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Krzysztof Iwanek

Krzysztof Iwanek

Krzysztof Iwanek writes for The Diplomat’s Asia Life section.
He is the chair of the Asia Research Centre at the National Defence University at Warsaw and a South Asia expert with the Poland-Asia Research Centre (Centrum Studiów Polska-Azja, www.polska-azja.pl). From 2014 to 2016 Krzysztof taught Hindi at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea. He holds two MA degrees: in History and in South Asian Studies, and a PhD in Cultural Studies.
His main area of interest is contemporary Indian politics and political ideologies.  He has also co-authored a book titled Indie. Od kolonii do mocarstwa. 1857-2013 (“India. From a Colony to a Power. 1857-2013″) with Adam Burakowski.
What's In a Hat? Indian Culture on Politicians’ Heads
November 29, 2016
What's In a Hat? Indian Culture on Politicians’ Heads
In India, you can test the dialogue between culture and politics through headgear.
What's In a Hat? Indian Culture on Politicians’ Heads
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
November 02, 2016
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
The symbols often do not symbolize the parties’ agenda at all.
The Curious Stories of Indian Party Symbols
A Polish Classic in Asia
October 31, 2016
A Polish Classic in Asia
Quo Vadis, the famous Henryk Sienkiewicz novel, has been published in Asia many times.
A Polish Classic in Asia
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
October 30, 2016
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
Some Polish bands are trying to make headway in the Chinese market.
Polish Bombers in a Chinese Sky
India: The Dying Home of Hume
October 07, 2016
India: The Dying Home of Hume
The house of the founder of the oldest party in India is slowly turning into ruins.
India: The Dying Home of Hume
Awes-truck: Indian Trucks Ride to Fame
August 18, 2016
Awes-truck: Indian Trucks Ride to Fame
The art and slogans found on Indian trucks are receiving growing attention.
Awes-truck: Indian Trucks Ride to Fame
Counting Castes in India
August 05, 2016
Counting Castes in India
An Indian government commission is trying to make sense of the caste data.
Counting Castes in India
<i>The Vegetarian</i>: A Delicate Song of Blood
July 07, 2016
The Vegetarian: A Delicate Song of Blood
The Vegetarian is the first Korean novel to claim the Man Booker International Prize.
The Vegetarian: A Delicate Song of Blood
Artur Żurawski, the Polish Sultan of Indian Cinema
June 13, 2016
Artur Żurawski, the Polish Sultan of Indian Cinema
A Polish director of photography is establishing himself in Bollywood.
Artur Żurawski, the Polish Sultan of Indian Cinema
Indian Politics Is Virtually Everywhere
May 23, 2016
Indian Politics Is Virtually Everywhere
In India, even the number of Facebook "likes" counts for politicians.
Indian Politics Is Virtually Everywhere
India: Storming the Temple of Saturn
May 03, 2016
India: Storming the Temple of Saturn
Forced to abandon its tradition, a famous Indian temple opened its gates to women.
India: Storming the Temple of Saturn
The Dry Laws of India
April 25, 2016
The Dry Laws of India
Alcohol prohibition is on the rise in India.
The Dry Laws of India
Hollywood Movies Attack the Indian Market
March 11, 2016
Hollywood Movies Attack the Indian Market
Hollywood movies are increasingly popular among Indian audiences.
Hollywood Movies Attack the Indian Market
K-Popaganda on the Korean Border
February 21, 2016
K-Popaganda on the Korean Border
Which songs does South Korea choose to broadcast across the border?
K-Popaganda on the Korean Border
The New Painting of Kipling at the Victoria Memorial
February 04, 2016
The New Painting of Kipling at the Victoria Memorial
A new painting of Rudyard Kipling has been found in Kolkata.
The New Painting of Kipling at the Victoria Memorial
Faking News in India’s Unreal Times
January 31, 2016
Faking News in India’s Unreal Times
The fake news websites are a response to the absurdities of our times and a satire on media.
Faking News in India’s Unreal Times
The Rights and Traditions Rodeo: India’s Jallikattu Ban
January 11, 2016
The Rights and Traditions Rodeo: India’s Jallikattu Ban
A regional bull-taming sport reopens the debate on the state and traditions in India.
The Rights and Traditions Rodeo: India’s Jallikattu Ban
Ambedkar Museum: Shared Memorial and Divided Memory
November 18, 2015
Ambedkar Museum: Shared Memorial and Divided Memory
India’s next museum has opened in London to commemorate a great, yet controversial statesman.
Ambedkar Museum: Shared Memorial and Divided Memory
Cho Seong-Jin and Chopin’s ‘Eternal Sonata’ in East Asia
November 09, 2015
Cho Seong-Jin and Chopin’s ‘Eternal Sonata’ in East Asia
A South Korean musician’s victory in the Chopin Competition confirms the composer’s enduring popularity in East Asia.
Cho Seong-Jin and Chopin’s ‘Eternal Sonata’ in East Asia
Amir Khan: Boxing’s Saving Grace in Pakistan?
September 29, 2015
Amir Khan: Boxing’s Saving Grace in Pakistan?
British star Amir Khan has offered a lifeline to a struggling sport in Pakistan.
Amir Khan: Boxing’s Saving Grace in Pakistan?
India: The Pen Defeats the Sword (on One Street at Least)
September 07, 2015
India: The Pen Defeats the Sword (on One Street at Least)
The renaming of Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road would be a masterstroke in the politics of history.
India: The Pen Defeats the Sword (on One Street at Least)
Manjhi: The Broken Mountains and the Mountains to Break
August 27, 2015
Manjhi: The Broken Mountains and the Mountains to Break
Manjhi – The Mountain Man tells a grim but inspiring story of both Indian neglect and resolve.
Manjhi: The Broken Mountains and the Mountains to Break
Kracowood: Bollywood’s New-Found Love Affair With Poland
July 08, 2015
Kracowood: Bollywood’s New-Found Love Affair With Poland
Poland is becoming increasingly popular with India’s film and advertising industries.
Kracowood: Bollywood’s New-Found Love Affair With Poland
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