The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the India Initiative at the Watson Institute. He is a contributing editor for The Indian Express.
India’s democracy shines electorally. But increasing attacks on freedoms in between polls must worry us all.
It gives the BJP a mobilisational narrative to link what the RSS wants with what it can render as a holder of state power.
Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes.
As his second Republic Day closes, it is clear PM’s concept of nationhood extends beyond constitutional parameters.
Can modernity and atavism be simultaneously embraced? Which will give in first?
His surplus legitimacy is eroding. The Bihar elections offer an opportunity to douse the fire.
To leave farmers on land and not give them skills for urban and industrial lives is equal to trapping them in misery.
Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.
Hindu right’s conduct put off voters who had supported BJP for growth, governance.
Will he take the Mao option or the Soros route? India, and the world, are watching.
Obama visit recognised long term convergence of interests. India will need to reciprocate.
When can we expect Modi to view RSS as a source of injury to his leadership?
Why has Nehru fallen on bad times? India needs to debate this with an open mind.
Why Modi is likely to oppose instrumental use of riots in politics?
An interpretation the conflicting signals Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India produced.
While the vote on Scottish independence has closed a chapter, it has opened another.
So far, ideology has not been the defining feature of Modi’s tenure.
His approach resembles that of Indira Gandhi. But he must note: in Delhi, what one controls, slips away.
As he strikes a new balance between secular nationalism and Hindu nationalism.
New forces, norms and practices have been unleashed, now represented by Modi.
What to overlook, what to watch out for, in the prospect of a Modi government.
Modi has not fully addressed anxieties on minority rights, freedom of expression.
But AAPs real challenge will be to find ways to enhance routine accountability.
Congresss secular nationalist narrative has lost its vigour. Internal elections must be brought back even if they oust its first family.
Why the Muzaffarnagar riots were a departure from past trends.
The domestic origins of Indias economic problems lie in that clash.
UPA has missed the moment to set up a second states reorganisation commission.
Whether growth,welfare or both get a move on
India is at the point where a low income democracy cannot afford to ignore the hungry
The numbers don't add up,without a pooling of anti-Congress votes.
Does he have a political or economic blueprint for a changing India?
There is a new moment in Pakistan. India must build on it
How could terror breed in the heart of a city so inclusive?
By permitting hyphenated identities,India has allowed national feeling to increase
Corruption may be an offshoot of high GDP rates without institutional change
Sudheendra Kulkarnis new book takes some liberties with science but the myriad ideas it pursues with erudition make it an absorbing read