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A YEAR ago Narendra Modi came to office promising to bring India “good times”, by which he meant jobs, prosperity and international renown. His progress has been frustr...(full article)

Economists and investors trumpeted Modi as a sort of Ronald Reagan of India, a man who could get down to business and prescribe the right medicine for the country's heavily regulat...(full article)

EMITHANG, India — My friends and I had gone as far as we could toward the border with China. We were tracing, in reverse, the Dalai Lama’s path into India from Chinese-...(full article)

What tales of ancient Vedic aircraft tell us about India’s place in the modern world....(full article)

We're going through a purple patch for leaders in the big Asian countries....(full article)

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India's President Underwhelms - Bloomberg View

When Narendra Modi swept to power in India a year ago, critics said they feared his strongman tendencies. They needn't have worried. In his approach to economic reform, he's been a...

India Shows How to Keep ISIS Out - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

Surprising as it may seem, some Western countries with Christian majorities account for more IS recruits than countries with the biggest Muslim populations....

India and China Seek Their Nixon Moment - Economist

Two bold leaders share an interest in at least modestly better relations....

India's Chilling Crackdown - New York Times

The Ford Foundation is among the world’s best-known charitable organizations, dispensing billions of dollars globally for projects aimed at reducing poverty, fighting injusti...

India's Great and Beautiful Lost Kingdoms - William Dalrymple, NY Books

“People of distant places with diverse customs,” wrote a Chinese Buddhist monk in the mid-seventh century, “generally designate the land that they admire as India...

The Striking Salesmanship of India's Prime Minister - H Pant, Diplomat

Narendra Modi’s time in France, Germany, and Canada showcased his shrewdness as a diplomat....

Does India Need a Communist Party? - Jawed Naqvi, Dawn

Addressing the tragedy of the more contemporary world Karl Marx had offered a sharper view of objective reality. He said the previous philosophers had interpreted the world in thei...

Building the China-India Relationship - Peter Martin, Foreign Affairs

The relationship between China and India will be one of the most important of this century. Their interactions will help to determine the future of globalization, international ins...

India Seeks a Seat at the Transatlantic Table - Dhruva Jaishankar, GMF

WASHINGTON - Diplomatically speaking, it has been a busy first year in power for India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. In addition to hosting the leaders of the United States, Chi...

Does India Heart Hillary Clinton? - Alyssa Ayres, CFR

Hillary Clinton's April 12, 2015 presidential campaign launch kicked the U.S. presidential race for 2016 into higher gear. It's also the first American campaign announcement to gar...

Will China or the U.S. Charm India First? - Peter Hartcher, SMH

The United States slapped a visa ban on Narendra Modi and kept it in place for nine years. So how to overcome this awkward fact once he was elected Prime Minister of India last ye...

What India's Modi Can Learn from Germany - D. Nayyar, Bloomberg View

On his first trip to Germany this Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join Chancellor Angela Merkel to inaugurate the world’s largest industrial fair, Hanover Me...

India Launches War on Greenpeace - Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post

India’s environmental war are heating up. On Thursday, India suspended Greenpeace India’s ability to receive foreign funds and froze its bank accounts on Thursday, the...

Hints of a Historical Political Change in India - The Hindu

Do Arvind Kejriwal and his men have the ability, the foresight, and the historical sense to tread a path different from their historical forebears? And, even more important, do the...

How India Can Surpass China in Sri Lanka - N. Samaranayake, Diplomat

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Sri Lanka highlights New Delhi’s reawakening to the strategic position that Sri Lanka holds in India’s neighb...

India's Oscars? An Exercise in Parochialism - The Hindu

They may come with the ecumenical name of “National” Awards, but every time the announcement arrives, it becomes an occasion for parochial chest-thumping....

Modi's Biggest Problem May Be the Banks - D. Nayyar, Bloomberg View

In New Delhi this week, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde joined the chorus of voices pressing India's government to tackle ambitious reforms to land and labor markets. Prime...

Growing Intolerance in India - The Hindu

As a religion, Hinduism has always shown a philosophical indifference to forcing rituals and symbols on its adherents. This incident is one more in a growing list of attempts by fu...

The Battle for the Indian Ocean - Darshana Baruah, The Diplomat

As China continues to draw attention to the South China Sea with its land reclamation and creation of artificial islands, it is also important to look at Chinese activities in the ...

Pakistan and India: Addressing Core Concerns - A. Jehangir Qazi, Dawn

The Indian foreign secretary has come and gone. Pakistan will host the Saarc summit in 2016. Modi may attend or even visit before it. That could provide an opportunity for a joint ...

