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Education in India

Education in India

For millennia, ancient India was one of the foremost seats of learning in the world with  famous universities like Taxila, Nalanda and Vikramshila, visited by scholars and monks from China, Tibet, Korea, among others. For example, the 7th century Chinese Buddhist monk, Hiuen Tsang, spent 15 months studying and learning at Nalanda, the ancient Indian […]

Indian Political Situation

Indian Political Situation

As India gears up for its General Elections between April and May this year, the largest democracy is looking at politics from an unexpected and fresh perspective. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no longer the larger than life face of a hopeful India because of failing to deliver on most points, especially the catchphrase ‘good […]

Why Tokyo and New Delhi Are Reaching Out to Beijing and Vice Versa

Why Tokyo and New Delhi Are Reaching Out to Beijing and Vice Versa

The volatility of US President Donald Trump’s administration has thrown many a government across the world into a tizzy. With Washington blowing hot one day and cold the next, foreign-policy mandarins in various world capitals have been burning the proverbial midnight oil, trying to develop strategies to deal with the maverick administration.   India and […]

China and India count down to joint military drill

China and India count down to joint military drill

China and India will launch a two-week joint military drill on Tuesday, the first exercise of its kind since the two Asian giants were locked in a tense border stand-off in the Himalayas 18 months ago. Analysts said the drill could help rebuild trust between the two countries’ militaries, but would not erase mutual suspicions. […]

India’s Strong Man: Narendra Modi Remains an Authoritarian at Heart

India’s Strong Man: Narendra Modi Remains an Authoritarian at Heart

Narendra Modi became prime minister of India in 2014, with a consummate mastery of political communication and a superficial nod to democratic language. Two of his favorite phrases translated into something like this: “Summon the Power of 1.25 billion Indians,” and “Everyone Together, Everyone’s Progress.” Like a Napoleonic figure, he represented the people. It was […]

The Connections Are What Count

The Connections Are What Count

One of the earliest recorded accounts of technology transfer between India and China is a sweet story from the mid-seventh century. An embassy from the Tang emperor to the court of the Indian King Harsa returned home with knowledge of a special product the Chinese craved: sugar. Accompanied by eight monks, two “technicians” who knew […]

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

Plundered for centuries, conquered multiple times, home to some of the oldest civilisations in the world, the birthplace of three major religions— Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism—India is a country that is as diverse as the people that inhabit it. Therefore, to understand the festivals of India, one must first understand that India is a secular […]

Gay rights and global culture

Gay rights and global culture

Is there really such a thing as a global culture? Consider gay rights. Last Thursday the Indian Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality. Last April a court in Trinidad and Tobago found colonial-era laws banning gay sex to be unconstitutional. And late last year, Australia became the umpteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. There is a slow-motion […]

The Indian government and the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

The Indian government and the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

India is investigating Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity amid allegations that it has been selling babies. The government has asked officials to inspect the charity’s centres across India. The order came after a nun and an employee were arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling a baby in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The charity […]

A Relationship Committed To Success

A Relationship Committed To Success

India and South Korea share one dream, that of economic success and peace From dispatching a batch of medics in 1950-53 during the inter-Korean war, to maintaining diplomatic relations with both the north and the south during the cold war, ever since its independence, India has chosen to maintain a civil relationship with the Korean […]

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