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May 27, 2014

Hello, Narendra Modi: Prime Minister of India

India did not produce Horatio Alger, but it certainly has produced a Horatio-Alger story: Narendra Modi. Yesterday the son of a poor tea seller took the oath of office as India’s fourteenth (or fifte…


November 8, 2013

Human Rights
Maldivian Do-Over

On Saturday, November 9, Maldivians will return to the polls, again, to vote for president. But instead of being an occasion for celebration of democratic consolidation following a difficult year and…

A man casts his vote at a polling centre during the presidential elections in Male

November 18, 2013

Politics and Government
Nepal: Back on the Political Track

There have been a lot of elections in South Asia in recent days. On November 16 a run-off election produced a surprise result in Maldives, where Abdulla Yameen—the half-brother of former President Ga…

A woman holds a ballot paper during the election campaign of Nepali Congress Party in Kathmandu

November 26, 2013

Women in India: Much More Than Recent Headlines

Over the past week, the Indian media and social media have been seized with an unfolding scandal involving a news magazine, Tehelka, that made its reputation ferreting out truth and exposing wrongdoi…

Demonstrators hold a placard outside a court in New Delhi

December 9, 2013

Indian State Elections Raise Questions About 2014

The results of four of the five state-level elections conducted in India over the past month were announced on Sunday, December 8. (Results from the smaller northeastern state of Mizoram were announc…

Supporters of Kejriwal, leader of the newly formed Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, hold brooms, the party's symbol, after Kejriwal's election win against Delhi's CM Dikshit, in New Delhi

January 7, 2014

Politics and Government
No Winners in Bangladesh

I’ve been an optimist about Bangladesh for some time now—its national development miracle, amazing social entrepreneurs, strong civil society and women-led microfinance, 160 million-strong brand of m…

People look at burnt textbooks after a primary school which was supposed to be used as a polling booth was set on fire, in Feni

January 14, 2014

Aam Aadmi Party: Sweeping out Foreign Investment

Monday’s news that the new Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government decided to opt out of a year-old policy opening India’s “multibrand” retail sector to foreign investment will give international …

AAP - Policy reversal

January 29, 2014

Of Democratic Systems and Processes

This post is part of a series on the Indian elections. On Monday, January 27, Indian National Congress party vice president and heir apparent Rahul Gandhi sat down for a lengthy one-on-one interview…

Rahul Gandhi

February 13, 2014

The Limits of Speech in India

India is the world’s largest democracy, with possibly the world’s largest number of political parties (six national, twenty-two regional, and 1500+ official unrecognized parties), and what must surel…

February 26, 2014

India’s Stakes in the Middle East

The Pew Research Center just released a superb infographic drawing on World Bank remittance data that makes it possible, with just a few clicks, to instantly see how remittances flow from source to r…

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud