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Obama Changes the Mood in India

US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama wave after boarding Air Force One as they depart New Delhi on November 9, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Asia Society Associate Fellow Sadanand Dhume on President Obama's successful visit to India.

Is India Ready?

President Barack Obama addresses the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on Nov. 8, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai analyzes whether India is ready to be a world power.

Post-election, How Should the US Engage Myanmar?

A man reads a newspaper promoting elections on November 5, 2010 in Yangon, Burma. (CKN/Getty Images)
Policy Yesterday, Myanmar held the first elections in that country in over 20 years. While almost universally decried as a sham, with no candidates hostile to the junta allowed to participate, the elections will bring about a somewhat different government.

Obama in India: What's at Stake?

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during meetings on the sideline of the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 27, 2010. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Obama's upcoming trip to India has raised a few questions: Who will he meet? Which sites will he visit? And most importantly, what does his visit mean for the US and the host country?

Vishakha Desai: A 'Very Nascent' Relationship Between India and the US

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.
Policy Elaborating on her earlier Huffington Post opinion piece, Desai characterizes Obama's trip as "very important" for both countries and their respective leaders, for a host of security- and business-related reasons.

Asia Society Fellow Mira Kamdar Assesses the Obama Agenda

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Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar appeared on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show earlier today to assess the likelihood of a lasting peace between India and Pakistan.

Goodbye Indo-Pakistan Border Ceremony

Indian and Pakistan border guards display strengths at Wagah border's flag-lowering ceremony. (suz kosh/Flickr)
Policy The ceremony at Wagah, the only road border crossing between the two countries, is an adaptation of a simple military exercise that has become a spectacle over the last 60-plus years since independence was gained from the British.

In Delhi's Prison, Business as Usual

Prisoners gathered at Tihar Jail, Delhi, India in October, 2007. (Stand Up and Take Action/Flickr)
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Asia's largest prison, Delhi's Tihar Jail is notorious for its overcrowding and tough criminals, but a new business endeavor may help inmates with a sense of self-worth.

Taking its first step into online retailing, the Indian capital's Tihar Jail is offering goods over the Internet made by inmates, including murderers and kidnappers, producing a wide variety of baked goods, furniture, weaving, tailoring, oil extraction, paper, and shoes.

Holbrooke: Afghan Talks Not "Negotiation"

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Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the former Asia Society Chairman who is now the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke to NPR on Monday about the possibility of peace talks in Afghanistan.

The Curious Cases of South Asian Politicians

In this screen grab from YouTube, Indian politician Sadhu Yadav speaks at a press conference in Bihar.
Policy Election candidates in India appear to be growing younger and older at considerable speed if their personal details are to be believed, reports the BBC.