Silencing of Dissent in India Spells a Weakness of Democracy

October 25, 2017

Across India, dissenters from the mainstream narrative pay the ultimate price for their opinions. India has a rich history of questioning and philosophizing. In ancient India, women like Gargi were lauded for their ability to tire people at debates. Atal Behari Vajpayee, India’s former prime...

Blood Buddhas: How Indian Heritage Fuels the Terror Machinery

August 29, 2017

Cultural artifacts from across the world are being peddled so bombs can be thrown back at us. How much does a terrorist attack cost? Where does the money come from? How does the money get through to terror groups? How are far-off countries like India an integral part of the terror-funding...

The Idea of India: Sunil Khilnani in Conversation

August 24, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vikram Zutshi talks to Sunil Khilnani, author of Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives. Sunil Khilnani is a professor of politics and the director of the India Institute at King’s College London. He is a scholar of Indian history and politics...

India and the Right to Education

July 23, 2017

Indian children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still discriminated against when it comes to education. In India, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into being in 2009 and became effective from April 2010. However, the government’s attitude toward its...

India’s Youth Are Dating in Secret

March 15, 2017

StayUncle, a company that helps unmarried couples in India book hotel rooms discreetly, is helping youth express their love. In India, kissing or even holding hands in public can be considered immoral and induce violence. The strict regulations have led the way for StayUncle, a digital startup,...

An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi

March 12, 2017

Narendra Modi has given the opposition a thrashing and emerged as the most powerful Indian leader since Indira Gandhi. On March 11, India’s rambunctious democracy took a new turn. Five states had gone to the polls. Of these, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are relatively electorally...

Narendra Modi Folds for UP Elections

March 10, 2017

Have Narendra Modi and the BJP learned anything from the result in Bihar? In India, there were indications of mass support for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which is led by strong Dalit leader Mayawati, in the early round of polling for the Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections. So, it is...