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I am a Secular Indian Kashmiri

Aarti Tikoo Singh | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Aarti Tikoo Singh

The idea of secularism that the founding fathers Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, and Ambedkar fought for is something we have slowly come to purge from our public discourse in modern India. "Secular" has now become the new slur; the secular is the new outcast.

There's a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
Chandran Nair

KOCHI, India -- When the basic needs of life are denied, resentment against the "other" can fester. Racial, ethnic and religious divisions can be exploited and can erupt into communal violence. But in Kerala, where equality and development are driving forces, peace has become ingrained.

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NEW DELHI -- India's government is using outdated laws, a pliant police force and Hindu student organizations as a battering ram to crush a student-led movement for freedom and equality.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

Why India's Intolerance Problem Is Hurting Its Global Reputation

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 12.02.2016 | World
Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI -- We cannot simultaneously sell ourselves to the world as a land of pluralism, tolerance and Gandhianism, while promoting intolerance, communal hatred and minority insecurity within the country. It is time the Modi government learned they cannot promote "Make in India" abroad while condoning the propagation of "Hate in India" at home.

Indian Tolerance: The View from Outside

Kadira Pethiyagoda | Posted 11.09.2016 | World
Kadira Pethiyagoda

The election loss in the heartland state came after a period of intense debate over tolerance and India's national identity. Attacks on minorities and rationalists, combined with communalist rhetoric and religion-based policies aggravated India's long simmering 'culture-wars.'

A Digital India Entails a Tolerant India

Ash Murthy | Posted 10.16.2016 | World
Ash Murthy

It is hardly two weeks since Modi's visit, but India has already made international headlines for religious violence that led to a man to be lynched to death by a mob.

BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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.

Indian Muslims in the Age of Muslim Uprisings

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.12.2016 | 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."