Modi Versus Xi: The Battle Of The Nationalist Strongmen

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, like other contemporaries Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Boris Johnson, etc., are leaders with a nationalistic bent. They view their respective countries as embodiments of either Han Chinese or Hindu civilization, where the center of the world revolves around their nations in the sense that they see them as the center of history. Read Here – […]

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The Fearsome Foursome In Modi Season 2

With the reappointment of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for the next five years and his elevation to cabinet rank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got a fearsome foursome to handle the entire spectrum of national security and foreign policy. The team comprising of Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Defence Minister […]

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India’s Cult Of Modi

The recent Indian election will be a case study in how to upend the conventional assumption of electoral politics that an incumbent is judged on his record of performance against his own promises. Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfilled none of his, so why did voters reward him with a landslide victory? Read Here – Project […]

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It’s Modi’s India Now

It seems that the BJP’s formula of focusing on national security and identity politics, along with channeling Modi’s clear charisma and oratory powers, overshadowed any competing vision. And in that sense, perhaps the change isn’t just at the top; Indians themselves may have changed. A new generation of younger Indians yearn for a more positive […]

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Troubles Aplenty: Foreign Policy Challenges For The Next Indian Government

A successful Indian foreign policy, by definition, is one that creates the external circumstances conducive to realizing India’s fundamental aims, namely, protecting its physical security and its decisional autonomy, enlarging its economic prosperity and its technological capabilities, and realising its status claims on the global stage. Attaining these objectives requires New Delhi to engage at […]

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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 […]

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