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Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.

Reading Piketty in India

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Addressing inequality shouldn't be about penalizing the rich. It shouldn't be about reviving discredited socialist economic ideas from the 1970s in 21st century European think tanks. It should be about fixing the policies and practices that cause inequality.

Five Myths About India's Poverty

Richard Dobbs | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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.

Modi Promises 'Glorious Future For India' At Inauguration

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

By Sanjeev Miglani and Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI, May 26 (Reuters) - Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister...

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...

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 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.

India's Gandhi Accuses Opponent Of 'Abetting' Religious Riots

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion

NEW DELHI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - India's Rahul Gandhi attacked the chief opponent of his embattled Congress party on Monday by accusing his regional go...

Delhi Trains Women-Only Unit To Patrol Rape Capital

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

The newly-elected state government of the Indian capital Delhi hopes an all-female volunteer commando unit can form the front line of defense against ...

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...

India's Parliament Approves Landmark Anti-Corruption Bill

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 12.18.2013 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Parliament approved a landmark anti-graft bill on Wednesday that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prose...

India's Power Slipping Away?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Sunil Sharan

Every Independence Day, the Indian prime minister highlights the need for more electricity and reduction in losses. Despite his promises, energy woes are strangulating the country. Manmohan Singh perhaps forgets that his obsession with power was precisely what won him power in 2009.

Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty Positioned To Reassume Power In India

AP | By PRAKASH BHANDARI | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

JAIPUR, India (AP) — Rahul Gandhi, the heir to India's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, said he would work to transform the country by decentralizing...

Can Sonia Gandhi Beat Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

If 1.3 billion people of India, one fifth of the world population, have one common weakness it is their infatuation for the game of Cricket.

What's Not the Matter With Uttar Pradesh?

Carl Pope | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Carl Pope

India has a long way to go. But its politics is doing a remarkable job of closing the dignity gap that weighed the society down for centuries.

India's Need for Tahrir Square

Subhash Agrawal | Posted 03.20.2012 | World
Subhash Agrawal

This time may yet be remembered as India's own spring. If it fails to happen, then it really will take a Tahrir Square to shake up the establishment and deliver meaningful change to the Indian people.

How Much Do Female Politicians Effect Young Girls' Goals?

Posted 01.18.2012 | Women

Increased presence and visibility of female politicians in local government raises the academic performance and career aspirations of young women in I...

The Political Risks Of Tweeting In The Land Of Sacred Cows

Mira Kamdar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mira Kamdar

India's new-media savvy minister Shashi Tharoor has tweeted up a domestic political tempest in a country where sensitivities are ever on a hair-trigger alert for any sign of religious or class offense.