Han and Hindu Nationalism Come Face to Face

Jul 09, 2020

As dusk fell on June 15, a bloody clash broke out between Chinese and Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley on the northwest China-India border, where a tributary of the Indus flows westward from Aksai Chin to Ladakh. In line with China’s recent expansionist policy elsewhere, its military had...

Modi’s Fantasy Versus Xi’s Reality
Jul 07, 2020

Modi's Fantasy Versus Xi's Reality

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now
Jun 15, 2020

Why India and China Are Fighting Right Now

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community
Jun 12, 2020

Marriage Equality Is Still a Dream for India’s LGBTQ Community

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

Jun 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, health-care systems around the world are left strained. The outbreak continues to throttle the efficiency of many health-care sectors, pushing some to the brink. While deficiencies within public health systems are exposed, other viral enemies have come to the...

If the Pandemic Is a “War,” Then India Needs to Spend More

If the Pandemic Is a “War,” Then India Needs to Spend More

Many world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have drawn parallels between war and the coronavirus pandemic. So, should the frontline workers leading the response be called “warriors”? Health care workers, farmers, grocery store clerks, police officers, journalists...

Is Non-Alignment Back in Fashion in Modi’s India?

Is Non-Alignment Back in Fashion in Modi's India?

Jun 05, 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprisingly participated in the virtual Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in May for the first time since he took office in 2014. Modi had skipped the 2016 and 2019 NAM summits, but his attendance in 2020 could signal a revival of this once-important...

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Jun 04, 2020

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about the World Health Organization (WHO), China and the world at large. In fact, we do not like it at all, but Trump has a point, and acknowledging it would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led...

India Comes Together During Coronavirus Pandemic

India Comes Together During Coronavirus Pandemic

May 29, 2020

In 1968, German mathematician Dietrich Braess made a rather fascinating observation. When you added an additional road between points A and B, it slowed traffic down rather than speed it up. The Braess paradox, as it is now called, is a counterintuitive observation that has been studied and...

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

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 Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Around the world, the news agenda is dominated by the coronavirus and the policy responses to it. Naturally, most of the attention is paid to things like how many people are dying and when the various lockdowns can be lifted. However, in every industry, there is a story to be told about the impact...

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

May 18, 2020

India has an abysmally low percentage of people with access to decent health care. About 300 million Indian citizens live below the poverty line and, for them, medicine is prohibitively expensive. For decades, serious medical conditions have pushed families into poverty and destitution. From 2000...

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

Hate in the Time of Coronavirus

May 07, 2020

There is no part of the globe that has not been affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, over 200 countries and territories have reported outbreaks as the global number of confined COVID-19 cases continues its steady march towards 4 million. But there is another pandemic...

Five Urgent Economic Reforms for India

Five Urgent Economic Reforms for India

May 05, 2020

US President Donald Trump had already taken a sledgehammer to the export-led growth model. With the COVID-19 pandemic rousing primal passions, hitherto unfashionable ideas are emerging like Dracula from their grave. Protecting infant industries to improve future competitive advantage or strategic...

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