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Five Myths About India's Poverty

Richard Dobbs | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Richard Dobbs

A new benchmark called the Empowerment Line, developed by the McKinsey Global Institute, aims to create a new and more holistic policy framework for poverty reduction. It calculates the cost for an Indian household to attain the basics and then compares these benchmarks to actual consumption data to measure needs that are going unmet. The results debunk a number of misconceptions about the nature of poverty in India.

India's New Parliamentarians Are Rich And In Trouble With The Law

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.23.2014 | World

India's 2014 election was record-breaking. It was the largest democratic vote the world has ever seen and Narendra Modi won the greatest electoral vic...

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.

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).

President Obama Invites Narendra Modi To The U.S. Despite Visa Ban

Reuters | David Brunnstrom and Steve Holland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White H...

Did the Economy Win India's Election?

Russell Green | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Russell Green

To unleash India's economic potential, the government must address a long and well-known list of reforms. Success matters for much more than regaining the glory of a double-digit growth path. It matters for job creation, for creating pathways out of poverty for hundreds of millions.

Hindu Fundamentalism

Martin Marty | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Can Modi and responsible Indians keep religious passions quiet enough that the BJP experiment will have a chance? American leaders and the larger population may join India's Muslims, in heeding "Caution" lights.

Is Modi India's Shinzo Abe?

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Brahma Chellaney

After a prolonged period of political drift and paralysis, India's new government will be led by a man known for his decisiveness. Just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012, after six years of political instability, reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and security.Like Abe, Modi is expected to focus on reviving India's economic fortunes while simultaneously bolstering its defenses and strengthening its strategic partnerships with likeminded states, thereby promoting regional stability and blocking the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.

India's Cabinet Members lose handily

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Gunjan Bagla

Washington has been frustrated that landmark efforts such as the "123 Civil Nuclear Agreement" signed in 2008 have failed to produce increased American exports yet, stymied by indecision in New Delhi.

Can't Figure Out India's Election? This Will Confuse You Even More

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.16.2014 | Comedy

If there's one place to go to learn about India and its elections, it's probably not "The Daily Show." But Jon Stewart and "the best damn news team...

Needed: A Revolutionary New Government in India

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

One hopes that India's new prime minister is fiscally more prudent. One even dares to hope that instead of only drawing from his own party or political alliance, he reaches out to members of the opposition.

5 Reasons Why Narendra Modi Leading India Is So Controversial

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

As the world's largest-ever democratic vote wrapped up on Monday, a controversial politician is poised to take the reins of power, after exit polls sh...

India's Modi on His Best Behavior: Can We Trust Him?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Mike Ghouse

Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate in India's national elections, has finally gathered the courage to deliver one of his best policy statements in an interview published on NDTV on April 22.

How Money Subverts Indian Elections

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Some Indians cling to the warm and fuzzy notion that the country is slowly but surely fixing itself and improving its imperfect democracy. Indeed, several steps the government, Supreme Court and Election Commission have taken have done much in this regard. The introduction of electronic voting machines is often touted as an example. Stricter enforcement of "good conduct" norms has also helped. Politicians are now fined for provocative speeches, campaigning without prior permission and announcing sops close to polls. But all this is just a drop in the bucket. When India's election results are announced on May 16, many in this nation won't be sure whether it was their votes, or black money, guns and booze that determined who will run the world's largest democracy.

A Lesson in Democracy From India

Frank Islam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

The country is at a critical juncture. America invented democracy. For more than a half a century, our democratic republic has been the envy and role model for much of the world. That is no longer the case for a variety of reasons.

India and the U.S. Need to Play Ball

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

Million Dollar Arm, a film chronicling the search for Indians who could be trained to become Major League Baseball pitchers, is a heartwarming account of cross-cultural success -- which, given the present state of U.S.-Indian relations, makes it a relative rarity.

Newest Indian State Votes For The First Time

AP | OMER FAROOQ | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Millions of people in nine states across India, including the newest state of Telangana, voted Wednesday in the latest phase...

800 Million Voters in World's Biggest Election: Are Gay Rights on the Ballot?

Nish Gera | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

In past Indian elections, gay rights haven't even been a peripheral issue. This time around, they are an issue. But the good news, unfortunately, stops there. It is, at best, only a peripheral issue.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 4/11/14

John Zipperer | Posted 06.11.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Unless you've spent the past week underwater looking for Flight 370's black box, you probably know enough to score well on our latest Week to Week news quiz.

Corruption -- An Epidemic of Epic Scale in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Corruption is an epidemic tearing into India's foundation and economic wellbeing. It can only be fixed by those who live in this country -- 'we, the people'.

Dance of Democracy

Anil Dharker | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Anil Dharker

It has been described by one newspaper as the "dance of democracy," and by another as "Mahabharata," after the Indian epic that tells the story of an ancient war between two warring dynasties. Whatever you might call it -- Hillary Clinton called it "the global gold standard" -- India's elections are here.

India Is in a Jam As Elections Approach

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

The world's largest democracy is set to go to the polls from April 7 to May 15. At stake is nothing less than its much-lauded position as an emerging economic powerhouse and its much-hoped-for transformation into a bulwark of modern, liberal, democracy. India's stunning economic growth over the past 25 years marked the first time in centuries, if not ever, that the average Indian was truly been able to change his life and lot. This was the greatest wonder of the economic reforms India kicked off in 1985 and embraced more seriously in 1991. It felt then like a new superhighway that would speed India directly to superpowerdom was being conceived and built by South Block, as the Indian prime minister's office is unobtrusively called.

The Muslim Factor

Rana Ayyub | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Rana Ayyub

With most opinion polls in the country projecting the BJP way ahead of the Congress, the conservative party is in no mood to have any factor stall its victory at the last minute.

A New India Dawning

Rajeev Chandrasekhar | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Rajeev Chandrasekhar

These new crop of politicians bring with them a new fresh perspective into the traditional political discourse. Already, they have shaken up the establishment on issues of corruption and the privileged lives that are led by traditional politicians in India.

India Rape Case Stirs Political Anxiety

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — The 16-year-old reported that she had been gang raped, only to be raped again by the same men the next day and later threatened for...