Opinion

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...

October 17, 2017
October 17, 2017

The two backlashes against globalisation

When I left India for graduate school in the United States in 1975, the word “globalisation” was not in use anywhere in the world.

September 10, 2017
September 10, 2017

The harsh truth about India's godmen

Late last month, when two Indian states and the national capital were held to ransom by rioting mobs protesting their spiritual leader's conviction on two counts of raping minor girls, many...

August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017

India, a land of belonging

Seventy years ago this month, at midnight on August 15, 1947, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed India's independence from the British Empire. Nehru called it “a moment that comes but...

March 16, 2017
March 16, 2017

Why India should scrap parliamentary democracy

India's parliamentary system, inherited from the British, is rife with ineffiencies. By the logic of Westminster, you elect a legislature to form the executive, and when the executive does not...

November 13, 2016
November 13, 2016

The End of US Soft Power?

One major casualty of Donald Trump's victory in the bruising US presidential election is, without a doubt, America's soft power around the world. It is a development that will be...

September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016

India's prohibition hypocrisy

Last month, 18 people in the Gopalganj district of India's Bihar state died after consuming illicit alcohol, highlighting – once again – the peculiar relationship between morality and tragedy...