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India’s Da Vinci Code Justice

India’s Da Vinci Code Justice

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 riots has been an emotive issue in India. Conviction of Modi is viewed by his critics as the only form in which justice can be accorded to the victims of Gujarat riots. Modi’s supporters cite his performance as an administrator and …

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The many names of the game

The many names of the game


Osama bin Laden: killed and al Qaeda: on the run. That’s the balance sheet — more or less — that the U.S. has to share with the world. Meanwhile, its biggest ally in the War on Terror — Pakistan — has nothing to present except that its …

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Why Can’t India Be More Like Bangladesh?

Why Can’t India Be More Like Bangladesh?


An apparel manufacturing facility in Gurgaon

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just completed a high-profile trip to Bangladesh.  Although domestic politics in India prevented the visit from being as fruitful as it could have been, Mr. Singh nonetheless made good progress on issues that have divided the …

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Facebook and Cancellation of Harud Literature Festival

Facebook and Cancellation of Harud Literature Festival

Online campaigns are viewed as the most democratic medium in contemporary times. There are numerous examples of social media resulting in change and enhancing accountability in countries, towns and villages. As someone who studies the positive impact of social media on civil society interactions, it’s heartening to …

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics


Once again, it’s time for business leaders to step forward

As earlier posts have argued, relations between Washington and New Delhi – which not too long ago seemed destined to reach for the stars – are now feeling the heavy tug of gravity.  In place of soaring rhetoric …

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Summer of Protest

Summer of Protest

The fireworks celebrating India’s Independence Day on August 15 illuminated shifting political terrain.  Appropriating the motifs of the anti-colonial struggle against the British Raj, the anti-corruption movement that has been gathering momentum for months erupted in full force, staging the most widespread popular demonstrations in decades.  The …

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India Against Corruption Campaign and the Middle Class

India Against Corruption Campaign and the Middle Class

Given the recent developments, it was difficult to avoid commenting on the India Against Corruption (IAC) campaign led by Anna Hazare. Let me clarify at the onset that I don’t support Anna’s version of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the intransigent campaign through which he seeks to get the proposal …

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Defense Dysfunction

Defense Dysfunction

Much of the commentary about India’s elimination of the Boeing and Lockheed Martin bids from its hotly-contested, highly-lucrative Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition has focused on its meaning for U.S.-India relations.  The air force is the largest beneficiary of the country’s burgeoning military budget and …

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

 


Santosh Hegde blows the lid on another mega-scandal

The latest malefaction to explode in India’s seemingly unending season of scandals concerns the illegal mining and export of iron-ore deposits in the southwestern state of Karnataka.  According to an extensive report – some 25,000 pages in length, with the …

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Bomb Blasts in Mumbai: Is the Real Culprit Terrorism or Inefficieny?

Bomb Blasts in Mumbai: Is the Real Culprit Terrorism or Inefficieny?


Two years and one conviction later, Mumbai was once again rocked by three serial bomb blasts last month (apparently to mark the 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab’s birthday). Though smaller in comparison to the 26/11 terrorists attacks that killed some 166 people during a three day virtual siege …

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Manmohan’s Lackluster Summer

Manmohan’s Lackluster Summer

 


Things are not going well for Dr. Singh

The contrast could not be starker.  Twenty years ago this week, Manmohan Singh, then serving as finance minister to Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, championed a bold slate of economic reforms that has transformed India in ways few could have …

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The New Normal

The New Normal


Smiles but plenty of clouds, too

The inaugural session of the annual U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington last summer imparted new energy to bilateral affairs following a period of treading water.  President Obama used the occasion to announce his visit to India and emphasized that partnership with …

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Secretary Clinton Nudges India to Embrace the Leadership Role

Secretary Clinton Nudges India to Embrace the Leadership Role

For many in India, Secretary Clinton’s visit this week was reassuring; reassuring that India was still United State’s most favored partner in the region. Secretary Clinton’s visit was part of the second annual India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue initiated last year. Strategic dimension of the interactions received maximum attention …

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U.S.-India Strategic Relations: Taking the Long View

U.S.-India Strategic Relations: Taking the Long View


All is not as friendly as it appears

Just as U.S.-India ties were at a nadir following New Delhi’s nuclear tests in 1998 – and just as the United States and China were declaring their own strategic partnership – Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee famously characterized

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Changing India’s Disaster Response – One Tweet At A Time

Changing India’s Disaster Response – One Tweet At A Time

It was news most Indians received with weary resignation – India’s business capital, Mumbai, had once again been targeted by some faceless terrorists. It was happening all over again – multiple attacks, torn limbs, distraught relatives, reporters breathlessly reporting the latest developments, and the inevitable platitudes about …

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