Karim Raslan

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Ceritalah | India election: like the profit margins on a lassi, Modi’s magic has evaporated

The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:25AM

The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.

India election: like the profit margins on a lassi, Modi’s magic has evaporated
Ceritalah | Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?

Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?

9 Apr 2019 - 10:48AM

Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?

Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?
Ceritalah | In Bekasi, the ‘Jersey of Indonesia’, a clue to Widodo’s election hopes

The Indonesian president lost the battle for West Java to Prabowo Subianto in 2014. This time, he hopes choosing a Muslim running mate and spending lavishly on airports and railways will be enough to turn the result around

2 Apr 2019 - 10:43AM

The Indonesian president lost the battle for West Java to Prabowo Subianto in 2014. This time, he hopes choosing a Muslim running mate and spending lavishly on airports and railways will be enough to turn the result around

In Bekasi, the ‘Jersey of Indonesia’, a clue to Widodo’s election hopes
Ceritalah | Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars – because he’s an everyman

The 37-year-old is the lead in the nation’s biggest television show, Ang Probinsyano. He’s been spotted at campaigns for Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of his hero Fernando Poe Junior – but will Coco make a foray into politics himself?

20 Mar 2019 - 11:20AM

The 37-year-old is the lead in the nation’s biggest television show, Ang Probinsyano. He’s been spotted at campaigns for Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of his hero Fernando Poe Junior – but will Coco make a foray into politics himself?

Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars – because he’s an everyman
Ceritalah | As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?

One man has dominated Thai politics for decades: the billionaire turned exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. But as a new generation emerges, so too has a new father figure – Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. You can call him ‘dad’

12 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

One man has dominated Thai politics for decades: the billionaire turned exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. But as a new generation emerges, so too has a new father figure – Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. You can call him ‘dad’

As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?
Ceritalah | Forget nuclear war with Pakistan. Here’s the real threat to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral

21 Mar 2019 - 2:23PM

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral

Forget nuclear war with Pakistan. Here’s the real threat to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Ceritalah | How caste, creed and conflict distort India’s politics

Most of the country’s parties draw their central support from a select few castes and religious groups, creating a combustible political environment

7 Mar 2019 - 12:41PM

Most of the country’s parties draw their central support from a select few castes and religious groups, creating a combustible political environment

How caste, creed and conflict distort India’s politics
Ceritalah | In India, Kumbh Mela is a sweet treat for Allahabadis – and Modi’s BJP

The state of Uttar Pradesh is a political battleground ahead of the upcoming polls, with the BJP investing in infrastructure and religious pomp – but is this enough to see the ruling party maintain the gains it made in 2014?

21 Mar 2019 - 2:22PM

The state of Uttar Pradesh is a political battleground ahead of the upcoming polls, with the BJP investing in infrastructure and religious pomp – but is this enough to see the ruling party maintain the gains it made in 2014?

In India, Kumbh Mela is a sweet treat for Allahabadis – and Modi’s BJP
Ceritalah | Caste, Tamil nationalism and the Indian election

Social progressiveness has had a positive impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy – but what effect will have it have on the upcoming polls? We chat to a mixed-caste couple with firm views on identity to get a road map

21 Mar 2019 - 1:49PM

Social progressiveness has had a positive impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy – but what effect will have it have on the upcoming polls? We chat to a mixed-caste couple with firm views on identity to get a road map

Caste, Tamil nationalism and the Indian election
Ceritalah | If Asia is tired of ‘Emperor Xi’, it must get its head around India
  • The country is fast becoming a critical engine of world growth. But economics is just the beginning. A heavy handed China means Southeast Asia desperately needs India to play a larger role in its future
6 Feb 2019 - 5:27PM
  • The country is fast becoming a critical engine of world growth. But economics is just the beginning. A heavy handed China means Southeast Asia desperately needs India to play a larger role in its future
If Asia is tired of ‘Emperor Xi’, it must get its head around India
Ceritalah | China’s insatiable appetite for durian swallows Malaysian tribal lands

Chinese demand has sent prices of the notoriously pungent fruit soaring, earning growers big profits. But at what cost to Malaysia’s indigenous peoples?

31 Jan 2019 - 11:12AM

Chinese demand has sent prices of the notoriously pungent fruit soaring, earning growers big profits. But at what cost to Malaysia’s indigenous peoples?

