Salvatore Babones argues that Western think tanks rank Indian democracy poorly because of cultural bias and subjective opinion, not objective truth.
Fate conspires against a CIA man’s plan to hike (trek in Indian English) in the Himalayas. A whirlwind of unplanned events, overzealous minders and swamis make sure that mountains remain faraway.
During his recent India visit, the UN chief asked India “to protect and promote the rights of all individuals, including members of minority communities.” India is doing that and more. It is a force for global good and deserves not preaching but respect.
Coming from Jaithirth Rao, a doyen of the Hindu right in India, the argument that leftists are always wrong is astonishing in its lack of nuance.
Western media tries to understand and fails miserably.
Muslims and Buddhists have come together to demand full autonomy and regular statehood from New Delhi. They have been resolving their religious differences and working together, setting a great template for the rest of India.
Both India and Pakistan demonize the other, starting from children’s history books. Instead, they could emulate efforts like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, tell stories of atrocities on both sides of the border, listen to them and engage with each other for peace.