India’s Solar Panel Wars Heat up

By Sarah Watson — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made solar power a key plank of his energy independence and climate change agenda. India has set a target of reaching 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar generation capacity by 2022; it…

Update on India’s States: September 27, 2017

Big News Assam imposes a two-child policy on government employees; Manipur cracks down on Rohingya refugees; Meghalaya issues its first UDAY loan; Delhi Metro tests driverless trains; Maharashtra signs on for port modernization; and more. Center-State relations Nothing critical to…

Abe Calls a Snap Election

By Nicholas Szechenyi — Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced plans to dissolve the Lower House of the Diet (parliament) later this week and schedule a snap election sometime in October, about a year ahead of schedule. Abe…

CogitAsia Podcast: Myanmar on the Brink

In this episode we discuss the complicated political picture in Myanmar for Aung San Suu Kyi after 18 months in office and the humanitarian tragedy in Rakhine state. Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell joins to dissect what is…

Update on India’s States: September 20, 2017

Haryana, Goa, and Bihar announce IT and startup policies, while Karnataka releases an electric vehicle policy; Rajasthan becomes the latest state to announce a loan waiver; Assam will require government employees to care for parents and disabled siblings; and more.…

Threading the Needle: India, Trump, & Afghanistan

By Sarah Watson — On August 21, following a protracted internal debate, President Trump announced his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia as a whole. The speech included both strong language on Pakistan and a promise that U.S. involvement in…

Academia is Key to an Innovative India

By Tushar Madan — In November India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. This piece is the second in an occasional series exploring the climate for entrepreneurship in India, what the Modi government has done to promote…

Update on India’s States: September 13, 2017

Assam passes a critical labor-law reform; MNRE imposes stiff penalties on states seeking to renege on solar PPAs; Karnataka makes many schools free for female students; Rajasthan experiments with privatization of public schools; Nagaland will use DBT for workfare payments;…