The UK’s May, India’s Modi Go for “Strong and Stable”

The UK’s May, India’s Modi Go for “Strong and Stable”Any political leader must envy Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, who has already virtually won the UK’s general election, even though it doesn’t take place for another month, without promising anything more than “strong and stable government.” She has avoided being questioned by the media and by critical voters, and has not explained how she…

Usually Outclassed by China, India Scores a Few Points

Usually Outclassed by China, India Scores a Few PointsWhile international attention has been preoccupied with Donald Trump and his reactions to North Korea’s nuclear capability and the war in Syria, India and China have been provocatively needling each other over their long-running and potentially explosive border dispute in the Himalayan mountains. The world need not worry however because, instead of nuclear strikes or…

Empire 2.0? India Yawns

Empire 2.0? India YawnsThree British cabinet ministers plus the governor of the Bank of England and two other government ministers trooped through India just before Easter in a seemingly desperate bid to drum up support from their largest former colony as Brexit looms – and before, following today’s announcement, they start campaigning for the UK’s June 8 general…

BJP aims at Delhi elections as Hinduization spreads

BJP aims at Delhi elections as Hinduization spreadsMunicipal elections in Delhi later this month have become politically significant for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party at a time when its political opponents and critics are gradually resigning themselves to maybe as much as a decade of increasing Hindu nationalism in India’s social and political life. The BJP is launching an intense vote-winning campaign…

Trump’s Protectionism Rattles Indian Emigres

Trump’s Protectionism Rattles Indian EmigresBrijesh Patel, who has worked in California's Silicon Valley for 12 years, is contemplating relocating to his home town in Bangalore in south India. The 39-year-old computer engineer fears that the new US administration's proposed radical changes to immigration policies will unleash protectionist, anti-immigrant and anti-minority havoc in a country that more than 2 million…

Tribal Peoples NGO Decries Kaziranga Shoot-on-Sight Policy

Tribal Peoples NGO Decries Kaziranga Shoot-on-Sight PolicySurvival International, the London-based NGO that seeks to protect the rights of tribal peoples, is calling on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to condemn so-called “shoot-on-sight” conservation policies that were the subject of a March 16 Asia Sentinel story on India’s Kaziranga National Park. In a letter to the…

Hardline Hindu priest becomes UP chief minister

Hardline Hindu priest becomes UP chief ministerThe Bharatiya Janata Party has unveiled what could turn out to be its vision of the future leadership for a Hindu-nationalist India with the March 9 appointment of a hard-line Hindu priest as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He will be backed up by two deputy chief ministers, one from one of the lower…

India’s Treasured National Park Under Fire

India’s Treasured National Park Under FireIndia’s Kaziranga National Park, a stunning forest refuge on the banks of the Brahmaputra River south of the Himalaya mountain range, has become the center of worldwide concern over charges that it is a killing field of tribal people in the name of protection of park animals. Survival International, the London-based tribal rights organization, issued a…

Modi’s Uttar Pradesh Landslide

Modi’s Uttar Pradesh LandslideNarendra Modi has established himself as India’s only credible national political leader with an astonishing landslide result today in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies are winning more than 320 of 403 seats, compared with about 190 that was the highest generally expected. The vote was for…

Modi Saturates Ganges Constituency in Desperate Vote Bid

Modi Saturates Ganges Constituency in Desperate Vote BidIf hyperactivity is sometimes a sign of both a desperation to win and a fear of defeat, then Narendra Modi’s frenetic saturation of Varanasi with three days of political rallies and speeches earlier this week reflects the prime minister’s worry that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidates in the constituency face the risk of losing in…