India’s Rahul Gandhi Finally Debuts

India’s Rahul Gandhi Finally DebutsAfter 10 years of refusing to face a big media interview, Rahul Gandhi spent an hour and a half on a leading television channel at prime time last night explaining how he wants to reform the way that India and his Congress Party are run. His aim, he said, is to end rule by dynasties,…

India’s Latest Defense Scandal

India’s Latest Defense ScandalFew eyebrows were raised when India was forced to scrap its US$770-million helicopter deal with Italian defense group Finmeccanica's AgustaWestland earlier this month. It was only the latest in a long and depressing litany of defense procurement scandals stretching back at least to the mid-1980s. The pact for the supply of 12 choppers, three already…

Manmohan Singh Looks Back

Manmohan Singh Looks BackAs he approaches the end of his 10 years as India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh hopes the “history books will be kinder” to him than the media and other critics. That was a recurrent theme at a large press conference lasting about 100 minutes that he gave in Delhi Friday. It was only his third…

India’s Crocodile Tears over a Diplomatic Slight

India’s Crocodile Tears over a Diplomatic SlightThe nationalist uproar in India over the arrest and search of a female member of its consular staff in New York shows India in a worse light than the US. Indeed it hints at the widespread abuse of poor South Asians at the hands of their own nationals, an issue familiar to those concerned with…

India’s Political Parties Galvanized into Action

India’s Political Parties Galvanized into ActionIt’ s almost general election time in India and the two main political parties are on the move to prove their credibility. In the past 24 hours, India has uprooted cordial diplomatic relations with the US that have been carefully nurtured for the past decade or more. It has also passed the Lok Pal Bill creating an anti-corruption…

Major Political Shock in India

Major Political Shock in IndiaIndia is tired of the Congress Party and its dominant Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and will demand sweeping changes in the general election that is due to be held in just over four months’ time. It may not however just want a switch between the established Congress and the Bharatiya Janata (BJP) parties, but could demand something…

NGO leader in Malaysia Alleges Prison Torture

NGO leader in Malaysia Alleges Prison TortureP Uthayakumar, the de facto leader of the Hindu Rights Action Force, a Indian rights organization protesting mistreatment of Malaysia’s Indian population, has issued an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and other officials alleging horrific treatment at the hands of prison guards at Kajang Prison, where he has been locked up since…
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