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How Free Is the Fourth Estate? A Discussion about India’s Media Environment

India’s large and dynamic media market boasts thousands of newspapers, several hundred news channels, and innumerable news websites. Yet it also ranks 40th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index -- and journalists, activists, and researchers express increasing concerns its independence. This event convened experts to explore the challenges within India’s robust media environment and the implications for democracy in that country, while also placing India’s press in a  a broader global context.

The Triumph of the Indian Right: Reasons and Ramifications

In 2019, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved an overwhelming victory in India’s national election. It marked the second such election in a row that resulted in such a resounding triumph for the BJP, a Hindu nationalist party.

India's Department of Atomic Energy: A Page in History

On 3 August 1954, almost 65 years ago, India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) was created under the direct charge of the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru through a Presidential Order. Subsequently, in accordance with a Government Resolution dated 1 March 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was established in the Department of Atomic Energy. Nehru laid a copy of this Resolution on the table of the Lok Sabha (The Lower House of Indian Parliament on 24 March 1958.

What Do U.S.-China Tensions Mean for India?

The U.S.-China relationship is under considerable strain. This event will focus on the implications of these tensions for India, which is Washington's strategic partner and Beijing's strategic rival. Jagannath Panda will argue that U.S.-China relations are undergoing a major shift with ramifications for the entire world, and he will discuss what this means for New Delhi and how it should respond.  Jeff Smith will provide comments that emphasize the implications of these U.S.-China-India dynamics for U.S. interests and policy.

Nontraditional Strategy Building: A Mapping of Cultural Movements in the Indo-Pacific

Article Fourteen of the Japanese Constitution enshrines equality before the law regardless of "race, creed, sex, social status or family origin." Article Fifteen of the Indian Constitution guarantees a right to equality no matter an individual’s “religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.” Even the People’s Republic of China includes a constitutional provision that promises its citizens legal equality.

Event Recap: What to Make of India's Election Results?

At the close of the Indian election last month, Narendra Modi, the incumbent Prime Minister, won re-election with a significant margin. On May 28th, Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program, hosted a Ground Truth Briefing examining the implication of the Indian election.

Dispatches: June 2019

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Indian Foreign Policy during the Early Cold War: Realist or Idealist?

Historians tend to use the term “nonalignment” to describe India’s place in the world during the Cold War era, and depict idealistic leaders like Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his main advisor V.K. Krishna Menon as the primary drivers of Indian foreign policy.