Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

August 30, 2019

Not too long ago, James Crabtree, the former Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, wrote about the new “billionaire raj” in India. He spent most of his time hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in Mumbai, and even acted in a Bollywood movie. This former acolyte of Tony...

Congress Manifesto Raises Terrifying Questions about Jammu and Kashmir

April 15, 2019

As India goes to the polls, its opposition party is proposing a policy that threatens the unity of the country. All political parties bring out manifestoes before elections. Think of them as love letters to the electorate that tell citizens about the person wooing them. In India’s ongoing...

The Idea of India: Sunil Khilnani in Conversation

August 24, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vikram Zutshi talks to Sunil Khilnani, author of Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives. Sunil Khilnani is a professor of politics and the director of the India Institute at King’s College London. He is a scholar of Indian history and politics...

Demonetization: Modi’s Triumph or His Biggest Failure?

January 16, 2017

Has Narendra Modi succeeded in removing black money from the economy or has he brought India to its knees? Spending the last day of the year in Udaipur, India, I stumbled upon a street restaurant called Bombay Pav Bhaji. After my meal, I took out Rs300 ($4.40) to pay the owner. He asked me to...

What Obama Wants From India

January 25, 2015

After George W. Bush, Barack Obama becomes the second US president to bet big on India. He may be the first who won’t be disappointed. Presidents of the United States do not generally change the date of their State of the Union address. This year, US President Barack Obama did so because he...

Modi Wins Big as India Aspires for Prosperity

May 24, 2014

Modi has been elected to ensure economic growth, increase employment, lower inflation and lift millions out of poverty. India’s cacophonous and protracted elections have resulted in a clear winner. Narendra Modi will lead his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government without needing the support...

Under Modi, the Business of India Will Be Business

May 16, 2014

Modi’s main focus will be the economy and India will look to increase trade, attract investment and boost employment. Indian Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram recently declared that opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s knowledge of economics can be written...

The Free Fall of Tarun Tejpal

December 03, 2013

A sexual assault in India raises questions about widespread sexual harassment of women at work. The arrest of Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, for the alleged rape of a junior female employee, symbolizes the corruption that has poisoned India’s soul....

To Be Taken Seriously, India First Needs to Fix Itself

July 25, 2013

Indian policymakers rarely act upon reform in a serious, convincing way. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Several developments related to India call to mind William Shakespeare’s famous line in Julius Caesar. The first are the tours of the United...

The Implications of the Gujarat Victory: The Man Who Could be King

December 29, 2012

The overwhelming victory of the incumbent Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the assembly polls in Gujarat has set the alarm bells ringing in New Delhi. The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, already tottering under allegations of financial embezzlements and lack of...

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