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By-Polls: The Message for Modi

By-Polls: The Message for Modi

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

The Road Ahead for Prime Minister Modi

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

Crime But No Punishment in Indian Elections

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...

Smearing Narendra Modi: An Unrelenting Campaign

Smearing Narendra Modi: An Unrelenting Campaign

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

The Free Fall of Tarun Tejpal

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....

India: The Food Insecurity Ordinance

India: The Food Insecurity Ordinance

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

Young India: The Dichotomy in Politics

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

India: 66 Years of Independence

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...

To Be Taken Seriously, India First Needs to Fix Itself

To Be Taken Seriously, India First Needs to Fix Itself

Indian policymakers rarely act upon reform in a serious, convincing way. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Several developments related to India call to mind William Shakespeare’s famous line in Julius Caesar. The first are the tours of the United...

Ishrat Jahan: The Politics of a “Fake Encounter”

Ishrat Jahan: The Politics of a “Fake Encounter”

The ongoing Ishrat Jahan fake encounter saga epitomizes India’s incoherence in tackling terrorism. Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbai college student, was killed on June 15, 2004, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Three other individuals, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali...

India: Asia’s Geopolitical Darling

India: Asia’s Geopolitical Darling

Having been overlooked for so long in world politics, India's geopolitical importance is growing. Economic doldrums mean that India is not much of a destination for global investors nowadays and the flight of foreign capital is depressing the rupee's value to record lows vis-à-vis...

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

The Curious Case of India’s Reluctance in Afghanistan

A startling dichotomy is at play with India’s foreign policy in Afghanistan. There is an increasingly haunting gap between India’s opportunities and its strategic outcomes. India has historically enjoyed amicable relations with every government in Kabul with the exception of the...

India-China: Looking Back to Re-Imagine the Future

India-China: Looking Back to Re-Imagine the Future

The recent incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh's Depsang area should serve as a timely reminder to India that timelines for infrastructure development along the Chinese frontier and plans to boost military capability, do not have the luxury of slippages. Almost exactly four years ago, the...

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