Our Top Weekend Reads
Market response to the coronavirus, China deflecting blame, and the dawn of post-democratic Europe.
Dismantling the World’s Largest Democracy
A new book recounts the inspiring story of how India’s constitution introduced democracy to people who had never experienced it before. Those freedoms are now in jeopardy.
Narendra Modi’s Sisyphean Quest for Global Coronavirus Cooperation
India’s prime minister is pushing for a regional response while facing a growing crisis at home.
Social Distancing Is a Privilege
For a daily laborer in Mumbai, staying home means “my children and my wife will die.”
In Delhi, First Came the Pogroms. Then Came Coronavirus.
For Indian Muslims forced from their homes by mob violence, not even displaced persons camps can protect them now.
In Germany, Coronavirus Is No Longer a Distant Threat
Germans used to be happy they were far away from China, but as COVID-19 ravages Europe, they no longer feel safely removed.
Can India Avert a Health Apocalypse?
The world’s largest democracy is particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases—but history shows it can be surprisingly resilient.
The India-U.S. Relationship Is Bigger Than Its Showboating Leaders
Trump and Modi met as Delhi burned, but the democratic principles underpinning ties haven’t vanished.
Hindu Nationalists Are Pushing Magical Remedies for the Coronavirus
Ayurvedic medicine and other pseudosciences are being pushed by BJP politicians.
Modi’s India Is Racing to a Point of No Return
Indian culture may be ancient, but its unity is rare and recent. A growing hostility to Muslims threatens to upend the world’s largest democracy.
India’s Muslims Accuse Police of Targeted Killings
As protests against a new citizenship law sweep the country, signs that the authorities are condoning and even instigating violence have India’s Muslims alarmed.
Why India’s Muslims Are in Grave Danger
An expert on communal riots says the country may well be witnessing the start of a larger pogrom.
India’s Illiberal Turn Won’t Shake Its Relationship With the United States
Mobs roamed New Delhi’s streets as Trump and Modi talked, but the partnership remains robust.
India’s Economic Troubles Are Rooted in Politics
Economic models often fail to account for hidden assumptions. Ignoring the importance of trust and belonging in society may be hurting New Delhi more than policymakers understand.