India Decides 2014

  • Op-Ed
    The Politics and Plumbing of Reforms
    Milan Vaishnav, Suyash Rai July 28, 2014 Live Mint

    Reform initiatives that were pursued by previous Indian governments often failed due to inadequate attention to state capacity. This government has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to translate ideas into institutional change.

  • Op-Ed
    Modi’s ‘Pro-Growth’ Budget ‘Lacking on Key Issues’
    Milan Vaishnav July 10, 2014 Deutsche Welle

    There is no doubt that the Modi government’s first budget is pro-growth in its orientation, but it still lacks a detailed blueprint for economic renewal.

  • Op-Ed
    Managing Strategic Partnerships
    C. Raja Mohan June 17, 2014 Mint

    Restoring the lost dynamism in India’s vital strategic partnerships and regaining a firm handle on some of its traditionally fraught relationships must be at the top of the diplomatic agenda.

  • Op-Ed
    It’s Too Soon To Proclaim Death Of Coalition Politics
    Milan Vaishnav June 14, 2014 Business Standard

    Although the 2014 election repudiated many of the tenets of the post-1989 system, it is too soon to proclaim the death of coalition politics.

  • Article
    A New Era in Indian Politics?

    If trends witnessed in India’s 2014 election persist, the country may have closed the book on twenty-five years of electoral politics and moved into a new era.

  • Op-Ed
    Dismantling the Welfare State
    Surjit Bhalla June 10, 2014 Mint

    It is time to dismantle the current welfare system and adopt new approaches in order to reduce poverty and boost India’s growth rate.

  • Op-Ed
    Correcting the Administrative Deficit
    Bibek Debroy June 3, 2014 Mint

    The administrative deficit may not be talked about as much as the fiscal deficit. But if it is not corrected, growth will not pick up.

  • Op-Ed
    An Open Letter To Sushma Swaraj: Don't Let Political Diffidence Constrain MEA
    Ashley J. Tellis May 28, 2014 Economic Times

    If India makes a comeback, it will primarily be determined by what Prime Minister Narendra Modi does at home. But his success will hinge considerably on whether India’s foreign policy can nurture the external environment that enhances India’s prosperity, safety, and place in the world.

  • Op-Ed
    Strengthening India’s Rule of Law
    Milan Vaishnav, Devesh Kapur May 27, 2014 Mint

    The next government must acknowledge India’s weak performance in enforcing the rule of law and take immediate action to close the widening gulf between principle and practice.

  • Op-Ed
    Five-Point Someone
    C. Raja Mohan May 26, 2014 Indian Express

    If Narendra Modi is luckier than his predecessors, he might make some progress with Pakistan. However, Modi should be aware that breakthroughs are unlikely amid the country’s current political flux.


India Decides 2014 provides timely analysis on India’s national elections and their impact on the country’s economy, domestic policy, and foreign relations. It brings together insights from Carnegie’s experts in Washington, New Delhi, and around the world.

Carnegie Experts on India Decides 2014

  • Frederic Grare
    Director and Senior Associate
    South Asia Program

    Grare is senior associate and director of Carnegie’s South Asia Program. His research focuses on security issues and democratization in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Previously, he led the Asia bureau at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs in the French Ministry of Defense.

  • Christophe Jaffrelot
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Jaffrelot’s core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.

  • C. Raja Mohan
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    South Asia Program

    Mohan is a nonresident senior associate in Carnegie’s South Asia Program, where his research focuses on international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.

  • Ashley J. Tellis
    Senior Associate
    South Asia Program

    Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues.

  • Milan Vaishnav
    South Asia Program

    Vaishnav’s primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption, ethnic politics, governance and state capacity, election finance, and distributive politics.


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