What Does the Media Have Against Narendra Modi?

November 04, 2019

History’s arc is like a boomerang. Winston Churchill didn’t believe that Indians were capable of self-rule, once saying that “Indians are not fit to rule, they are fit to be ruled.” As adulation for Churchill is wearing off with the passage of time, The Guardian and The New York Times, the...

Might the Congress Make a Comeback in Northern India?

December 03, 2018

In the third of a five-part series on opinion polls about the forthcoming Indian elections, pollsters agree that the Congress-led coalition is on the ascendant but disagree as to what degree. As election fever heats up, pollsters in India are debating outcomes. Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Kumar of...

Understanding India’s Hindu-Muslim Divide

October 11, 2018

The question that still haunts rational minds is whether Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory — one that Islam and Hinduism constitute two incompatible cultural, social, political and religious systems — was right or wrong. A journey back in time exploring the motives both of...

Decoding the Indian Left’s Electoral Fiasco

April 10, 2018

What does the Left Front's recent defeat spell for the wider political process in India? The February defeat of a communist coalition after 25 years in power in Tripura, a tiny state in northeastern India, is widely seen as the demise of left-wing politics in the country. The coalition, also...

India: Between Religious Murder and Secularism

January 05, 2018

As a society, India must admit that religious extremism and hatred are deeply entrenched in its sociocultural body politic. On December 6, 2017, a Muslim migrant laborer, Mohammed Afrazul, was hacked to death and set on fire by an unemployed Hindu fanatic Shambhu Lal Regar in a small, sleepy...