As in many parts of the world, including in South Asia, the Biden's Summit for Democracy summit is likely to do more harm than good
For Mihir Sharma's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
There is no growth story left in India’s economy that can enthuse voters and investors, so Prime Minister Modi is hoping a green-growth narrative will pay off economically and politically.
Global efforts to rein in U.S.-based social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook Inc. risk restricting democratic freedoms.
Strategies that kept the pandemic at bay in 2020 won’t necessarily work in 2021.
In its battles with India’s government and others around the world, Twitter needn’t surrender its principles too easily.
It’s OK to have a fun few days laughing at America’s discomfiture and at the breast-beating exaggerations of its pundits and politicians.
The third rail of Indian politics has always been agriculture. While the economy has been partly liberalized since opening up to the world in 1991, the process has largely bypassed the three-fifths of Indians who depend for their livelihoods, directly or indirectly, on farming. ...
Most rich-country governments have produced pandemic-response packages that are sharply nationalist and inward-looking.
The likes of Putin, Bolsonaro and Erdogan may be about to see an end to their years as part of a U.S.-led strongman brotherhood.
India's telecom revolution only took off after the government moved away from auctions and started assigning spectrum to licensees in return for a share of their revenue.