Matrilineal Tribal Communities

By Anushka Gupta

In India, an incredibly diverse nation consisting of thousands of communities that have various differing cultures and beliefs, the possible existence of an unusual practice does not seem astonishing. However observing the structure of the Indian society from an ancient time, the existence of a hierarchy between the two genders has always been explicit. In the northeast state of Meghalaya as well as the Minicoy island of Lakshadweep, the Khasi tribe and Muslims have apparently tried to pave a different path.

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Is a Neo- Cold War Preventing a Resolution to the Syrian Conflict?

By Zohra Abdullah and Gauri Kundalia

The end of the Second World War saw the rise of two superpowers- The United States of America and the United Soviet Socialist Republic. This was followed by a series of provocations, tension, competition and the rise of an ideological battle. This period was known as the Cold War. The two superpowers were backed by their respective allies and the world witnessed Bipolarity. The collapse of the Soviet Union saw the dominance of the United States in world politics. However, this paper follows the argument that Bipolarity never died down and merely subsided and has now re-emerged from the margins as a ‘Neo-Cold War’.   The two powers- US and Russia, as a successor of the USSR are struggling to carve out roles for themselves, manifestations of which can be seen in Crimea or the Syrian conflict. Continue reading “Is a Neo- Cold War Preventing a Resolution to the Syrian Conflict?”

Delivering On The New Silk Road Initiative Amidst Regional Political Rivalries

By Mansoor Saadat
April 16, 2017

 The end of 2014 brought Afghanistan to a crossroad, as the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) withdraw their combat forces from Afghanistan. The presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan played a significant role in its economy that plummet with the sudden decline of military spending. In 2011, the United States government adopted the New Silk Road initiative which aims at developing Afghanistan’s economy by developing energy, trade and infrastructure projects. It aims to improve regional trade between Central and South Asia – through the Afghanistan land-bridge – and thus allow for greater economic integration, peace and prosperity in the Afghan region.

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Talk by Prof. Dipankar Gupta on “Space and Non-Space: Planning Cities for Citizens”

By Apoorva Rao,
Content Team Volunteer
Dr. Dipankar Gupta presented the Department of Political Science with an avant-garde linkage between geographical town planning and citizenship. He believes that town planning can enhance citizenship if it prioritises the creation of public spaces. To strengthen the linkage, he differentiated between spaces and non-spaces. Spaces consist of the area that a person feels a certain kind of belongingness to while non-spaces consist of those tracts of our post-modern life where we go in and out of to pursue our means. He pointed out how the creation of “spaces” is of utmost importance to town-planners, so much so that they’ve ended up creating cramped enclosed “spaces” that do not invoke the feeling of belongingness. He pointed out that these “ugly” areas are too unaesthetic to provide their purpose. Adding to that, he stated that the formation of accessible public ‘spaces’ will enhance citizenship as it will  provide the citizens with equal opportunity to cultivate their selves through aesthetic means. It’ll provide them with an environment they’ll identify with and which will perhaps, facilitate thoughts. It’ll help in blurring of the lines between the public and the private, between the rich and the poor solely by providing them with accessible public “space”.

Talk with Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu on “International Relations and The Global South: Carving An Identity”

By Prachi Bhuckal,

Content Team Volunteer

The Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women organised a guest lecture on 16th February 2017 and attempted to enhance the global political and social knowledge and sense of its student body. Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu, Associate Professor & Chairperson the Department of International Relations at South Asian University, rendered an illuminating session on “International Relations and the Global South: Carving an Identity”. Mr. Mallavarapu holds eminent contributions in the area of International Relations, its theories, disciplinary histories and the pedagogies of International Relations in the Global South.

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Talk by Mr. Indra Sekhar Singh on ‘Conquest of Nature and Eco Feminism’

By Zohra Abdullah
Sub-Editor and Content Team Head

On 9 January 2017, the Department of Political Science of Lady Shri Ram College for Women organised a talk by activist and environmentalist, Mr. Indra Shekhar Singh. Nature and culture come together to form the synthesis of ecofeminism, a much needed concept and movement in today’s culture of conspicuous consumption.

Talk with Ms. Amrita Banerjee on ‘Civil Services As A Career and Indian Foreign Policy’

By Pranati Haldia,
Content Team Volunteer

On 25th January, a Guest Lecture and Interactive Session was conducted by the Political Science Department, wherein Ms Amrita Banerjee was invited to talk about ‘Civil Services as a Career and Indian Foreign Policy.’ A large section of the student population in our college aspires to clear the Civil Examination, and the talk managed to attract many such aspirants. Ms Banerjee motivated the students and gave instances from her own life to help them understand the challenges one might face in this journey. She also gave tips on how to not feel dejected and give up due to the difficult circumstances that might arise. She talked about the emotional trauma she had undergone during her preparation and how her parents had unrelentingly supported her during that time.

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