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Death By Twitter

Social networking in these insatiable, exhibitionistic, let-it-all-hangout-times.

Party Time For The Three Khans

In year 2014, the buzz is that the three trail-blazing musketeers of B-town, the Khans, are going political.

Now You See It Now You Don't

India’s notorious bureaucrats, who were unenthusiastic about the OCI Certificate to begin with — save for the nearly $250 million dollars in application fees that the initiative has generated — have been working overtime to chip away at even its modest benefits.

Inmates Take The Asylum

The political dysfunction in Italy, India and other parliamentary democracies pales in comparison to the gridlock in Washington during the past decade and the dead end where it arrived this October. The inmates have indeed taken over the asylum.

Obama's Syrian Quagmire

Obama’s bizarre logic is that he had drawn a red line against the use of chemical weapons, which Syrian President Bassar al-Assad dared to cross.

Freed From Independence

India now has a higher proportion of the world’s poor and is home to fully a third of the world’s extremely poor.

Passage to Bihar

A series of high profile politicians from foreign countries make a pilgrimage to Bihar in search of their roots.

The Price of Liberty and Order

The extraordinary lengths the U.S. government has gone to in its bid to block Snowden from securing political asylum shows just how much it fears exposure of its spying apparatus.

The Red Beacon Raj

With the extension of Z Security to Ambani one can expect a new arms race among the country’s business elite.

The Orwellian School of Wharton

We wonder why these three astute advocates of democracy and their supporters feel so intellectually unequipped to engage Modi, who recently was reelected in a landslide, in an open public debate on these questions at a forum on their own territory.

Romancing the Dollar

Chidambaram has ushered in a new wave of reforms and some of the anti-FDI moves of his predecessor — and now president Pranab Mukherjee — have been watered down.

India Liberates True Innovation

The fact is that the Indian Supreme Court is not rejecting the idea of patenting drugs. What it is repudiating is the attempt by pharmaceutical giants to use legal loopholes to extend the life of patents that have already expired.

The GOP Plot to Steal Elections

The GOP proposes to distribute the electoral college votes proportionately. That in itself is not a bad idea; indeed if it were implemented by all states, it would even improve the antiquated electoral college system.

Divided States of America

American politics has assumed many of the unhealthy characteristics of its Indian counterpart, such as communal vote banks divided along religious and caste lines — reflected by Southern evangelist and white voters on the Republican side, arrayed against minority and women voters on the Democratic side.

Republican Sunset

Indian Americans have not experienced the frontal brunt of the GOP’s hostile policies toward immigrants and minorities. Yet, Democrats enjoy far stronger support among Indian Americans than they do, for example, among Hispanics, who are significantly more impacted by the GOP’s uncompromising stance on immigration and welfare.

GOP Convention of Liars

The Republican Party, which has nominated an Ayn Rand faddist Paul Ryan as its nominee for vice president to placate the extremist wing of the party, recognizes well that the vision of dismantling the widely popular social safety net of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc., would be toxic and disastrous in an election.

McCarthyism Redux

All minorities and religious groups should be affronted and alarmed by these reckless and unfounded accusations against decent and honorableAmericans who happen to be Muslims.

Let's Celebrate Liars

Xavier Alvarez is one in a continuing line of outcasts -- anarchists, Communists, flag burners, racists, fringe religious and political fanatics -- to whom we owe an eternal debt of gratitude for keeping the embers of free speech alive.

Right Side of History

Economic forces and Pres. Obama’s legendary timidity in the first half of his presidency could yet doom the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional aspirations during this election cycle.

India’s Gutless Media

That a deep pocketed media house like the India Today Group folded its tent without resistance in the face of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s legal threats, while an obscure activist with a checkered free speech history dared to resist, is a permanent blot on a storied media house, for which it owes its readers and the public an apology and an explanation.

The Dirty Video

As a bemused India watches the alleged shenanigans of a ruling-party lawyer-turned-politician who has finally quit public office, a fellow lawyer finds that Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s resignation statement hides more than it reveals, and that it has unwittingly triggered a timely debate on privacy issues in the era of YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter.

Free Speech’s Unlikely Champion

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the accidental champion of freedom of speech, has a history of suppressing the speech, sometimes violently, of people with whom he disagrees.

