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Misreading Modi

Amana Fontanella-Khan, Foreign Policy

India Deserves Better

Amol Rajan, London Evening Standard

The controversial front-runner is campaigning against rape, but he may be disastrous for India's women....(full article)

Memoirs by civil servants are generally a delightful read. But sometimes — circumstantially — some become questionable, as has happened in the cases of Sanjaya Baru an...(full article)

In the weeks after this election -- the first to reveal the electoral power of the urbanized villager -- the stock market may rise, and foreign investors might be lured back into I...(full article)

Ninety-six per cent of India’s 1.2 billion people say that corruption is their nation’s No. 1 problem. More than half, 54 per cent, report giving a bribe in the last y...(full article)

The charge sheet against Narendra Damodardas Modi is familiar and well founded: the stench of Hindu nationalism covers him...(full article)

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India's Pro-Rapist Party - The Hindu

Mr. Yadav’s words, we can be reasonably certain, were no mistake. In the midst of a bruising election campaign, he spoke as he did because he knew there is political gain to be h...

India's Nukes in Focus - Praveen Swami, The Hindu

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto promises to review India’s nuclear doctrine. What does this portend?...

Indian Voters Get the Modi Blues - The National

As India faced one of the biggest days of its month-long elections yesterday, with more than 100 million people in 19 constituencies across 14 states going to the polls, the focus ...

In India, Politics Is Criminal - Ram Mashru, The Diplomat

This week marked the beginning of India’s mammoth general elections. Between April 7 and May 12, 814 million people – the largest electorate in the world – will have the c...

The Fable of 'India First' - Chandrahas Choudhury, Bloomberg View

It’s not just the timing of the manifesto that points to the BJP’s desire to play it safe; its content does as well. Like an elaborate breakfast buffet that offers the ...

Why Facebook Is So Interested In India's Elections - Rega Jha, BuzzFeed

India’s general election this year will be the largest democratic election that has ever been conducted in the world -- and also one of Facebook’s most ambitious pushes...

Why Did Modi Keep His Wife Secret for 50 Years? - Adam Taylor, WaPo

Narendra Modi, currently the favorite to be India's next prime minister, had to make an unusual admission on Thursday. The 63-year-old Modi, long famous for being a bachelor withou...

Is India About to Abandon No First Nuke Doctrine? - Zach Keck, Diplomat

The BJP election manifesto suggests that India may soon adopt a more aggressive stance on nuclear weapons....

No Room for Dissent in India's Dynasty Politics - Siddhartha Deb, Guardian

In postcolonial, democratic India, the exercise of large-scale voting seems to have made no dent in the hardening of dynastic politics. Almost every party has taken on the practice...

Food Prices Are Going to Topple More Governments - Josh Keating, Slate

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...

In Indian Election, It's Party vs. Personality - Times of India

Campaign Modi is the end product of a complex web of backend outreach initiatives largely driven by technology. While Modi dominates traditional election posters, extolling voters ...

Most Likely Outcome of India's Election: Chaos - James Tapper, Global Post

In spite of the much-hyped ‘Modi wave' sweeping India, the reality is that the BJP leader may have a hard time becoming prime minister. He will almost certainly need the support ...

India Is a Young and Anxious Country - Jason Burke, The Guardian

A generational shift is under way in India with half of the population under 24. How the 150m first-time voters cast their ballot will dictate the future....

In India, a Pivot to Hindu Nationalism? - Christian Science Monitor

The India election that begins this week could catapult a Hindu nationalist, Narendra Modi, to power. How he defines the national interest will determine India's place in the world...

11 Things to Know About the World's Biggest Vote - Peter Bergen, CNN

India's flagging economic performance is the election's central issue. After registering Chinese-style growth rates of 8% to 10% in the 2000s, India's economy slowed sharply in 201...

Back to Sectarianism in India - The Hindu

The Congress’s unprincipled overture to the Imam is clearly an act of desperation by a party with little hope in this election. As the man of the moment, Mr. Modi was in a positi...

Modi's Record Isn't the Big Success He Claims - Timmons & Khullar, Quartz

Narendra Modi’s candidacy for Indian prime minister largely rests on claims of turning around his state of Gujarat. As national elections begin today, a Gallup poll finds tha...

What's at Stake in India's Election - Aakanksha Tangri, Global Public Square

It will be the world’s biggest exercise in democracy. As India heads to the polls from Monday, some 814 million people will be eligible to vote in a general election that will ...

A Mega Battle for India's Secular Soul - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

It is billed as the biggest election on Earth. In the world’s largest democracy, an electorate of 815 million will troop up to 930,000 polling stations in 28 states in nine p...

The World's Next Macho Nationalist - Dileep Padgaonkar, Times of India

The advent of Narendra Modi at the helm of the next government would conform to a trend witnessed worldwide during the last decade or so. In country after country voters are reposi...

