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India has a population of 1.2 billion people, but it has long been dominated by a tiny elite: a couple of hundred extended families, totaling perhaps 4,000-5,000 people. Many count...(full article)

As India and Pakistan enter another cycle of dialogue, they share the prospect of ushering in a more positive and prosperous future for their citizens. The United States can and sh...(full article)

The big terror attack in Pathankot threatens to derail a renewed India-Pakistan peace process. For now, the government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are saying that the tal...(full article)

India just doesn’t have the tools it needs to protect itself against terrorism. That it took Indian troops over 18 hours, and the loss of at least seven lives, to defeat four...(full article)

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in to visit Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the holidays, there were some who hoped that a new era in India-Pakis...(full article)

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Islamic Terrorists Open a New Front - Washington Times

Just what the civilized world needs, a new front in the war against radical Islamic terrorism: Two terrorists were killed this week in an attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force B...

Short-Sighted Hike in U.S. Visa Fee - The Hindu

The Barack Obama administration’s decision to raise the visa fee for skilled professionals seeking temporary work in the U.S. is set to hit Indian companies in the IT sector....

Next Year Is Full of Good Omens for India-Pakistan - R. Lall, The National

It rarely happens that a photo opportunity for the internet age is tailor-made for a philosophical quote from imperial Rome. But when India’s Narendra Modi dropped by his Pak...

Should India Worry About Nepal-China Ties? - Y. Ghimire, Indian Express

As Nepal and India are squabbling over what constitutes blockade and what does not, China has sent across a message that it will do every thing possible to steer Nepal off the huma...

Pakistanis Are Ready for Peace Process with India - Raza Rumi, Quartz

Modi’s short visit to Lahore on Dec. 25 was welcomed by almost all the mainstream political parties in Pakistan. That betrays a consensus within the political elites there, u...

A Dark Cloud Over India - Ashish Fernandes, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Frozen bank accounts. Cancelled operating licenses. Court cases, arrests, and punitive legal actions based on fabrications. International donations cut off. Individuals with legiti...

A Historic Turn for India-Japan Ties? - Shashank Joshi, Lowy Interpreter

On 13 December, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a three-day visit to India, building on the public rapport that he had established with his counterpart, Narendra Modi,...

Restarting India's Faltering Economic Revolt - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

The sharp defeat of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in the state of Bihar has put the prime minister’s reform plan and political legacy at risk. He still has tim...

How China Killed Punjab Inc. - M Rajshekhar, Quartz

Over the last 10 years—and especially since 2010—Punjab has seen a process of deindustrialisation....

A Good Day for South Asian Diplomacy - Economist

THERE were doubts until almost the last minute about whether the top-billed guests would turn up at a diplomatic conference in Islamabad on December 9th to discuss peace in Afghani...

India and Japan Tighten Their Embrace - Economist

India sees a lot of synergy: Japan has skills and capital, while India has a vast untapped market and much scope to boost manufacturing. Japanese firms, though, remain frustrated w...

India's Untouchable Queen of the Dead - Maria Tavernini, Narratively

She sits down under the arches of the ancient temple blackened by soot, guarding the sacred fire — an eternal flame used to cremate the dead. In a male-dominated realm, her p...

How China and Pakistan Could Remake Asia - Fahad Shah, Foreign Affairs

As the Sino-Pakistani relationship strengthens, perhaps the biggest loser will be Kashmir. Kashmiris want freedom from India and Pakistan, but both India and Pakistan have refused ...

India and Nepal Need to Mend Fraying Ties, and Fast - Indian Express

Whether known India-baiter K.P. Sharma Oli’s assumption of office as PM in October worried Delhi further or not, India took the unprecedented step of reporting Nepal to the U...

End the Stand-off - The Hindu

The brief detention of 13 Indian border guards by the Nepali police on Sunday is yet another example of the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Nepali authorities of...

Don't Place the Climate Burden on Poorer Countries - Narendra Modi, FT

The instinct of our culture is to take a sustainable path to development. When a child is born, we plant a tree. Since ancient times, we have seen humanity as part of nature, not s...

Explaining the India-Nepal Crisis - Hemant Ojha, The Diplomat

After 10 years of post-conflict transition and two constituent assembly elections, Nepal finally adopted a constitution. India’s displeasure with this development has both sy...

Declining Number of Foreign Students to Indian Universities - THT

India is facing a staggering crisis of education. There is no shortage of indicators pointing to glaring failures in the sector. It has, for instance, lately emerged that the numbe...

Modi's Over-the-Top UK Visit - Guardian

Narendra Modi and David Cameron are playing politics in a globalised world....

The Hindu Taliban That Rule India - Anish Kapoor, Guardian

he Hindu god Vishnu has several incarnations, many of them human. The latest of these appears to be Narendra Modi. All over India there are images of the man, right arm raised in t...

