India’s Highway Construction Is in the Fast Lane

August 23, 2021

When experts look back at the early 2000s, they will observe that India embarked on a construction spree to develop its transport infrastructure. The country is emulating what the United States and Europe did in the previous century and what China and East Asia have done more recently....

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

June 14, 2021

In early May, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal went to the polls. The state elections attracted global attention. The BBC’s analysis of the election was headlined, “West Bengal Election: Modi Loses a Battle in the 'War for Indian Democracy.’” Such attention to a state election is...

“Because India Comes First” with Ram Madhav

March 18, 2021

FO° Talks hosts Ram Madhav, the former general secretary of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and ideas man at the side of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Narendra Modi’s War With Social Media

March 10, 2021

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Indian government’s intention to clamp down on social platforms that have played a role in the recent farmers’ protests. According to Wall Street Journal sources, Narendra Modi’s government has threatened to jail employees of Facebook, WhatsApp and...

The Indian Government Is Not Letting a Pandemic Go to Waste

October 19, 2020

Indian culture venerates tools of trade. Indeed, a special day in the festival calendar is dedicated to worshiping them. In this context, tractors and farm implements are considered almost sacred. Burning a tractor is one of the most symbolic forms of protest. Members of the main opposition party...

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

January 03, 2020

On December 15, 2019, the police of India’s capital state, Delhi, forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, a premier university of higher education, to dispel peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). What happened next sent shockwaves throughout the nation....

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty

May 24, 2019

Revulsion for corruption and nepotism makes Indians vote for a leader with humble roots despite his poor track record and authoritarian tendencies. In April, this author called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic record abysmal. Yet he has now been re-elected with a thumping...

Understanding the 2019 Indian Elections

May 03, 2019

In the last of a five-part series on opinion polls about the Indian elections, national security has overtaken the economy to become the main electoral issue, but things may change by the time the polls close. The CVoter Tracker, an opinion survey of voters, found that Indian Prime Minister...

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

April 25, 2019

In India, about 900 million people are voting in the world’s largest election. In more ways than one, it is a triumph of democracy. People will cast their votes freely and fairly. If the government loses power, the transition is likely to be peaceful. If it wins, the opposition is unlikely to...

Economic Pain Spells Trouble for Modi and BJP

January 09, 2019

The Modi-led BJP government has emulated Indira Gandhi and emasculated the economy, causing burning resentment among core supporters. Once upon a time, not a very long time ago, the Indian economy was mired in the Hindu rate of growth. The notorious license-permit-quota raj starved the economy...

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