Without economic prosperity and the lifting of the lower and middle classes, no amount of social justice will enable India to compete in the global marketplace; or its citizens, including minorities, to thrive and advance. Narendra Modi, having come from a humble background, understands this fact well.
How far have we come over the last two decades? What goals have been achieved, and what remains to be realized? 2015 will be a year where the United Nations, concerned citizens, non-government organizations and the media will dive into the details.
As a Muslim woman born and raised in India, Modi as prime minister presents a dream and a conundrum.
So what would a Bollywood movie set on Mars be like? Pretty much what most earth-bound Bollywood movies are like (although to be fair, the industry has come a long way), and it goes something like this.
Yesterday's New York Times' comic by Heng, titled "India's budget mission to Mars" seems in poor taste. Qhether meant to be funny or ironic, the racial, national and classist stereotyping is apparent.
There will be photo ops, gifts, and recitations about the leader of the world's largest democracy sitting with the leader of the world's oldest. But substantive matters are also to be discussed: Business. Weapons deals. Counterterrorism. Human rights and regional security issues will also be on the table.
During his first official visit to the United States this week, India's popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals.
I turned to see them waddling towards me, and they resumed their place at my feet. I paused, I hesitated... and then, feeling like a stupid American tourist, I bent down, gathered them into my shirt, and walked the short distance back to my hut.
When an Eastern or Indian Prime Minister addresses the United Nations and dedicates some of that time to add that there should be an International Y...
On September 21, I was present at a piece of history...the People's Climate March of 2014. It was a huge event, planned with precision, and broken down into six contingencies. The route covered two miles. My interviews began with people waiting for the bus, on their way to the west side of Manhattan.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.
Mr. Modi's arrival in New York comes at a moment when a sense of civilizational renewal is powerfully in the minds and hearts of Indians in India and the diaspora.
Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality.
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Americans have pinned hopes on a strategic partnership with India and the prospect of large contracts for U.S. corporations, on several previous occasions. But the India-US relationship has moved forward by inches, not miles. Will things be different this time?