Articles by: Prof. Pritam Singh

Renaming India as Bharat: The longstanding Hindutva agenda

Renaming India as Bharat: The longstanding Hindutva agenda

Though the Supreme Court refused to entertain on June 3 a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for renaming India as ‘Bharat’ or ‘Hindustan’, it does not put an end to the longstanding Hindutva agenda on this issue. The Supreme Court decision was purely on technical/legal grounds namely that ‘Bharat’ as one of the names of the country is already stated in[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 India
Capital punishment, armed conflicts and terrorist actions amidst Coronavirus

Capital punishment, armed conflicts and terrorist actions amidst Coronavirus

When I read the news that the four men who were found guilty of the horrific rape crime in Delhi in 2012 were hanged to death in a Delhi prison, I wondered whether these legal killings make any sense when human being are being killed in thousands all over the world by the Corona virus. Shortly after these hangings, came[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 Human Rights
After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

After Delhi violence, AAP weakens its potential in Punjab

Since the boost to AAP in national politics initially came from winning 4 parliamentary seats from Punjab during the 2014 General Election while everywhere else in the country most AAP candidates had lost their deposits, it appeared very reasonable to assume that the AAP victory in Delhi Assembly Elections in February  will raise hopes of revitalised AAP again becoming a[Read More…]

by March 7, 2020 India
Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra

A Punjab parliamentary seat of international significance

One broad generalisation which can be reasonably made about the 2019 General Election in India is that there is no wave of any kind countrywide unlike some of the previous parliamentary elections. Each state is witnessing a unique combination of forces and alliances that reflect the specific regional character of that state. We can safely stretch it further to argue[Read More…]

by May 15, 2019 India
Bihar Mahagathbandhan could have been better

Bihar Mahagathbandhan could have been better

When I heard the news of Bihar’s electoral alliance against BJP, I remembered a private conversation a few months back in Oxford with a member of India’s parliament who also had been a minister in one state government in India. We had agreed for one-hour meeting, but the conversation became so absorbing that we spent four hours in which many[Read More…]

by April 2, 2019 India
South Asia Cloud Has A Silver Lining

South Asia Cloud Has A Silver Lining

A dark and menacing cloud of a possible war that had been hanging over India and Pakistan in the last few days was leading to despair and fatalism not only in India and Pakistan but almost all over the world due to the nuclear arsenal the two countries possess. Ian Helfand, a US physician associated with the International Physicians for[Read More…]

by March 8, 2019 South Asia