While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was smiling and shaking hands with President Donald Trump, India witnessed a new wave of violence that targeted the Muslim minority in New Delhi. To what extent is its ruling party responsible for this?
- A long-awaited verdict by India’s Supreme Court fails to punish the perpetrators of the most dreadful act of sectarian violence in the country. A new worrying page for India’s Muslim minority.
- Two months after Rahul Gandhi first offered to resign, the Indian National Congress is still staring at political uncertainty. After a second, humiliating defeat in general elections, the party desperately needs a new strategy, narrative, and leader.
- The electoral defeat of the BJP does not mark the end of Hindu nationalism as such, not even its retreat
- At a national executive meeting in New Delhi last September the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah said that the party would remain in power for the next 50 years if it won the 2019 general election. Was he just dreaming?
- At the origins of the anger of the Indian farmers is a complex combination of deep agrarian crisis coupled with a lack of opportunity outside of farming sectors. The feelings of injustice are compounded by a sense of exclusion from Narendra Modi’s India Shining campaign since 2014. Now, in the run-up to national elections in 2019, peasants’ demands generally enjoy public sympathy and widespread support — instilling some fears of a possible upset within the ruling party.
- Divided and united by the sea: the strategic partnership between the Arab Gulf states and India is on the rise, underscored by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
- As India enters its 2014 general election to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha, the spectacle of prominent commentators adjusting their views towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi unfolds before our eyes with escalating frequency and vivid clarity. These adjustments — to use a term that is more descriptive than judgmental, at least for starters — take a variety of forms, and come from a range of observers, analysts and experts.