‘World’s Largest Democracy’ meets ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’

Sebastian Sirotin, Publication Director, The Hague, Netherlands What happens when the ‘World’s Largest Democracy’ meets ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’? Image credits hyperlinked to image   One day, I was scrolling through Google Images, as one does, when I happened upon a picture of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, smiling and shaking hands with an equally jovial Alexander Lukashenka, the President of Belarus. I was immediately struck, what was the prime minister of ‘the World’s Largest Read more…

‘Kuntilanak’

Hannah Madelon, Contributor, The Hague, Netherlands Hannah Madelon, a second year BAIS SSEA student shares a piece of her artwork, a ‘Kuntilanak’ as an expression of a local story she heard while in Indonesia. ‘Kuntilanak’: During my stay in Indonesia, I learned about Indonesian ghosts and spirits, particularly those originating in Java. One such spirit is the Kuntilanak (called the Pontilanak in Malaysia), the ghost of a woman who has died in childbirth. She seeks Read more…

‘Beautiful Flower सुन्दर फूल’

Hannah Madelon, Contributor, The Hague, Netherlands Hannah Madelon, a second year BAIS SSEA student shares a piece of her artwork, a ‘Beautiful Flower’ grown from a wish for colour.   Beautiful Flower: Since I started learning hindi, I’ve liked writing short sentences or words in the margins of my notebooks in the Hindi script. I also doodle flowers in the pages of my notebooks. I wanted to decorate my room with something colourful, so this Read more…

5 Foods you didn’t know came from SSEA

Sebastian Sirotin, Publication Director, The Hague, Netherlands During all of our lectures and classes, we’ve heard how we live in an increasingly globalizing world. But, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any sort of interchange before the 2000’s. SSEA is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse places on the planet, so, what has the world adopted from this area? Much more than simply curry and nasi goreng, that’s for sure. That’s why this is Read more…

Brie with a side of basmati made me blue

 Lara Govea, Contributor, Singapore Let’s be honest, a white man saying “We need the Indians to trust us” is never going to lead to anything good. Image credits hyperlinked to image *Disclaimer: I am not Indian. I have never been to India. I know almost nothing about India. For those reasons, I will not be criticising any of the film’s depictions of India, or Indians, beyond the theme of the country “needing to be rescued”. Read more…

A specter is haunting Indonesia …

A specter is haunting Indonesia … After the events of 1965-6, progressive politics almost disappeared from Indonesia. Today, in a country with extreme and growing inequalities, people are increasingly concerned with the results of wild, unregulated capitalism. The current political scene does not seem to offer any valid alternatives. An entanglement of contradictions and a corrupt vocabulary do not help the construction of an alternative discourse. Giacomo Canetta, Contributor – Yogyakarta, Indonesia.   Throughout 1965-6, Read more…

Tribute to Kak Channthy, The Cambodian Space Project.

Harry Hawcroft, Contributor, The Hague, Netherlands A tribute to one of Cambodia’s most beloved and unique artists, Kak Channthy of The Cambodian Space Project. Image credits hyperlinked to image. I climbed the Equinox staircase to be greeted by the now familiar urban art mural decorating the back wall opposite the dimly lit, fire red stage. Equinox, one of Phnom Penh’s leading advocates for an inclusive, genre diverse, live music scene in Cambodia, was notorious for Read more…

Tarquin Hall: mystery with a side of Puri

Alessandra Barrow, Culture Editor, The Hague, Netherlands The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. Hutchinson, London 2011. 22 – 4 euros https://www.amazon.de/Case-Man-Who-Died-Laughing/dp/1416583696 ISBN 1416583696 Genre: Crime, Mystery – Fiction Image credits hyperlinked to image. Driving back from the family holiday in Italy, I stumbled upon (well my mother stumbled upon and I just sat in the car and listened) the third ‘Vish Puri mystery’, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, by Tarquin Hall. Read more…

Why do Singaporeans care about elections?

Since independence, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has won every election by a landslide. Nonetheless, Singaporeans place significant importance on their elections. What do Singaporeans get out of an election whose results never seem to change? Suraendher Kumarr, Contributor, The Netherlands The three presidential hopefuls (from L-R): Farid Khan, Salleh Marican, and Halimah Yacob. It was September last year. I remember being in history class when I heard the news. Out of the five candidates Read more…

भारत में भाषाई विभाजन की दुविधा — The problem of linguistic divide in India

‘एकता में अनेकता, भारत की विशेषता’ ‘Unity in diversity, India’s specialty’ Dhwani Goel, Contributor, The Netherlands Featured Image Source इस सिद्धांत में विश्वास रखने वाला देश दरअसल बहुत आधारों पर विभाजित है| इनमें से एक है भाषाओं की विविधता| भारत में अनगिनत भाषाएं है जिनमें से हिंदी भाषा सबसे प्रचलित और सबसे ज़्यादा बोली जाने वाली भाषा है| हर भाषा एक अलग संस्कृति और विभिन्न रीती-रिवाज़ों की झलक देती है| भारत में तक़रीबन १२२ प्रमुख Read more…