A History of Indian Conservatism

Dec 23, 2020

At the time of independence from British rule in 1947, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, adopted a mode of governance that came to be known as Nehruvian socialism. State control of industrial production and government interference in all spheres of life came to define this era and,...

Was It Wise for India to Reject the RCEP?
Dec 21, 2020

Was It Wise for India to Reject the RCEP?

India’s League of Internationalists
Dec 16, 2020

India’s League of Internationalists

It’s Time to Introduce a Universal Basic Income for India’s Farmers
Dec 15, 2020

It's Time to Introduce a Universal Basic Income for India’s Farmers

Agriculture Is India’s Ray of Hope in Time of Crisis

Agriculture Is India’s Ray of Hope in Time of Crisis

Dec 03, 2020

As India completes 73 years of independence, agriculture has emerged as a mainstay of the economy. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Indian agriculture is poised to grow by an estimated 3% in 2020-21. Shaktikanta Das, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has acknowledged that agriculture...

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

Dec 02, 2020

The reason for the China-India standoff in the Galwan Valley may not be the oft-mentioned construction of the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road. The new thoroughfare improved Indian logistics in the Ladakh area, meaning that supplies and troops can be deployed with far greater speed....

Why Is Foreign Investment Flooding Into India?

Why Is Foreign Investment Flooding Into India?

Dec 01, 2020

For years, India suffered from what came to be called the “Hindu rate of growth” — a result of Jawaharlal Nehru’s policy choices. India’s first prime minister had a fascination for the Soviet Union and championed socialism. In India, this socialist economic model was incongruously...

What Ails Corporate Governance in India?

What Ails Corporate Governance in India?

Nov 30, 2020

Most businesses perish not because of strong competition or adverse macroeconomic conditions but because of cracks within. One such failing is weak corporate governance. For publicly listed companies, this often translates to controlling shareholders or “promoters” pursuing policies and...

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

12 Years After Mumbai, the Fight Against Terrorism Continues

Nov 25, 2020

The 12th anniversary of the November 26, 2008, Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in Mumbai is an apt occasion to evaluate not only India’s struggle against terrorism but also how other major countries have dealt with this menace. Nine gunmen traveled from Karachi to Mumbai by boat to unleash...

Land Reform Can Transform India’s Economy

Land Reform Can Transform India’s Economy

Nov 24, 2020

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, India faces a serious decline in employment due to the COVID-19 crisis. An estimated 122 million people lost their jobs during the first quarter of 2020. Streams of migrant workers returned to their villages — often the only fallback option...

India’s Police: An Instrument of Injustice

India’s Police: An Instrument of Injustice

Nov 19, 2020

When Alexander the Great marched into Phrygian, the capital of Gordinium, in 333 BC, he was told that an oracle had declared that any man who could unravel the Gordian knot — deemed impossible to untangle — would rule over Asia. After wrestling with the knot for a time with no...

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

Nov 16, 2020

Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State...

India-US Relationship Is Now Official

India-US Relationship Is Now Official

Nov 13, 2020

After decades of dithering, India has finally opted for American-led security architecture in Asia. In the latest US-India 2+2 meeting of foreign and defense ministers, the two countries concluded a fourth foundational agreement. The four key agreements between the United States and India to date...

India’s New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

India's New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

Nov 11, 2020

It was instructive that probably the most consequential event in the life of the Indian Republic merited nothing more than three pro-forma single-sentence references to “epidemics and pandemics” in the recently-adopted National Education Policy 2020. The policy must have been discussed and...

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