adopted it yetAlthough universal basic income hinges on the basic premise of eliminating poverty, the overwhelming intricacies of employing a direct cash payment to an entire population has led to it being limited to some of the most prosperous countries and cities.
Mar 22, 2019
LK Advani's exclusion from BJP list caps career where he has always been eclipsed by Modi, Shah and VajpayeeThe talking point of BJP's first list of candidates, where one Amit Shah has replaced LK Advani in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, was undoubtedly Advani's absence from it. The 91-year-old has always been overshadowed by the likes of Narendra Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Mar 19, 2019
BJP, two Assembly seats and exodus of MPs: Naveen Patnaik faces triple poll challenge in OdishaSummers in Odisha are harsh, and this summer especially so with Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly elections that look to challenge Naveen like never before. Yet it would appear that this is a challenge Naveen has carefully prepared himself for in the past two years.
Mar 08, 2019
By starting to act against Hafiz Saeed's JuD, Pakistan has a chance to redeem itself and should not squander itToday, with its purported crackdown on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa — an organisation founded and maintained by Lashkar-founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed — Pakistan is once again presented with an opportunity to make good of its anti-terrorist agency.
Feb 19, 2019
Mohammed bin Salman's generous voyage to the east and the burdening mystery of Jamal Khashoggi's murderSaudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is on an Asia tour probably because the traction he had gained in the West, with his easy affability and ostensibly non-conservative outlook, is now faded thanks to the particularly brutal murder by his kingdom of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Feb 16, 2019
Ruchir Sharma, who tours India before elections, speaks on why 2019 polls are the closest yet, at Firstpost SalonRuchir Sharma knows that while phrases like ‘global investor’ are likely to go over people's heads in a discussion, a story on how a village in Uttar Pradesh came to chant the phrase UP ki chaabi, Dimple bhaabi will have exactly the opposite effect. The first is what he does for a living, and the second is an example of the experiences he seeks out in India’s villages just before every election.
Feb 15, 2019
Pulwama massacre: India grapples with security threats from 3 directions; Fidayeen in the north, Khalistanis in the west, China in the eastThursday's attack at Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama brought back the immediacy of the border threats posed in the north, east and west by the Kashmiri fidayeen, China and the Khalistani movement.
Feb 13, 2019
Shiv Sena demands seat sharing with BJP like in 1995: Is this a viable route for Amit Shah's party ahead of LS polls?The Shiv Sena has demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party share seats with it according to the formula the two parties in 1995 but now that the BJP has 122 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly and the support of 16 other MLAs, it is unlikely to bend to this demand.
Feb 08, 2019
BJP criticises triple talaq, nikah halala but hasn’t yet clarified its stance; experts say tacit politicisation of personal law at heart of issueArun Jaitley's Facebook post on the Bareilly nikah halala incident raises the question as to why the government has never cleared its stand on this contentious issue pertaining to the Muslim Personal Laws.