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Pakistan’s Polio Problem

Pakistan’s Polio Problem

Among Pakistan’s many problems—rampant power cuts, extremist violence, anemic economic growth, widespread poverty—it can seem puzzling that a disease that has claimed only 58 new victims in the last few years has commanded so much attention. Polio, or poliomyelitis, has suffered a stunning defeat in the last 30 years, ...

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Paper Wars

Paper Wars

It’s all-out war, and yes, South Indians plan to relish every minute of it. After all, it is rather gratifying to see the dignified Hindu getting down and dirty with the more boisterous Times. In a recent series of much-discussed ads, The Hindu wittily ...

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India Wades Into Troubled Waters

India Wades Into Troubled Waters

In his critically acclaimed book on the Indian Ocean last year, author Robert Kaplan warned that with growing Sino-Indian rivalry, the “the Indian Ocean and its adjacent waters will be a central theater of conflict and competition.” It seems ...

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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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India Pulls A China

India Pulls A China

Recently issued rules from the country’s ominous-sounding “Ministry of Communications and Information Technology” have India’s web junta fuming in indignation.

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Ramayana, On the Streets of New York

Ramayana, On the Streets of New York

History seemingly repeated itself as a mini-Ramayana played out this week - except of course, Rama was a steely Indian-born prosecutor, the location was a Manhattan courtroom, and the charges against the Sri-Lankan born defendant – a.k.a Ravana - were more serious than an abducted wife: he was accused of orchestrating “the largest hedge fund insider trading scheme in history.”

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11 Receive Death Sentences in 2002 Gujarat Train Massacre

On Tuesday, nine years after 60 Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive when their train coach was set on fire, an Indian court in the Western state of Gujarat found 31 Muslims guilty of the crime.

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Observations From India

Observations From India

Overall, observing today’s India evokes an alternating mixture of despair and heady optimism. At the face of it, her problems seem insurmountable and yet, incredibly, her citizens are rushing forward with a glint in their eye that suggests that they know where they want to be – and they’ll figure out a way to get there.

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2010 Year End Review

2010 Year End Review

How did India fare in 2010?

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Updates from the Indian Subcontinent

Updates from the Indian Subcontinent

Dear Sirs…. The fall out from the infamous “Radia Tapes” continued this week, though in a somewhat quaint manner as a heated letter-writing contest between two billionaires. Member of Parliament and erstwhile telecom entrepreneur, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, fired the first volley with an open letter to ...

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FBI Failed To Warn India Despite Prior Knowledge on Mumbai

FBI Failed To Warn India Despite Prior Knowledge on Mumbai

In two separate articles, the Washington Post and the New York Times revealed that despite having prior knowledge of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the FBI failed to inform their Indian counterparts of the threats looming ahead.

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Shame is the Name of This Game

Shame is the Name of This Game

Even for a country like India, long inured to the fiascos created by its bungling and corrupt politicians, the adjectives accompanying the Commonwealth Games (CWG) seem like a new low.

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ISI: Militants, Not India, Present Greatest Threat To Internal Security

ISI: Militants, Not India, Present Greatest Threat To Internal Security

A recent assessment by Pakistan’s top spy agency has concluded that Islamic militants pose a greater internal security threat to Pakistan than the Indian Army

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Yours Truly, Bin Laden

Yours Truly, Bin Laden

A satirical take on the ‘War on Terror,’ Tere Bin Laden earns its radical chops simply for being a completely Indian production on a story entirely based in Pakistan.

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In This Great Game, Human Rights Take a Back Seat

In This Great Game, Human Rights Take a Back Seat

As India and China battle it out in the Indian Ocean, human rights takes a back seat in South Asia.

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About the Author

Aarti Ramachandran
Aarti Ramachandran

Aarti Ramachandran is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, New York, where she is specializing in energy policy with an emphasis on South Asia. She previously worked as public and government affairs advisor in the energy industry for five years. She holds a Masters degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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