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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.

75 Years After Independence, a Changing ‘Idea of India’

India’s liberal founders recede from view as its current leaders craft a new, less tolerant nation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

Modi’s Multipolar Moment Has Arrived

India, now courted by all sides, is the clear beneficiary of Russia’s war.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.

Why China Is Paranoid About the Quad

Beijing has long lived with U.S. alliances in Asia, but a realigned India would change the game.

A soldier salutes next to an Akash missile system in India.
A soldier salutes next to an Akash missile system in India.

Can India’s Defense Industry Make It on the Export Market?

A recent sale to the Philippines is a major win, but India faces obstacles to its big ambitions.

Putin, Modi, and Xi
Putin, Modi, and Xi

Modi’s Foreign-Policy Juggling Act

He put India on the map as a great power—but strategy problems are piling up.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose during a session at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose during a session at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

India Seeks to Escape an Asian Future Led by China

A flurry of trade talks herald an economic realignment toward the West.

Nuns walk near the entrance of the head office of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Dec. 28.
Nuns walk near the entrance of the head office of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Dec. 28.

India’s Religious Minorities Are Under Attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on a recent spate of hate speech and violence is deafening.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the United Nations.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the United Nations.

Profiling Modi’s India

A recent book shows how threats to democracy were apparent from the prime minister’s earliest beginnings.

Indian border guards patrol the Indian-Pakistani border.
Indian border guards patrol the Indian-Pakistani border.

Border Openings Could Signal an Indian-Pakistani Thaw

Relaxing restrictions on the Punjab border could lead to a bigger shift as both sides recalibrate relations.

Soldiers of the British Indian Army’s Camel Corps stand at attention at an unknown location during World War I.
Soldiers of the British Indian Army’s Camel Corps stand at attention at an unknown location during World War I.

New India Finds an Old Role in a Changing Middle East

This time, India is not supporting another country’s empire but advancing its own interests.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders
Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

Are Indo-Russian Ties the Next Casualty of Great-Power Shifts?

The fall of Kabul may have widened the rift between New Delhi and Moscow.

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indira-gandhi-hp-site

Indira Gandhi’s Lesson for Modi

A new account of India’s state of emergency in the 1970s takes on fresh relevance amid its ongoing erosion of democracy.

Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi and India’s Bet on Iran

The U.S. Afghanistan pullout and other geopolitical shifts are aligning New Delhi with Tehran.

An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier carries a rocket launcher as he takes up position with colleagues at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in R.S Pora southwest of Jammu on Oct. 2, 2016.
An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier carries a rocket launcher as he takes up position with colleagues at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in R.S Pora southwest of Jammu on Oct. 2, 2016.

Modi Took Complete Control of Kashmir Two Years Ago—and Got Away With It

When India revoked the disputed valley’s autonomous status, it sparked fears of diplomatic—even nuclear—war. It didn’t need to worry.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

India Gives Up Its Anti-Colonial Obsessions and Embraces Europe

In response to China’s rise, New Delhi casts off anti-Western baggage.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.
A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

Modi campaigns in West Bengal
Modi campaigns in West Bengal

India’s Pandemic Disaster Has Finally Slowed Modi’s Unstoppable Rise

The populist leader is blaming everyone but himself. Voters aren’t buying it.

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