China’s insatiable appetite for durian swallows Malaysian tribal lands
Ceritalah | Why Facebook faces the MySpace graveyard in Asia (and LINE, Instagram and Twitter don’t)

The social media mammoth faces various problems in the region, but perhaps the greatest is that it is seen as the boring domain of old people. LINE, Instagram and Twitter are where the cool kids hang

15 Jan 2019 - 7:37PM

The social media mammoth faces various problems in the region, but perhaps the greatest is that it is seen as the boring domain of old people. LINE, Instagram and Twitter are where the cool kids hang

Why Facebook faces the MySpace graveyard in Asia (and LINE, Instagram and Twitter don’t)
Thai elections: people want a fair vote and ‘real PM’, but will they get them?

As the country languishes in anaemic growth and nears its anticipated election, voters say it is time for a business-oriented leader but are wary of powers given to the military that undermine the democratic process

21 Mar 2019 - 1:56PM

As the country languishes in anaemic growth and nears its anticipated election, voters say it is time for a business-oriented leader but are wary of powers given to the military that undermine the democratic process

Thai elections: people want a fair vote and ‘real PM’, but will they get them?
Opinion | Merry Christmas from Indonesia’s bustling Surabaya, where IS-linked bombings are still raw

Six months ago, the city was rocked by a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and a police station, killing 28

27 Dec 2018 - 2:44PM

Six months ago, the city was rocked by a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and a police station, killing 28

Merry Christmas from Indonesia’s bustling Surabaya, where IS-linked bombings are still raw
Opinion | 2018 was meant to be Xi Jinping’s year. Then China’s Belt and Road unravelled

There we were, all ready for Donald Trump to cede global leadership – but China’s heavy-handedness has left its neighbours happy to see the local thug beaten up by the bigger, global bully

11 Jan 2019 - 8:36PM

There we were, all ready for Donald Trump to cede global leadership – but China’s heavy-handedness has left its neighbours happy to see the local thug beaten up by the bigger, global bully

2018 was meant to be Xi Jinping’s year. Then China’s Belt and Road unravelled
The Vietnamese town that lives the country’s fighting spirit

Dien Bien Phu was the site of an ignominious French defeat that arguably marked the beginning of the end for European colonial powers in Asia

12 Dec 2018 - 4:17PM

Dien Bien Phu was the site of an ignominious French defeat that arguably marked the beginning of the end for European colonial powers in Asia

The Vietnamese town that lives the country’s fighting spirit
Ceritalah | Six years since Typhoon Haiyan, why are thousands of Filipinos still waiting for help?

Visayan city resident and mother of Six Richelle Alvaraz, whose home was destroyed in the storm, is among 6,000 people in Tacloban still waiting for permanent housing, despite constant government promises

2 Dec 2018 - 7:00AM

Visayan city resident and mother of Six Richelle Alvaraz, whose home was destroyed in the storm, is among 6,000 people in Tacloban still waiting for permanent housing, despite constant government promises

Six years since Typhoon Haiyan, why are thousands of Filipinos still waiting for help?
Ceritalah | What Malaysia’s MRT has to learn from Indonesia’s BRT

The Indonesian megacity’s TransJakarta bus rapid transit system is far from posh, but it offers cheap and effective transport to a population of 32 million

23 Nov 2018 - 10:19PM

The Indonesian megacity’s TransJakarta bus rapid transit system is far from posh, but it offers cheap and effective transport to a population of 32 million

What Malaysia’s MRT has to learn from Indonesia’s BRT
Ceritalah | ‘If Muslims can speak Thai, why can’t Thais speak Malay?’

Language, religion and culture are incendiary issues in Thailand’s Muslim South. But for this Malay teacher, language transcends belief

9 Nov 2018 - 6:06PM

Language, religion and culture are incendiary issues in Thailand’s Muslim South. But for this Malay teacher, language transcends belief

‘If Muslims can speak Thai, why can’t Thais speak Malay?’
Ceritalah | Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

With only 10 per cent of the country’s 53.9 million population owning bank accounts, the prospects for growth are huge

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM

With only 10 per cent of the country’s 53.9 million population owning bank accounts, the prospects for growth are huge

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?
Ceritalah | Boracay’s back: a lesson from Philippines in coping with Chinese tourism

The Philippine paradise, which reopens on Friday, leads the way in sustainable tourism. Beauty spots like Thailand’s Maya Bay, the setting of DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’, and Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, should take note

6 Nov 2018 - 7:09PM

The Philippine paradise, which reopens on Friday, leads the way in sustainable tourism. Beauty spots like Thailand’s Maya Bay, the setting of DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’, and Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, should take note

Boracay’s back: a lesson from Philippines in coping with Chinese tourism
On Reflection | Could English-language radio station BFM 89.9 be voice of Malaysia?

