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Indian Elections

The President Hits a Home Run Nominating Richard Verma as U.S. Ambassador to India

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Verma's nomination comes at a particularly important moment in U.S.-India relations. The landmark election of a new Indian government this past May led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely regarded as an important opportunity to refocus ties between Washington and New Delhi.

India-China Relations: A New Chapter?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

In the backdrop of President Xi Jinping's ongoing visit to India, presenting an exclusive free and frank dialogue on bilateral ties with Mr. Jayadeva ...

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.

India and the U.S.: Rebooting economic relations

Samarth Pathak | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

India-U.S. economic cooperation needs a lot more energy to grow and nurture. It also needs greater synergy between stakeholders on the two sides.

By Changing India Policy, Nawaz Sharif Can Change Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

In May 2013, Pakistan had overwhelmingly voted for the head of the right-wing Pakistan Muslim League (P.M.L.) to become the country's prime minister for a third term, while the Indians also voted for a controversial Hindu nationalist leader.

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.

The Dawn of Narendra Modi Marks the End of Nehruvian India

Sandip Roy | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Sandip Roy

The ghost of Jawarharlal Nehru could well be an uninvited guest at the banquet marking the swearing-in of Narendra Modi. Tuesday, May 27 will mark Modi's first official day as the 15th prime minister of India. It will also mark the 50th death anniversary of Jawarharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

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.

Eye of the Tiger: Modi's India

Joe Singh | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Joe Singh

Whether or not Modi succeeds remains to be seen. His BJP has a majority of its own, having won the election without resorting to creating a coalition, but the economic reality is complex, and the jury is out on whether Modi can build the total consensus that a national leader needs.

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.

'Modi Wave' Prevails as BJP Sweeps Indian Elections; Congress Routed

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

Despite misgivings of certain sections -- Modi is yet to completely wipe off the perception of being a 'divisive leader' in the civil society -- an overwhelming number of voters have extended strong support to the BJP.

Indian Election Circus: Will Regional Players be the new Ringleaders?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

A deeply-layered and multi-dimensional exercise, the ongoing polls in India are being fought on a wide spectrum of factors: socio-economic development; caste, religious and linguistic diversity and individual personalities of leaders.

Why Muslim Students Are Suffering In India's Education System

Brianna Sacks | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Brianna Sacks

India is a secular country, but religious beliefs draw deep political lines. In a Hindu-dominated nation, Muslims have endured a riotous, bloody history that, according to a slew of reports, continues to leave a dark mark on India's classrooms.

Indian Democracy: Maturing But Flawed

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Indians are caught between a rock and hard place. On one hand they want the government to reignite India's economic growth. And yet the party with the most pro-business credential is also cloaked in anti-modern social views that will further disadvantage India's struggling minorities and women.

India: Frightening Questions, Terrifying Answers

Pranay Gupte | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

The rhetoric of this election and the concomitant actions of extremist political players point to the emergence of a less tolerant India. Does change in governance have to mean the exclusion from the social compact of those whose beliefs do not resonate with those of a shrill and increasingly violent majority?

Voting Begins in World's Most Colorful Elections in India

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Gunjan Bagla

Keen India watchers know that the 2014 elections are likely to be India's most influential in three decades.

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 Swerves to the Right

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

On account of his strident nationalism, rooted in right-wing Hindu ideology, and the pro-market policies he espouses, Narenda Modi's critics fear the emergence of 'soft fascism' in India while for those very reasons his fans hail him as Kalki -- the last avatar of the Hindu divinity Vishnu who will bring peace and prosperity in abundance to the hapless motherland.

Rise of Modi and the End of Brahmin Supremacy

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.30.2014 | World
Sunil Adam

Does the decline and the impending collapse of the Congress Party fortunes, which coincide with Narendra Modi's gate-crashing on to the national stage...

American Media Brands Cast Web Over News in India

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media
Preetam Kaushik

The Indian news cycle has been operating at a feverish pitch of late. American media players are attempting to foray into the Indian market for online news, and results have been mixed so far.

India Is in a Jam As Elections Approach

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

Is Narenda Modi a Lot of Bull?

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Peter Navarro

Narendra Modi. Is he India's Ronald Reagan, who will light a fire under one of the most underperforming economies in the world? That's a critical question financial analysts and corporate executives around the world are now asking.

Is the Next U.S. President Going to Be Elected on Negativity Like Pranab Mukherjee of India?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Sreedhar Pillai

These ridiculous vagaries of Indian politics, which several regional players play out, may never infect the American system, clearly established in a two-party political debate and balance.

Which Way India? Decision Next Week

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi -- A month after they first queued to vote in India's mammoth general election, the country's voters will learn the outcome on May 16. The e...