October 5th Issue

Modi’s 56-Inch Chest Bind

The Pakistan-India tension enters a war-like narrative OP-ED by Ejaz Haider In the run-up to the 2014 national elections in India, one of the metaphors Narendra Modi, the Bharatya Janata Party’s (BJP) then-prime ministerial candidate, used to describe himself as having a 56-inch chest. Pooh-poohed by the opposition as a literal statement, Modi meant it metaphorically, contrasting his strong will with the weak-kneed Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, headed by Sonia Gandhi. The rightwing, of course, lapped it up. The Congress, riven by scandals and led by a sedate and professorial Dr. Manmohan Singh, was no match to the rising tide of Modi, a master strategist, fiery speaker and three-times chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat. Brand Modi was so successful that the entire BJP piggy-backed him to a thumping success. The Opposition continued to attack his 56-inch chest, though. In Jul (Read More)

Bordering War: Pakistan-India Tensions Enter a War-Like Narrative

BY: Jyoti Malhotra A map of the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir lays bare the plain truth for all to see. As the crow flies, the distance between Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and Uri in the northern part of Indian-administered Kashmir is a mere 211 km. The road from Islamabad to Baramulla, once known as the “Gateway to the Kashmir valley,” is even closer, at 138 km. Despite the proximity, there is more than an electrified barbed wire fence separating Islamabad from these Kashmiri towns. Since the cross-border attacks by militants—on September 18 on the Uri army base camp, which claimed the lives of 18 soldiers, and two weeks later on October 2, on the Baramulla army base—the rising nationalist sentiment on either side of the border has pushed both the Indian and Pakistani governments to take such hardline positions against each other. According to the Indian government, army commandos conducted covert strikes inside Pakistani-administered territory some (Read More)

Inside Cover

Rough Landings: Ethiopia’s Jews

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews are waiting to emigrate to Israel—but earlier migrants warn of growing discrimination BY: Conor Gaffey and…


U.S. Elections: The Missing Point

Both U.S. presidential candidates must address the Middle East issue OP-ED by Ghanem Nuseibeh While the U.S. presidential election campaign continues…

Down Time

Of Women and Business

Women bring virtues and skills of soft power to leadership in the workplace BY: Randa Bessiso It’s a new and emerging…