Opinion

December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019

Narendra Modi’s second partition of India

At a time when India’s major national priority ought to be cratering economic growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has instead plunged the country into a new political crisis of its...

April 8, 2019
April 8, 2019

A Battle for India's Soul

As India gears up for its general election, one must not lose sight of the sheer size of the exercise, which has been described as the “biggest humanly managed event in the world.”

January 18, 2019
January 18, 2019

Indian farmers in revolt

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory in the 2014 general election, he promised to be all things to all voters, eloquently...

August 12, 2018
August 12, 2018

Is ethnic cleansing coming to India?

Seventy-one years after the partition of India, and 47 years after the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh,

July 13, 2018
July 13, 2018

India's social-media lynch mobs

Social-media platforms are often criticised for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,...

June 8, 2018
June 8, 2018

The Modi-Erdogan Parallel

Comparisons are generally invidious, especially when they involve political leaders from different countries.

April 14, 2018
April 14, 2018

India's Big Leaky Data

India has no coltan or rare earths, little oil, and not enough water. What it does have is people—1.3 billion and counting. That makes

March 14, 2018
March 14, 2018

Beyond the smoke and mirror

"History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn't have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century, yet is the...

December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017

India's culture war comes to Bollywood

Culture and history have become new battlegrounds in India. Debates over the Taj Mahal's position as a symbol of multicultural India have yet to be settled, yet the nation is already being...

November 13, 2017
November 13, 2017

The Siege of the Taj Mahal

In a country where politics has turned toxic, leading virtually everything—from festival firecrackers to animal husbandry—to take on a “communal” religious colouring, perhaps it should not be...