Going off the rails?

Memo #329

Challenges for small Indian cities planning metro projects

By Simon Harding – sharding13 [at] gmail.com

HardingIndia is undergoing a metro boom. The country has spent US$41bn* on urban metro rail projects since 2002: The country’s six largest cities have begun constructing large-scale networks. Now smaller cities are following suit: Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest… Continue reading

The AAP’s “clean sweep” in Delhi Assembly Elections

Memo #327

What it means for India

By Asim Arun – asimup [at] gmail.com

Arun_APM- AAP_photoThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, Common Man’s Party) landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls this month is a rare instance of a civil society movement succeeding in democracy’s ultimate test: elections. The AAP is the child of the “India Against Corruption” movement that reached… Continue reading

Understanding Kashmir, Tackling the Kashmir Problem

Memo #319

By Promod Puri – promodpuri [at] blogspot.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe division of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 generated a persistent hostility between India and Pakistan, a hostility dominated by clashing territorial claims over the Kashmir region. On the international stage the Kashmir problem is largely viewed in diplomatic, political, government and media circles with the understanding that the region is… Continue reading

Modi: Breaking the Mold of Indian Politics (Part 1 of 2)

Memo #296

Narendra Modi’s Historic Electoral Victory.

By John Harriss – jharriss [at] sfu.ca


That Narendra Modi should have won India’s 16th General Election is no great surprise.

But the scale of his triumph is.

Together with most other commentators I expected Modi to win, but thought it likely that he would be… Continue reading

Coalitional Constraints in India: Why we shouldn’t fear Modi

Memo #292

By  Geoffrey Macdonald – GPMacdonald [at] gmail.com

Polling indicates that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be announced next week as the clear winner of India’s scheduled parliamentary elections. With this result, the worst fears of many Indians and international observers will be realized: Narendra Modi, who is banned from entering the United States for his… Continue reading

The Paradox of Women Leaders in Asian Democracies

Memo #277

By   Timothy S. Rich – timothy.rich [at] wku.edu

Political life in Asian countries is often characterized as a man’s world, especially compared to its Western counterparts. Yet we have also seen increasing political leadership opportunities for women in the region. Since 2000 alone, women have been elected prime minister in Bangladesh and Thailand, and elected president… Continue reading

At the Frontier of the Middle Income Trap: Remarkable Parallels between India’s and Indonesia’s Elections

Memo #274

By  Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca

India and Indonesia are both facing crucial elections this year: May for India and July for Indonesia (April for parliament). Although contexts are different and their ties are rarely explored, they face remarkably similar economic issues. Both are seen as successful emerging powers of the 2000s and powerful members of the G20. Yet, in both cases, the public… Continue reading

Saving Lives in Odisha: Disaster Mitigation Comes of Age in India

Memo #250

By Asim Arun – asimarun [at] hotmail.com

The recent typhoon in the Philippines, and growing threat of climate change it may represent, has once again taught us the necessity of disaster preparedness. It was just over a month ago, on October 12, 2013, that the category-five Cyclone Phailin slammed into India’s eastern coastal states… Continue reading

Keeping Neighbours Closer: Beijing’s Geopolitical Pitch

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #249

By Jargalsaikhan Mendee – mendee [at] alumni.ubc.ca

Lately, Chinese leaders have been busy bolstering relations with their immediate neighbours.  As evidence, the Prime Ministers of India, Mongolia, and Russia arrived in Beijing for bilateral meetings with China’s President Xin Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on the… Continue reading