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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
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
November 09, 2018
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
Partial exclusion from US sanctions gives India reasons to sigh with relief, but not to cheer.
India and Iran: A Sanctioned Waiver Amid a Wave of Sanctions
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
November 05, 2018
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
An altercation between a Christian woman and Muslim women was based on a Hindu custom.
Aasia Bibi and the Plight of Pakistan’s Untouchables
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
October 03, 2018
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
Another Hindu temple will open its gates to women, reigniting the debate on Indian secularism.
India’s Sabarimala Temple and the Issue of Women’s Entry
<em>Crazy Rich Asians</em>: A Clash of East and West?
September 19, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians: A Clash of East and West?
The East may not become the West, but it can surely buy it out.
Crazy Rich Asians: A Clash of East and West?
Paint It Saffron: The Colors of Indian Political Parties
September 10, 2018
Paint It Saffron: The Colors of Indian Political Parties
Just like symbols, colors are a part of a party’s image.
Paint It Saffron: The Colors of Indian Political Parties
Virtually With Us: Looking for Gandhi on the Internet
September 04, 2018
Virtually With Us: Looking for Gandhi on the Internet
Want to write a PhD about Gandhi? You can nearly do so without leaving your house.
Virtually With Us: Looking for Gandhi on the Internet
Where Can One Get a ‘Patriotic Muslim’ Certificate? About <em>Mulk</em>
September 01, 2018
Where Can One Get a ‘Patriotic Muslim’ Certificate? About Mulk
Despite a preachy posture, the movie’s importance lies in highlighting the plight of Muslims in contemporary India.
Where Can One Get a ‘Patriotic Muslim’ Certificate? About Mulk
What’s Behind a Name? India’s Stalins
August 27, 2018
What’s Behind a Name? India’s Stalins
One of India’s most important states may soon be ruled by a man named Stalin.
What’s Behind a Name? India’s Stalins
Kipling as Mowgli: One View of <em>The Jungle Book</em>
August 06, 2018
Kipling as Mowgli: One View of The Jungle Book
Both Mowgli and Kim represent Kipling as a child, raised at the intersection of two civilizations.
Kipling as Mowgli: One View of The Jungle Book
The View From the Blogs: Stories of India's Cities
August 03, 2018
The View From the Blogs: Stories of India's Cities
Three blogs that share stories from the back alleys of Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
The View From the Blogs: Stories of India's Cities
WhatsApp, Fake News? The Internet and Risks of Misinformation in India
July 30, 2018
WhatsApp, Fake News? The Internet and Risks of Misinformation in India
Should WhatsApp be singled out for India's fake news problem?
WhatsApp, Fake News? The Internet and Risks of Misinformation in India
Art in the Delhi Metro
July 16, 2018
Art in the Delhi Metro
The metro in the capital of India moved from state-of-the-art to art-of-the-state.
Art in the Delhi Metro
So What, It’s Not Cricket? India Joins the Football Craze
July 03, 2018
So What, It’s Not Cricket? India Joins the Football Craze
The World Cup offers clues as to football’s growing popularity in India.
So What, It’s Not Cricket? India Joins the Football Craze
Rooting for the Trees: India’s Capital Awakens to Its Ecological Challenges
July 02, 2018
Rooting for the Trees: India’s Capital Awakens to Its Ecological Challenges
Recent protests against tree cutting underline Delhi’s problems with pollution.
Rooting for the Trees: India’s Capital Awakens to Its Ecological Challenges
Gods Against Ghosts: The Exorcisms of India’s Mehandipur Balaji
June 18, 2018
Gods Against Ghosts: The Exorcisms of India’s Mehandipur Balaji
A temple in northern India is famed for its exorcism rituals.
Gods Against Ghosts: The Exorcisms of India’s Mehandipur Balaji
Helsinki: How to Create a European Hub for Asia
June 01, 2018
Helsinki: How to Create a European Hub for Asia
A relatively small airport in northern Europe became an unexpected beneficiary of growing Asia-Europe connectivity.
Helsinki: How to Create a European Hub for Asia
The New Silk Road Is Old: Why You Should Ignore Belt and Road Initiative Maps
May 25, 2018
The New Silk Road Is Old: Why You Should Ignore Belt and Road Initiative Maps
Looking for good publications on the Belt and Road Initiative? Ignore the ones with maps. (Well, maybe not all.)
The New Silk Road Is Old: Why You Should Ignore Belt and Road Initiative Maps
Daryaganj: Old World Charm at Delhi’s Used Book Bazaar
May 07, 2018
Daryaganj: Old World Charm at Delhi’s Used Book Bazaar
Delhi’s Sunday book market is exceptional and very Indian.
Daryaganj: Old World Charm at Delhi’s Used Book Bazaar
The Game of the Great Games: How the Olympic Fad Hurts the Postcolonial World
May 03, 2018
The Game of the Great Games: How the Olympic Fad Hurts the Postcolonial World
Seeking international recognition through grand sport events exacts a heavy price on Asian cities.
The Game of the Great Games: How the Olympic Fad Hurts the Postcolonial World
Adopt a Heritage: Should Private Companies Be Caretakers of Indian National Monuments?
April 30, 2018
Adopt a Heritage: Should Private Companies Be Caretakers of Indian National Monuments?
Will sites like the Taj Mahal become better managed or will they become banners for private firms?
Adopt a Heritage: Should Private Companies Be Caretakers of Indian National Monuments?
Modern, Not Western: Why Hindu Nationalists Do Not Resist Technology
April 16, 2018
Modern, Not Western: Why Hindu Nationalists Do Not Resist Technology
Modern technology is not inherently Western and the East does not resist it.
Modern, Not Western: Why Hindu Nationalists Do Not Resist Technology
How Marvel Failed to Promote Seoul and Busan
March 26, 2018
How Marvel Failed to Promote Seoul and Busan
Black Panther and Age of Ultron did not focus on the unique highlights of Korean cities.
How Marvel Failed to Promote Seoul and Busan
Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India
March 12, 2018
Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India
The case of Dumont’s book may serve as a warning to all foreigners dealing with Indian society.
Dumont, Guha, and the Danger of Stereotyping India
The Bonfire of Modern Demons: On Original Ways of Celebrating India’s Holi
March 05, 2018
The Bonfire of Modern Demons: On Original Ways of Celebrating India’s Holi
Innovative versions of celebrating the festival include burning the effigies of fraudsters.
The Bonfire of Modern Demons: On Original Ways of Celebrating India’s Holi
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