January 30, 2013

India Facing a Cultural Emergency

Sanjay Kumar, The Diplomat

AP Photo

India celebrated its 64th Republic Day on January 26 with much fanfare, displaying its military might and cultural diversity in a parade that rolled through New Delhi.


While the parade showcased the nation’s achievements over the last six decades, the image portrayed is at considerable odds with reality. Since adopting a democratic and liberal constitution on January 26, 1950, the attack on India’s liberal and democratic traditions has never been as acute as it is now.


As the parade moved down Rajpath, New Delhi’s ceremonial boulevard, a religious fringe group in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was pressuring authorities to withdraw the release of the movie Vishwaroopam from cinemas on the grounds that it insults...

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January 21, 2013
India vs. China: India Is Losing
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January 22, 2013
The Gandhi Brand Loses Its Luster in India
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India-Pakistan: Establishment Strikes Back
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January 19, 2013
Russia, U.S. Shower India in Weapons
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