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Modi Must Clarify His Position on Hindu Nationalism

Modi Must Clarify His Position on Hindu Nationalism

Modi should publicly clarify his position on Hindu nationalism and not allow others to frame the issue for him. After nearly nine months in office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a fearsome enemy: a resurgent militant, chauvinistic and violent Hindu nationalism. The identity of...

5 Reasons India’s New Government May Not Be So Great for Business

5 Reasons India’s New Government May Not Be So Great for Business

India has just elected the equivalent of a Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz. The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s elections is being hailed in some Western media as a hopeful sign for US-Indian trade and for Indian business. But like the US Tea Party movement, it is rent by...

The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

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)

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

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

India Election 2014: A Bird’s Eye View

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...

Nelson Mandela: A Man for the Ages

Nelson Mandela: A Man for the Ages

A eulogy for a leader who uplifted humanity. On Sunday, we bid a final farewell to this generation’s most beloved leader. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a man for the ages, will be laid to rest. Leaders and dignitaries from all over the world have flocked to little-known Qunu, in South Africa,...

Gandhi: Where Do His Values Stand Today?

Gandhi: Where Do His Values Stand Today?

In modern India, Gandhian values must be replaced with those of other influential people. Being born in India, when first starting to make sense of academia, the first of the names that are heard amongst the plethora of freedom fighters and national heroes is that of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi...

Gandhi and the Paradox of Personal Desire

Gandhi and the Paradox of Personal Desire

The liberation that Gandhi sought required the renunciation of personal desires. Over the past century, many have accused Gandhi of being the ultimate altruist. On the contrary, however, Gandhi went on to claim that he was doing the work that took over his life for a very selfish reason: that he...

Gandhi: Bapu, Fakir, and Statesman

Gandhi: Bapu, Fakir, and Statesman

Despite his blunders, Gandhi continues to be more relevant than ever. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had wide-ranging interests and lived in three continents before exploding to prominence on the national and global stage. He started communes, ran newspapers, walked a lot, wrote innumerable letters,...

Gandhi: Perspectives on Greatness

Gandhi: Perspectives on Greatness

Can Gandhi's values be used in today's India? Background Sixty-five years after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, is still honored and remembered as one of the most influential leaders in history. His ideologies of peace and nonviolence have transcended...

Two Steps Towards A Great Life, According to M. Gandhi

Two Steps Towards A Great Life, According to M. Gandhi

In the 21st Century, Gandhi Matters More Than Ever We are at an interesting crossroads in human history where more and more people are waking up in their work and their marriages and are finding themselves deeply dissatisfied.  What was once enough is no longer. Once upon a time the American...

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

With high inequality and corruption that is rife, India is a volcano about to explode. When India became independent, it had a clear idea of its destiny. Gandhi had set India on a course that was democratic, egalitarian and plural. In keeping with India’s syncretism, people speaking a...

Young India: The Dichotomy in Politics

Young India: The Dichotomy in Politics

Old men dream of coming back to power, but it is young India who will decide the future. On August 11, when Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign committee chief as well as the party's prime ministerial aspirant, sounded the poll bugle for the 2014 Indian general elections...

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