Modi’s Start-Up India Shakes the Colonial State

January 16, 2016

Nearly seven decades after independence, the Indian state is dysfunctional and a clash of ideas is emerging about new ways of running or reforming the country. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hard-working fellow. He gets up at the crack of dawn, arrives at the office early and leaves...

BJP Bites the Dust in Delhi, While AAP Steamrolls to Victory

February 12, 2015

The BJP’s rout in Delhi should serve as a wake-up call for the party and the prime minister. In India, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi state assembly elections, winning 67 seats out of 70, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing the remainder. The elections were held on...

India Still Needs the Aam Aadmi Party

June 08, 2014

The AAP has attempted to make citizens more vigilant and to ensure that civil society plays a greater role. The general elections have come and gone, and India has a new prime minister: Narendra Modi. He led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory at the polls. However, the...

Kejriwal and the Changing Fortunes of the Aam Aadmi Party

May 28, 2014

Despite Kejriwal’s loss of public support, the AAP brings new ideas and fresh energy to Indian politics. It is said that good things come to those who wait. In the case of Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), this was true till December 2013. The party won 28 seats, surprising...

History in the Making: A Guide to the 2014 Indian Elections

April 05, 2014

The world's biggest electoral exercise is upon us, as India heads to the polls. Background The Indian constitution provides a term of five years for the Lok Sabha, India's lower house of parliament that is elected directly by the people. It is the equivalent of Britain’s House of Commons,...

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: An Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal

December 16, 2013

India needs tough economic decisions, especially in these turbulent times. Dear Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Heartiest congratulations on the splendid performance of your Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha (local assembly) elections. In spite of the rhetoric, I am certain that your...