March 12, 2019

As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral.
March 5, 2019

Debt and distress in rural India

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral.
February 24, 2019

Religious riots: Muzaffarnagar’s pain

Six years ago, Irshad Ali’s family was forced to flee their home in Muzaffarnagar, in northern Uttar Pradesh (UP). They were among 50,000 Muslims who were displaced after the riots that killed 62 and injured scores of others. Sadly, Irshad’s experience is far from unique. Caste and faith are India’s biggest dividers and ironically, consolidators.
February 17, 2019

In India, Kumbh Mela is a sweet treat for Allahabadis – and Modi’s BJP

The state of Uttar Pradesh is a political battleground ahead of the upcoming polls, with the BJP investing in infrastructure and religious pomp. But is this enough to see the ruling party maintain the gains it made in 2014, as local coalitions seek to energise grass roots voters?