The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

April 10, 2014

Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement....

Indian Elections 2014: A Foreign Policy for Modi (Part 1/2)

April 08, 2014

On what should Narendra Modi base his foreign policy? Foreign policy seldom occupies an important position in political agendas during electoral campaigns, and 2014 in India is hardly any different. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has, however, evoked a little more...

India Election 2014: A Bird’s Eye View

February 26, 2014

With the rise of Modi and the anti-corruption movement, the political winds are shifting in India. The political arena is heating up in India as the next general election draws near. The performance of the current ruling coalition government, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), has...

India: Taxation’s Fatal Neglect?

February 03, 2014

Obsessed with spending, India's UPA has ignored the vital task of expanding the direct tax net. How one-sided has India's conversation on its government finances become. It is all about spending, spending, spending. For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, of course, elevated...

Is India About to Elect a Far-Right Nationalist?

January 01, 2014

India, and the world, should be wary of Narendra Modi India may elect as its next prime minister a far-right Hindu nationalist who, as governor of Gujarat, directed his state's police force to look the other way during a mass slaughter of Muslims in 2002. Narendra Modi is a self-made...