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The Puzzle of the 1972 Shimla Summit, Or Why India Did Not Impose Its Will

In their quest to shape the post-war order, Indira Gandhi and her advisors sought to reorient Pakistan’s domestic politics and insulate the …

Reclusive Awadh prince dies a pauper in decrepit 14-century Delhi lodge

The Malcha Mahal, hidden under thick foliage deep inside the central Ridge along the Sardar Patel Marg, has lost its last royal occupant — Prince Ali …

India
Afghanistan

Just One More Military Coup Will Undo Pakistan

Strong signs are indicating that another military coup in Pakistan might be in the making. Pakistan remains a fragile democracy despite several successful general elections in the past seventy years. The military generals, senior bureaucrats, and even high court judges, despite their rhetoric …

Pakistan

Students, beware: 23 universities, 279 technical institutes in India fake

Delhi is the fake Capital with 66 colleges -- the highest for any state in India – offering engineering and other technical courses without the …

India

Rangoon's Julia, played by Kangana Ranaut, owes more to Dina Wadia than Fearless Nadia

For those of us who have seen <i>Rangoon</i>, it is not difficult to draw parallels between Jaanbaaz Julia, played by Kangana Ranaut, and yesteryear icon …

Céline

iOS Tip — Create a PDF from Web Page, On Your iPhone

Sometimes, you just want a permanent copy of a web page article. When I do, I create a PDF.<p>It’s handy if you want to annotate (mark up), share with …

In 2014, Steve Bannon explained his worldview. This year, he helped craft a visa ban that fit it.

On Sunday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the White House to decry President Donald Trump’s sweeping executive order banning Syrian refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim nations. But at times, the crowd chants switched from criticizing Trump to“Stop President Bannon!”<p>Trump …

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, Andrew Jackson and American “greatness”: There are valid parallels — but not in a good way

Steve Bannon often compares his boss to a legendary populist — who was also a ruthless racist and empire builder<p>Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s resident grand strategist, likens his boss’ ascendancy to the insurgent populism of Andrew Jackson, our seventh president. Like Jackson did, Trump …

Donald Trump

You Might Prefer Apple's iPhone 7 With a Qualcomm Chip Over Intel's Modem

Apple has yet to explain—or really say anything about—its decision to use a wireless modem chip made by Intel in some models of the new iPhone 7.<p>In …

Mobile Technology
South Asia

The Pakistani Dystopia

Imagine a country that is embroiled in a long and bloody conflict with its neighbor, and each time its democratically elected Prime Minister tries to reach out and make peace, his own army launches an attack to make sure the peace doesn’t take hold. You might think you were trapped inside a …

Extremism

Feds To Cut Off Militants' Power And Phone Lines: ‘It’s Flat-Ass Cold Up There’

At this moment, it’s 17 degrees in Burns, Oregon, and the armed militants who have taken over a federal building and the immediate area around it, …

Punjab's novelty water tanks, in pictures

DNA From 4,500-Year-Old Ethiopian Skull Prompts Scientists To Rethink History Of Human Migration In Africa

DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried facedown 4,500 years ago in the Ethiopian highlands is again forcing scientists to rethink how …

Recording History: The 1947 Partition Archive

August 14th and 15th mark the 67th Anniversary of Partition, the dates when India and Pakistan (modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), newly independent from the British Empire, split into two separate countries based along religious lines. Mass violence broke out as an unprecedented …

UC Berkeley

This Disquieting Exhibit Reveals Trevor Paglen's Quest to Photographically Spy on US Spy Agencies

<i>Photo: Norbert Miguletz © Frankfurter Kunstverein</i><p>In the forests of West Virginia, grown men listen to the moon. They are not lunatics. They work in national intelligence, and the US government has provided them with a 13,000-square-mile National Radio Quiet Zone – where transmission is forbidden – …

Surveillance

California may ban drones from trespassing over private property

The California State Assembly yesterday passed legislation that would make drone operators guilty of trespassing if they fly their UAVs over private property.<p>The bill (SB-142) still faces a vote in the senate, but if signed, will make flying a drone below 350 feet over private property without the …

Drones

This Is How People In China Are Riding Escalators After A Horrific Accident

People who have to ride escalators are rightly freaking out in the wake of the recent fatality.<p>Just Tuesday, another teenager burst into an empty hotel elevator shaft, fell, and died, according to news portal <i>Sina News</i>.<p>Businesses' overall lack of any sort of safety mentality, appropriate training …

China

Ocushield: A screen protector that protects your eyes more than the screen

It’s easy for us to get consumed in our smartphones, tablets and laptops, considering everything they can do. But the side effects are often overlooked. Eye strain, retinal dysfunction and fatigue can all be caused by using electrical devices too much and at the wrong times of day.<p>A recent study by …

Military History

GUEST BLOGGERS<p>The official name of the battle is the Operation “West-Bosnien”, but it is also known as the 3rd Enemy Offensive. This battle was …

I Went To India, and All You Got Were These Lousy Cartoons

<i>An illustrated travelogue</i><p>One year ago, I spent two weeks traveling around India. I had been selected by the global communications firm I work for to …

Irshad Ali Sarki

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Harvard