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India’s Stumbling Spy Agency Needs Reform

India’s Stumbling Spy Agency Needs Reform

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?

An Unseen Revolution in Indian Manufacturing?

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

Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

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

India: A Bumbling Giant

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

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”...

India at the Crossroads

India at the Crossroads

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

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

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

The Indian Army’s Role in Nation Building

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

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...

China’s Cat and Mouse Game

China’s Cat and Mouse Game

The recent border skirmish between India and China was part of long-held Chinese strategy.  On April 15, Chinese troops of about a platoon’s strength crossed the Line of Actual Control that separates India from Tibet, and penetrated ten kms into India with helicopter support 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...

India: The Third Front

India: The Third Front

Amid upheaval with India's domestic politics, will a third front emerge in the next election? India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) II government has become highly unstable. Elections may be declared at any time. When this happens, the coalition groupings at the national level are...

One Horned Rhinos in Assam: Drones to the Rescue

One Horned Rhinos in Assam: Drones to the Rescue

In India, elite forces on the ground and drones in the sky aim to safeguard Assam's wildlife. Assam, which has been in the national and international media for incidents related to insurgency turned terrorism, is on the verge  of witnessing a new battle. Unmanned remote-controlled...

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