U.S.-Japan “2+2” Talks

By Nicholas Szechenyi — Today Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis are hosting Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera of Japan for a bilateral Security Consultative Committee (SCC) or “2+2” meeting to coordinate…

Update on India’s States: August 16, 2017

Maharashtra opens the door to round-the-clock retail; West Bengal puts a key industrial license online; Andhra Pradesh increases the number of government services with strict delivery timelines; Goa looks for energy savings in water and sanitation infrastructure; and more. Center–State…

Update on India’s States: August 9, 2017

Bihar and Delhi legislatures begin monsoon sessions; Maharashtra launches a direct benefits transfer portal; Tamil Nadu puts new restriction on eligibility for subsidized food; Odisha is rolling out LED streetlights state-wide; states drag their feet on real estate regulation; and…

Expanding India’s Financial Inclusion

By Tushar Madan — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has undertaken several schemes to increase levels of financial inclusion, but many fail to help all Indians. Instead, these plans often leave out marginalized parts of Indian society, such as rural…

Indian State-Level Business Reforms, First Quarter 2017

By Richard Rossow — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the concept of “competitive federalism’’ — encouraging states to compete to win the title of India’s best-performing state — a key element of his governing philosophy. States have taken…

Update on India’s States: August 2, 2017

Nitish Kumar stuns Bihar; UDAY cuts power losses; Madhya Pradesh collaborates with MIT on police reform; Jharkhand introduces kindergarten state-wide; and more. Center–State relations The central program to cut distribution company debt, the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), helped all…

Bihar Political Shakeup is a Win for BJP & JDU

By Kartikeya Singh — To observers of the political theater in India’s eastern state of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s dramatic July 25 decision to trade his party’s alliance with the left-wing Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for one with the…