Politics

Five states in India are headed for elections in the next two months. The outcome of the regional elections is crucial in that it will decide how national politics will play out in the coming days, and years, leading up to national elections in 2019. For the 131-year old Indian National Congress, the principal opposition…

Read more ‘I think the “real” Rahul Gandhi is yet to emerge:’ Rasheed Kidwai on the Pitfalls of the Gandhi Dynasty

Nandan Nilekani, the former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, has hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetize high-value currency notes—removing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, which together comprised 86 percent of the cash in circulation—saying it will boost India’s digital economy. “The shock given to the currency” will accelerate the…

Read more If India’s Demonetization Was All About Going Digital, Then Why the Rush?

The packed plenary chamber of the World Conference Centre resonated in a thundering applause as Rafida Bonya Ahmed received the Deutsche Welle Bobs-Best of Online Activism award for the blog, “Mukto-Mona” (Free thinker), in Bonn last Tuesday. The blog was founded by her husband Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka in…

Read more Bangladesh: International awards no protection for secular writers, says slain blogger’s wife

China pledged investments worth $20 billion to India and the two neighbors signed more than a dozen agreements and committed to settling their contentious border disputes during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s maiden official visit to India, which began Wednesday and ends today.Over the next five years, China promised to help India upgrade its rail system and…

Read more Modi, Xi Put India-China Economic Ties Ahead of Border Tensions

“Bahut bura hua, a lot of wrongs were committed,” the auto driver told me as he drove me around Delhi. He’d overheard my phone conversation with a friend on my impending visit to his home district in Muzaffarnagar. As soon as I hung up, he adjusted the rear-view mirror and changed his sitting position and…

Read more Lost in Muzaffarnagar

The Bharatiya Janata Party has had to reevaluate its position on a number of issues since coming to power, from rail ticket prices to classified documents dealing with wars in India’s history. One little discussed instance is the party’s changed stance on the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, signed in 1974. The LBA – also…

Read more Why Sushma Swaraj’s little-noticed change of tune in Dhaka is a good sign

Poll date: 12 May Jadavpur Key candidates: Sugata Bose, TMC I Sujan Chakraborty, CPM I Samir Aich, INC An elderly woman in a crumpled white cotton sari stands by the roadside, clutching a bunch of flowers, as a massive All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) rally meanders down the serpentine lanes of Santoshpur in south Kolkata’s…

Read more Jadavpur | The legacy divide