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ARTICLES

2/17/2020

By Zarqa Yaftali

Fear and Hope of women on peace process

For more than four decades of violence in Afghanistan, women’s social and political presence and activities are affected at most. Therefore, with critical political changes in the country, what concerns majority of women is less hope for future and more fear from worsening of the situation furthermore? Now that peace agreement is getting close between United States and Taliban group, the Afghan women are stack between happiness for the end of war and concern for losing limitation of their activities, and losing the current freedom they have achieved so far.

1/12/2020

By Swarna Rajagopalan

Sitting down to unaffected dialogue

Current events have polarised social circles and even families like never before. Spaces for small talk and everyday updates, from dining tables to WhatsApp groups, feel like a minefield as we struggle to speak our minds but also preserve relationships. To move forward, dialogue is essential among political groups and us. If anything, the dialogue in our homes, canteens and colleges matters more because it shapes the bedrock of values that will inform how we vote and act in the future.

12/30/2019

By Swarna Rajagopalan

The duty to protect each other

A thread of questions and debates on citizenship and justice connects Myanmar, India and The Gambia. The primary purpose of the United Nations is the maintenance of peace and security through collective action as necessary for “the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace...” Between 7 April and 15 July 1994, a genocidal war took place in Rwanda. The global community ignored evidence of planning and early warning indicators. In the aftermath of the slaughter, policymakers and scholars agonised over their failure to prevent the genocide from taking place.

12/29/2019

By Massouda Kohistani

Tents and Sensitive of Society

The tent is the algebra and obligation of patriarchal culture which have been imposed on women. It is violence against women and terror that have set the boundaries and determine only for women.  With honor and respect to those women who have trust, honest and dignified as being women to their women identity.  There are some women who have been wear and cover their bodies with tent/evil because of their family dignity that they are the victims and suffering a lot of problem and tribulation. For example, because someone should not face them along the way from their house to the workplace to keep their children honor they wear a tent, that they work and responsibility of hard work. 

12/26/2019

By Masouda Kohistani

Disbelieve/Lack of Trust in the Peace Process in Afghanistan!

As all people are fed-up and tired of the long war in that country, therefore all people want to have peace and quietness in Afghanistan. There is not any specific definition of peace word yet. But for some people Peace means the end of the war, non-terrorism, lack of suicide attacks, explosions and so on.

8/31/2019

By Priyanca Mathur Velath

Women representation: Still a long way to go

In their recent book, Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament, Shirin Rai, and Carole Spary point out that gender as an axis of power is particularly fraught within the context of democratic institutions and practice. Along with the Lok Sabha, state Legislative Assemblies are also an apt site to examine how these issues play out.

10/2/2019

By Swarna Rajagopalan

How the personal and political, the inner and outer journeys, are intertwined

In Rajmohan Gandhi’s Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, he evocatively describes a moment in Gandhiji’s life, just before independence, in which Gandhiji feels isolated. It does not matter whether you lead a subcontinent or run a small NGO, the journey is solitary and lonely. Bumper stickers, posters and T-shirts remind us everywhere to “be the change we wish to see in the world." Gandhiji, after all, said this. In school, I would have rolled my eyes. Gandhi hagiography was black-and-white and came with all the deadening force of state-led promotion. That Gandhi was a saintly bore.

9/29/2019

By Swarna Rajagopalan

Teaching peace, learning peace

A great teacher is a peace educator by instinct, making students introspect and be sensitive. These are tough times to raise children. News, both true and fake, inundates us, and much that is considered newsworthy relates to violence and injustice. Children cannot be protected from this avalanche, and parents and teachers must contend with its effect on their sense of well-being and security, and answer their questions: Why did they beat this person to death? Why have those people been forced to leave their homes, why does no one want them to enter their country? Why has this place name become a hash-tag? What is sedition?

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