from Expert Zone:

The Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and its fallout on India

By S K Chatterji
October 7, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The Islamic State has invigorated jihadi establishments in South and Southeast Asia. It has shaken up the al Qaeda, so far occupying the spiritual pedestal of Islamist Jihad, spurring it to announce the formation of a branch in the Indian subcontinent. Apparently, the Indian subcontinent won't remain unscathed with the contesting constituents of Islamist jihad locked in a battle of dominance.

from John Lloyd:

Is ‘civil society’ imperialistic? Putin says yes, and he’s not alone.

By John Lloyd
October 4, 2014


The word “imperialism” is still bandied about a good deal. Sometimes its meaning is traditional, as in the charge that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is seeking to reassemble some part of the Russian imperium. Sometimes the meaning is flakier, as in the claim of Scots nationalists that England is a neo-imperial state on the lookout for wars in which to flex its flabby military muscles.

from The Great Debate:

India’s rock-star PM wowed Madison Square Garden — but can he deliver more than a great show?

By Amana Fontanella-Khan
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York


“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.

from Breakingviews:

Rock star Modi needs more business-friendly riff

September 29, 2014

By Kate Duguid

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

from The Great Debate:

Why work with India’s new leader? It’s the economy, stupid

By Anja Manuel
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi gestures while speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York

Great powers sneak up on you.  While Washington has been preoccupied with a burning Middle East, Russia behaving badly and, to a lesser extent, the rise of China, U.S. relations with India have slipped down the diplomatic priority list. In coming decades, however, enormous, unwieldy India will likely be the United States’ most important continental partner in Asia.

from Left field:

Zivojinovic: Novak’s greatest weapon is his mind

September 26, 2014

SThe Davis Cup, where the pride of playing for the country is the overriding sentiment, has done different things to different players.

from India Insight:

India at the 2014 Asian Games

September 24, 2014

Gold medallist Mary Kom reacts during the medal ceremony for the women's fly (48-51kg) boxing competition at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

India sent a contingent of 516 athletes to this year's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. India finished eighth on the medal table at the 2006 Asiad and improved to sixth in Guangzhou four years ago, bagging 65 medals - their best ever haul.

from Expert Zone:

Little chance of an RBI rate cut

September 24, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from India Insight:

Movie Review: Daawat-e-Ishq

September 19, 2014

"Daawat-e-Ishq" is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute. For a movie that is supposedly about food, there is surprisingly little of it on screen.

from The Human Impact:

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

September 19, 2014

Bride Kalpana and groom Bhavin Munjpara exchange wedding vows inside a hospital in Ahmedabad

The customs and traditions of our forefathers - performed during festivals and on special occasions such as births, weddings and funerals – can be beautiful, reminding us of a life past.