And I’m Still Well Off – Thoughts on India’s Elections

For those who don't know: The world's biggest (not greatest) democracy just re-elected its previous Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second term. In the words of the satire magazine The Onion: "India Continues Surge Towards Status As First World Nation By Reelecting Racist, Right-Wing Authoritarian". Not just that, but Modi's BJP won more votes … Continue reading And I’m Still Well Off – Thoughts on India’s Elections

So what’s India like? 10 things I love about India

This article was originally published in 2017 on my blog "Alena in India". In it, I reflect on what makes India lovable. I realize now that I misinterpreted many cultural gestures. For instance, I do not agree with my claim made about political correctness anymore. Nonetheless, I wanted to share this again. "One of the … Continue reading So what’s India like? 10 things I love about India

Can insisting on human rights mess up the delivery of health care in war zones?

Short answer: Yes, it can. It may be no surprise to those who have been following my blog to read yet another article which is critical of human rights narratives and human rights discourse. However, I want to walk you through why exactly using a human rights language may lead to serious issues in regards … Continue reading Can insisting on human rights mess up the delivery of health care in war zones?

I got fined – and then wrote an assignment about it

This article was originally written as a small assignment for my "Research Design" class in April 2019. It might be interesting to read this, because the task was to come up with a very mundane example of law and then think about how we could do academic research about it. When boarding public transport, an … Continue reading I got fined – and then wrote an assignment about it