BSG Alumni

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

An illustration showing the effects of domestic violence (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Recognise stalking as domestic violence in Malaysia

After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look for her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children around her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she filed a police report, but she was not given […]

by × 01 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Anti-corruption protests in Romania: The opportunity of a generation

The recent mass protests in Romania were the largest since the fall of the communist regime in December ‘89. These started when the newly elected Romanian government hastily (bordering on ‘furtively’) adopted an ordinance bill in an attempt to decriminalise misuse of office. As a response, citizens have taken over […]

by × 27 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Corruption in Latin America: destruction or opportunity?

In these “orange times of terror”, Latin America has some more important issues to focus on, rather than spend all its energy and efforts dealing with Trump and his distinctive foreign policy in the region. Only a few months after the ‘Panama Papers’ controversy, a new corruption scandal has emerged. […]

by × 21 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams. Source: Flickr CC

Trump’s Immigration Ban jeopardises scientific collaboration and technological advancement

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus. The New Colossus. Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, United […]

by × 10 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

The insecurity of globalisation is perhaps becoming overwhelming. There seems to be a strangely pervasive atmosphere of marginalisation and threatened dignity these last weeks, cutting across ideological divides. Yesterday’s contribution to this blog articulated some principles of what we might need to do in response. My intention below, without necessarily […]

by × 03 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Donald Trump signs Executive Orders, January 2017. Source: Wikimedia Commons

We must speak out to protect our democracy

“All I have is a voice. To undo the folded lie.” – W.H. Auden Auden wrote that line as part of an extended poem in 1939 during a period of rising upheaval with the onset of World War II.  In the midst of another period of political upheaval in the […]

by × 02 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women's March on Washington, 21 January 2017. Image: Mobilus in Mobili. Source: Flickr CreativeCommons

More than a Women’s March: A movement for representation and justice for all

Friday, 20 January 2017, marked the beginning of a new era in American politics and global history. Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, and participate in the festivities of the day. Inauguration Day is […]

by × 27 January 2017 ×