Now, with more than 300,000 new cases a day and the death toll evidently much higher than reported, India is no one’s idea of a global leader.
For Shashi Tharoor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In late January, police filed criminal charges against eight journalists. Their crime: reporting the claims of a dead protester’s family that he had been shot and killed by the police.
India is a global pharmaceutical powerhouse, manufacturing some 20% of all generic medicines and accounting for as much as 62% of global vaccine production.
Indian Americans are the second-largest immigrant group in the U.S., and among the fastest-growing — up by nearly 150% over the last decade.
Trump’s announcement that he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO may be a harbinger of a broader unraveling of the multilateral system constructed after WW II.
Indian voters must decide whether they want an inclusive country that embodies hope, or a divided one that promotes fear.
His record in the British Empire more closely resembles that of a war criminal than a defender of democracy and freedom.
Some 4 million people, mainly Muslims, are at risk of disenfranchisement in India.
While it may seem alarmist to suggest freedom of expression in India is in peril, the atmosphere of intimidation is palpable.
Hindu extremists have long considered it humiliating that a monument built by a Muslim emperor could be Hindu-majority India's most recognizable site. Now the Taj Mahal is being rejected even by India's own government.