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...

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

May 20, 2019

This is the end of election season in India. Parties have announced many schemes. Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to win, the results may not be a foregone conclusion. To win public support, the Indian National Congress, the opposition party, has promised Nyuntam Aay...

Congress Manifesto Raises Terrifying Questions about Jammu and Kashmir

April 15, 2019

As India goes to the polls, its opposition party is proposing a policy that threatens the unity of the country. All political parties bring out manifestoes before elections. Think of them as love letters to the electorate that tell citizens about the person wooing them. In India’s ongoing...

Elections in Southern India Are Always Different

December 06, 2018

In the fourth of a five-part series on opinion polls about the forthcoming Indian elections, pollsters concur that regional parties hold sway in the south, but disagree as to seat numbers and the implications for the next national government. South India has a different historical memory to 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...

Why India Has a Financial Crisis and How to Solve It

October 22, 2018

India needs urgent reforms to its financial system because banks have created a major crisis by lending unwisely to big borrowers who lack the ability or intention to repay their debts. The financial system in the economy is like the circulatory system in the human body. And banks form its...

Manifesto Tales in India

June 08, 2014

India has voted in a new government, while electoral manifestos have become an important part of national politics. On May 26, the curtains fell on the “great Indian dance of democracy,” when Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the 15th prime minister of India. To...

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...