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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.
He tweets at @Chris_Iwanek
Why English is Not Enough to Understand India
December 08, 2017
Why English is Not Enough to Understand India
Precise text, low context: English-Hindi translations are usually fine, but sometimes the nuance is dropped.
Why English is Not Enough to Understand India
India’s Saraswati: The Quest for the Invisible River
December 04, 2017
India’s Saraswati: The Quest for the Invisible River
While some are trying to locate or recreate the Saraswati River, in fact, it can be easily found.
India’s Saraswati: The Quest for the Invisible River
The Distortion of a Distortion: India’s <em>Padmavati</em> Movie Controversy
December 01, 2017
The Distortion of a Distortion: India’s Padmavati Movie Controversy
Radicals are protecting a queen they have never seen and attacking a movie they have not yet seen.
The Distortion of a Distortion: India’s Padmavati Movie Controversy
No, Fashion in India Has Not Become a ‘Nationalist Cause’
November 17, 2017
No, Fashion in India Has Not Become a ‘Nationalist Cause’
Is Modi’s sense of style part of a newfangled nationalistic agenda? Not necessarily.
No, Fashion in India Has Not Become a ‘Nationalist Cause’
Shrimps, Cheese, and Knives: What Do Nations Really Fight for?
November 10, 2017
Shrimps, Cheese, and Knives: What Do Nations Really Fight for?
The ‘Dokdo shrimp’ controversy is not the first argument of its kind – in Asia or elsewhere.
Shrimps, Cheese, and Knives: What Do Nations Really Fight for?
A Semantic Masala: Oxford English Dictionary Fills up With Indian Words
November 02, 2017
A Semantic Masala: Oxford English Dictionary Fills up With Indian Words
Dozens of new English-Indian terms reveal a lot about the dialogue of cultures.
A Semantic Masala: Oxford English Dictionary Fills up With Indian Words
No, the Taj Mahal Wasn't a Hindu Temple
October 26, 2017
No, the Taj Mahal Wasn't a Hindu Temple
But attempts to prove it was are interesting feats of selective partisan history.
No, the Taj Mahal Wasn't a Hindu Temple
‘The Nonsense of Witnessing Such Beauty’: Malinowski’s Tryst with Sri Lanka
October 11, 2017
‘The Nonsense of Witnessing Such Beauty’: Malinowski’s Tryst with Sri Lanka
The great ethnographer’s little-known adventures on the way to the Pacific.
‘The Nonsense of Witnessing Such Beauty’: Malinowski’s Tryst with Sri Lanka
Destny in Numbrs: How Numerology is Ruining Indian Names and Traditions
October 04, 2017
Destny in Numbrs: How Numerology is Ruining Indian Names and Traditions
Want to change your fate? Change your name!
Destny in Numbrs: How Numerology is Ruining Indian Names and Traditions
Game of Fans: China and India’s Reception of the <em>Game of Thrones</em>
October 02, 2017
Game of Fans: China and India’s Reception of the Game of Thrones
The popular HBO show left an imprint even on Chinese and Indian pop culture.
Game of Fans: China and India’s Reception of the Game of Thrones
Symbols and Time: Debating Official Scripts in India
September 25, 2017
Symbols and Time: Debating Official Scripts in India
India scripts a retention of its diversity – through scripts.
Symbols and Time: Debating Official Scripts in India
The Hides Can’t Hide from Pakistani Politics
September 01, 2017
The Hides Can’t Hide from Pakistani Politics
The collection of animal hides is a political issue in Karachi.
The Hides Can’t Hide from Pakistani Politics
The Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: Indian Holy Men Do Not Levitate Above Law
August 26, 2017
The Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: Indian Holy Men Do Not Levitate Above Law
Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s story -- and the final verdict -- shows India’s resolve to deal with the unruly holy men.
The Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: Indian Holy Men Do Not Levitate Above Law
Statue Politics: India’s Quest to Outbuild China, and Itself
August 11, 2017
Statue Politics: India’s Quest to Outbuild China, and Itself
India is planning to have not only the tallest statue in the world, but two of them.
Statue Politics: India’s Quest to Outbuild China, and Itself
China’s Lianyungang: A Hub Waiting to be Born
July 06, 2017
China’s Lianyungang: A Hub Waiting to be Born
One Belt, One Road and many hopes for China’s regions and cities.
China’s Lianyungang: A Hub Waiting to be Born
The God of Great Things, India’s Arundhati Roy Returns With a New Novel
June 06, 2017
The God of Great Things, India’s Arundhati Roy Returns With a New Novel
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is important as a collection of essays but less digestible as a novel.
The God of Great Things, India’s Arundhati Roy Returns With a New Novel
<em>Kung Fu Yoga</em>: A Chinese-Indian Soft Power Romance
June 01, 2017
Kung Fu Yoga: A Chinese-Indian Soft Power Romance
The movie is also a promotional feature for One Belt, One Road.
Kung Fu Yoga: A Chinese-Indian Soft Power Romance
The Indian Cavalry’s Charge on an Israeli City And Its Usefulness Now
May 01, 2017
The Indian Cavalry’s Charge on an Israeli City And Its Usefulness Now
The politics of history can be useful for diplomacy but dangerous for grammar.
The Indian Cavalry’s Charge on an Israeli City And Its Usefulness Now
China’s ‘Great Wall’: Conquering the World With Cinema
March 13, 2017
China’s ‘Great Wall’: Conquering the World With Cinema
Despite being deeply rooted in Chinese culture, the film engages the Western viewer with a clear message.
China’s ‘Great Wall’: Conquering the World With Cinema
India’s ‘Brand Ambassador’ Purchased by Peugeot
February 15, 2017
India’s ‘Brand Ambassador’ Purchased by Peugeot
The Ambassador car was more than a car. It was a symbol of old India.
India’s ‘Brand Ambassador’ Purchased by Peugeot
‘Azja Express’: Asia’s Life Unexpressed
January 03, 2017
‘Azja Express’: Asia’s Life Unexpressed
The TV show’s formula reinforces European stereotypes about Asia.
‘Azja Express’: Asia’s Life Unexpressed
Remembering Junaid Jamshed: From ‘Pakistan Pakistan’ to ‘Medina Medina’
December 13, 2016
Remembering Junaid Jamshed: From ‘Pakistan Pakistan’ to ‘Medina Medina’
Junaid Jamshed was a pop icon, a fashion designer, a businessman – and a devout Islamic preacher.
Remembering Junaid Jamshed: From ‘Pakistan Pakistan’ to ‘Medina Medina’
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
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