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India and China: A Time for Diplomacy, Not Confrontation

India and China: A Time for Diplomacy, Not Confrontation

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June — the first on the China-India border since 1975 — are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms...

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

Sri Lanka’s Persecuted Muslims Are Turning Radical

After decades of persecution by the Sinhalese and Tamils, Sri Lanka’s Muslims are abandoning local syncretic Islam and turning to a more radical version. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks across Sri Lanka. This raises many questions about the...

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

India needs to introspect as to why it has fared so miserably when it comes to being happy. The UN's 2019 World Happiness Report released in March shows that India is on a declining trend when it comes to happiness. The county ranked 117 in 2015, 118 in 2016, 122 in 2017, 133 in 2018 and is now...

What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

Like many countries, India’s largest cities are congested. But congestion pricing won’t work here because mobility is affected by other factors besides vehicle traffic. Urban economic development indicators such as higher income levels and higher motorization rates are generally associated...

How Will Sanctions on Iran Affect India?

How Will Sanctions on Iran Affect India?

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sumitha Kutty, an associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Iran and India have traditionally maintained cordial relations, counting on each other as major security partners. Bonds between...

The Elephant in the Room Behind India’s Rise

The Elephant in the Room Behind India’s Rise

For India to maintain its position as a global leader, more concerted efforts at local and federal levels will be necessary to bring women to parity with men. In the past decade, India has stepped into its new role as a rising economic monolith, providing a counterbalance to China and recasting...

India Elections: A Time of Crisis for the BJP?

India Elections: A Time of Crisis for the BJP?

The future of the BJP depends on what the party does with the little time left. The world’s largest democracy is counting the days to its general election scheduled to begin on April 11, with major opposition parties determined to turn the tables this time. For the ruling Bharatiya Janata...

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

The Limits of India’s Soft Power in Afghanistan

In the shifting sands of the power play unfolding in Afghanistan, New Delhi remains a mere spectator. The latest round of US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha has garnered considerable international attention, with the group’s co-founder, Mullah Baradar, leading the insurgent team. As the...

Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late

Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late

The world’s major nuclear powers are treaty-bound to move toward disarmament. The India-Pakistan clash underscores the need to get moving. The recent military clash between India and Pakistan underscores the need for the major nuclear powers — the US, Russia, China, Britain and France —...

Will India’s Unemployment Crisis Cost Modi His Job?

Will India’s Unemployment Crisis Cost Modi His Job?

The challenge of fixing India’s job crisis is an unachievable task for any one-term government. India is the world’s fastest-growing major economy. It is also home to the highest number of unemployed in the world. More than half of India’s 1.2-billion population is under the age of 25....

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