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Getting It Wrong on New al Qaeda Franchise

Arif Rafiq, Real Clear World

Asia's Democratic Dark Spots

Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

India's Foolish Crush on Japan

Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Al Qaeda's announcement earlier this month of a new affiliate in South Asia is a troubling reminder that wars in the region will go on long after U.S. troops leave Afghanistan. To ...(full article)

Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to man...(full article)

India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi...(full article)

In what seems an awful lot like a bid for continued relevance at a time when al-Qaida’s international prominence is being overshadowed by its erstwhile offshoot, ISIS, Ayman ...(full article)

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, visited Japan twice during his long decade of ostracism by the West. He is one of only three people that Shinzo Abe follows on Twitte...(full article)

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Indian Trade Booming with ASEAN - Luke Hunt, The Diplomat

Business ties extending west into India have never enjoyed the same cachet as trade with China to the north. That’s partly because access to India was blocked by Myanmar’s is...

Pakistan, Obsessed over India, Risks Anarchy - Husain Haqqani, Yale

The elaborate diplomatic dance between India and Pakistan has been interrupted once again. The two sides remain far from a major breakthrough in their troubled relationship. As lon...

2014: A Year of Botched Elections in Asia - Andrew Oplas, The Diplomat

It is commonly understood that genuine elections are among the most indispensable prerequisites for effective and sustained democratic governance. And yet as with democracy itsel...

India Isn't 'Open for Business' Yet - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

In retrospect, expectations that India's prime minister would revolutionize a troubled economy overnight were wildly overblown. But three months on, even some Modi skeptics may be ...

Can U.S. and India Become Real Partners? - Sourabh Gupta, TNI

The US-India strategic partnership is either the most under-performing bilateral relationship in the world or its most overrated....

Eurasia's Reagan Revolutions - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Perhaps economic hurdles -- caused by sanctions in Russia’s case and fundamental weakness in India's and Turkey’s -- will impose limits upon the megalomania of the tub-...

India's Youthful Modernity Only Skin Deep - Amrit Dhillon, Globe and Mail

What makes you modern? Is it the jeans you wear, the phone you use, the sauvignon blanc you drink, the car you drive and the trendy café where you sip your hazelnut mocha? ...

Can Asia's 'Middle Powers' Create Stability? - Mohan & Medcalf, TNI

In a changing Asia, not even steadfast allies like Australia can afford to put all their eggs in the alliance basket. Thus in a new research paper, we argued that it is time for n...

Asia's Reform Trinity? - Kishore Mahbubani, Project Syndicate

Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries – China, India, and Indonesia – led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded lea...

India's Modi Might Unravel the WTO - Gupta & Ganguly, Foreign Affairs

A trade spat with India is threatening to push the World Trade Organization, already suffering from flagging credibility thanks to a lack of concrete results, into irrelevance. At ...

How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers - Caitlin Dickson, Daily Beast

Dozens of Sikh men fleeing political persecution showed up on the Texas border last year—and U.S. immigration allegedly outed them to their home government....

Now, the Good News: 3 Global Success Stories - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

Wherever you look these days, the world seems on fire. New hot spots like Russia-Ukraine are competing with old ones like Gaza. Festering conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq are...

Should America Give Up on India? - Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast

Here’s how bad things are between Washington and New Delhi these days: It’s news that Kerry even made the trip. Why this reluctant partnership might be best left to wit...

Modi's New India Is Off to a Bad Start - Bloomberg View

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, promised to give the stalling Indian economy a good, firm push. Under his leadership, he said, India would be open for business. There's ...

Indian Boy Has 232 Teeth Removed - Jack Linshi, Time

A boy in India endured a six-hour operation Monday to remove 232 teeth that grew as a result of a rare medical condition. Now, Ashik Gavai, 17, has 28 teeth left—four fe...

'MBA Culture' vs. Caste in India - Chandrahas Choudhury, Bloomberg

As anyone who has ever studied business in India knows, the country does not offer a level playing field for new entrepreneurs. Not only does the large, if slowly crumbling, scaf...

Why Punjab State Has India's Worst Cancer Crisis - Rao & Bhandari, GP

Three days after her mother died, Rajinder Kaur sat quietly on the edge of a rope cot, staring at her sandaled feet as the buzz of her friends and family filled the courtyard of he...

India Is the Key to the World's Climate Future - Ryan Cooper, The Week

The future of climate change is largely about China and India. Their populations are gigantic, their economies are growing fast, and their potential emissions growth could complete...

Waiting for the Modi Mojo - The Economist

What a difference the prospect of a new government has made. The Indian stockmarket is up by a fifth this year, a shaky rupee has steadied and consumers are upbeat—buying mor...

Shadowboxing in India-U.S. ties - The Hindu

Something always seems to come in the way of India and the United States finding the groove in their relationship. Attempts by the two sides to inject some enthusiasm into bilatera...

India's Role in the Nuclear Race - New York Times

India is seeking membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a 48-nation body established 40 years ago to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for militar...

