The US pushes ties with “ally” India

Increasingly wooed by the US as a buffer and ally against the growing might of China, India’s balancing act in relation to its bigger and more powerful neighbor has come into sharp focus in the past week. Re...

Taj Mahal in Political Crossfire over Nationalism

The Taj Mahal, India's most popular cultural symbol and its most recognizable icon, called one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world’s architectural heritage, is caught in a political crossfire that has sucked in politicians, activists and ...

Could the World End AIDS by 2030?

Could the world’s health professionals actually end the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) scourge by 2030? The governments of 190 nations have promised to do so by adopting the United Nations Sustainable Devel...

India’s Modi, Shah, Jaitley Lose Some Bounce

Narendra Modi’s BJP government is looking defensive and rattled, even jittery. For the first time since it swept to power in 2014 it has lost some the bombast and razzmatazz with which Modi has trumpeted countl...

Rohingya Refugees in India Face Growing Peril

India is becoming a disturbing party to the growing regional plight of the Rohingya, the Muslim minority being driven out of Myanmar by militant Buddhists with the help of the government. Ashi Bibi, 46, is a distressing symbol. She now lives in a makeshift ...

India: Journalists on Edge

India, where journalism has always been a hazardous profession, has become a killing-field, with eight murdered in the first nine months of 2017. That followed the murders of six in 2016 and five in 2015. Two w...