Extremism And Radicalisation: How Large Groups Engage In Violence 

According to Vamik Volkan, every individual has two identities, the first is his individual personality and the second is a group personality. Within the theoretical framework of Evolutionary Psychology it is recognised that “all human beings need positive self-esteem, for emotional and psychological health. However, our individual esteem is always tied to that of a […]

Lessons From Wars: A Prolonged War Of Attrition Or Targeting The Opponent’s Leadership?

Lessons From Wars: A Prolonged War Of Attrition Or Targeting The Opponent’s Leadership?

In the Indian epic Mahabharat, Krishna- often known as the trickster- used deception tactics on the battlefield in Kurukshetra. He employed the strategy of Kutayuddha, the indirect approach. On the opposition side, Bhishma advocated for high intensity attrition  fought within a short frame of time – Dharmayuddha, the direct approach. Against the might of the […]

Feminist Perspectives And The History Of The Hijab

Feminist Perspectives And The History Of The Hijab

For many Muslim women, the hijab has become an identity. On the one hand, some feminists identify social pressures, stemming from within the cultural group as the reason why so many Muslim women choose to wear the Hijab. On the other hand, Muslim women argue that wearing the hijab gives them a distinct identity; one […]

The Multicultural Perspectives On The Hijab Debate

The Multicultural Perspectives On The Hijab Debate

The Hijab row taking India by the storm right now is panning out in stark similarity to the ban on the headscarf in public places in France, Belgium, Germany and other western European countries. When the ban was announced in these countries, it opened up a debate on multicultural tolerance in these societies. Post World […]

The Second Cup Of Chai

The Second Cup Of Chai

At the Indian Institute of Management, examinations can feel like a mamothian task. When I got an email to invigilate I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. While the task of invigilating itself is not one that requires any brain power, it does require a lot of patience and attention. Invigilating IIM students […]

Diagnosis: Not A Heart Attack?

Diagnosis: Not A Heart Attack?

They were sitting at a restaurant, in a typical small Indian town. Here, everybody knows everybody, and if you are a young unmarried couple  going out on dates, they know. The restaurant was flooded with a Sunday evening crowd, with a family of four sitting on the right and a newly married couple on the […]

Blurred Lines: The Conflict Between Free Speech And Hate Speech 

Blurred Lines: The Conflict Between Free Speech And Hate Speech 

Opening up a debate on hate speech is like opening a Pandora’s box, overlapping problems, conceptual disconnect and polarized perspectives. The discourse on hate speech naturally intersects with the concept of free speech. In the United States, traditionally, all speech is protected under the First Amendment of the constitution. Similarly, European countries recognise free speech […]

Part 3: A Long Time Coming: The Maxwell Trial Brings Down Prince Andrew

Part 3: A long time coming: The Maxwell trial finally brings down British royal Prince Andrew

From Bill Clinton, Trump, Alan Dershowitz to Harvey Weinstein, Epstein had an illustrious guest list of globally iconic individuals in his elite social circle. The jewel in his proverbial crown was Prince Andrew himself, who was not only entangled in the sex trafficking ring but also allegedly participated in it. In a BBC Newsnight special […]

Part 2: Maxwell Defense Attorneys Ask For Retrial Based On Juror’s History

Part 2: Maxwell defense attorneys ask for retrial based on juror’s history

Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on all but one charge. Maxwell, 60, had pleaded not guilty to six federal counts, including sex trafficking of minors. She was found not guilty on count two: enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. Maxwell’s case hinges on the testimony of four women who say […]

Part 1: Grooming Is At The Centre Of The Sex-Trafficking Charges Against Ghislaine Maxwell

Part 1: Grooming Is At The Centre Of The Sex-Trafficking Charges Against Ghislaine Maxwell

Last week the high profile trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell began in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Maxwell, 59, is charged with multiple felony counts, including the trafficking of minors. She is accused of grooming underage girls for now-deceased financier and  convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to six counts of […]