After Six Years in Office, Modi’s House of Cards Shakes at the Foundations

May 28, 2020

In 2014, early in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term, the world was abuzz with India’s demographic dividend. More than half of India’s population was under the age of 24, GDP was growing at 7% to 8% annually in spite of corruption and high inflation, and Modi had won a decisive...

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

November 22, 2019

Amid all the gloom and doom over the slow retreat of democracy, the past few weeks have come as a welcome relief for proponents of the liberal world order. Since the late 2000s, the election of right-wing, xenophobic and authoritarian leaders and the consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin in...

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

April 25, 2019

In India, about 900 million people are voting in the world’s largest election. In more ways than one, it is a triumph of democracy. People will cast their votes freely and fairly. If the government loses power, the transition is likely to be peaceful. If it wins, the opposition is unlikely to...

Will India’s Unemployment Crisis Cost Modi His Job?

January 15, 2019

The challenge of fixing India’s job crisis is an unachievable task for any one-term government. India is the world’s fastest-growing major economy. It is also home to the highest number of unemployed in the world. More than half of India’s 1.2-billion population is under the age of 25....

India Enters the Era of Sanatan Socialism

February 09, 2018

The Indian government’s latest budget courts the poor with an indigenous brand of socialism that relies on financial transfers and private provision of services in an election year. In an article for the BBC, Vivek Kaul has damned the most recent Indian budget as “full of vague promises”...

Dragging Out the Doklam Conflict is Futile for Both India and China

August 23, 2017

If China doesn’t want its territorial sovereignty breached, it needs to respect that of its neighbors. Last week, China’s Xinhua News’ The Spark show had a unique guest: A turbaned man, with a visibly Indian accent, appears clueless about India’s seven “sins,” as the video goes on to...

The World This Week: Donald Trump Chooses Wexit on Climate Change

June 04, 2017

Trump pulls out of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord to appease his base, appear strong and exploit Uncle Sam’s abundant energy resources. This week was a bloody one. A bomb went off in Kabul’s diplomatic area, killing at least 80 people and injuring more than 350. This attack took place in the...

Finance Bill 2017: Does Modi’s Government Hate Transparency?

May 29, 2017

India's Finance Bill 2017 seems to create more problems than it sets out to solve. Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the polls in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), earlier this year, it seems like the BJP will be unstoppable in the...

India’s 2017 Budget: Why Prudence Trumped Populism

February 11, 2017

India’s new federal budget contained few radical moves. But that was reason enough for the stock market to celebrate. It was a budget that nearly never was. The Indian government had to wait until January 23 for Supreme Court permission to present the federal budget on February 1. The reason:...

Will a Loss in Bihar Derail Modi’s Economic Reforms?

November 22, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost a critical state-level election. Does it mean the end of economic reforms for India? There were fireworks at the Patna regional headquarters of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the morning of November 8. Early trends seemed to indicate that...

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