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Understanding Richard Verma's Swift Senate Confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to India

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Verma's rapid confirmation is remarkable given the acute political paralysis currently afflicting the Senate's confirmation process, particularly for ambassadorial nominees.

President Obama to Visit India Again in January

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Gunjan Bagla

By stepping off Air Force One on a foggy January morning at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, President Obama takes the US-India relationship to a new level.

Carbon Intensity: The Foundation of Climate Diplomacy -- New Delhi, India

Carl Pope | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The historic focus of climate diplomacy on caps and cuts may slow down progress on recognition that rapidly lowering the carbon intensity of every nation's economy, while making low carbon economies more dynamic and robust, is the most promising pathway to a critical mass of ambitious climate commitments in Paris.

India's Gay Community Fight For 'The Right To Live With Dignity'

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Sunday to demand an end to discrimination against gays ...

Author Dan Brown: Science And Religion Are Partners

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

Author Dan Brown has sparked plenty of intellectual debate during his career as a novelist by exploring the relationship between science and religion....

Mexico's Foreign Minister Pushes for UNSC Reforms, Strong Ties With India

Samarth Pathak | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

Addressing a public program in New Delhi today, Foreign Minister of Mexico, Dr. Jose A. Meade Kuribrena, pushed for reforms in the United Nations Security Council, in an oblique indication of support to India's bid for a permanent seat in the international forum.

India Inside: Astonishing Tales of How the United States and India Are Intertwined

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

As Washington prepares for a historic visit by India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 29, many are unaware of the histories of these two free economies, which have been delicately intertwined for more than 500 years.

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.

Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

Samarth Pathak | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians.

Fulfilling the Promise of the U.S.-India Defense Partnership

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

The past decade has witnessed a transformation in U.S.-India defense and security cooperation. The United States conducts more military exercises with India than any other country in the world.

The Harrowing Story Of A Former Indian Street Child

OWN | Posted 08.21.2014 | OWN

When Satender Sharma was 13 years old, he had to make a frightening choice: continuing living with his abusive father, or run away and attempt to surv...

New Air Quality Index May Help India's Cities Breathe Easier

Angel Hsu | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Angel Hsu

India was dealt a blow in May when a World Health Organization (WHO) study assessing air pollution in cities ranked New Delhi below Beijing. The study said that New Delhi has "the world's worst air quality."

It Hasn't Been a Good Day: William Dalrymple, Bosnia, Punjab, Zimbabwe and ... Robin Williams

T. Sher Singh | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

He was a year younger than me, I note immediately. That's so very young, I say to myself. It saddens me because I enjoyed his work, all the way from his television days in the early 1980s to his recent, sporadic appearances on the big screen.

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?

Strategizing Kukis' Political Demands

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

The leaders of the two Kuki armed groups -- the United Peoples' Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO) -- are again heading to New Delhi with the hope of materializing a political dialogue with representatives of the central government.

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.

Are India's Cities Any More Safe Today for Women and Girls?

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

Do women and girls feel safer? Are perpetrators of sexual violence held accountable? Or is justice languishing in courtrooms and police stations while women continue to fear for their safety every time they step out of their homes?

Welcome To India's First Street Art Festival

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

n what is billed as India's very first street art festival the south Delhi neighborhood of Shahpur Jat hosted a collection of international and local artists this spring to paint murals while a public who is not quite acquainted with public art asked many questions.

Is India Tiring of Democracy?

Sunil Adam | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Sunil Adam

Not only has Modi secured a mandate to be "strong and decisive," but what appeals to the Hindu majority that elected him is his ability to ride roughshod over the processes of government, apparently in the interest of "good governance."

To Cherished Friends and Strangers, Too, a Birthday Thanks

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pranay Gupte

Early in the morning of May 14, I boarded an Emirates Airline flight to New Delhi from Dubai, my adopted home. I was headed to India to observe, and w...

'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.

World's Strictest Airport Security? Forget Tel Aviv. Think Kashmir.

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...

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.

Danger and Opportunity: Leveraging Big Events for Urban Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Large-scale events, such as international conferences and sports competitions, that take place in cities in emerging countries present both an opportunity and a danger.