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...

“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.

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...

The BJP Rejects the Idea of a Hindu Rashtra

Since December 2019, India has witnessed a series of protests against the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the government’s decision to create a National Register of Citizens (NRC). The CAA proposes to give fast-track citizenship to religious minorities of three neighboring countries,...

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....

India’s 2019 Election Is a Choice between a Strong and a Helpless Government

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen and Varuna Shunglu talk to Maheish Girri, the national secretary of the BJP. In 2014, the world’s largest democracy elected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power, with Narendra Modi as the prime minister. Modi came to victory on the...

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...

Is Modi’s Government All Hype and No Substance?

April 16, 2019

The BJP is spending large amounts to promote the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, intending to win the election on the strength of his brand. India is home to over a billion people. It is the world’s biggest democracy. It has a fast-growing market. Even elections are a market place,...

India Elections: A Time of Crisis for the BJP?

April 01, 2019

The future of the BJP depends on what the party does with the little time left. The world’s largest democracy is counting the days to its general election scheduled to begin on April 11, with major opposition parties determined to turn the tables this time. For the ruling Bharatiya Janata...

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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