Hindol Sengupta

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Hindol Sengupta

Hindol Sengupta is a writer covering politics and economics from India. His fifth book Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is Revolutionizing the World's Largest Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan) is available around the world. He is Editor-at-Large for Fortune India. He is the founder of the open government platform, the Whypoll Trust.

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The price of friends: India’s calculations on Afghanistan

In the 1892 short story “Kabuliwala” (the man from Kabul) by Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a dry fruit vendor from the capital of Afghanistan develops a tender friendship with a little girl in Calcutta. The vendor is then imprisoned unjustly for murder. Years later when he is released, he returns to meet the girl one last time before he leaves for Kabul...

The Indian Ocean: an "Indian idea"

This thought has been brewing in the corridors of power at Raisina Hill these days. Diplomats whisper about it, while at least one prominent not-for-profit India Foundation, which counts two sitting cabinet ministers as mentors, has started organising an Indian Ocean Conference (to be held this year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after Singapore last year)...

India and the ISIS threat – mythical no more

Even more than for the recent terrorist attack on an air force base in northern India, these days the government in Delhi worries about the around 150 Indian nationals whom intelligence agencies are tracking for links with the Syria - and Iraq - based terror group ISIS. It does so for good strategic reasons...

Why India’s “Act East” policy is no longer about frugal engineering

There is a famous (and infamous) word in India: jugaad. In Hindi, it roughly means “to make do”...

India and the AIIB: having your cake, and not eating it too

The new Indian Prime Minister is from the western Indian state of Gujarat, which is famed for churning out the country’s sharpest businessmen. Banking is something Narendra Modi instinctively understands. But in March, when his government presented its first full year budget, there was a missing entry...

The age after ideology – India under Modi

In October, little noticed by journalists in India and abroad, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of India’s ruling political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declared that it was celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of the coronation of King Rajendra I of the Chola dynasty, one of the greatest maritime trading powers in the history of Indian kingdom...