India, Defender of the West?

Featured image The media are downplaying the fact that Obama left India empty-handed on the chief object of his state visit: he wanted India to reach some kind of climate agreement like the phony one Obama made with China a few months ago. India refused. The Hindustan Times reports: India’s resistance to accept a peak year for emissions was a prime reason why US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi »

The Week’s Biggest News Story

Featured image We have been remiss in not noting the most important event of the last week: India’s election, which resulted in a landslide victory for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Bharatiya Janata won an absolute majority in India’s Parliament, so Modi will not only be installed as India’s new Prime Minister, he will be able to implement many of the policies on which he campaigned. While India’s circumstances are unique, to »

Report: Foiled Pakistani terror plot targeted Israeli and U.S. consulates

Featured image The Times of India reports that Pakistani intelligence services were planning a terrorist attack against the Israeli mission in Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) and the American consulate in Chennai (both are cities in Southern India). The reported plot was thwarted when Indian security officials interrogated a Sri Lankan national who allegedly was hired by a Pakistani agent to conduct reconnaissance of the two diplomatic missions. The Sri Lankan, Sakir »

India: Don’t Look Now, But . . .

Featured image So while we wait for the fallout from the massive bailout of Spanish banks that has  unfolded over the last 72 hours, and ponder the prospect of a breakdown in China’s economy discussed here yesterday, let’s not overlook the other tiger of Asian economic growth—India.  The Economist warns this week (“Farewell to Incredible India”) that its economy may be on the wane, too: IN A world economy as troubled as »

Panetta attempts to clean up after Obama in India

Featured image During a two-day stay in India, Secretary of Defense Panetta urged India to: (1) take a larger role in Afghanistan and (2) support the Obama administration’s new policy that purports to counterbalance China’s growing influence and military power. This shouldn’t have been a hard sell. India has an interest in as much stability as can be achieved in Afghanistan because instability there might well benefit Pakistan. And India has an »