A Modi-fied India Has Weakened on the World Stage

June 11, 2021

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, has completed seven years in office. At the same time, his autocratic leadership has brought the simmering discontent in the foreign policy establishment out in the open. Some members of the Forum of Foreign Ambassadors of India signed an open letter...

Indian Farmer Protests Explained

February 17, 2021

The Indian Government Is Failing Its People

April 24, 2020

In India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government has a tendency for doing things like a “surgical strike.” In 2016, at just a few hours’ notice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the 500 ($6.50) and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation. The move, known as demonetization, sent...

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

June 25, 2019

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives....

India Is the Biggest Democracy in the World

December 10, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Brahma Chellaney, a prominent Indian intellectual and author. Bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, India is the second most populous country and, arguably, the biggest democracy in the world. The World Bank...

Modi and Erdogan Have More in Common than You Think

September 23, 2018

With strongman politics on the rise around the world, democracies like India should be worried. Political “strongmen” are leaders who rule by force and with a sense of entitlement under the garb of democracy. The facade of democratic structures and institutions used by them distinguishes...

The Falling Indian Rupee: Crisis or Contagion?

September 19, 2018

American economic policies are causing the rupee to fall, but India’s fast-approaching elections might make its economic situation worse. On August 26, the Indian rupee started falling. On September 11, it fell to a record low with $1 worth Rs72.7. This led to a plunge in stock markets,...

For Facebook and Twitter, the World Is Not Flat

September 18, 2018

Facebook, Twitter and Google have no option but to clean up their act before India decides to log off. In front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, social media bosses Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey recently defended their companies against allegations of misuse. Russian interference in US...

Imran Khan Takes Over a Complicated Pakistan

August 17, 2018

Imran Khan, the incoming prime minister, is about to find out just how complicated the job can be. Criticism over Pakistani efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing is likely to complicate incoming Prime Minister Imran Khan’s goal of tackling the country’s financial crisis....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: India and “Majoritarian Nationalism”

April 26, 2018

When representative democracy represents only an imaginary majority. Writing in The Economist, Indian historian Mukul Kesavan describes the trend in South Asia toward “majoritarian nationalism as a sad if natural outcome of the awkward struggle to build new nation-states.” He has noticed...

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