Politicization of (Electric) Power in Uttar Pradesh

By Sharmila Bellur — While caste and communal politics will likely play a major role in determining the political fortunes of Uttar Pradesh (UP), a broad set of issues will drive the electorate in the state’s ongoing legislative assembly elections.…

Update on India’s States: February 22, 2017

State governments are setting new records for bond issues; South Korea to help renovate Delhi’s main train station; Rajasthan will cover farmers’ increased power costs; the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu wins a confidence vote; Mumbai’s new airport has…

Voices from the Periphery: The Orang Asli in Malaysia

By Lance Jackson — Development projects in Johor, Malaysia, made headlines after former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned that they would attract a massive wave of Chinese immigration. However, development projects in Johor have long earned the ire of…

Update on India’s States: February 15, 2017

Maharashtra formally reduces the scope of key labor law, exempting units with less than 50 employees; Election dates for three Legislative Councils announced; Rajasthan expands its experiment with privatized power while Madhya Pradesh breaks new tariff records with its recent…

In Tamil Nadu, All Politics is Local

By the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies — When Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa died in December, she was eulogized by then-U.S. ambassador Richard Verma “for her service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between…

The Abe-Trump Summit: Aiming for the Fairway

By Michael J. Green, Matthew P. Goodman, Nicholas Szechenyi, & David Parker — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States later this week for a two-day summit meeting with President Trump aimed at reaffirming the importance of the…

Update on India’s States: February 8, 2017

Goa and Punjab go to the polls; Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh are big winners in the annual railway ministry budget; Haryana inaugurates a single-window system for industrial clearances and raises its electricity taxes; Karnataka can now track…

Update on India’s States: February 1, 2017

DIPP reduces action points for its ranking of states’ business environments; Tata Power has implemented a micro-grid in Bihar; key Gujarat power distribution utility misses renewable target; Ola & Uber declared illegal in Karnataka; Shiv Sena & BJP separately contesting…

CogitAsia Podcast: Secret War in Laos

The U.S. bombing campaign and paramilitary support for anti-communist forces in Laos during the 1960s and 1970s took place almost entirely out of the public eye. The full scope of the conflict and its impact on Laos has only come…