India

India Jostles for Regional Primacy

As the new administration in Washington DC accelerates the country’s loss of influence across Asia, India is raising its game in a contest with China for economic and political primacy in the region. That ha...

Big Tests for Modi’s BJP in State Assembly Polls

State assembly elections now in progress in five states will indicate how successful India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in meeting the aspirations of electors who voted him into power with a landslid...

Trouble in the Air

This winter, the air quality in Delhi plummeted so low – with record levels of the tiniest and the deadliest particles that can enter the lungs and other organs – that even the National Capital Territory’s chie...

Asia in 2016: India

Landmark economic reforms introduced in India last year contrasted sharply with rising extremism, suggesting that the rapidly growing country is still battling old demons of religious divisiveness, rigidity and...

China Adventurism Grows in Pakistan’s Gwadar Area

Beijing's decision to deploy its warships and submarines in conjunction with the Pakistani Navy at Pakistan's strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea has set alarm bells ringing in New Delhi.  The port feat...

India Loses a Charismatic Actress- Politician

India lost one of its most controversial and charismatic political leaders with the death this week of J.Jayalalithaa, the 68-year old autocratic chief minister of Tamil Nadu. A former film star, Amma (mothe...

India’s Judicial Activists Strain Constitutional Mandate

For more than 30 years India’s courts have issued instructions about how the country should be run, usually filling gaps left by inefficient and indolent governments. On Dec. 1, however, the Supreme Court ar...

India’s ‘Post-Truth’ Answer to Crisis

The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary last week made post-truth their new word of the year. A few days later Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, produced one when he declared that a cashless “n...