After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?

February 12, 2020

Until recently, elections in Delhi were not a big deal. In fact, the act that governs the National Capital Territory of Delhi grants very limited autonomy to the city administration. Some derisively call elections for the Delhi government to be a glorified municipality contest. That derision may...

India: Autopsy and Resurrection of a Republic

February 12, 2020

Citizenship is fundamental to any republic, and the executive branch has the right and obligation to keep track of the number of citizens and non-citizens residing in its territory. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India are worthy...

What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

May 05, 2019

Like many countries, India’s largest cities are congested. But congestion pricing won’t work here because mobility is affected by other factors besides vehicle traffic. Urban economic development indicators such as higher income levels and higher motorization rates are generally associated...

Pakistan and Lutyens’ Delhi Play Games in Kashmir

May 30, 2017

English-speaking elites in Lutyens’ Delhi tragically aid and abet Pakistan’s longstanding designs to pry Kashmir away from India. On May 21, Fair Observer published an article by this author titled “Arundhati Roy, Please Do Not Support Pakistan’s Jihad in Kashmir.” It was republished...

Why Delhi is the World’s Most Polluted City

January 06, 2016

Air quality in the Indian capital is so bad that the government has instigated a vehicle ban. In a bid to tackle its record air pollution, Delhi has banned cars from traveling on alternate days over the first two weeks of this year. It’s better than nothing, but it won’t be enough. The...

Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air

May 21, 2015

It is time for cities like Delhi to cut their pollution so that India can become a cleaner country. Cutting air pollution is akin to losing weight. Everyone wants it, many make New Year resolutions, but few do anything about it. In India, Delhi’s new government could take a leaf out of...

India’s Daughter: New Delhi’s Fraught Relationship With the BBC

March 06, 2015

India's government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in British media. India’s Daughter, a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi, is a truly shocking piece of television. With its interviews with rapists, policemen and others,...

BJP Bites the Dust in Delhi, While AAP Steamrolls to Victory

February 12, 2015

The BJP’s rout in Delhi should serve as a wake-up call for the party and the prime minister. In India, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi state assembly elections, winning 67 seats out of 70, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing the remainder. The elections were held on...

Washington’s Observation, Delhi’s Anxiety

January 06, 2014

We need to have a reasoned conversation about the Khobragade saga. Since December 12, when Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, was arrested over alleged visa fraud for her domestic help, diplomatic relations between India and the US have turned sour. While New...

Modi Wins Again: Delhi and Washington Start Worrying

December 26, 2012

Modi won the Gujarat elections because of his administrative competence and, as he looks to move to national politics, the US will have to change tack and reach out to him if it wants better relations with India. Gujarat, India’s western seaboard with 60 million people, reelected Narendra Modi...

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