Author: aditi bhaduri

Cautious Optimism Fills India’s Women

By Aditi Bhaduri – India – On the 15th of August, India celebrated 67 years of independence from British colonial rule. A new wave of optimism seems to have been ushered in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opposition

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Sari Diplomacy

The beautiful and traditional women’s apparel in India is fast becoming an idiom for regional diplomacy. Ms. Sushma Swaraj, the new Minister of External Affairs in India, embarked on her first foreign visit to Bangladesh and was welcomed with saris

The BRICS and Israel-Palestine Conflict

Aditi Bhaduri

Even as Israeli jets pounded Gaza and Hamas rockets targeted Israeli cities, the sixth BRICS summit was underway in Fortaleza in Brazil. As the six leaders of the ‘emerging economies’ – Brazil’s Dilma Roussef, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi,

Najla Ayubi on Elections and Women in Afghanistan

by Aditi Bhaduri -India- If Afghanistan is synonymous with a rugged terrain and warring tribes, the ‘graveyard of empires’, then it should also be synonymous with courage and defiance. Afghan women collectively deserve not only the Nobel Prize for peace,

Afghan, Pakistani and Indian Women Pressure Afghan Government in Advance of Election

by Aditi Bhaduri -India- April 2014! It hangs like a Damocles’ sword over the Indian sub-continent. While Afghans may be the  immediate beneficiaries, the ramifications of what April 2014 denotes will be felt far and wide – in Pakistan, India,

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Of Art, the Sacred and the Secular: India’s Debate over Painter M.F. Hussain

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – A debate gripping much of India’s urban middle class has been the controversy surrounding renowned painter M.F. Hussain. Considered India’s Picasso, he received the country’s second highest civilian award – the Padma Vibhushan. But

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Dancing The Divide: Interview with Pakistani Peacemaker Sheema Kermani

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – With her large flashing eyes rimmed with kohl and flowing hair, she is the quintessential dancer. Despite her chain-smoking, she is the picture of health and surprisingly agile. But then again, she has been

India Braces for US Pressure on Afghanistan and Kashmir

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – As US President Barack Obama commits a troops increase in Afghanistan and a recognition of the “good Taliban,” and as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paves the way for India’s nuclear energy program, many

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Decriminalizing Same Sex Relations in India: A Legal Beginning

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – A mini revolution is underway in India. On July 2nd the Delhi High Court read down a 149-year-old archaic law that criminalized same sex relations. It is a tiny victory for a battle that

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In Search of Home: Kashmiri Hindus Dream of Their Ancestral Lands

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – It has been a momentous year for Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. It began with the state government’s controversial transfer of land to the Hindu Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, and ended with the just concluded