Holi Explained

March 28, 2021

The Ganges is Too Toxic to be Holy Anymore

September 05, 2016

The holy river washing Indians from their sins is itself in dire need of being cleansed from the sins of the people to whom it gives life. The Ganges, India’s river of life, is in imminent danger. One-tenth of the world’s population relies heavily on the Ganges and its tributaries. Yet the...

Modi Must Clarify His Position on Hindu Nationalism

February 17, 2015

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

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...

Is India About to Elect a Far-Right Nationalist?

January 01, 2014

India, and the world, should be wary of Narendra Modi India may elect as its next prime minister a far-right Hindu nationalist who, as governor of Gujarat, directed his state's police force to look the other way during a mass slaughter of Muslims in 2002. Narendra Modi is a self-made...