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May 28, 2014

After a resounding win in the just-concluded parliamentary elections, Narendra Modi has been sworn-in as India’s fifteenth prime minister. With an overwhelming majority on its own, Mr. Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not be constrained by coalition partners. An impressive mandate gives Mr. Modi and his government ample legroom to execute an ambitious policy agenda at the national level.

While Mr. Modi’s election campaign rarely touched upon foreign policy issues, his invitation to...

The best-selling single of 2013 was “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, clocking sales of more than 1.47 million copies. It has a catchy tune and provocative lyrics. Arguably the most popular entertainment industry story of last year also involved the same song, and Miley Cyrus. Miley, a former child star, made headlines by twerking on Mr. Thicke’s groin while he sang the following lines from his best-selling single:

“OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you

But you're an animal, baby, it's in y...

For more than a century, March 8 has been celebrated as "Women's Day". In over a hundred countries spanning all parts of the globe, governments and civil society mark the day as a measuring point to assess women's empowerment.

The role of women as important partners for the progress is well established. We no longer have to offer statistical analyses of development indicators to demonstrate that nations that value women's participation tend to do better. At the other end, sidelining fifty percent...

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