Helping India’s Rural Youth Unlock Their Potential

May 31, 2019

In 2012, Ashweetha Shetty left a remote village in Tamil Nadu to join the Young India Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate diploma program at Ashoka University in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Shetty was the first among her family members to finish college, breaking many social barriers to...

Does Modi’s Re-Election Threaten India’s Muslims?
May 28, 2019

Does Modi's Re-Election Threaten India's Muslims?

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty
May 24, 2019

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty

Whether You Like It or Not, Narendra Modi Is Here to Stay
May 23, 2019

Whether You Like It or Not, Narendra Modi Is Here to Stay

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

May 20, 2019

This is the end of election season in India. Parties have announced many schemes. Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to win, the results may not be a foregone conclusion. To win public support, the Indian National Congress, the opposition party, has promised Nyuntam Aay...

India’s 2019 Election Is a Choice between a Strong and a Helpless Government

India’s 2019 Election Is a Choice between a Strong and a Helpless Government

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen and Varuna Shunglu talk to Maheish Girri, the national secretary of the BJP. In 2014, the world’s largest democracy elected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power, with Narendra Modi as the prime minister. Modi came to victory on the...

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

May 08, 2019

India needs to introspect as to why it has fared so miserably when it comes to being happy. The UN's 2019 World Happiness Report released in March shows that India is on a declining trend when it comes to happiness. The county ranked 117 in 2015, 118 in 2016, 122 in 2017, 133 in 2018 and is now...

How Will Sanctions on Iran Affect India?

How Will Sanctions on Iran Affect India?

May 04, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sumitha Kutty, an associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Iran and India have traditionally maintained cordial relations, counting on each other as major security partners. Bonds between...

Understanding the 2019 Indian Elections

Understanding the 2019 Indian Elections

May 03, 2019

In the last of a five-part series on opinion polls about the Indian elections, national security has overtaken the economy to become the main electoral issue, but things may change by the time the polls close. The CVoter Tracker, an opinion survey of voters, found that Indian Prime Minister...

The Elephant in the Room Behind India’s Rise

The Elephant in the Room Behind India’s Rise

May 01, 2019

For India to maintain its position as a global leader, more concerted efforts at local and federal levels will be necessary to bring women to parity with men. In the past decade, India has stepped into its new role as a rising economic monolith, providing a counterbalance to China and recasting...

The Oily Games Trump Is Playing with India

The Oily Games Trump Is Playing with India

Apr 30, 2019

Trump and Bolton’s unwavering assault on Iran means the end of waivers for the right to purchase Iranian oil for India, which is in the midst of a general election. US President Donald Trump’s current cold war on Iran — which some expect may soon turn hot if he feels free to follow his...

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

Apr 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...

Is Modi’s Government All Hype and No Substance?

Is Modi’s Government All Hype and No Substance?

Apr 16, 2019

The BJP is spending large amounts to promote the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, intending to win the election on the strength of his brand. India is home to over a billion people. It is the world’s biggest democracy. It has a fast-growing market. Even elections are a market place,...

Congress Manifesto Raises Terrifying Questions about Jammu and Kashmir

Congress Manifesto Raises Terrifying Questions about Jammu and Kashmir

Apr 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...

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