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Translation: An Apology to the People of India

Last week, as India’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases had been over 300,000 (at least) for more than a week, Xi Jinping offered a gesture of goodwill despite abiding economic and diplomatic rivalries between the two...

Amartya Sen: Why India Trails China

While China’s wealth gap has become an increasingly hot topic, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen suggests that China’s achievements on inequality have far surpassed India’s, leaving the latter at a...

India’s Chinese-Inspired “Two Child Norm”

While China’s family planning policies have long been controversial, India’s “rights-based” approach has won international praise. At The Globe and Mail, however, Stephanie Nolan reports that the two...

Comparing Asia’s Giants on Rape

Didi Kirsten Tatlow at The New York Times has compared China and India in terms of rape. China and India are often compared as they are both ‘Asia’s giants,’ with over a billion people each, and are...

In China, Delhi Rape Spurs Debate, Then Censorship

The Hindu’s Ananth Krishnan examines Chinese reactions to a storm in India over the fatal gang-rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus. The incident and the protests in New Delhi in recent days have received wide attention in...

How India is Turning Into China

At The New Republic, Pankaj Mishra rejects the common view of India as a democratic counterweight to China, and warns instead of a “budding likeness […]—the onset, in particular, of an informal authoritarianism in the...

Yasheng Huang: Does Democracy Stifle Economic Growth?

In a TED talk, MIT and Fudan University professor Yasheng Huang discusses India and China and asks whether India’s democracy has helped or hindered its economic growth: Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and...

India Measures Itself Against a China That Doesn’t Notice

While China is often eager to measure its development against the West, India frequently fixates on its own progress relative to China, according to The New York Times. Following a series of major corruption scandals, some in...

India Seeks to Rival China in Africa

The Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Africa has prompted widespread analysis of an escalating strategic competition between the world’s two most populous nations. From The Economist: For all its elephantine weight,...

Amartya Sen: Quality of Life: India vs. China

In the New York Review of Books, Nobel Prize-winning Economist Amartya Sen looks at the rapid economic growth in India, which some say may surpass that of China, and discusses comparisons between India and China on basic...

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: A Tale of Three Mega-Events

On China Beat, Jeffrey Wasserstrom compares China’s and India’s handling of “Mega-Events,” ie, the Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai World Expo, and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi: What can we learn, about...

Pre-Fab Reporting

An essay by Indian writer Pankaj Mishra in Outlook India critiques western media coverage of India and China: China has unexpectedly emerged on the world stage, its intentions and motivations still largely unknown, its distance...

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