A Big Test for Democracy in India - Sydney Morning Herald

It’s easy to take India’s vibrant democracy for granted. Its distinctive Westminster-style political system has become deeply entrenched since the nation gained independence in...

Modi Win in India Would Be Terrible for Women - Amrit Wilson, Guardian

If Modi is elected, the many struggles rocking India -- including violence against women and state repression -- look likely to intensify....

Can Young Voters Swing the Indian Election? - Katy Daigle, AP

What do India's youth want from their politicians? Clean water, universal health care, women's safety, food for all, better education, less corruption, better roads, more investmen...

Can Anyone Stop Narendra Modi? - The Economist

He will probably become India’s next prime minister. That does not mean he should be....

China or America? Indians Pick U.S. - Bruce Stokes, Global Public Square

During the Cold War, the Indian government attempted to position itself between Moscow and Washington by claiming leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement. As Indians head to the pol...

Asia Follows China into an Old-Fashioned Arms Race - David Pilling, FT

Across Asia, purchases of submarines, the “new bling” in the words of Bernard Loo Fook Weng, a Singaporean defence expert, are multiplying. India, South Korea and Vietn...

The India Democracy Show - Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times

We are now only days away from the start of the greatest democratic show on earth. It is hard to challenge India’s claims to be the world’s biggest living, breathing dy...

Courting India's Muslim Vote - Sudha Ramachandran, The Diplomat

In just a few days from now India will begin voting in its multi-phase, 16th general election. Opinion polls suggest that the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya J...

Kerry's Neglect of India Comes with a Price - Max Boot, Commentary

What is Kerry neglecting with his odd focus on Israelis and Palestinians? Well start with one of the biggest potential diplomatic opportunities for the United States: to incorporat...

Second Sunrise of Indian Jihad - Praveen Swami, The Hindu

Each bombing the Indian Mujahideen carries out is a medium for a political message enmeshed with India’s dystopic communal landscape: that democratic politics cannot defend I...

8 Reasons Why India's Elections Really Matter - James Tapper, Global Post

NEW DELHI, India - With 48 countries going to the polls this year, it would be easy to dismiss India's April general election as just more democracy in action. But India is differe...

Beware India's Angry Middle Class - Jack Goldstone, The Hindu

Not only the coming election, but what follows this election, will determine whether India’s democracy remains peaceful. Much hope for change is riding on this election, but ...

The Most Surprising Thing About Delhi - Julien Bouissou, Le Monde

Protecting the 'green lung' of the sprawling, wheezing metropolis is becoming increasingly harder in the face of surging population and hungry real estate developers....

How a New Cold War Helps China & India - M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

How China and India will benefit from the standoff in Ukraine....

Why India Keeps Falling Behind China - Frank Ching, China Post

An even pricklier problem from New Delhi's standpoint is that while India's exports to China have been dropping, China's exports to India continue to rise so that, in 2013, the val...

The Old Cold War Blocs Won't Work This Time - Bruce Jones, Daily Beast

The U.S. has convinced its Western allies to Boot Russia out of the G8, but it needs the cooperation of emerging nations to avoid a new cold-war stalemate....

The Scotland of India - Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast

India has become known for the congested traffic and crowds of the cities. To escape the madness, Indians head to Coorg, a land of lush beauty, traditional food, and—sigh—tranq...

The Myth of India's Middle Class - Julien Bouissou, Le Monde

The concept of the middle class gained momentum during the years of strong economic growth that followed the liberalization reforms initiated in 1991. Such banks and consulting fir...

India: You're Criminal if Gay - Leila Seth, New York Review of Books

The voluminous accounts of rape, torture, extortion, and harassment suffered by gay and transgender people as a result of this law do not appear to have moved the court. Nor does t...

Manmohan Singh: Missing for a Decade - Ramesh Thakur, Japan Times

A billion people and India cannot produce just one leader for the times? Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been in office for two terms but rarely in power during that decade....

Elections 2014 Is a Battle for India's Soul - Shashi Tharoor, NDTV

The Indian idea is that a nation may endure differences of caste, creed, colour, conviction, culture, cuisine, costume and custom, and still rally around a consensus. And that cons...

In Defense of the Indian Male - Chandrahas Choudhury, Bloomberg View

Well, there’s never been a worse time in history to be an Indian man. A ominous campaign, waged overtly and covertly, from within Indian borders and without, suppressing the ...

India 2014: The Mother of All Elections - Pradeep Taneja, The Conversation

India may not be the world’s oldest democracy but it is certainly the biggest. The next elections for its parliament will be the largest ever, with a total of 814 million people ...

The Key to Real Democracy in India - Vijay Prashad, The Guardian

What will save India from the toxic juggernaut of the BJP leader Narendra Modi is that it doesn't have a presidential system....

Do Indians Have Too Many Choices? - Chandrahas Choudhury, Bloomberg

There must be something so quixotic about Indian democracy if Modi, the current front-runner to become the next prime minister of India, knows that he has to drag his party closer ...

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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