Tag Archives: India

Triple talaq: Goodbye and good riddance
September 06, 2017 , , ,

  As usual, India′s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his opinion known on Twitter: the Supreme Court's decision was "historic", granting equality to Muslim women and sending a powerful message for their empowerment. In an eagerly awaited ruling, the Supreme Court found that the widespread practice among India's Muslims of "triple talaq" (talaq-e-biddat) violates the constitution....

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Muslim talaq law in India: Divorce by email
June 05, 2017 , ,

  The citizens of India have been in conflict for decades – and especially since the nation's independence in the year 1947 – over the constitutionality of Islam′s archaic divorce law and its highly illiberal practice. The government in New Delhi now hopes that a Supreme Court decision will finally lay the long-standing dispute to rest. Commentaries on the talaq issue are agai...

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India: The Perils of Digital Transformation
May 22, 2017 , , ,

For India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 2017 began with a disappointment: Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank corrected their economic outlook for India – in one case from projected 7.6% of GDP growth to 6.6%, in the other from 7.6% to 7%. The institutes justified the downgrades with the aftershocks of demonetization. Prime Minister Modi’s surprise de...

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India’s Noxious Cow Politics
April 24, 2017 , , , ,

In early April, a mob lynched 55-year-old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. A video of the crime went viral and fanned an emotional political debate. The killing of Mr. Khan is the sixth fatality since 2015 of a Muslim man subjected to such vigilante “justice.” Cow vigilantism, as assaults against those dealing commercially with the animals are cal...

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India: A picture says more than 1000 words
December 10, 2016 , , ,

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How India Copes with Demonetization
November 28, 2016 , , , ,

The assessments could hardly be more divergent. One side says India’s currency reform is a stroke of genius. It is a surgical strike by Narendra Modi which dries out the morass of the black economy overnight. Noble intentions perhaps For the opponents of this reform measure, the sudden invalidation of huge amounts of paper money is a source of pain and misery. It is also a threat to economic g...

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And all of a sudden your cash is worthless
November 26, 2016 , , ,

The assessments could hardly be less disparate. One side says India’s currency reform is a stroke of genius, a surgical strike which overnight dries out the morass of the black economy. For the foes, the sudden invalidation of huge amounts of paper money is a source of pain and misery, a threat to economic growth, in short: a political scandal. Political controversy is part and parcel of ...

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Trouncing Triple Talaq
October 12, 2016 , , , , , , ,

The message is clear: The Indian government is calling on the Supreme Court to declare the practice of "divorce by repudiation" – known as talaq – and polygamy unconstitutional. This landmark decision on a central issue relating to the family law of the Muslim minority brings a dispute that has been simmering for decades, indeed since the founding of the Republic, to a crucial turning p...

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India’s Smart Cities: A Vision Without Base
September 15, 2016 , , , ,

For reasons of protocol, John Kerry likes to be on time. During his recent visit to India, the U.S. Secretary of State had to apologize for being late more than once. Heavy monsoon rains had flooded the roads. The autocade of the American VIP also got stuck in massive traffic jams. “I don’t know how you all got here…by boats or amphibious vehicles?” Kerry asked his hosts jokingly ...

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Liberalism in a Changing World: A Globalist Perspective
March 08, 2016 , , , , ,

  I am pleased to be back at the University. My interaction with you brings back fond memories of academic freedom and political activism when I was a liberal student leader at Hamburg University in the late seventies of last century. It was a very different time. Germany and the world were divided and the threat of a nuclear holocaust helped preserve the status quo. I may talk about those ye...

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