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I Wanted Ronald Reagan. India Kept Electing Bernie Sanders.

In some ways Mr. Modi has proved more statist than the Gandhis. Before he took power he criticised Congress welfare programs as insulting to the poor, who “do not want things for free” and really want “to work and earn a living.” As prime minister, Mr. Modi doubled down on the same programs, expanding the landmark 2006 act that guaranteed 100 days of pay to all rural workers, whether they worked or not.

Read Here – The New York Times

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What Will India Look Like If Modi Returns To Power?

Indian liberals fear that a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi might prompt a decisive turn against the country’s secular traditions, much as the American left fears that Donald Trump’s return would irreparably harm U.S. democratic institutions. This Modi-as-strongman thesis places India squarely within a global autocratic resurgence, featuring a familiar tableau of leaders from Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Battle For India’s Soul

Whichever side emerges victorious in May, the consensus in India is that the Nehruvian construct of secularism is dead—killed by its one-time supporters as much as by its dogged opponents. What will replace it is unclear. In the battle for India’s soul, only one side has shown up ready to fight.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

India’s Misplaced Euphoria Over Masood Azhar

India’s euphoria over Azhar being branded as a global terrorist is certainly misplaced, especially when India has never exercised the sub-conventional option against Pakistan or the terrorists it harbours. Pakistan may have been made to look somewhat sheepish in the wake of the UNSC action, but India should brace for a riposte from other quarters.

Read Here – Asia Times

China’s Role In The India–Pakistan Nuclear Equation

Most international analysts focus on the India–Pakistan nuclear equation as a bilateral issue, but it’s essentially triangular in its origin and core dynamics. China has largely escaped accountability for its cynical role in nuclearising the region. Beijing’s irresponsibility needs to be called out.

Read Here – The Strategist

Five Big New Indo-Pacific Ideas For New Delhi

As the Indo-Pacific concept becomes a more central part of India’s foreign policy, here are five ideas for this Indo-Pacific desk to consider, all of which aim to advance the shared vision of a “free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific” promoted by India, the United States, Japan, and others.

Read Here – The Diplomat

JeM Chief Masood Azhar Designated As Global Terrorist After China Lifts Technical Hold

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist after China lifted its technical hold on his listing under the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee. The designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. The JeM has already been designated as a terror outfit by the United Nations.

Read Here – The Indian Express

India’s Response To China’s BRI Linked To Its Territorial Concerns

The admiration of India’s attempt to engage China through the Modi-Xi Wuhan informal meeting has faded away in recent months, prompting some to ask: Did the Wuhan Summit provide India with any tangible outcome? A cursory response to the question seems a no if recent developments are taken into consideration.

Read Here – The Indian Express

One Year On, Should India Rethink Its Reset With China?

A year ago, China’s President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a closely choreographed series of photo-ops and exchanges at their summit in Wuhan, China. The serene images of Modi and Xi – gazing at pink blossoms and enjoying tea on a boat – telegraphed a return to normalcy after a tense period in ties between the two Asian rivals. But the honeymoon phase in the “new” India-China relationship might be over.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

Misinformation Is Endangering India’s Election

Indian voters standing in a queue to cast their votes during the 1st Phase of General Elections-2019, at Gaya, in Bihar on April 11, 2019. Photo/PIB

India is facing information wars of an unprecedented nature and scale. Indians are bombarded with fake news and divisive propaganda on a near-constant basis from a wide range of sources, from television news to global platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp. But unlike in the United States, where the focus has been on foreign-backed misinformation campaigns shaping elections and public discourse, the fake news circulating here isn’t manufactured abroad.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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