Memo to Sonia Gandhi: Your Hypocrisy is Showing

January 19, 2015

Invoking Nehru will not save Sonia Gandhi and the Congress Party from irrelevancy.  Sonia Gandhi’s renunciation of power ten years ago is still fresh in the minds of Indians. Her rejection of the prime ministership, and her selection of a non-political, Oxford-educated yes-man...

5 Reasons India’s New Government May Not Be So Great for Business

May 20, 2014

India has just elected the equivalent of a Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz. The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s elections is being hailed in some Western media as a hopeful sign for US-Indian trade and for Indian business. But like the US Tea Party movement, it is rent by...

Under Modi, the Business of India Will Be Business

May 16, 2014

Modi’s main focus will be the economy and India will look to increase trade, attract investment and boost employment. Indian Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram recently declared that opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s knowledge of economics can be written...

The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

April 10, 2014

Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement....

Indian Elections 2014: A Foreign Policy for Modi (Part 1/2)

April 08, 2014

On what should Narendra Modi base his foreign policy? Foreign policy seldom occupies an important position in political agendas during electoral campaigns, and 2014 in India is hardly any different. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has, however, evoked a little more...

India Election 2014: A Bird’s Eye View

February 26, 2014

With the rise of Modi and the anti-corruption movement, the political winds are shifting in India. The political arena is heating up in India as the next general election draws near. The performance of the current ruling coalition government, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), has...

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...

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...

The Story of Youngistan

August 14, 2013

Do not wait for others to tell you the moral of the story. Dear Citizens of Bharat (i.e. India), As you celebrate my 66th birthday, allow me to narrate a story. I realize that in this era of 140 character updates, people do not have time for stories. But once you are 5,000 years old (India might...

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