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…