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Ashoka Mody
A lack of comprehensive consumption — and inflation — data makes it impossible to get an accurate picture of India's poverty.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 21, 2024
India’s poor will not be wished away
Poverty remains deeply entrenched in India and appears to have increased significantly.
Hindu devotees gather in a procession on the eve of the opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, India, on Sunday.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 22, 2024
The slow death of India’s brief secular democracy
The opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, India, presided over by Prime Minister Modi culminates Hindu nationalism's ascent over secularism in Indian politics.
China and India both began liberalizing their economies around the same time in the 1980s. But China invested more in human-capital and is now benefiting from that decision.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 1, 2023
Unlike China, India cannot be an economic superpower
In the 1980s, the belief among observers was that an authoritarian Chinese regime would mismanage its economy while a democratic India would thrive.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 20, 2015
Germany, not Greece, should exit the euro
A German return to the deutsche mark would cause the value of the euro to fall immediately, giving countries in Europe's periphery a much-needed boost in competitiveness.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 15, 2015
David Cameron and the European Union's Waterloo
Even if it does retain its EU membership, the U.K. will continue to move steadily away from Europe. And with more attractive commercial opportunities elsewhere, most European countries will follow suit.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 9, 2013
Plunging rupee sends New Delhi a wake-up call
The real reason to worry about India is that it has lost international competitiveness and has been buying time from lenders — not because the rupee's value has slid.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 13, 2013
Faith in renewed growth is an ill-advised policy
Americans are treating the present economy as if the bubbly growth from 2000 to 2007 will return. It may simply be time to learn how to live with less.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals