India’s Need of the Hour: Organic Fruit Production

Sep 30, 2020

While sipping a hot cup of tea and browsing the latest news on my cellphone on the morning of July 20, the headline “Himachal to be fruit bowl soon, Rs 100-cr project planned” caught my attention. To put this in an international context, this project amounts to approximately $13.6 million....

India’s Higher Education Must Be More Holistic
Sep 28, 2020

India’s Higher Education Must Be More Holistic

Kashmir’s History and Future Meet in Literature
Sep 24, 2020

Kashmir’s History and Future Meet in Literature

India Must Modernize Its Inefficient Defense Production System
Sep 22, 2020

India Must Modernize Its Inefficient Defense Production System

The State of the Indian Republic

The State of the Indian Republic

Sep 22, 2020

On August 15, India celebrated 73 years of independence. By some metrics, the country has been a fantastic success. Multi-ethnic states such as Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. In contrast, India is still united despite its bewildering diversity in terms of religion,...

Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

Sep 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and...

Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA

Racism Is in Bollywood's DNA

Sep 16, 2020

We are all influenced by our experiences. Growing up, a number of women have made remarks that have irked or upset me. One colleague once remarked, “The managers like me more because I am fair and I look like a foreigner.” Another lady gave me life advice that still remains an indelible...

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Can the India-China Confrontation Play Out in East Africa?

Sep 15, 2020

China and India have never been friendly neighbors. The laws of geopolitics set the two Asian giants against one another. In recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s confrontation with the US and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitions for a powerful and global India have inflamed...

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

Sep 11, 2020

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck ever since it suffered a humiliating defeat to China in 1962. The recent clash between Indian and China soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15 has only rubbed salt into that wound. It has come to this because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in...

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Sep 03, 2020

Many experts argue India is the weaker power unable to take on China. In an article in Foreign Policy, James Crabtree argues that a trade war with China would be a bad idea for India. In his view, India’s “military is inefficient, underequipped, and dogged by procurement corruption...

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

Sep 01, 2020

Today, people’s rising aspirations often sit at odds with political stability. Impatience, dissent and violent protests can easily slip into insurgency and terrorism. Various state machineries stand guilty of weaponizing political disaffection in pursuit of political goals. These policies often...

The Hindu Ethos Is Hurting India’s Republican Spirit

The Hindu Ethos Is Hurting India’s Republican Spirit

Aug 17, 2020

The nomination of half-Indian, half-Jamaican California Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential candidate is a historic moment in American politics. The Indian American diaspora is justifiably proud of it. However, back home, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attending the...

“Shantaram:” A Tale of Two Evils

“Shantaram:” A Tale of Two Evils

Aug 15, 2020

The trouble with “Shantaram,” the 2003 best-selling novel by Australian author David Gregory Roberts, is that it makes you wonder if it really is fiction. Paradoxically, too much credulity makes us incredulous. “Shantaram,” too incisive for non-fiction and too believable for fiction, is an...

India and China: A Time for Diplomacy, Not Confrontation

India and China: A Time for Diplomacy, Not Confrontation

Aug 07, 2020

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June — the first on the China-India border since 1975 — are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms...

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