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BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Digant Raj Kapoor

The media has spared no details when it comes to its coverage of the Mumbai meat ban. Naturally, it's a juicy topic. But more pertinent issues that have been percolating over time have not received their due attention.

I Am A Liberal, And I am Not Opposed To India's Beef Ban

Ash Murthy | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Ash Murthy

So-called progressives have been quick to criticize the beef ban as an affront to religious freedom, tolerance and personal choice. But it is paradoxical to talk of tolerance while turning a blind eye to the trauma and cruelty that the bovines face in the mostly unlicensed and ill equipped slaughterhouses in India.

India's Lost Opportunity For Reform: Narendra Modi Falters

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.

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

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.26.2015 | 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.

Indian Muslims in the Age of Muslim Uprisings

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Muqtedar Khan

There is a growing awareness among the younger Muslim elite that they are being left behind by a rapidly developing and advancing India, and the negligence of the Indian government towards Muslims means that they must fend for themselves.

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.

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

Is the Buddha Smiling on Narendra Modi's India?

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

Narendra Modi, who has demonstrated his ability to wield both hard power and soft power (Hinduism, Buddhism, cricket, Bollywood) to good effect, has his job cut out for him. He is aware that good fortune awaits India so long as the Buddha keeps smiling.

Awake! Why Hindus Must Choose Moral Relevance Over Historic Fantasy

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a stunning vision, statement, and experience all at once.

Pankaj Mishra's Incredible India

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Mishra's essay is an incredible exercise in distortion and denial. Even if one grants that there is a glimmer of good intentions around his apocalyptic vision the problem with the sheer fictiveness of his idea of India remains.

Washington Must Recognize India as Another Great Power to Be

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No doubt the Obama administration feels overwhelmed. Who has time for India? But make time President Obama must. India matters today. It will matter much more tomorrow, especially if Prime Minister Modi commits his political capital to eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship, investment and growth.

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.

Civilizational Partners and Equals: What Narendra Modi Means for American Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For Hindus in America, Modi's leadership will mark a promising opportunity to bring faith, culture, nation, and world together. There is a great deal of hope riding on what he does, not only for India, but also for symbolizing a Hinduism that is modern, strong, and still true to its universalism.

The Enigmatic Legacy of Manmohan Singh

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.

Will Modi's India Reinvent International Relations?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

Those looking to explain Modi's India with labels like 'right-wing' or 'religious fanatic' are going to find themselves stymied. So, what will India's foreign policy under Modi look like?

Is India Tiring of Democracy?

Sunil Adam | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Sunil Adam

Not only has Modi secured a mandate to be "strong and decisive," but what appeals to the Hindu majority that elected him is his ability to ride roughshod over the processes of government, apparently in the interest of "good governance."

In India, Stars Align for Prime Minister Modi

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Gunjan Bagla

Some people would say the stars aligned for Modi and the BJP. However, it seems that Modi was the one aligning the stars and able to channel their popularity to campaign esteem.

Why Narendra Modi's Election as India's Prime Minister Brings Hope

Parth Parihar | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Parth Parihar

The Indian people have voted for hope and credible change for very good reason. It's too early to burst the Modi bubble just yet.

India Under Narendra Modi: More Continuity Than Change in Foreign Policy

Rajan Menon | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

The voters, disenchanted with the Congress, have put him in charge. Now the question is whether we'll see Modi the ideologue or Modi the pragmatist. I believe the latter will prevail, though the former will inevitably make its presence known.

Opportunities Abound for American Companies in India Election Aftermath

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

India, where business is conducted in English, has more in common with the United States than any other major economy in Asia. The potential for mutual benefit for these two free market democracies is unprecedented.

The God of Small Things: Modi's Divine Mission

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

The BJP's convoluted "Hindutva" ideology, a curious and contradictory mix of cultural revivalism, economic Darwinism and militant nationalism, has always been rooted in anger. Much of it has been directed against India's liberals, leftists, Dalits (as "untouchables" now call themselves) and the Muslim, Christian and other minority communities. The BJP's view is that they have milked the system and public sympathy for undue benefits, which the Congress and other parties have showered on them for electoral, and not national benefit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Let Your First Obligation Be Towards Justice

Rana Ayyub | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Rana Ayyub

May 16 turned out to be a historic day in the history of India, with the country giving a huge mandate in the favor of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi and his party, the conservative Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

With Indian Election Results, Lots of Hope and Lots of Hyperbole

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

Whatever words the commentators use - "extraordinary," "remarkable," "unprecedented" are some of the most common ones - there is general agreement that Mr. Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party changed the political landscape of India.

India's Tectonic Shift

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What Modi offered to voters was in effect a mix of market-friendly growth, muscular nationalism rooted in Hindu lore and the promise of a militarily-strong India. The extent to which this mix proved to be an elixir, particularly for India's young, aspirational, technology savvy generation, would be obvious from the outcome of the elections. The Congress party has suffered its worst defeat in its history. Parties that banked on the votes of the lower castes and Muslims have been routed. And those controlled by families in the states have been flattened. Modi's appeal has thus cut across India's traditional fault lines. In one fell swoop, the BJP has widened its social base and, no less important, established its presence in virtually every state of India. It can now legitimately hope to fill the void created by the debacle faced by the avowedly secular and populist parties. This election therefore heralds a tectonic shift in Indian politics.

India's Voters Discard Incumbent Coalition, Modi to Become Prime Minister

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Gunjan Bagla

India's next prime minister will be the pro-business Narendra Modi, who led the Bhartiya Janata Party (India People's Party, or BJP) to an unprecedented absolute majority, with over 280 seats projected in India's 543-member Lok Sabha (House of the People, the lower house of parliament). The stock market went giddy over the Modi victory.