Defense Is Becoming More Integral to India’s Diplomacy

August 13, 2019

In May, Narendra Modi was re-elected as the prime minister of India in a landslide victory. India’s foreign policy became a salient issue during these elections due to the regional tensions with Pakistan. Beyond its immediate regional priorities, the Modi government has explicitly articulated a...

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty

May 24, 2019

Revulsion for corruption and nepotism makes Indians vote for a leader with humble roots despite his poor track record and authoritarian tendencies. In April, this author called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic record abysmal. Yet he has now been re-elected with a thumping...

Understanding the 2019 Indian Elections

May 03, 2019

In the last of a five-part series on opinion polls about the Indian elections, national security has overtaken the economy to become the main electoral issue, but things may change by the time the polls close. The CVoter Tracker, an opinion survey of voters, found that Indian Prime Minister...

India’s General Election: Communal Tension and the Threat to Democracy

April 08, 2019

India, a nation with more than 1.3 billion people and a constitutional commitment to a multicultural society, is struggling with the definition of “people.” The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. With a general election approaching, India has been focusing its attention on what the prime...

India’s Final Solution to All Problems: Poditva

April 01, 2019

America Times’ intrepid time-traveling reporter brings you this news report from January 1, 3028. On the stroke of midnight, in a sensational open-air press conference in New Delhi with hundreds of dignitaries in attendance, the Indian national flag, the tricolor, was lowered over Parliament....

Economic Pain Spells Trouble for Modi and BJP

January 09, 2019

The Modi-led BJP government has emulated Indira Gandhi and emasculated the economy, causing burning resentment among core supporters. Once upon a time, not a very long time ago, the Indian economy was mired in the Hindu rate of growth. The notorious license-permit-quota raj starved the economy...

Homeless and Disabled in India: A Continuation of Human Suffering

July 11, 2014

Amid failures to implement sufficient social programs in India, a community of homeless disabled people try to survive. After being elected in the largest democratic exercise on the planet, Narendra Modi certainly has his work cut out for him. Corruption, rising crime rates, absence of the rule...

India’s Elections 2014: Mainstream Privilege and the Northeast

April 06, 2014

In India, deep divides between the powerful and the disenfranchised still persist. As India gears up for an election increasingly difficult to predict — one in which the controversial Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, heads off against Rahul...

Modi’s Pivot to Asia?

April 06, 2014

If Modi can address key issues in Asia, India can fuel a regional dynamo. First, it was the Americans who spoke of a "pivot" to Asia; then, it was the Russians' turn to consider prioritizing the region. The Europeans, not to be left far behind, also debated following suit. Now, it seems...

History in the Making: A Guide to the 2014 Indian Elections

April 05, 2014

The world's biggest electoral exercise is upon us, as India heads to the polls. Background The Indian constitution provides a term of five years for the Lok Sabha, India's lower house of parliament that is elected directly by the people. It is the equivalent of Britain’s House of Commons,...

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