By-Polls: The Message for Modi

September 30, 2014

Will Narendra Modi live up to the heightened expectations? India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can ignore its defeat in the by-polls only to its peril. The loss of the BJP ally Apna Dal’s seat in the state assembly to the Samajwadi Party is particularly galling. The assembly is in...

The Road Ahead for Prime Minister Modi

May 29, 2014

Amid the euphoria of an overwhelming electoral mandate, enormous challenges confront Narendra Modi. The abdication of governance under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has dragged India into a morass that will need some undoing. The “Accidental Prime Minister” The diarchy of power...

Crime But No Punishment in Indian Elections

February 20, 2014

Lifting the veil of Indian politics often reveals corruption. Elections in India are known as a one-of-a-kind festival of democracy, replete with colorful pageantry, flamboyant personalities, and very large numbers. The size of the country’s electorate when India heads to the polls for...

Strategic CSR: Between Business Value and Reputational Quality

January 26, 2014

CSR programs are a wise option for a company to generate sustainable growth. The opportunity to create business value — to drive market growth and to reduce risks — is an enduring function of a successful enterprise. As Irene Rosenfeld argues, we must strike a balance between...

Smearing Narendra Modi: An Unrelenting Campaign

January 10, 2014

Vested interests in Indian politics are threatened by the rise of Modi. Reza Aslan and Michael Brooks make a litany of charges against Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in their article, “Is India About To Elect a Far Right...

The Free Fall of Tarun Tejpal

December 03, 2013

A sexual assault in India raises questions about widespread sexual harassment of women at work. The arrest of Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, for the alleged rape of a junior female employee, symbolizes the corruption that has poisoned India’s soul....

The US and Narendra Modi: To Engage or Not to Engage?

Should the US begin greater engagement with Narendra Modi? By Harshita Kohli India's leading opposition party, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), has officially announced Narendra Modi, the chief minister of the state of Gujarat, as the party’s prime ministerial candidate for national...

India: The Food Insecurity Ordinance

August 15, 2013

Every inch of land in India can grow food through community and kitchen gardens. Food Security rests on a system, not on “schemes.” “Scheming” is a nasty word, anyway. And the fact that the most vital parts of our lives are being reduced to government “schemes”...

Young India: The Dichotomy in Politics

August 14, 2013

Old men dream of coming back to power, but it is young India who will decide the future. On August 11, when Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign committee chief as well as the party's prime ministerial aspirant, sounded the poll bugle for the 2014 Indian general elections...

India: 66 Years of Independence

August 12, 2013

Will India tackle its teeming challenges or will it be overwhelmed by them? Background India, to borrow Mark Twain’s 1897 quote, is older even than legend. It has a continuous cultural tradition that goes back thousands of years. In the 6th century BC, legends such as Gautam Buddh and...

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