India’s Highway Construction Is in the Fast Lane

August 23, 2021

When experts look back at the early 2000s, they will observe that India embarked on a construction spree to develop its transport infrastructure. The country is emulating what the United States and Europe did in the previous century and what China and East Asia have done more recently....

“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.

Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

September 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and...

Is Narendra Modi’s Consensus Unraveling?

November 07, 2019

Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resoundingly successful reelection earlier this year, Foreign Policy magazine expresses serious doubts about his ability to keep the promises he made during his initial election campaign and hold the unwieldy nation together. His promises of economic...

British Raj: A Saga Like No Other

July 26, 2019

The medieval Italian philosopher Marsilio Ficino thought of history “as necessary for the life of mankind, not only to make it more agreeable, but to found it upon tradition." He added: "What is in itself mortal, through history attains immortality; what is absent becomes present, what is ancient...

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Paved the Way for Narendra Modi

August 20, 2018

The late Indian prime minister’s full term gave the BJP legitimacy, and his surprise loss at the 2004 elections created conditions for Narendra Modi to rise. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a three-term prime minister of India, died on August 16. Even Pranab Mukherjee, his long-term political foe, paid...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: India and “Majoritarian Nationalism”

April 26, 2018

When representative democracy represents only an imaginary majority. Writing in The Economist, Indian historian Mukul Kesavan describes the trend in South Asia toward “majoritarian nationalism as a sad if natural outcome of the awkward struggle to build new nation-states.” He has noticed...

Relations Between America and India

April 17, 2012

Background During India’s independence movement, India looked up to America, and America supported the Indian independence in 1947. In fact, the Indian National Congress took its name after the American Congress which had declared independence from the British in 1776. Two large and diverse...