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- Sep 5 20162 minutes
India’s Economic Engine Has a Rocky Road Ahead
SINCE 2014, INDIA HAS BEEN THE emerging-market world’s most positive story. That’s mainly because Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have cut red tape to make it easier to do business in this historically closed country
- Dec 9 20165 minutes
How India's Cashless Economy Gambit Backfired
Modi's plan to root out corruption and tax evasion could end in a terrible recession.
- Apr 14 201612 minutes
Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food: How the chili pepper got to China.
In 1932, the Soviet Union sent one of its best agents to China, a former schoolteacher and counter-espionage expert from Germany named Otto Braun. His mission was to serve as a military adviser to the Chinese Communists, who were engaged in a despera
- Feb 18 20175 minutes
Stuck in an American Retail Job With a Foreign MBA
In a new book, a journalist reflects on working as a salesperson in small-town Virginia when he first arrived in America.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The ABCs Of India’s GST
A new consumer tax promises to simplify business
- Sep 26 20164 minutes
The Ex-Spy Shaping India’s Foreign Policy
Doval has advocated a nationalist agenda and a stronger military | “He’s known as an Indian James Bond”
- Oct 10 20161 minute
India’s Cautious Kashmir Solution
New Delhi limits fallout from a militant attack, but more must be done for Kashmiris
- Dec 5 20163 minutes
A Cash Crackdown Hits Gold Pawners
Indians struggle to find valid currency to repay their loans | “We are reorienting our strategy to push digital transactions”
- Nov 28 201310 minutes
Not Merely the Finest TV Documentary Series Ever Made: A reflection on Jacob Bronowski’s “The Ascent of Man.”
A range of dark hilltops appears against a dawn sky. On a ridge in the far distance we can discern a human silhouette. It is someone telling us about the uniqueness of Man. “Man …” says the tiny figure in the landscape, “is not a figure in the landsc
- Jul 4 20161 minute
India’s Success Is Built to Last
IN THE WORLD OF CENTRAL BANKERS, Raghuram Rajan is a rock star, and the abrupt announcement on June 18 that he will depart the Reserve Bank of India in September came as a shock for investors. Some experts suspect that the charismatic, outspoken form
- Jan 17 20144 minutes
Imagine a World With One Universal Time Zone…
Earlier this month, the chief minister of the Indian state of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, started something of a brouhaha with a bold pronouncement on the generally sleepy topic of time zones. “We need a local time for Assam and the other northeastern states
- Dec 25 20161 minute
No. 45 Because This Cabstand Still Serves The City’s Best Chai, Even After The Cabbies Went Away.
KARAN MAHAJAN THIS TIME, I CAME back to New York and thought: It couldn’t possibly still be there. Soho, where my favorite Pakistani deli, Lahore, is located, has been menacing the little guy for at least 30 years. The second-to-last gas station in
- Oct 3 20161 minute
Kashmir Attack Pushes India and Pakistan to the Brink
RISHI IYENGAR ON THE MORNING OF SEPT. 18, FOUR HEAVILY armed men attacked an Indian army base near the town of Uri in the disputed territory of Kashmir. The attack left at least 18 soldiers dead and over two dozen wounded, and it threatens to disrup
- Nov 7 20163 minutes
The Prenup That Didn’t Stick
Docomo wants to be paid by Tata for a partnership gone bad | Investors “are still begging for a level playing field”
- Dec 4 20154 minutes
I Went To India And Saw The Future Of Climate-Smart Farming
Earlier this fall, I traveled to central Gujarat and northern Punjab, in India, to meet with rural farmers who were trying new techniques to combat climate change. Sitting under a mango tree, I spoke with 65-year-old Raman Bhai Parmar, who told me ab
- Jan 15 20172 minutes
Mindless Deforestation In Jharkhand, India In The Name Of Development
One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.
- Dec 20 20163 minutes
In India, Moviegoers Are Expected to Stand for the National Anthem—Or Else
"I go to cinema to relax and amuse myself, not to show my patriotism to my fellow countrymen. People who question my patriotism can come to my house."
- Jun 16 201610 minutes
Paving Over the Fossil Record: Why isn’t India doing more to protect its rare evolutionary record?
Every winter for the past decade, paleontologist Kenneth D. Rose returns to Vastan, one of the open-pit lignite (“brown coal”) mines in a corner of western India. On this dizzyingly bright March morning, as miners in hardhats and boots tirelessly sco
- Jan 22 20172 minutes
India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen
"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."
- Jan 20 20173 minutes
Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat
"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."