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U.S.-India Relations: The Overshadowed Summit

U.S.-India Relations: The Overshadowed Summit

The U.S.-India relationship is enveloped these days by grand rhetoric.  But for a reality check on the state of bilateral affairs, look no further than the summit meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two weeks ago.  The get-together was designed …

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India Should Not Leave Nawaz Sharif Hanging

India Should Not Leave Nawaz Sharif Hanging

Renewed military tensions in the disputed Kashmir region are once again underscoring how even localized incidents there can subvert important diplomatic initiatives between India and Pakistan.  Skirmishes this past January put the brakes on the détente process that picked up steam last year.  …

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India and Pakistan: Dangers Ahead for the Revived Spirit of Lahore

India and Pakistan: Dangers Ahead for the Revived Spirit of Lahore

Nawaz Sharif’s return to the helm in Islamabad is sparking optimism that a more stable and constructive India-Pakistan relationship is in the offing.  But South Asia is a rough-and-tumble neighborhood that regularly eviscerates the best of intentions.  Indeed, given the potent brew of …

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How coal is putting stranglehold on Indian politics

How coal is putting stranglehold on Indian politics

A scandal roiling India’s multi-billion dollar coal industry has made its way into the country’s parliament. A recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General accuses the government of giving out coal mining contracts to certain organizations using questionable accounting practices. By the report, India has lost out on $34 …

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India Definitely Not Shining

India Definitely Not Shining

Last week’s blackouts illuminate three fiascoes holding India back
The massive, cascading power outages that left the northern half of India in the dark for two days last week bring to mind a telling juxtaposition of events in mid-1998.  India had just concluded a momentous series of nuclear weapon tests, code-named …

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Memo to TIME magazine: The Problem is not Manmohan

Memo to TIME magazine: The Problem is not Manmohan

Whatever Singh’s own faults as a government leader, India’s economic malaise is due to more basic problems.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is on the receiving end of a barrage of slings and arrows these days.  The most recent salvo comes from Time magazine, whose Asian edition this week has a

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Moment of Truth in New Delhi

Moment of Truth in New Delhi

We’ll soon find out whether Prime Minister Singh can salvage something positive from his final two years in office
A previous post focused on the recent political crisis in Pakistan that resulted in Prime Minister Gilani’s removal and in the process further destabilizing the civilian …

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Why is India Faltering on Economic Reforms?

Why is India Faltering on Economic Reforms?

A broad ambivalence about economic reform prevails in New Delhi

 


He’s not the real problem

My previous post dealt with the mounting criticism of New Delhi’s economic management.  Not too long ago, India was feted as …

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The Greatest Deficit in New Delhi is Leadership

The Greatest Deficit in New Delhi is Leadership

Criticism about New Delhi’s economic management reaches a crescendo

Although he claims to have been misquoted, Kaushik Basu, the chief economic adviser at the Indian finance ministry, has only confirmed what has been readily apparent for quite some time.  In Washington last week for the …

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Manmohan and Asif Do Lunch

Manmohan and Asif Do Lunch

The Singh-Zardari luncheon was more productive than many expected.  But the bonhomie will eventually run into stark political realities.
Although the timing was coincidental and neither man professes the Christian faith, it was appropriately symbolic that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and …

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Missed Opportunities, Promising Trends

Missed Opportunities, Promising Trends

The year was filled with missed opportunities but also promising developments in U.S.-India relations.  2012 is shaping up to be the same.
President Obama’s state visit to India in early November 2010 appeared to

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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