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Yoga Modi

Modi and the Politics of Yoga

Narendra Modi’s new policies as India’s prime minister revolve around economics, social change, and…yoga?   Modi has been trying to reclaim yoga as an Indian art form and have it officially recognized as being rooted in Hindu tradition. While it is generally accepted that yoga originated in India, this movement, according to the new Minister…

Illustration by Lexi Copithorne

Arnab Goswami and the Great Indian Debate

BY RAJA KRISHNA If you switch on a television in India at dinner time (8 or 9 p.m. there), chances are that the first sight to meet your eyes will be the face of bindi-ed North Indian actress holding a shocked face as the camera zooms into her gaping, screaming, lipsticked mouth to the repetitive…

Illustration by Laura Beckman

How Climate Change Affects Indian Political Stability

In July, The Economist published a piece describing the effects of climate change in India and discovered two prevailing trends: first, India is getting warmer, and second, the summer monsoons are coming later and later in the year. Time Magazine recently looked into the phenomenon and found that India’s energy supply and distribution problems may…

Widows, India’s other 'untouchables'

An Open Letter to an Indian Politican

Dear Ms. Bannerjee, A couple of weeks ago, you made the following statement on rape in India: “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded, but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options,” Okay, I’ll wait. No?  You weren’t misquoted? It…

5.3% is Failure

Full disclosure: this hits close to home for me. As an Indian citizen, I’d be lying if I said that the last five years didn’t carry a tinge of pride. Consistent 8% growth, a booming services and telecom sector, and, most importantly, a retention of the country’s most important democratic institutions, painted a rosy picture…

Thousands Of Chinese Line Up For the Apple iPhone 4s

To Infinity and Beyond?

A Crucial Juncture It’s now 2012, and some are understandably more optimistic than others. An economic slump that began in 2007 remains Western policymakers’ biggest headache, in addition to near-total currency collapses and debt ceiling pantomimes. Developing countries, long schooled in the Western way to prosperity, should be forgiven for a little gloating. Yet while…

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