India

September, 2014

  • 9 September

    India’s Politics Without the Minorities

    The penchant and proclivity for making India Hindu is not a new phenomenon in Indian political life; but until the 2014 election, it did not have the power or the heft to pose a serious challenge to the idea of India

  • 6 September

    South Asia Needs to Face up to Water and Energy Dilemma

    South Asia’s water and energy crises are deeply intertwined. Growing energy demand drives water shortages and lack of water fuels power outages. Regional cooperation – such as power trading between countries – could ease tightening resource constraints but such solutions have been largely scuppered by political suspicions.

  • 3 September

    Why Do Indians Want to Study Abroad?

    Unable to cope with increasing demand for higher education, more and more students from India are heading to the West. New statistics show that offers of admission to Indian post-graduate students are up 25 per cent for 2013-14 from the previous year. But the bigger problem is that majority of these students are staying abroad after completing education, causing brain-drain — a bad news for India’s high-tech economy aspirations.

August, 2014

  • 29 August

    Fading Promise of the Indian Spring

    India's Aam Aadmi Party is still seen as a beacon of hope in Punjab’s bleak political landscape but the State unit exemplifies all that is wrong with it.

  • 24 August

    Modi’s Set the Bar for Talks With Pakistan Far Too High

    India’s Pakistan policy is confused. The fact that Narendra Modi government jumped to the wrong conclusion about talks with Pakistan suggests two things. Either it overestimated its capacity to enforce new conditions on a politically troubled, if not enfeebled, Pakistani prime minister or it simply hasn’t clearly thought through what signals it’s sending out.

  • 18 August

    India’s Backdoor Hindu-Muslim Engagement

    Those searching for signs of a fundamental shift in the RSS/Bharatiya Janata Party’s Muslim policy will be disappointed. But what is not in doubt is that there is an emerging view propagated by younger and more cosmopolitan leaders/activists who favor engaging Indian Muslims in a dialogue. To them this seems a good time to tap into Muslim disillusionment with the Congress and other secular parties.

  • 15 August

    On Pakistani Dramas and the Bangladeshi Mind

    Pakistani television drama serial “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” became an instant hit amongst South Asian communities in North America. Never before had there been a TV series — South Asian in origin and made outside of India — so hugely popular amongst so many diverse South Asian communities. And yet, watching the serial making a mark on its viewers made me cynical, says one Bangladeshi analyst.

  • 10 August

    Modi’s Nepal Yatra

    Narendra Modi’s Nepal trip seemed to be personal, political and geopolitical, all rolled into one. The visit did gladden many Nepalis but left open the question as to how Modi plans to reach out to the other South Asian neighbors

  • 5 August

    ‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

    Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

July, 2014

  • 20 July

    India-Bangladesh Relations: The Agartala Doctrine

    The Teesta river water sharing treaty that Manmohan Singh was ready to sign in 2010 still hangs in uncertainty. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinsa Wajid who had staked so much to deliver on India’s security and connectivity concerns, is left high and dry facing a hostile opposition accusing her of failing to protect national interests vis-a-vis India. Worse, India is left looking a less-than-effective nation-state, unable to honor its sovereign commitments to an obliging neighbor.