Category: India

Can India’s ‘most surprising democracy’ stave off an authoritarian turn?

     

In the last two months, widespread protests over a controversial new citizenship law in India have raised the prospect of a constitutional crisis, writes Madhav Khosla, Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor of… Read more »

In the conflict between ‘capitalist democracy’ and communism, capitalism won. But…..

     

The emerging competition between American and Chinese models of capitalism, the problem of inequality in developed societies, and the cultural contradictions of meritocracy, were the focus of The American Interest’s Damir… Read more »

Nation-State or State-Nation? India’s democratic character ‘in a precarious state’

     

The cumulative effect of recent moves by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party has been to throw India’s democratic character and future into a precarious state not… Read more »

Why China’s TikTok is a national security concern

     

TikTok, the short-form video app that’s been downloaded 1.5 billion times, is one of the most exciting and goofiest places on the internet, and possibly the only truly fun social… Read more »

Populists fanning flames of identity politics: From constitutional democracy to unconstitutional ethnocracy

     

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s victory fills analyst Max Boot with fear and foreboding. It’s not just because his reelection makes it certain that Brexit — a plan that will further fracture… Read more »

Explaining Asia’s turn to illiberal democracy

     

The return of the Rajapaksa brothers to power in Sri Lanka highlights a broader and more alarming trend: the rise of illiberal democracy in South Asia as Sri Lanka joins… Read more »

Gautam Adhikari, R.I.P.

     

Democracy advocates are mourning the loss of veteran journalist and analyst Gautam Adhikari, who died in Washington, D.C., this week, the Times of India reports. The former Times of India… Read more »

Demolishing Faith: China sharpens hacking to hound minorities, home and abroad

     

China’s hackers have since built up a new arsenal of techniques, such as elaborate hacks of iPhone and Android software, pushing them beyond email attacks and the other, more basic… Read more »

Countering Political Polarization: What Has Been Tried? What Works?

     

  By Thomas Carothers and Andrew O’Donohue* Severe political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world, from Brazil, India, and Kenya to Poland, Turkey, and the… Read more »

Is India ‘losing the soul of its democracy’ in Kashmir?

     

India’s actions in Kashmir reflect the corrosion of its own democracy, argues Pratap Bhanu Mehta, University Professor at Ashoka University. Indian democracy has always been messy, he writes for Foreign Affairs…… Read more »