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Moving Beyond a Unidimensional AI Arms Race The Bastion

Moving Beyond a Unidimensional AI Arms Race

Written by Swagam Dasgupta  “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind,” said Putin via live video to Russian students...
Education

Barbarians at the Feet of Dragons

Written by Philip Deweyi  Introduction: Getting to the core of today’s emerging challenges In an increasingly complex global economy, rapidly evolving technology forces us to question...

Dialogues: Dr. K.S. Chalam on the Political Economy of Caste in India

"The characterization of caste as division of labourers does not fully explain the discriminatory and unpaid labour of untouchables and artisan castes in the...

May the Pop be With You! Integrating Popular Culture in Indian Classrooms

“Koi mujhko ye bataaye, Kyun ye doori aur majboori? Iss duniya ki kya story, Kiske haath mein kiski dori?” Some of you might have already started humming along....

Bursting the Balloon: Making Sense of COVID-19 Figures

A week ago, India reported over one lakh cases of COVID-19. The country is now amongst the top ten worst affected by the virus....

Politics Of, By, and For the People: Developing Democracy in 21st Century India

I want you to meet Razia. A 10-year-old girl born in the village of Nayabans, in Uttar Pradesh. She belongs to a Dalit-Muslim family....

Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs: Mass Murder or Effective Solution?

Researched and written by Sabhya Kumar.  In May of 2016, Rodrigo Duterte was voted to power in the Philippines. The former mayor of Davao was...

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: What lies beyond the Mahatma?

Researched and written by Arjav Kulshreshtha.  M. K. Gandhi, also known as Gandhiji, was born on 2nd October 1869. He was the leader of India’s...

The Bastion Dialogues: Vicky Roy

When Vicky Roy (VR) was a young boy, he ran away from his home in West Bengal all the way to the capital, New...
Mao Zedong (centre), Liu Shaoqi (right), Zhou Enlai (left) meeting with 14th Dalai Lama (right 2) and 10th Panchen Lama (left 2) to celebrate Tibetan New Year, 1955 in Beijing.

Tibet’s Way Forward – Marching Down the Middle Path

Researched and written by Rohan Parikh “Who am I? I am nobody. I was nobody before 2011 and will be nobody after 2021. I am...