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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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

A U.S.-India Window of Opportunity - Jayant Prasad, The Hindu

Geo-strategically, some of the big issues that confront the U.S. today, China, Pakistan, and the shaping of the post-2014 transition in Afghanistan, all happen to be in India’s...

In Modi, Israel Has a Powerful Ally - Jeff Moskowitz, Tablet Magazine

Controversial in the U.S., the Hindu nationalist has cultivated a close relationship with the Jewish state—and says he wants to get closer...

Modi Is a Real Threat to India - Barbara Crossette, The Nation

In today’s India, promoters of the most radical fringe of Hindu nationalism within Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) want to constrict Indian diversity and enforce an...

Modi's Stuck Between the U.S. and China - Harsh Pant, The National

These are exhilarating times in India. An old political order underpinned by the supremacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family is crumbling while a new order is gradually taking shape. The ...

Terror to Bend India's Will - Deccan Chronicle

The eight-hour attack on the Indian consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan in the early hours of Friday is a reminder that a key stumbling block to good neighbourly relations in...

Why Modi Is Going to Upset Washington - 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...

New Asian Order: Chiran, Japindia & Philnambodia - H. Timmons, Quartz

Despite strong trade and investment ties, Asia’s political alliances are in a state of flux, thanks to China’s voracious demand for resources and aggressive moves in the South ...

Time for Modi to Kick India into High Gear - The National

During his tenure as chief minister of Gujarat, the state achieved an average growth rate of 13.4 per cent, when the national rate stood at just above 7 per cent for the period. He...

Modi: Can India's Strongman Bring Prosperity? - The Economist

THE most important change in the world over the past 30 years has been the rise of China. The increase in its average annual GDP per head from around $300 to $6,750 over the period...

Is Narendra Modi India's Shinzo Abe? - Brahma Chellaney, Project Syn.

After a prolonged period of political drift and paralysis, India’s new government will be led by a man known for his decisiveness. Just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe&...

India's Election Remakes Our World - Martin Wolf, Financial Times

Modi must accelerate economic progress to benefit the vast majority, not just the elites....

Modi's Role Model: Thatcher or Lee Kuan Yew? - John Cassidy, New Yorker

Modi, despite his embrace of business, comes from a very different intellectual tradition. In seeking to modernize Gujarat, his role models were Asian strongmen, such as Singapore&...

Time for a U.S. Reset with India - Michael Kugelman, Los Angeles Times

Bilateral ties were abysmal for much of the Cold War era, when India signed a treaty of friendship with Moscow. India's liberalization reforms in the early 1990s ushered in a perio...

The Twilight of the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

The Gandhis had no answer, except to invoke the principles of secularism and the legacy of Nehru, which not too many voters relate to, especially the young, 150 million of whom ent...

India Needs Its Thatcher Moment - Gurcharan Das, Financial Times

Mr Modi has not been elected primarily by Hindu nationalists but by young people who are tired of the Congress party’s corrupt and muddled policies – in its zeal to bui...

Hope Beats Fear in India Election - Japan Times

The world’s largest democratic pageant — elections in India — has ended with a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As a result, Narendra Modi, the Gujarat...

Modi's Foreign Policy Wild Cards - Tanvi Madan, Brookings

Change is in the air in Indian politics, with Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the center-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed toward leading India's next govern...

Biggest Loser in India's Elections: China - Gordon Chang, Forbes

On Friday, India’s Election Commission announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party had swept the five-week election for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. The BJP e...

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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