Is Myanmar destined for partition?

This article discusses a list of apparently separate developments that considered together may lead to the possible conclusion that a coordinated effort is underway to enable an argument for secession justified against the backdrop of grave violations of human rights against the Rohingyas of Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

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What’s eating the United States?

Thinkers on the American left are producing diagnoses of why the United States and its political culture is more divided than united. The question, “what made the election of Donald Trump possible?” is the spark. Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal and Amy Chua’s Political Tribes, Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations are two readable attempts by Ivy League professors at figuring out just what is ailing America. In the article at this link Prakash Shah considers what insights the books have to offer.

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Caste in the time of identity politics

The reporting, both in the UK and in India, of the British Conservative government’s decision in July 2018 to repeal the UK Equality Act’s duty to incorporate caste as ‘an aspect of race’ is misleading. The dominant accounts would have us believe that the established, mainly Hindu, organizations have scored a victory by persuading the government to repeal the duty. In this article Prakash Shah explain why there is more than meets the eye in the British government’s decision and the victory celebrations.

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Does Durkheim Enhance Our Understanding of Law and Religion?

In this lecture, given at the conference on “The Sacred and the Law. The Durkheimian Legacy” at the Kate Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, Bonn, 27-28. October 2015, I view Durkheim in two ways: in his intellectual context and as a scientist whose claims can be tested independently of that context. Durkheim’s claims on religion demonstrate his Western culturality, which constrains and qualifies those claims and limits their relevance today. His universal claims about religion actually depend on and presuppose core Christian theological themes to make them intelligible and raise questions that are possible only within a cultural context like the Western culture which is constituted by a religion: Christianity. This is made much more obvious when placing Durkheim’s claims against the theory of religion developed by S. N. Balagangadhara, whose work shows how the claim of religion as a universal derives from Christian theology, why religions are what the Semitic religions are, and why Asia as a culture has no religion. S. N. Balagangadhara‘s theory solves problems that Durkheim’s work either does not address itself to or cannot explain and generates important new questions for law and religion studies. The paper based on this talk was published in the book, The Sacred and the Law: The Durkheimian Legacyedited by Werner Gephart and Daniel Witte.

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Bharat Ek Chetna: A film

The film Bharat ek Chetna has been produced and directed by Dr Manish Pandit. It discusses the retrograde influence of leftist domination on Indian academia. The film begins with the 2016 protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi in support of jihadis who had tried to destroy India’s political establishment in a terrorist attack on the Indian parliament. Through a series of interviews and archive footage, it goes on to explain the degradation of student politics and academic culture as a function of the leftist domination of India’s universities.

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Seminar: Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law

The seminar by Dr. Prakash Shah, ‘Designed to Fail? The Standard Story of Caste System and its Impact on Law’, is now available online. The seminar, given at Bengaluru, Karnataka on 20 February 2018, is introduced by Mathighatta S Chaitra, Director of the Aarohi Research foundation. He explains how India cannot have a caste system even though it is a feature of the standard story about India today. Dr. Shah shows how that standard story continues to affect law-making initiatives in India, the United Nations, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. The seminar places in a wider context the current controversy about the caste law in the United Kingdom. The seminar can be seen here.

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Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Hatred Being Created Against Brahmins Using History

In this interview for News18 Prakash Shah reflects on what the controversy and violence around the Bhima-Koregaon incidents say about caste conflict in contemporary India, and its ramifications.

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