Category: India

Tariq Ali: Notes on the Indian Election

The Maharajas of Indian capitalism – Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata among them – have had no problems working with Modi. They have given a great deal of money to the BJP

L K Sharma: Indian elections: it wasn’t the economy, stupid

The people accepted electoral authoritarianism for their security. This neutralised warnings by intellectuals and opposition parties that Modi’s India was heading towards fascism

Basav Sen: The Terrifying Implications of India’s Elections

The Modi government’s far-right bigotry is well-known, but its equally disturbing environmental record isn’t

Badri Raina: VVPAT Verification: The Supreme Court Must Defend Democracy

Judges of the highest court were anguished that democracy was in “peril”, but seem to be reluctant to take the necessary steps to ensure elections are “free and fair”

Arundhati Roy: Capitalism Is “a Form of Religion” Stopping Solutions to Climate Change & Inequality

In India, the sixth phase of voting has concluded in a highly anticipated parliamentary election that is widely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking a second term in office. India is the world’s largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters. The final phase of voting will take place on Read more…

Badri Raina: Varanasi: From Spiritual Hinduism to Corporate Hindutva

Meanwhile the Ganga remains polluted as ever, if not more

Badri Raina: Who Should the State Work for—Supporters or Citizens?

Although this writer may not claim any personal acquaintance with Maneka Gandhi, she has always seemed an individual and a politician untainted by small-minded, sectarian predilections. Whenever she has spoken in Parliament, she has come across as a leader with rational poise and non-discriminatory devotion to detail. Yet, some of her averments during a public Read more…

Badri Raina: Redefining National Safety: Who is the Enemy?

What happens to the agenda of national security if enemies refuse to be enemies?

Badri Raina: L.K. Advani Makes a Historic Intervention

The timing of Advani’s intervention confirms the general feeling that the 2019 elections will have far-reaching systemic implications for the country

Dilip Hiro: South Asia’s Nuclear-Armed Neighbors Pull Back From the Abyss


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