Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

September 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and...

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...

Reflections on the Indian General Elections

June 11, 2014

With Modi in office, the political class and electorate need to reflect on challenges that India faces. The Indian general elections for the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) concluded with the declaration of results on May 16. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defeated the Congress-led...

The Road Ahead for Prime Minister Modi

May 29, 2014

Amid the euphoria of an overwhelming electoral mandate, enormous challenges confront Narendra Modi. The abdication of governance under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has dragged India into a morass that will need some undoing. The “Accidental Prime Minister” The diarchy of power...

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...

Smearing Narendra Modi: An Unrelenting Campaign

January 10, 2014

Vested interests in Indian politics are threatened by the rise of Modi. Reza Aslan and Michael Brooks make a litany of charges against Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in their article, “Is India About To Elect a Far Right...

The Free Fall of Tarun Tejpal

December 03, 2013

A sexual assault in India raises questions about widespread sexual harassment of women at work. The arrest of Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, for the alleged rape of a junior female employee, symbolizes the corruption that has poisoned India’s soul....

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...

Ishrat Jahan: The Politics of a “Fake Encounter”

July 09, 2013

The ongoing Ishrat Jahan fake encounter saga epitomizes India’s incoherence in tackling terrorism. Ishrat Jahan, a Mumbai college student, was killed on June 15, 2004, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat. Three other individuals, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali...

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