Aparna Jain

Soccer In Scarves And Other Incredible Ways Iran Won Me Over

The visions I had about Iran when packing for my recent visit were a sordid mix of oppression from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and anti-American and Ayatollah Khomeini posters staring fiercely at me from every street corner. While Iran and India share a common historical and cultural bond, recent media reports had affected my perception. But my 10 days in Iran over Nowruz--the Iranian New Year break--left me astounded, impressed, delighted and enriched. And a little frustrated too.

Global Disorder And The Idea Of ISIS

ISIS is looking to actively disrupt narratives in the West. If it becomes successful in earning the allegiance of Muslims who are citizens of Europe, then it would be correct to conclude that the potential of the organisation has been greatly underestimated. However, even if ISIS managed to smuggle operatives into Europe from Iraq and Syria, and then coordinated the attacks, the fact will still remain that the abilities of ISIS to formulate such strikes has been either completely missed by intelligence agencies or vastly under-realised by the political establishment.