Jaipur Lit Fest Spreads International Wings

“What an industry these lit fests spawn,” a friend emailed when I told him last weekend that I was at JLF Boulder, JLF being the shortened name for India’s internationally famous Jaipur Literature Festival that...

India’s Modi Strengthens his Cabinet

Narendra Modi has carried out his most significant government reshuffle since becoming India’s prime minister three years ago, with ministerial moves that strengthen three top posts while at the same time balan...

India and China in a Water War

With more than 32 million people hit by floods in four Indian states so far this year, New Delhi is growing increasingly frustrated over China’s refusal to share current river data despite bilateral agreements requiring Beijing to pass on the information for d...

70 Years on, Outpouring of India’s Stories on Partition

The history of the tortuous creation of India and Pakistan as separate countries 70 years ago has been written and recorded on a massive scale over the past two or three weeks on British television, along with ...

Indian Court Bans Book About Flamboyant Guru-Tycoon

A New Delhi court has blocked publication of a book based on the life of Baba Ramdev, a flamboyant guru-turned-tycoon who straddles a US$1.7 billion global business empire peddling everything from consumer prod...

India at Seventy

It’s an easy copout when talking about India to say everything and the opposite are both true and correct. That has never been more so than when assessing the country’s performance in the 70 years since it became independent on August 15, 1947. Put simply, ...

India-China Rivalry Deepens over Border Clash

After almost seven weeks into tension, the Indo-China rivalry on the Sikkim/Doklam region, in which both countries are accusing the other of violating their borders, has refused to die out, exposing the delicat...

India’s Modi Takes a Key State

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have won yet another victory in their drive for the pan-India political domination of their Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party with a coup in the desperately poor state of Biha...

With China Intruding, Indian Navy Finally Starts to Act

Under fire from defence analysts and the federal auditor for its luckless and ill-equipped navy, long a victim of political and bureaucratic apathy, the Indian government is scrambling to bolster it against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China which...

India, China Stare Each Other Down over Bhutan

The ongoing controversy since June between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Doka La, near the strategic tri-junction of China, India and Bhutan has brought to a boil the geopolitical ...