Water Becomes a Weapon in China’s Geopolitical Chess

May 14, 2020

Many centuries ago, the great Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu observed: “The nature of water is such that it avoids heights and hastens to the lowlands. When a dam is broken, the water cascades with irresistible force. Now the shape of an army resembles water. Take advantage of the enemy’s...

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...

Narendra Modi: India’s Prime Minister in Waiting?

April 07, 2014

Modi, with his modest roots and focus on the economy, promises to usher in a new era for India. The Congress party has ruled India for the bulk of the period since independence. For the last decade, it has been in power in the form of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), a coalition it forged...

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...

India and the US: A Tale of Two Foreign Policies

December 24, 2013

The treatment of Khobragade underscores the real problem with US foreign policy. The US and India are engaged in a diplomatic row over the arrest and strip-search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. The deputy general consul has been charged with non-payment of the US minimum wage to her...

India: An Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal

December 16, 2013

India needs tough economic decisions, especially in these turbulent times. Dear Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Heartiest congratulations on the splendid performance of your Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha (local assembly) elections. In spite of the rhetoric, I am certain that your...

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....

Memo to NYT: Be Less Imperial, Be More Honest

October 04, 2013

Gardiner Harris reports about riots in India with classic imperial prejudice. In 1953, The New York Times supported the CIA-led coup that ousted Mossadegh in Iran. More recently it acted as a cheerleader when George W. Bush decided to go to war with Iraq. With Gardiner Harris’...