It’s Time to Rethink India’s Policy on Palestine

April 19, 2018

There is hardly any reason for India to not prioritize its partnership with Israel over Palestine in pursuit of its strategic interests. On various occasions, India’s diffidence, indecisiveness and a highly constrained foreign policy have perplexed international relations experts. In one such...

Using Science and Innovation to Protect the Environment in India

March 07, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Indian Forest Service officer, Kunal Satyarthi. Himachal Pradesh, a hill state located in the Western Himalayas, has in recent years become more important in India's mission to move toward a cleaner future and tackle climate change....

India: Between Religious Murder and Secularism

January 05, 2018

As a society, India must admit that religious extremism and hatred are deeply entrenched in its sociocultural body politic. On December 6, 2017, a Muslim migrant laborer, Mohammed Afrazul, was hacked to death and set on fire by an unemployed Hindu fanatic Shambhu Lal Regar in a small, sleepy...

Modernizing India’s Police Force

November 21, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Somesh Goyal, director general of police for Himachal Pradesh. In India, the Police Act is of 1861 vintage, drafted barely four years after the “natives” revolted against the rapacious British East India Company in what is known...

The Bridge to Connect Asia

November 20, 2017

If built, the Wakhan corridor would strengthen trade between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, bringing stability to the region. China, an economic giant, has started the move to revitalize the ancient Silk Road. Its ambitious Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, which includes plans...

How Safe Are Workers at India’s Industrial Plants?

November 13, 2017

An accident at the Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh raises questions about safety and competence of India's National Thermal Power Corporation. In December 1984, some 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a production plant owned by Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), a US-based...

Silencing of Dissent in India Spells a Weakness of Democracy

October 25, 2017

Across India, dissenters from the mainstream narrative pay the ultimate price for their opinions. India has a rich history of questioning and philosophizing. In ancient India, women like Gargi were lauded for their ability to tire people at debates. Atal Behari Vajpayee, India’s former prime...

Forget North Korea: India and Pakistan are the Real Worry

October 02, 2017

North Korea's nuclear threat to its southern neighbor pales by comparison to India-Pakistan tensions. The recent provocations from North Korea — missiles fired over Japan on August 29 and September 15, and a sixth nuclear weapon detonated on September 3 — have put the world on edge. With...

What Does Iran’s Changing Foreign Policy Mean for India?

September 25, 2017

Given India’s increasingly close ties with the US, the unpredictability of Trump’s foreign policy may well pose a major challenge to New Delhi. As India expands its strategic and economic ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and with Israel, New Delhi is also seeking to strengthen...

The Making of Hindu India

September 23, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Akshaya Mukul, the author of Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India. Gita Press emerged as an influential player in the Hindi religious publishing world in the 20th century. The founder, Jaydayal Goyandka, and promoters of the...

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