Beyond Nation and State

The podcast ‘Beyond Nation and State’ is about international affairs from a South Asia perspective. As the title indicates, we will not only talk about nations and states, but go beyond. Discussions about international affairs tend to be mostly about rivalries between nations, border disputes and war.

This podcast is interested in all of that, but will particularly emphasise the role of people, business corporations, movements and resistance, international organizations and institutions. It will also feature discussions on identity, literature and culture. Suno India's Beyond Nation and State is an attempt to broaden the meanings of internationalism and globalism as we know it.

Show Host: Urvashi Sarkar

Season 1

World Press Freedom Day: What are the many meanings of freedom?

World Press Freedom Day: What are the many meanings of freedom?

Press freedom is increasingly endangered across the world. At least 28 journalists were killed due to their work in 2021, with India and Mexico topping the list of countries with…

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Anger on the streets: Sri Lanka in crisis

Anger on the streets: Sri Lanka in crisis

Sri Lanka is in the midst of an acute crisis. Thousands of Sri Lankans are on the streets protesting shortages and the soaring cost of food, medicines and fuel. Long…

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Ukraine in 2022: The Russia invasion that should never have been

Ukraine in 2022: The Russia invasion that should never have been

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has inaugurated a dangerous era of world politics with a huge human cost. Overnight, more than 1 million people have already become refugees, fleeing to neighbouring…

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Myanmar’s persecuted Chin refugees on the run, seek shelter in India’s Mizoram

Myanmar’s persecuted Chin refugees on the run, seek shelter in India’s Mizoram

Ethnic communities in Myanmar have long borne the brunt of abusive military rule since the military staged a coup against the democratically elected government in 1962. Time and again ethnic…

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Reflecting on the state of Urdu in India and South Asia

Reflecting on the state of Urdu in India and South Asia

Urdu is a major South Asian language spoken in large parts of India and Pakistan. In India, it is one of the 22 languages included in the Eighth Schedule of…

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Caste and it’s absence from critiques of Indian foreign policy

Caste and it’s absence from critiques of Indian foreign policy

The discipline of international relations and its practice, which includes foreign policy, is an esoteric field. Debates on foreign policy and international relations are abstract and rarefied as if it…

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The unbridled power of corporations and why we should be worried

The unbridled power of corporations and why we should be worried

Increasingly powerful and wealthy corporations are challenging the might of the state, though in most cases, states facilitate their rise to those powerful positions. In many cases, corporations also behave…

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Spotlight on the Rafale deal

Spotlight on the Rafale deal

Defence modernisation is a declared priority of successive Indian governments. When some years ago, the Indian Air Force sought to replace its outdated aircraft, major defence equipment manufacturing companies put…

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Its now or never: the urgency of climate action

Its now or never: the urgency of climate action

The Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change strongly concludes that human beings are almost wholly responsible for climate change and its calamitous effects. The Conference of Parties (COP), an annual…

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A Woman Walks Kabul

A Woman Walks Kabul

Despite the presence of and intervention from foreign forces, the people of Afghanistan have always sought peace, which continues to evade them. In attempting to make sense of events in…

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