March 23, 2017

Book Review: The Honest Season by Kota Neelima

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‘The Honest Season’ audaciously reveals the inner political-power dynamics taking place behind the closed doors of Indian Parliament, exposing the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, that are slowly eating away the palpable pillars of Indian democracy. Read More »

Modi Fails to Live Up to High Hopes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the British Parliament in November 2015. (House of Lords 2015 / Photography by Roger Harris, Creative Commons License)

Modi’s brand of personal diplomacy was one of the staples of his first year in office. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest. Read More »

Voices of Sanity in India and Pakistan After Pathankot Attack

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his stopover in Lahore on March 25.

The attack on Indian air base and its consulate in northern Afghanistan have a clear message -- to derail New Delhi’s normalization process with Pakistan. But thankfully unlike in the past, the two sides, especially India, are so far playing it cool. And the media in the two countries is also advising caution and continued engagement. Read More »

View from India: The Map of Neighbourly Outreach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Lahore December 25. (Photo via PID, Pakistan)

If states have only permanent interests, then India is yet to define them. Until then, New Delhi will swing between chaotic state responses to terrorist attacks and that of dramatic bilateral summits. Read More »

India-Pakistan Talks — The View from Rawalpindi

Indian External Affairs Minister Suhsma Swaraj meeting Adviser to  Pakistan's Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. (Photo via PIS, Pakistan)

Ironically, the hopes of those in India and Pakistan who most desire an end to hostilities now rest on those who have the least experience in making peace. Read More »

India: A Few Reasons to Revisit the Book

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Pakistan's former foreign minister says he is at a loss to understand why he did not have an opportunity of interacting with M.K. Narayanan when the latter was India's National Security Adviser. Read More »

The Return of India’s Irrational Exuberance

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

There is a huge opportunity for India to catch up with China and the rest of the world. But the way the Narendra Modi’s government is wasting this opportunity by pursuing harmful policies, such as promoting internal intolerance and nationalism, does not forebode well for India’s nearly 1.3 billion people. Read More »

Indian Historiography Under Threat

Palm leaf manuscripts at a library in Chennai. Scholars like V. S. Pathak and Romila Thapar have established that ancient India drew its sense of the past from a vast range of sources, of which religious texts were one. (Photo via The Hindu)

The religious categories created by colonialism have been abandoned even by the British scholars. But the Modi regime, guided and controlled by the RSS, is still sticking to them with unprecedented fervor. Read More »

View from India: Mainstreaming a Nuclear Pakistan

Pakistan's nuclear power plant at Chashma in central Punjab province.

India should offer conditional support to a civilian nuclear deal between the U.S. and Pakistan while insisting that Islamabad signs the ‘No-first-use treaty’ and clamps down on home-grown terror. It is in India’s interest to ensure that Pakistan’s nukes are under international supervision, says one Indian analyst. Read More »

‘Kill the Beef-eaters!’

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India’s globe-trotting Prime Minister assures the world that India is the destination to invest in, the world’s most cultured country to work in. But will it allow foreign investors their prime pieces of steak when they crave for it in India? Or do Indians only butcher their own beef-eaters? Read More »