India's 'Holy River' Filled with Sewage & Corpses - Sudhiti Naskar, BBC

The monsoon is about to come to Varanasi, India's ancient city on the Ganges, putting an end to the daily swimming lessons held in the river after school. The children will miss th...

Erosion of Trust in India - New York Times

Millions of Indians have gazed in horror at videos showing 24 cheerful engineering students wading in a tranquil stretch of the Beas River in Himachal Pradesh last month and then b...

Can India Turn Its Slums into Cities? - Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

We don't typically see an upside to slums—the squalid, makeshift settlements that house one-third of the urban population in developing countries. But not everyone's so glum. The...

Changing Rules of the Game of Thrones - Praveen Swami, The Hindu

For the first time since it emerged as the world’s pre-eminent power, the United States is walking away from the global battlefields. This makes it vital for regional powers ...

India Faces the Iraq Test - The Hindu

The taking into custody of 40 Indians, drawn into the crossfire of a bitter power struggle in Iraq between an assertive but marginalised Sunni minority and the government led by Pr...

Asia's Coming Nuclear Arms Race - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

While America’s post-Cold War conventional superiority has made it a proponent of nuclear disarmament, it relied heavily on nuclear weapons to deter the Soviet Union in Europ...

In India, Is This Nehru's Last Stand? - Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader, Narendra Modi, in India’s general election last month has raised a crucial question about the country’s future. With...

India's Quest to End World Hunger - Philip Bethge, Der Spiegel

Over one third of humanity is undernourished. Now a group of scientists are experimenting with specially-bred crops, and hoping to launch a new Green Revolution -- but controversy ...

India-Pak Proxy War for Afghanistan Looms - Frederic Grare, Ind. Express

The announcement of the full US withdrawal will only provide additional incentive for both India and Pakistan to accelerate their existing policies in order to gain the upper hand ...

China and India, Made for Each Other - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Ten years ago, Indian economist and politician Jairam Ramesh coined a word that captivated pundits and investors: "Chindia." The idea that China and India might join forces, to co...

Modi Doubles Down on the Neighborhood - Alyssa Ayres, Yale Global

Should India and Pakistan finally overcome their barriers to trade, Pakistan could truly serve as a trade corridor linking Afghanistan and Central Asia to India's huge market and v...

India After English? - Samanth Subramanian, New York Review of Books

A decade or more ago, the publishers of English newspapers scorned Indian language readers, assuming that, as hundreds of millions more Indians became literate, they would turn aut...

Gandhi Was a Crank Before He Was a Saint - Maya Jasanoff, New Republic

How did a provincial young lawyer from western India become a globally recognized icon? The answers lie largely—if not widely known—in South Africa. During twenty years living ...

A Chinese Monroe Doctrine? - Jaswant Singh, Project Syndicate

In some ways, the bilateral relationship is already moving in a positive direction, especially on the economic front. But, as trade imbalances favoring China become apparent, India...

India's Feudal Rapists - Amana Fontanella-Khan, New York Times

For much of India’s history the lower castes, especially the Dalits (once known as untouchables), have been routinely raped by the landowning upper castes. Better legal prote...

Narendra Modi Can Speak English, But Won't - Adam Taylor, WaPo

While the French may loathe to admit it, English has long been the accepted language of global diplomacy. However, if a new report in Indian Express is to be believed, India's...

India's Alliances Will Be Tested - Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu

While Narendra Modi’s immediate task will be to focus on bailing India out of its current economic crisis, it would be a mistake to ignore the massive shifts the world has un...

Voters Worldwide Are Nixing the Left - Michael Barone, New York Post

The opinion pages, economic journals and liberal Web sites are atwitter (a-Twitter?) these days over French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century....

India Can Grow if It Treats Women Better - The National

The fatal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi in 2012 induced unprecedented outrage and criticism in India. That terrible incident paved the way for strict sexual violence legislat...

Modi Right to Strengthen Ties with China - Hindustan Times

India announced a Look East policy in 1992, years after the Southeast Asian ‘tiger economies’ had surged into the global limelight. Over time, the governments of East and South...

Ronald Reagan Is Alive in India - Allan Meltzer, Defining Ideas

The Indian election was a classic confrontation between the proponents of growth and the advocates of redistribution and the welfare state. Growth won across the board in all cla...

The Fearful Asymmetries of Modi's World - Praveen Swami, The Hindu

Narendra Modi must plan for the looming battles of the future — not prepare to fight yesterday’s wars again. To do that, he will have to give India new tools of politic...

Hope & Change on the Subcontinent - Jonathan Foreman, Weekly Standard

The Indian elections that ended with a resounding victory for the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi and an even more resounding defeat of the ruling Congress party have huge implicat...

U.S. May Not Like Modi's Foreign Policy - James Traub, Foreign Policy

India is about to install a new prime minister who is not a Gandhi, not a member of the Congress party, not a policy intellectual, and not a product of India's westward-looking pro...

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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