Cow vigilantism is pre-meditated, politically motivated, and seeks to build fear in a community. That makes it terrorism.Read More »
India: Electoral Wins or Religious Peace?
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s soft Hindutva strategy may be electorally successful, but it risks splitting the country along deep lines of religious hostility and conflict.Read More »
Crafting a Constitution for Nepal
In Nepal, there are hurdles to the constitution drafting that have to be resolved urgently if the radical leftists and the royalist right are not to blow away hard-won freedoms. As a player in Nepal politics, the best support India can provide is by staying outside the convention of constitution writing.Read More »
Demilitarizing Kashmir’s Demographic Question
As Kashmir votes, the modalities of Pandit resettlement will mark the limits of India’s rising saffron tide.Read More »
India Gives Green Light to Build Country’s Largest Dam
Largest dam in Indian history will be built on a tributary of the Brahmaputra river but, with no public consultation or study of downstream impacts.Read More »
What Would Modi Government Look Like?
As India goes to the ballot boxes, it seems clear that the ruling Indian National Congress (INC) and its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition will be decimated by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The suspense centers entirely on how close the NDA will get to the 272 seats required for a parliamentary majority. The …Read More »
The Right Gets it Right Ahead of Elections in India
There is a saying in Hindi: “Jab upparwala deta hai to chappar faad ke deta hai” (When god gives happiness, he gives in bountiful measure). In a democracy, people are god, and they have bestowed on the Bharatiya Janata Party a bouquet of electoral victories. It could not have got better — the party has won in all the four major states …Read More »