Why India isn’t the new Silicon Valley

By: Abby Ivancevich India’s recent economic growth has been historic and promising for developing countries around the world. However, in recent years, its lack of economic growth curtailed hopes of becoming a global technological power. India’s unique history of colonization and the caste system are sadly still part of the makeup of society and the…

It’s a Tough Time to be a Startup

By: Dana Craig In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech dissecting the economic state of America. He declared that, “Area after area has been preempted altogether by the great corporations [and now] the small man starts under a handicap.” Roosevelt went on to predict with eerie accuracy a time in our history when most…

A Solution to the Sexual Assault Epidemic in India

By: Pooja Gundimeda India is undeniably facing an epidemic which has taken the lives of thousands of women, both young and old. Daily rape and sexual assault is plaguing the country, and has become increasingly common in recent years—gradually embedding itself into Indian culture and social norms. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013…

India: A Growing, but Gendered, Economy

By Lauren Hutson India has one of the largest economies in the world and one that is quickly growing, with a GDP of 2.597 trillion (USD) and an annual GDP growth rate of 6.6%. These numbers starkly contrast women’s labor force participation and employment rates, however. The labor participation rate for women in India is…

Tensions in Kashmir: The Beginning of the Fifth Indo-Pakistan War?

By: McKenna Ross On February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary Indians in the Kashmir region of India. The Indian government accused the Jaish-i-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based militant group, of the attack, but Pakistan denied the group’s presence in its country.  Pakistan was willing to cooperate in an investigation, but India chose a more…

The Battle for India is On

By: Michael Sauer In a matter of weeks, the largest election in the history of democracy will commence. Squaring off are two grand political coalitions spearheaded by very dissimilar, yet equally charismatic leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to cement another 5-year lease on government with his potent Bharatiya Janata Party (“Indian People’s Party”). Challenging Modi…

Understanding the United States’ Complex Relationship with Pakistan

By: Alex El Ghaoui The United States’ complex, dramatic, and unpredictable relationship with Pakistan took yet another turn on February 14th, 2018 as it announced it will seek to place Pakistan on a list of countries that are not doing enough to combat terrorist financing. The list, created and managed by the Financial Action Task…