Sankar Ray

Towards a contentious reform

The proceedings at the recent 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China suggest that more reform is indeed on the way in the Middle Kingdom, though only within the rigid confines set forth …

Dec 10, 2007

Not remembering Plassey

A combination of colonial mythmaking and contemporary lack of historical rigour have left the Battle of Plassey entirely forgotten, even on its 250th anniversary.

Aug 12, 2007

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