Delhi Court Bars Politician's Sex Video

A Delhi High Court judge has barred the broadcast of a sex video featuring a senior Congress Party spokesman in a compromising position and several media houses have pledged not to telecast it.

On Unsteady Ground

The judicial system is frequently irrational, unfair and even cruel.

Let Them Eat Cake

The extraordinary arrogance of Indian elites in dissing foreign aid for its poorest citizens and their chest thumping over India’s meteoric economic rise glosses over some glaringly painful realities.

Norway's Nanny State

Statistics Norway data show that an incredible 3 percent of children under 18 in the country were in the protective custody of its child welfare agency Barnvernet in 2010.

Protecting Sonia From India

The Indian public is under threat from satirical images of Sonia Gandhi? Really?

The American Behind India's 9/11

"David Coleman Headley, in my opinion, was a double agent. He was working for both the U.S. and for Lashkar and the ISI."

Sterilize the Rich

Local elites in many developing societies shared the Western sensibilities and often took draconian measures to limit population growth.

Flying Sandals and Bollywood Bombs

The sensational media reports based on U.S. diplomatic cables exposed by Wikileaks have glossed over the gross ineptitude and incompetence that they also expose of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Indian Origin MP Faces Electoral Probe

The India Tourism office is alleged to have donated 5,000 pounds for an election victory party.

WikiCables: Modi Vying for National Role

"Having recovered from the crisis invoked by our visa revocation and his tyrannical management style, Modi is positioning himself as a national leader by reminding people that Gujarat has done a fine job of economic governance, notwithstanding the black stain the (2002) riots left,."

Portrait of a Lady

A State Minister was "forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP's governor" by Mayawati, according to a U.S. Embassy cable.

Bombing Afghanistan With Bollywood

In a page out of the Cold War, U.S. diplomats proposed recruiting Bollywood celebrities for the country's Afghanistan propaganda campaign.

2011 Feels Like 1980 Again

Casting a glance back at how India appeared to the outside world just a few months ago is rather like looking at grainy footage of yesteryear: a booming economy, IT whiz-kids making waves all over the globe, top ranking in international Test cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup in the bag, Bollywood on the roll.

A Carnival Called India

Wah India. Your myriad avatars, your million mutinies never cease to amaze. We try hard to hijack you. Some cry, "India is Indira". Others sing, "You are my Sonia". Still others chant, "Saffron Shining."

Gandhi's Revenge

For India to join the developed world it needs much more than eight-lane highways and spanking new airport terminals. It needs to drag its politics into the 21st century, along with the rest of the country.

Security Bruises

The infighting between the U.S. Secret Service and the Indian security agencies was a frequently entertaining and always frustrating backstory dogging Obama’s four-day India visit.

Bahoot Dhanyavad!

That’s how US President Barack Obama greeted the Indian Parliament on his recent trip, part of the cute exotica that all but turned Mumbai city upside down.

A Tight Embrace

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrapped his arms tightly around Pres. Barack Obama at every public event, visually symbolizing what Obama called a “defining partnership of the 21st century” between the two countries.

The Right’s Last Gasp

America was once their country. They sense they are losing it. And they are right.

Behind The Glitter

Behind the scene at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

The Indian guests at the three state dinners for Indian prime ministers during this decade are a study in contrasts and reflect the political bases and priorities of the hosting administration.

Is India’s BJP Turning Republican?

The intriguing fall-outs of the recent parliamentary elections

Abdul Kalam on Competition and Dependence

Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, popularly known as the “Missile Man of India, is the youngest child of a Muslim boatman and best selling author of eight books, including his autobiography, Wings of Fire.

Mumbai Terror Attacks; Does Kasab Really Deserve Legal Aid

A debate rages on the ethics of representing the “Butcher of Bombay.”

The Reluctant Warrior

Obama struggles with the painful predicament that haunted Arjun in the Mahabharat.

The Wrong Lessons

Can we please halt the sappy musings about swinging a beer at Café Leopold or picking at samosas at Taj’s Sea Lounge?

Controversy Derails Sonal Shah

Under growing public pressure from progressive Indian American groups, Sonal Shah, a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition advisory board, who was rumored to be

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