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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.

Newest Indian State Votes For The First Time

AP | OMER FAROOQ | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Millions of people in nine states across India, including the newest state of Telangana, voted Wednesday in the latest phase...

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: Religion vs. Elections

Connor Ryan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Connor Ryan

Starting April 16, the people of India will determine the government of the country for the next five years. The elections will end on May 13 and the previous government will cease to exist on May 31.

How Rahul Gandhi, Amul Baby of India Has Become the David Of Indian Politics

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

All of a sudden, the story of David and Goliath has once again been enacted in Delhi, which 1.3 billion Indians proudly call the seat of their democra...

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.

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.

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.

White Goat and Caged Parrot -- How the Indian Media Failed to See Facts From Fiction

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 07.12.2013 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

Like the rest of the industrial sectors that see a future in the huge untapped Indian market, the Western media has also partnered with Indian upstart...

Rajiv Gandhi and 1984

Sunil Sharan | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

The grainy footage on state-run television revealed mourners filing by the bier of assassinated Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi. Occasionally cri...

Women Leading the Way

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women
Robin Amos Kahn

Women are leading the way in so many areas, both on a world-wide stage and as community leaders. Here is a short list of list of women who are accomplishing great things.

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.

Is Sonia Gandhi a Real Indian Saint Accused as an Italian Carpet Bagger?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 05.19.2013 | Media
Sreedhar Pillai

Few women in history had to undergo a life as dramatic as that of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, which...

When Will Singh Come?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

No Indian prime minister or president has visited Pakistan since 1998. In contrast, top Pakistani leaders have visited India five times since. What will it take to get India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, to cross the border?

How India Failed Kashmir

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Learn statecraft, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admonished his own home minister after he did not forewarn the family of a Kashmiri held responsible for an attack on India's Parliament, about his hanging.

Why Jayalalithaa Is India's Next Prime Minister

Sunil Sharan | Posted 02.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Jayalalithaa's English is excellent, which should be sufficient to make her PM. She needs to brush up on her Hindi though so that she can endear herself to the 400 million Indians who speak the language. That in itself will provide her more longevity of tenure than anything else.

Why Won't the Indians Accept Rahul Gandhi as Their Own Obama?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

His insightful mind and commitment to his country could be glimpsed from the pathos of his acceptance speech which the Indian media has ascribed as the "Obama moment" of the party.

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.

Sonia Gandhi -- The Hapless Italian Anchor of the Enrica Lexie Affair

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

If Enrica Lexie was flying another flag, chances are it would have been released and home and dry a long time back. The problem is the vessel is Italian like Sonia Gandhi was before she became an Indian citizen.

The Dynastic Rot in South Asia

Saad Khan | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
Saad Khan

While Pakistan has had a love-hate relationship with democracy, India has consistently remained democratic. After 65 years, it looks abysmal to see the largest democracy in the world still unable to shun dynasticism.