India’s Stumbling Spy Agency Needs Reform

October 28, 2014

India’s imperial-era intelligence apparatus has multiple flaws and needs radical overhaul. Since India’s independence in 1947, the country has been a democracy. Elections are held as scheduled, the press is largely free and parliament convenes regularly. Despite these democratic practices,...

An Unseen Revolution in Indian Manufacturing?

November 02, 2013

Competitive pressure is forcing a transformation of Indian manufacturing. By George Wyeth As China turned itself into the manufacturing center of the world over the past decade, many expected India to follow – but it never happened. The Indian economy did take off, but largely in services...

Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

September 05, 2013

Civil society is the starting point for peace and reconciliation between Pakistan and India.  Many films in Pakistan Calling cover troubles in the South Asian country. The films also focus on extraordinary civil society groups doing incredible work to ease — if not eradicate —...

India: A Bumbling Giant

August 16, 2013

India is jammed with internal dissensions that threaten to derail its economy. Every August 15 evokes fond memories of flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programmes and parades in schools, colleges, and commercial and government establishments. On the eve of Independence Day, the Indian...

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”...

India at the Crossroads

August 15, 2013

Once christened as the "jewel in the crown," India has since failed to live up to its potential. India is a country that has a plethora of descriptions: "The world’s largest democracy," "Land of spirituality," and "Land of tigers and elephants" are...

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

August 15, 2013

With high inequality and corruption that is rife, India is a volcano about to explode. When India became independent, it had a clear idea of its destiny. Gandhi had set India on a course that was democratic, egalitarian and plural. In keeping with India’s syncretism, people speaking a...

The Indian Army’s Role in Nation Building

August 14, 2013

India's army has seen its role as the nation’s “ultimate weapon” diminish. The Indian nation should have been able to look back at the country’s journey from 1947 and justifiably feel proud of the progress it has made so far. Unfortunately, the overwhelming mood in...

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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