Category: PEACE & CONFLICT

The Musings of a Soldier

                                                                    Photo by Timon Studler on Unsplash It has never been easy for Aaron to take aim. Is it the pressure he feels on his shoulders from holding the rifle for so long or is it the burden of conscience that he has been trying to repress? He fails to understand which among the two…
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Can Diplomacy Bridge the Gap?

Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash The word “diplomatic” emerged in the last decade of the 18th century. Many thinkers and leaders like Otto Von Bismarck, Camillo Benso, Giuseppe Mazzini and Theodor Herzl used diplomacy and diplomatic interventions to achieve their goals. Many war-like situations after both the world wars, such as the Cuban Missile…
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When Will They (Dis)Appear?: Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir, North-East India and Afghanistan

By Eesha V. Sheel Conflict is often accompanied by violence, discrimination, loss of life and trauma for the people of the region. Apart from the strict laws that they have to live by, their days are filled with anxiety over what is to come next, with the constant threat of violence looming over their heads.…
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Caught in the Crossfire: Children of Gaza are in the Midst of a Mental Health Crisis

Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash The eleven days of the war in Gaza in 2021 have taken a toll on its children. The generation faces down a life of trauma, and their mental health is on a downward spiral as the multiple and continuous attacks have led to a deep-seated fear of violence. Studies have…
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Voices

Photo by Danie Franco on Unsplash My grandmother loved her daily hookah while she was alive. And I loved her stories over the swirls of smoke and night fire. She would tell me the tales she grew up listening to, that of witches and magic and the wars she had seen in her lifetime. “Stories keep people alive”,…
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Perspectives on Peace

By Sanshita Vij “Sanskrit has 108 words for love. Islam has 99 names for God. Japanese has 14 words for beauty. We’ve got one word for Peace…. We don’t have enough words to accurately describe all the different aspects of peace. I think it was Socrates who once said if you don’t have a word…
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Children, Education and Peace: A Story from Lebanon

By Hiba Ishaq The conflict of Lebanon goes back to April 1975. But the conflict only turned violent and intense in the 1990s. Over time, the conflict encompassed layers of complexities. Each group involved in the conflict established militias that were largely based on ethnicities and religion. The peak of the conflict was seen in…
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A Socio-Political Conundrum Over the Acceptance of ISIS-Brides

By Disha Mishra The war ridden lands of the Middle East are no bed of roses. Worn out of such turmoiled conditions, there are many Jihadi brides from foreign lands who want to return to their respective countries, but their government has shut its door on them. The governments of these states contend that by…
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Gender Inequality in Afghanistan: A Critical Overview of Evolution of Women’s Rights

By Shukria Yari After the fall of the Taliban and years of irreparable damage with women being the most vulnerable and affected ones,  a new hope emerged in Afghanistan. Women once again came out of their shelters with the hope of changing their lives for the better with the help of the democratic system, established…
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How the Imperialist Notions of ‘Saving’ Muslim Women in Kashmir Derives Them of Their Agency

By Aishi Mitra Since independence in 1947, Pakistan and India have had numerous reasons for contention between them, but the most prominent reason continues to be Kashmir. The once ‘paradise on Earth’ is perhaps one of the most conflicted regions today, mired in international political, military and religious conflict. Several lives have been lost over…
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