India’s Ailing Democracy

As a country of 1.3 billion people, more than 800 million of whom are eligible to vote, India takes pride in being the “world’s largest democracy”. We have often lauded our ability to transfer power peacefully every five years since the first general election of 1951 (except for Indira Gandhi’s experiment with autocracy in 1975). …

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump: The Proponents of Populism

Donald Trump’s recent election as President of the United States has underscored the pervasive global extent of populist sentiment. The U.S. is only the latest amongst several “liberal democracies” that have come under the control of newly-elected leaders with unabashedly nationalist and protectionist agendas. In many ways, Trump’s defeat of the U.S. Democratic Party is …

Modi’s Monetary Myopia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent demonetization initiative, whereby he unilaterally declared on November 8 that all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be accepted as legal tender, has been the genesis of much consternation in India. The initiative was heralded (and marketed) as an important step towards cutting off funding for terrorism, reducing …

The Shadow Agents of the BJP

During the 2014 general election, I, along with many other NRIs, pledged my vicarious support to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi. Any arguments that called into question Modi’s dubious human rights record and worrisome support for the Hindutva-oriented Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) fell on deaf ears. I was quick to exculpate Modi …

Modi Powers Forward

Over the past several months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has made large strides towards the goal of increasing renewable energy penetration in India. Growing dependence on expensive imports of coal, natural gas, and oil has sparked a desire to diversify India’s energy supply portfolio and thereby enhance energy security, reliability, and affordability. As climate …