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India's Rejection of Fear

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

*This article first appeared in Foreign Policy on March 4, 2016.* Yet another viral story in India has sparked discussion about India's "intolerance,...

Refusing to Rein in Hindu Zealots Could Spell the Undoing of Narendra Modi

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

NEW DELHI -- Here are the telltale signs of a government in serious trouble: when it sniffs a conspiracy in every criticism aimed at it; when it deploys state power in a ham-handed manner to curb dissent; when it looks the other way as its supporters abuse, intimidate, injure and even murder its ideological and political foes; when it seeks shelter behind a veil of high-decibel nationalism; when it dons the mantle of victimhood; and, not least, when it attracts ridicule more than rage.

Modi Is Using Nationalism to Deflect Attention From His Failures. Don't Be Fooled.

Shivam Vij | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Shivam Vij

NEW DELHI -- Modi is using the nationalism card to deflect political discourse away from his failures. He has lost key state elections, the economy is faltering and there is a palpable sense that he is unable to deliver. And the situation may soon get worse. The next general elections are in 2019. Who knows how many of us are going to be arrested for sedition, called terrorist if we are Muslim or beaten up by lynch mobs before then.

How A Student's Suicide Sparked An Uprising In India

Aman Sethi | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Aman Sethi

NEW DELHI -- India's government is using outdated laws, a pliant police force and Hindu student organizations as a battering ram to crush a student-led movement for freedom and equality.

Is Narendra Modi Losing his Chance to Reform India?

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The Modi dream is fading. An Economist report found him widely described as an "authoritarian" and a "megalomaniac" even by supporters. More important, by all accounts, he does not believe in a liberal free market. Rather, like so many Republican politicians who routinely applaud free enterprise, he is more pro-business than pro-market.

Here's a Report Card on Modi's First Year in Office

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI -- Despite speaking eloquently of tolerance and accommodation, Modi has remained largely silent in the face of hate speech by BJP ministers and MPs that is alienating India's non-Hindu minorities. The BJP may preach development, but it is practicing bigotry -- a contradiction that Modi could resolve only by repudiating the forces that helped ensure his electoral victory.

The Rise of Narendra Modi

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.10.2016 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Modi Effect by Lance Price is a well-written, imminently readable book. Price is not an expert on Indian affairs or South Asia. Yet he has an impressive background in British politics (from years spent working for Tony Blair) and notable journalism experience.

A Tale of Two Modis

Samir Saran | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Samir Saran

NEW DELHI -- The government's honeymoon is perhaps already over and realistically it has another six to 12 months to start putting flesh on the bare-bone schemes and ideas announced this past year. If these do not eventuate, one may well witness emptier stadiums abroad and hear shriller voices at home. Ultimately, for PM Modi to sell the Incredible India story, he will need to make India credible.

Indian Catholics Fearful After Recent Slew Of Church Attacks

New York Times | NIDA NAJAR and SUHASINI RAJ | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

NEW DELHI — A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of viol...

Indian PM Visit, Election, Energizes Indian-American Youth

Amit Jani | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Amit Jani

The fact that a foreign figure can generate this level of interest in the United States is nothing to take lightly, especially since the general American population has been disengaged from home politics and politicians.

How Modi's India Is Reshaping Asia

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

How Modi navigates between a number of adverse currents -- tensions between Japan and China, between Japan and Korea, between China and Vietnam -- will determine the extent to which Asia will play a role in shaping international relations over the next few decades.

Regional Integration: A Foreign Policy Priority for Narendra Modi

Bharath Gopalaswamy | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bharath Gopalaswamy

As Modi recently said in Ahmedabad, "The only solution to every problem is development. Without that India's destiny will not change." The road to achieving this objective lies through peace and stability in India's immediate neighborhood.

The Most Important Regional Organization That Nobody Has Heard Of

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

Seizing that moment won't be easy -- at a minimum, it will mean easing half a century of Indian-Pakistani hostilities -- but it is necessary. The eight nations of SAARC have a critical choice to make.

Somewhere Between Morning and Mourning in New Delhi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

One thing is certain: by this time next month, India will have a new prime minister. What happens from there is anybody's guess.

Indian Democracy: Maturing But Flawed

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Indians are caught between a rock and hard place. On one hand they want the government to reignite India's economic growth. And yet the party with the most pro-business credential is also cloaked in anti-modern social views that will further disadvantage India's struggling minorities and women.

Overcoming Adversity and Running for Parliament

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Sunil Chacko

There are many types of people with passion, dedication and commitment to the parliamentary process, and despite all its faults, it does appear that there is no other system that is particularly better at this time.

Indian National Congress Receives a Flogging From the Bharatiya Janata Party

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Kokulan Mahendiran

Following record-breaking electoral participation, the results of four state assembly elections were announced on Sunday. The resounding 4-0 victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party served as an ominous flogging of the Indian National Congress.

Why India's Next Prime Minister Will Be a Woman

Sunil Sharan | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Disillusionment with the ruling Congress is widespread. Its leadership too seems resigned to not regaining power. All it wants to do is thwart Modi from winning.

Beehive Janata Party

Sunil Sharan | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Indian Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, recently called his country a "beehive," provoking the ire of Narendra Modi, coming man of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In his intemperance, Modi appears to have overlooked how his own party had become a beehive.

Why Jayalalithaa Is India's Next Prime Minister

Sunil Sharan | Posted 02.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Jayalalithaa's English is excellent, which should be sufficient to make her PM. She needs to brush up on her Hindi though so that she can endear herself to the 400 million Indians who speak the language. That in itself will provide her more longevity of tenure than anything else.

WikiLeaks Cables Cause Uproar In India Over Nuke Deal With U.S.

aolnews.com | Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Indian politicians are in a stew over cables released by WikiLeaks suggesting that Indian lawmakers were paid millions of dollars to vote in favor of ...

Indian Elite's Existential Angst

Pinaki Bhattacharya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pinaki Bhattacharya

The issue of intrusive American meddling in the affairs of India's security was debated at length albeit inconclusively much after the dust of the Hillary Clinton visit had settled.