The UK Can Do Business With Modi's India - Telegraph

David Cameron might have been expected to attend an emergency council of EU leaders tonight to continue discussing the migration crisis following the summit in Malta. In the event,...

We've Seen the Real Modi - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Eighteen months ago, Narendra Modi won a major election victory in India and appeared to many abroad as an economic modernizer and developmentalist: someone who could raise sagging...

Narendra Modi's Unholy War - Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

A signal illiberal achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP regime has been the revival of the cow as an instrument of political warfare. And the recent spate of att...

Rebuking India's Prime Minister - New York Times

During a national election in India last year, Narendra Modi promised “development for all.” As prime minister, he has yet to deliver big economic improvements, but in ...

India Votes Against Modi's Hubris - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express

It is the peculiar dignity of Indian democracy that it so often provides a new dawn. Kishan Pattnayak once called Bihar the graveyard of all revolutions. Now it is a source of hope...

India's Modi Suffers Defeat in Key State Vote - MacAskill & Nair, Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday in an election in Bihar, India's third most-populous state, signalling the waning power of a leader who until recentl...

Hinduism, Britain and Caste - Economist

All this matters more than ever because a political battle over the Dalit question may soon come to a head in Britain after simmering for a long time. Arguments over whether Brita...

The Cost of Hindu Extremism - New York Times

The dismay that many ordinary Indian citizens feel about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s willingness to tolerate, even encourage, the Hindu hard-liners in his own party has no...

India Revives Its Ties to Africa - World Politics Review

Sidiropulos: India’s political ties with Africa go back many decades. India was at the forefront of the fight against apartheid in South Africa and was a key leader of the No...

India, France, and Secularism - Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

The Indian organizers of two concerts by Ghulam Ali, a veteran Pakistani singer, did not want to take chances. They had received local government assurances about security for the ...

The Rise of Trash Talk in Democracies - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

People foaming at the mouth with hate and malice have become a common sight on both traditional and social media. Mobs in India and mass shooters in America have thrived in this cl...

India's Deadliest Epidemic - Zigor Aldama and Miguel Candela, The Diplomat

On May 14, Ramnariam Barma woke up determined to end his life. He had long been pondering this decision, and the government’s refusal to compensate him for the loss of his ha...

China Stuns India in Nepal - M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

The fundamental issue is that – be it Nepal, Maldives, or Sri Lanka – the obsession with China’s growing influence in the region has warped the Indian thinking, w...

Reversing the Continental Drift - Mahesh Sachdev, The Hindu

Geologically, eons ago, peninsular India was once part of Africa, the fused ‘Super-Continent’ called ‘Gondwanaland’. Some 200 million years ago when the continental drift s...

Asia Pivots to Washington - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

So each of Mr Modi’s forays overseas has an economic dimension. When Chinese president Xi Jinping tipped up at the White House the other day, Mr Modi was in California sellin...

India's Energy Crisis - Richard Martin, MIT Technology Review

Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly destroying the global climat...

In South Asia, a War of All Against All - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

The problem for overwhelmingly poor countries that came too late to modernity is that while the weakened state is no longer the reliever of misery, egotism is often neither refined...

Nepal's Constitution and Lessons for India - Mukesh Rawat, The Diplomat

On September 20, Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav announced that his country had a new constitution. The promulgation of the constitution is significant because it paves the way...

Pump-Priming Growth - The Hindu

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has opted to send an unequivocal message that as long as the domestic growth momentum remains tentative and price pressures don’t po...

The Narendra Modi Show Hits the Road - Devjyot Ghoshal, Quartz

No longer in the throes of a prolonged honeymoon, Modi sought comfort from an enamoured diaspora....

Magical Thinking in Indian Agriculture - W.R. Mead, American Interest

India’s agriculture minister had some eyebrow-raising advice for the more than 600 million people in his country that depend on agriculture for a living. According to the min...

Smuggling India's Antiquities - Neeta Lal, The Diplomat

Indian Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s recent admission in parliament that eight cases of antiquities theft were reported from State-protected monuments and muse...

India's Dangerous Dreams of Besting China - David Pilling, Financial Times

The idea that India will effortlessly float above Chinese growth levels is hopelessly smug. India’s statistics are as dubious as those of China. People forget that only last ...

A Threat to India's 'Look East' Strategy - Kadayam Subramanian, Asia Times

Manipur in Northeast India is the most conflict-affected state in the region today. Insurgency in the state witnessed a giant leap forward on June 4, 2015 when the United Liberati...

India and Pakistan's Dialogue of the Deaf - Mohammed Hanif, NYT

We are at it again. India and Pakistan are talking a lot these days, mostly about why they don’t want to talk to each other. Our national security adviser...

Mumbai's Evolving Urban Form

The continuing dispersion of international metropolitan areas is illustrated by recently released 2011 Census of India preliminary data for the Mumbai "larger" metropolitan area...

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