July 23, 2017

View from New Delhi: Attack on Freedom of Speech

JNU students protesting arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar in New Delhi. (Photo via video stream)

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University had always been recognized for its democratic space and left politics. Arresting innocent students on criminal charges just because they were shouting ‘anti-national’ protests exposes the levels to which Modi government has stooped down to. Read More »

View from New Delhi: India’s Transgender Rights Debate

The Supreme Court of India

India has not been a universal beacon for minority-group freedoms. Transgendered people cannot be fully protected in India if their gender identity becomes illegal. Read More »

Modi’s Idea of India

(Photo by Narendra Modi, Creative Commons License)

Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes. Read More »

India’s Military Relations with Israel Enter New Era

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in September 2014. (photo via video stream)

The formal announcement of diplomatic relations of India with the State of Israel was established on January 29, 1992 when P.V. Narasimha Rao was the prime minister. Though, the seeds of this relationship were laid almost a decade back under the non-ideological guidance of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had met his counterpart Shimon Pares during the annual UN General ... Read More »

Environmental Assessment for Kashmir Dam Breaks All Rules

The Baglihar dam has been built on river Chenab.  Photo by Surendra Pradhan  	  via ICIMOD]

A group of eminent people from across India have written of their concerns regarding the deeply flawed environmental impact assessment report for a new hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir. Read More »

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 »