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Thoughts on India's New Prime Minister Narendra Modi

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

The fact that a tea-seller's son who sold cups of tea at a railway station has become India's Prime Minister with a thumping majority, is indicative of a sea change in Indian politics.

Engaging Citizens to Rate the Performance of Politicians: 'I For India'

Devanik Saha | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Devanik Saha

The political discourse in India has never been more exciting than it is right now. With the entry of Aam Aadmi Party, politics has undergone a complete makeover over the past 1.5 years. From chaiwallahs to CEOs, everybody is taking a keen interest in politics.

India Swerves to the Right

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

So What Has Changed After the Entry of Aam Aadmi Party in Politics?

Devanik Saha | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Devanik Saha

Since its independence, India has had major revolutions -- the primary ones being the green revolution and the dotcom revolution. But none of them has excited and energized the whole country as the ongoing broom revolution.

Indian National Congress Receives a Flogging From the Bharatiya Janata Party

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Kokulan Mahendiran

Following record-breaking electoral participation, the results of four state assembly elections were announced on Sunday. The resounding 4-0 victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party served as an ominous flogging of the Indian National Congress.

Vegetarianism, Culture, and Business in India

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 02.03.2014 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

I'm not a rabid steak chaser either, but I definitely do not disdain meat. Yet I did not miss it at all during my stay in Bangalore. I was aware that vegetarianism was not uncommon in India, but I was not aware of the actual impact of such a dietary choice in both domestic and commercial environments.

Anna Hazare and the Campaign Against Corruption

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Anna Hazare's activism and his stature have put corruption on the national agenda. I am not sure if his solutions will work, but the awareness and urgency that he is generating could inspire others to come up with more realistic solutions.

Narendra Modi: Extremist Conservative? Really?

Parth Parihar | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Parth Parihar

"Merchant of death," Milosevic, Hitler, fascist, murderer, Bhasmasura. If you can name an insult, it has been hurled at Gujarat Chief Minister Narend...

India's Solar Revolution, Small is Big

Justin Guay | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

As Indian states line up exciting new solar policies the central question remains: To centralize or not to centralize? India will only get one chance to get its boom right.

Why I Lost My Fascination for the Republican Party

Varun Gupta | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Varun Gupta

Let me confess at the outset - I used to and still identify with the fundamental Republican philosophy. But over the last two years, my fascination for the GOP has transformed into long spells of disbelief and sometimes outright disgust.

'Those Who Dare, Win': Why, Then, Pranab Mukherjee Be the Next President of India?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

As a striker finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee is a disaster. However, the most compelling reason why Pranab's will be the chosen name for a consensus candidate is his erstwhile party colleague and alliance partner Mamta Banerjee.

Will Someone Spare Anna Hazare a Copy of Don Quixote by Cervantes?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

Like Don Quixote, Anna and his team, in their wild dreams pick on anything they can which don't retaliate, to blame for the epidemic of corruption in India while the real causes and reasons lie elsewhere and beyond the combined intelligence of the whole team.

Indian Politicians Love Their Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 04.27.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

Kapil Sibal, a senior leader in India's congress, will release his second book of poems later this week. It's the latest of many books of poetry penned by India's politicians in recent years

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.

Weary Travelers Offer Fixes for Massive Corruption in India

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

The Rajdhani Express was running late by seven hours. So when asked about the recent explosion of corruption scandals in the nation, travelers were eager to blast the "system" and its failures.

The Hollywood Connection in U.S.-India Relations

Richard F. Celeste | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard F. Celeste

For all the glamor attached to Hollywood and Bollywood in their home countries, their potential in fostering bilateral ties has been scarcely appreciated. But the entertainment sector can be a foreign policy connection.

Rita Joshi: Indian Female Politician Arrested For Suggesting Rival Should Be Raped

AP | VIJAY JOSHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW DELHI — It was supposed to be the high point of her speech – to applause from her audience, a leading member of India's ruling Congres...

Mumbai: Politicians Play Musical Chairs?

Tahmineh Khajotia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tahmineh Khajotia

I don't know more than the average person about Indian Politics. In fact, I am probably below average when it comes to knowledge on the subject. How...