India Begins China Pushback in Indian Ocean - Harsh Pant, The Diplomat

With Narendra Modi’s tour of three Indian Ocean states this week, New Delhi will renew its commitment to the region....

The Nuclear Game in South Asia - Eleanor Albert, CFR

Southern Asia is home to three nuclear powers—China, India, and Pakistan—that continue to expand and modernize their arms programs. Motivated by the need to address perceived s...

Myanmar, China's Barrier and Buffer - Dai Yonghong, East Asia Forum

Myanmar is China’s security barrier and strategic buffer. China’s top security concern is to keep Myanmar from joining the US ‘encirclement of China’ policy...

Why Some Indians Want to Ban the BBC - Samiha Nettikkara, BBC

The BBC is being targeted by angry social media users in India after a documentary featuring an interview with a rapist on death row....

India's Careful Plan for Growth - New York Times

Narendra Modi chose incremental pragmatism in proposing his first full budget since becoming India’s prime minister last year. The $288 billion budget did not fulfill the exp...

Did India Miss an Opportunity for Reform? - Alan Potter, The Diplomat

India’s much-anticipated 2015-16 budget was released on Saturday. This was the first full budget to be released under the Modi government and many analysts had called for &...

China Will Continue to Outgrow India - Tim Worstall, Forbes

There’s a piece over at Bloomberg taking the standard view that India is going to grow faster than China in coming years. Well, maybe, but I don’t think so actually....

The China Boom Might Continue - Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View

Where will China and India be in a decade, economically speaking? Judging from the abnormal speed at which they have grown in recent decades, most forecasters think they are due fo...

Why Mother Teresa Is No Saint - Adam Taylor, Washington Post

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work, has been dropped into modern India's religious debate after the head of the H...

Facing Up to India's Pollution Problem - New York Times

And it is more than just a national emergency. The unregulated use of these energy sources adds copious emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for the war...

A Huge Change in India's Urban Policy - Ezra Klein, Vox

Even a city as large as Mumbai contains only a relatively small fraction of India's vast population. But it is in many respects the country's most economically dynamic metropolis, ...

Will India Ditch Sri Lanka's Tamils? - MK Bhadrakumar, Indian Punchline

The four-day state visit to India by the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, which begins today, becomes a challenging diplomatic initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi....

End Abuse of Worker Visa System - Los Angeles Times

Adding insult to injury, some of the new workers are in the United States under what are known as H-1B visas — a category of visa that was designed to help American businesse...

For 'China-like' Growth, India Needs New Policy - W. Pesek, Bloomberg

India bulls are ecstatic. According to revised gross domestic product numbers released earlier this week, the country will expand 7.4 percent in the year through March -- on par wi...

A Defeat for India's Modi - New York Times

Fresh from the diplomatic high of a successful summit meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics. He and his Bha...

Is the Modi Honeymoon Over? - Dhiraj Nayyar, Bloomberg

In elections over the weekend, Delhi voters left no doubt about whom they prefer to govern India's capital region. Official results released Tuesday showed that the Aam Aadmi ("Co...

India's Top-Cop Novelist - Prashant Agrawal, Ozy

Mumbai might be the next big literary city. In the 19th century, it was London. In the 1920s, it was Paris. In the 1960s, San Francisco....

China Unmoved by U.S.-India Courtship - Dingding Chen, The Diplomat

A warmer India-U.S. relationship will not hurt China-India relations — unless India makes a suicidal choice....

A New Hinduism Emerges - Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

India is changing fast, and Hinduism is keeping up....

India Is the Unstable Power of Our Time - Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

If it heeds the lessons of history, the US would do well not to foster close ties with India in the next few years....

Explaining the Global Surplus of Men - David Bauer, Quartz

Men now outnumber women on the planet by 60 million, the highest ever recorded. Preference for sons in India and China is driving the trend, but those two countries are not the onl...

U.S.-India Relations Reach a Wow Moment - Amitabh Mattoo, The Hindu

The Obama visit is so overwhelming a development that it has hardly evoked dissent. Not since India signed the peace and friendship treaty with the Soviet Union has New Delhi align...

The U.S. and India Mend Bridges - Irish Times

The statement and warmth of the meetings suggests a new confidence on the part of Modi that, with perceived hardening Japanese attitudes, represents a significant psychological shi...

Give the Balance of Power a Chance, America - Paul Pillar, TNI

There is something of a hidden hand at work, akin to how such a hand works economically in free markets. The hidden hand does not write the same script each time, and political sci...

A New Chapter for America and India - New York Times

After years of near misses and unfulfilled promises, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India appear to have set relations between their democracies on a deeper, p...

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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