Gujarat, 2002: The Semantic Limitations of the Word ‘Riot’

Atika Dawood, BA Arabic and Linguistics Trigger Warning: (Sexual) violence against women and children The spectre of the 2002 Gujarat Riots has re-emerged following the landslide victory of Narendra Modi early last year. The ‘riots’ began when 59 Hindu pilgrims died after a train carrying them was set on fire. Following the false accusation of […]

So Many, Yet So Little Done

Florence Goddard, BA Politics and Development Studies Trigger Warning: Article deals with issues of mental health and mentions suicide. As a fairly privileged middle class student of a notoriously left-wing university I spend most of my time in the world of radical idealism, safe spaces and tolerance that is SOAS. It’s definitely not perfect, but […]

The Rise of a Politics of Fear: War-mongering? Let’s talk for a minute about fear-mongering

Joe Dunne, BA International Relations As rarely happens in the 21st century, a Hollywood blockbuster in the form of Hunger Games: Catching Fire struck a satirical cord in its uncanny resemblance to our global political system. The head ‘Gamesmaker’, the absurdly named Plutarch Heavensbee, advises President Snow that ‘more fear’ is required to subdue the […]

Refugees, Passports and Paris

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish It only took three days to formulate an excuse for another Western air force to kill hundreds of Syrian civilians. But with Raqqa being the capital of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham, surely there’s no problem with bombing a bunch of militants. The French government, which […]

We Need To Talk About Modi

Sparsh Pandya, BA International Relations and South Asian Studies The past year and a half of Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister of India has marked a clear push towards neo-liberal economic policy and an attempt to establish India as a powerful global actor. Within the domestic sphere, welfare issues and communal tensions have only […]