While legacy media are slashing staff, this talk-radio station is on the cusp of national expansion as its openness to debate and diversity proves tantalising fare for audiences hungry for intelligent content.

3 Oct 2018 - 7:33AM

While legacy media are slashing staff, this talk-radio station is on the cusp of national expansion as its openness to debate and diversity proves tantalising fare for audiences hungry for intelligent content.

Could English-language radio station BFM 89.9 be voice of Malaysia?
On Reflection | Thailand’s new party Future Forward offers hope – if junta will let it

After years of military rule, Thais are eager for democracy and a new group founded by a billionaire entrepreneur, academics and activists, hopes to deliver it. But doubts remain about the junta’s promise of elections.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

After years of military rule, Thais are eager for democracy and a new group founded by a billionaire entrepreneur, academics and activists, hopes to deliver it. But doubts remain about the junta’s promise of elections.

Thailand’s new party Future Forward offers hope – if junta will let it
Ceritalah | China’s loss in Trump’s trade war is Asean’s gain. Look at Vietnam

The country is setting an example to the rest of Southeast Asia when it comes to attracting industry.

14 Sep 2018 - 6:07PM

The country is setting an example to the rest of Southeast Asia when it comes to attracting industry.

China’s loss in Trump’s trade war is Asean’s gain. Look at Vietnam
On Reflection | A few things missing in flood-hit Manila. President Duterte is one of them

Zildjien Eligado’s life was turned upside down when the tropical storm Karding hit Manila, and now weeks later, she notes the president is yet to even show his face

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Zildjien Eligado’s life was turned upside down when the tropical storm Karding hit Manila, and now weeks later, she notes the president is yet to even show his face

A few things missing in flood-hit Manila. President Duterte is one of them
On Reflection | I was bored listening to the famous ... then I met V.S. Naipaul

The Nobel laureate’s painstaking ways in interviewing subjects while gathering materials for his book left a deep and lasting impact on writer Karim Raslan

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

The Nobel laureate’s painstaking ways in interviewing subjects while gathering materials for his book left a deep and lasting impact on writer Karim Raslan

I was bored listening to the famous ... then I met V.S. Naipaul
Asian Angle | 100 days of Mahathir. Should Malaysians be more patient?

As part of its election manifesto, the Pakatan Harapan coalition promised 10 reforms in the first 100 days. It has delivered just two. Here’s how the voters feel about that

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

As part of its election manifesto, the Pakatan Harapan coalition promised 10 reforms in the first 100 days. It has delivered just two. Here’s how the voters feel about that

100 days of Mahathir. Should Malaysians be more patient?
Asian Angle | Forget ‘Made in China’. Say hello to ‘Made in Vietnam’

Nguyen Ba Hoi produces neither smartphones nor steel for export. Instead, he’s focusing on developing his country into a centre for innovation.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Nguyen Ba Hoi produces neither smartphones nor steel for export. Instead, he’s focusing on developing his country into a centre for innovation.

Forget ‘Made in China’. Say hello to ‘Made in Vietnam’
Asian Angle | Why Singapore won’t be repeating Malaysia’s political dramas any time soon

As a political underdog, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a legacy, a cause and a corrupt adversary to fight against. Aside from higher costs of living, the Lion City has little to inspire a change at the top.

26 Jul 2018 - 4:35PM

As a political underdog, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a legacy, a cause and a corrupt adversary to fight against. Aside from higher costs of living, the Lion City has little to inspire a change at the top.

Why Singapore won’t be repeating Malaysia’s political dramas any time soon
Asian Angle | A Thai photographer’s Muslim awakening

Ampannee Satoh’s works explore the concepts of modesty and dignity among a world of women who face hardships while wearing traditional dress.

20 Jul 2018 - 7:40PM

Ampannee Satoh’s works explore the concepts of modesty and dignity among a world of women who face hardships while wearing traditional dress.

A Thai photographer’s Muslim awakening