Modi’s Rise: Thanks to the Anti-Modi Propaganda

May 21, 2014

A decade-long anti-Modi campaign from India's political left has fueled the new prime minister's rise. The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a thumping victory over India's Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi family. Election results indicate that most Indians see Modi...

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

May 20, 2014

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

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....

Narendra Modi: India’s Prime Minister in Waiting?

April 07, 2014

Modi, with his modest roots and focus on the economy, promises to usher in a new era for India. The Congress party has ruled India for the bulk of the period since independence. For the last decade, it has been in power in the form of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), a coalition it forged...

The US and Narendra Modi: To Engage or Not to Engage?

Should the US begin greater engagement with Narendra Modi? By Harshita Kohli India's leading opposition party, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), has officially announced Narendra Modi, the chief minister of the state of Gujarat, as the party’s prime ministerial candidate for national...

Will the Real Mr Modi Please Stand Up

August 12, 2013

Narendra Modi has raised the level of political discourse in India. It ought to be clear by now that neither the Indian National Congress nor the country's media have any interest in critiquing Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and a potential prime ministerial candidate for the...

Ishrat Jahan: The Politics of a “Fake Encounter”

July 09, 2013

The ongoing Ishrat Jahan fake encounter saga epitomizes India’s incoherence in tackling terrorism. Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbai college student, was killed on June 15, 2004, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Three other individuals, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali...

Tottering Government, Splintered Opposition

December 11, 2012

General Sinha argues that India faces a sorry choice between a corrupt dysfunctional government and a divided incoherent opposition. My generation recalls that wonderful dawn of great hope and confidence rising like a phoenix from all the chaos, mayhem and violence of Partition. Jawaharlal...

Gujarat

December 11, 2012

by Clementine Gray and Atul Singh Background Historically, Gujarat has been one of the most prosperous places on the planet. Its coastal location on the west of India puts it at the centre of trading routes. Trade between India and the wider world has flowed through Gujarat for centuries. Lothal,...

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