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Past articles by Milan:

Will voters hold Modi to account for India’s covid-19 crisis? Don’t bet on it.

While the outrage is real and the misery immense, there are structural reasons to doubt the idea of a voter backlash against Modi. → Read More

The Decay of Indian Democracy

Why India no longer ranks among the lands of the free. → Read More

Why Indian Americans are not becoming Republicans any time soon

Our study examines why they're sticking with the Democrats. → Read More

India’s government is prioritizing nationalism over economic renewal

India is experiencing its most severe economic slowdown in three decades. → Read More

From Nation-State to State-Nation

India must think hard before uprooting the framework that makes it the envy of the world → Read More

Electoral Bonds: The Safeguards Of Indian Democracy Are Crumbling

The ease with which the Narendra Modi government ignored apex institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, Election Commission of India, and even Parliament, intensifies the crisis facing the institutions meant to check the untrammeled power of the executive. → Read More

The Strange Triumph of Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may still be popular with the Indian public as his government basks in the glow of a hugely successful re-election campaign. But the Indian economy is in the doldrums and if Modi can't turn it around, his political standing will also plummet. → Read More

What the 2024 battle may look like

The BJP is preparing for a third term. The Congress is still reeling from its loss of 2014 → Read More

If it’s ‘the economy, stupid,’ why did Modi win?

The question of leadership may have diverted attention away from the state of the economy, but Modi’s honeymoon will be short-lived. → Read More

Modi owns the win and the aftermath

BJP has enjoyed the benefit of doubt, but the next five years will test the strength of institutions → Read More

The Battle for India’s Soul

So far, only the Hindu nationalist side is showing up to the fight. → Read More

The Battle for India’s Soul

At the very moment when secularism is on the ropes in India, its defenders appear to have abandoned it. → Read More

Indian voters are looking for an excuse to back Modi. They may have found one.

All told, the ordinary voter likes Modi. A lot. → Read More

Indian Voters Are Looking For An Excuse To Back Modi. They May Have Found One.

The ordinary voter still views Modi as a compelling leader who is personally incorruptible. Modi’s pitch this election season is simple: He needs more than a single, five-year term to undo 65 years of corruption and administrative rot. → Read More

Lok Sabha election 2019: A new challenge for federalism

Indian states have grown at drastically at different rates over the past 40 years, and seat allocation has not kept pace — leading to different sets of objections from the southern and northern states. → Read More

India’s opposition wants a universal basic income. Does the idea stand a chance?

The timing of the announcement is almost as interesting as the content. → Read More

The women who banned alcohol

In the world's largest democracy, politicians find they need to listen to women if they want power. → Read More

The Indian women voters who had alcohol banned

In the world's largest democracy, politicians find they need to listen to women if they want power. → Read More

In India, the Congress Party Isn’t Dead Yet

State elections gave new hope to a moribund party. → Read More

What to Watch at the 2018 Asia-Europe Meeting

Asia-Europe meetings have been held for over a decade, but they are becoming increasingly relevant. Partners from both continents want to work together more closely, so they can combat challenges to globalization and multilateralism. → Read More