Monthly Archives: August 2014

Can America and India become real partners?

The future of US-India strategic ties is too important to be constructed solely or even primarily through a China-management lens, writes Sourabh Gupta in the National Interest.

As the US preps for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, pro/anti-India forces slug it out on the White House website, Seema Sirohi writes in the Economic Times.


What does Hinduism mean to you?

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remark that all those who live in Hindustan are Hindus have brought the origin of the word Hindu into focus.

The Times of India’s Sagarika Ghose writes that Hinduism stands for freedom of thought – “Both the atheist and agnostic can exist under Hinduism because belief in a single god, or ‘the single truth’ or the concept of ‘blasphemy’ are hardly central to Hindu traditions.”

Sagarika quotes author Jonardon Ganeri, who earlier this month, talked vedas and karma with Gary Gutting of the New York Times in an article titled ‘What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu?’

In the Huffington Post, writer Rajiv Malhotra offers a Hindu view of ‘Christian Yoga’. He says that Yoga is a do-it-yourself path that eliminates the need for intermediaries such as a priesthood or other institutional authority.

India calls off talks with Pakistan: Self goal or a show of strength?

The Narendra Modi government has cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan to protest against a meeting between Kashmiri separatist leaders and Islamabad’s envoy to New Delhi.

In The Indian Express, Praveen Swami calls the move a self goal, saying that New Delhi is shutting off life support to secret dialogue on Kashmir dating back 10 years and more.

On the NDTV website, Sidharth Varadarajan rues that Modi’s unpredictable diplomatic bang has ended in a shabby and all too predictable whimper.

Kanchan Gupta, on the other hand, finds the decision predictable as he writes in ABP Live: That India with a new Government that is far more resolute and clear-headed than its predecessor regime would react in this manner was a foregone conclusion

Ninety days of the Modi government: But where’s the vision?

Modi’s I-day speech depicts a holistic new vision. It is not clear how it will be implemented, writes S L Rao in The Telegaph

The story of my Sanskrit

Ananaya Vajpei writes in The Hindu that Sanskrit must be taken back from the clutches of Hindu supremacists, bigots, believers in brahmin exclusivity, misogynists, Islamophobes and a variety of other wrong-headed characters on the right.