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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
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
Paying Attention to India’s Saints of All Faiths
March 01, 2018
Paying Attention to India’s Saints of All Faiths
There are cults in India that exist between Hinduism and Islam, but their sites are increasingly claimed by one or the other.
Paying Attention to India’s Saints of All Faiths
Amul: the Pun-dits of Indian Advertising
February 24, 2018
Amul: the Pun-dits of Indian Advertising
Amul has managed to not only advertise its brand, but also brand its advertisements.
Amul: the Pun-dits of Indian Advertising
India’s <em>Padmaavat</em>: An Ode to Conservatism and Moral Victories
February 06, 2018
India’s Padmaavat: An Ode to Conservatism and Moral Victories
Both the movie and the controversy around it show how we judge things and people we do not know.
India’s Padmaavat: An Ode to Conservatism and Moral Victories
India’s Bhima Koregaon: A Battle of Narratives
February 03, 2018
India’s Bhima Koregaon: A Battle of Narratives
The Koregaon riots show how the same historical event can be seen from different perspectives.
India’s Bhima Koregaon: A Battle of Narratives
Fake News Busting in India
January 30, 2018
Fake News Busting in India
India, a massive internet market, is flooded with fake news -- but also enterprising fact checkers and hoax busters.
Fake News Busting in India
Poland’s Biggest Charity Comes to China
January 16, 2018
Poland’s Biggest Charity Comes to China
This year, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity played in Shanghai and Beijing.
Poland’s Biggest Charity Comes to China
Is India’s <em>Bāhubali: The Conclusion</em> a New Beginning?
January 02, 2018
Is India’s Bāhubali: The Conclusion a New Beginning?
It may not be a global watershed for Indian films, but the movie broke regional divides.
Is India’s Bāhubali: The Conclusion a New Beginning?
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
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