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Back Channel or Front

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. But what has the back channel achieved?

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.

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.

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.

Understanding India's UN Abstention on Sri Lanka

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

In a move that appeared to surprise both Washington and Colombo, however, New Delhi abstained from voting on the UN resolution. What explains New Delhi's decision?

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.

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

India's PM To Step Aside

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister announced Friday he would step aside after 10 years following this summer's general election, saying Rahul G...

U.S.-India: Playing Down the Strategic Partnership?

Aparna Pande | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Has the United States abandoned the idea of a strategic partnership with India? Relations between India and the U.S. have often suffered in the past because of misaligned priorities at regular intervals. It seems that we are, once again, in a similar situation.

Why South Asia Is the Next Tinderbox

Sunil Sharan | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

The Middle East is mired in sectarian strife, but with the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year, a bigger tinderbox awaits in South Asia.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.26.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Hello from Dharamsala, India, where I'm attending a gathering of The Mind and Life Institute with the Dalai Lama, and where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wasn't bothered by this week's news that the NSA had accessed 70.3 million calls in France and tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone -- because he doesn't own a cell phone or use email. EU leaders are less sanguine and are sending a delegation to Washington for talks to set new guidelines, like Merkel's demand for a "no-spying" pact similar to one America has with the UK. As Obama said in Berlin in 2008, true partnership and progress "require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other." We've got the listening part down; trust -- not so much. If only the NSA had spied on the Department of HHS and reported back to the White House about the state of the Obamacare rollout instead.

Is Nuclear Power Compatible With Democracy?

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

Companies that clearly don't trust their own claims of safety have long been asking ordinary people to stake their lives on the same -- and they are no longer willing to comply.

An Army Adrift

Sunil Sharan | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sunil Sharan

The Indian army, once hailed for its professionalism, is fast losing its sheen. Previous chiefs must be turning in their graves at how the recent lot are turning upon one another.

Dr. Singh Goes to Washington: Why US-India Relations Still Matter

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

The potential for what the United States and India can achieve together remains significant, even in light of the obstacles afflicting bilateral ties at the moment. The two countries are witnessing a convergence of interests in an increasing number of critical and diverse arenas.

To Stabilize Afghanistan, Retain Pakistan's Army Chief

Sunil Sharan | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

The end game in Afghanistan becomes increasingly tortuous, so the world waits with bated breath on who is going to be Pakistan's next army chief.

Why India's Next Prime Minister Will Be a Woman

Sunil Sharan | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Disillusionment with the ruling Congress is widespread. Its leadership too seems resigned to not regaining power. All it wants to do is thwart Modi from winning.

W.H. To Discuss Security With India

AP | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (MUHN'-moh-hahn sing) will meet with President Barack Obama next month. Singh...

A Far-Flung Strategy Unfolds: From Washington to Mumbai to Tokyo to the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

While the the melodramas of the moment which too often define the media culture played out, America's Asia-Pacific Pivot continued over the past week with major developments. In a host of seemingly disparate events ranging across many thousands of miles, a multi-faceted geopolitical strategy played out on multiple fronts.

Is India Heading Towards the Best Decade For Investors?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Sreedhar Pillai

For 1.3 billion people of India, corruption is a way of life and something they can't live without. Paying a few bucks to get a rail ticket or cooking gas or college admission for a child is taken for granted, which the most agitated anti-corruption protestor can't deny not having ever done.

One Step at a Time

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Rulers in Pakistan continually promise making the country another Turkey or Malaysia, ever invoking the common thread of religion. But Pakistan should aspire to be benchmarked against other countries as well, notably Brazil and South Africa.

In Defense of Manmohan Singh

Sunil Sharan | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

India has become disillusioned with its robotic prime minister, Manmohan Singh. Sure, he walks and talks like R2-D2, but with nine years under his belt, he is now the country's third-longest serving premier, behind only the iconic Nehru and his daughter, Indira.

2nd Man Arrested In Rape Of 5-Year-Old Girl

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

NEW DELHI -- A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case...

Beehive Janata Party

Sunil Sharan | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Indian Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, recently called his country a "beehive," provoking the ire of Narendra Modi, coming man of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In his intemperance, Modi appears to have overlooked how his own party had become a beehive.

Two Indians Who Just Won't Quit

Sunil Sharan | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

An unprecedented bar, a century of international centuries (a century is 100 runs) was set for him. He started groaning under the pressure, and took a year to achieve the landmark, to India's collective sigh. Was this the grand finale?

India's Italian Connection

Sunil Sharan | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Two Italian marines, who fled to Italy evading trial in India, have been forced to return after the intervention of India's paramount leader, Sonia Gandhi. Try as she might, Gandhi cannot shed her Italian connection.