It’s Time to Make India’s Education Good Enough for All

Jul 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has detrimentally impacted education systems worldwide. Of the 1.2 billion children that the coronavirus has thrown out of classrooms, at least one-third have no access to remote learning and hence no access to education. The UN estimates that 24 million children will not...

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate
Jun 15, 2021

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA
Jun 14, 2021

Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA

A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage
Jun 11, 2021

A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Jun 04, 2021

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian dictator, snatches a dissident from midair. Military strongman Assimi Goita launches another coup in Mali. Benjamin Netanyahu escalates a military conflict to save his own political skin in Israel. In the United States, the Republican Party launches a...

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

India Is Slowly Evolving Into a Market Economy

May 26, 2021

India has come a long way since its independence from colonial rule in 1947. It started as a mixed economy where elements of both capitalism and socialism coexisted uneasily. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, was a self-declared Fabian socialist who admired the Soviet Union. His...

The Good Old Days: Nostalgia’s Political Appeal

The Good Old Days: Nostalgia’s Political Appeal

May 21, 2021

Donald Trump is gone, yet his specter continues to haunt American politics. The UK is no longer part of the European Union, yet Brexit continues to provoke emotions on both sides of the Channel. Both Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election and the outcome of the Brexit referendum of...

Where India Went Wrong

Where India Went Wrong

May 05, 2021

In just over a month, India has gone from boasting about its vaccine distribution to becoming the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As this author explained in a previous article, many have questioned whether India’s vaccine diplomacy was a bold masterstroke or an unwise...

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Will Big Pharma Continue to Own the World’s Health?

Apr 28, 2021

The news from India concerning the ravages of COVID-19 is now beyond alarming. New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman describes a nation stricken by “the fear of living amid a disease spreading at such scale and speed.” In what sounds like the screenplay of a sci-fi catastrophe film,...

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration

Shaping the Future of Energy Collaboration

Apr 22, 2021

The cancelation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much-awaited visit to India is disappointing but unsurprising. India, a country with nearly 1.4 billion people, is currently confronting a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Though all is not lost as bilateral talks are expected to take...

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Bollywood’s Soft Power Is Not Enough for the Oscars

Apr 20, 2021

In 2019, India produced over 1,800 movies, making it the world’s largest film industry in terms of numbers; this dwarfs the 792 produced in both the US and Canada combined. Bollywood, as Mumbai’s movie industry is known, distributes its films around the world and is particularly popular in...

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

Is India’s Vaccine Diplomacy a Good Idea?

Apr 02, 2021

In terms of numbers, India ranks the third worst after the US and Brazil when it comes to COVID-19 infections. At the time of publishing, the country has recorded over 12.3 million confirmed cases and more than 163,000 deaths. The BBC reports that India is facing a “severe, intensive” second...

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Is Travel Now a Game of Russian Roulette?

Mar 29, 2021

Almost one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid-January, circumstances forced me to take a trip to Chennai, India, from my home in the Bay Area, California. I was apprehensive about traveling abroad during the pandemic. I suspected the rapid spread of the coronavirus globally had to do with...

The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests

The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests

Mar 25, 2021

In November 2020, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation published an article by Paul Nemitz and Matthias Pfeffer on the threat to digital sovereignty in Europe. They called attention to the need in Europe for “decentralised digital technologies” to combat a trend they see as essential for preserving...

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