In a rare testimony, writer and author Mira Kamdar recounts her own experience with conservative views towards women, even as a young girl in India. Though she grew up in the United States, Kamdar was taught by her Indian grandfather that as a female, she should remain invisible.
A battle over anti-corruption legislation has led to major protests and hunger strikes in India. Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, fills us in on what’s going on there for today’s Backstory.
Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, examines why U.S. agribusinesses are extremely interested in India, especially when it comes to the development of new GMO crops.
President Obama travels to India this weekend, and while his trip may come at time of heightened tensions between in the region, but India and Pakistan have been feuding for decades. Ending that conflict has become a centerpiece of the President’s foreign policy. On today’s second Underreported segment Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an associate fellow at the Asia Society looks at prospects for a comprehensive (and elusive) peace deal between India and Pakistan, and what it could mean for U.S. interests in the region, including in Afghanistan.
Polling stations are open today in India's marathon five-phase election where millions of voters in 85 constituencies across seven states and in Delhi are expected to cast their ballots today to help elect a new government. The main political fight is between the ruling Congress coalition and BJP-led parties. Neither party is expected to win by a clear margin (and the votes won't be counted until May 16), so the jockeying is just beginning. To help us understand the importance of this complicated election is Mira Kamdar, Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, and author of Planet India: the Turbulent Rise of The Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World.
"The poorer you are, the more likely you are to vote. And for the poor in India, 46 percent are still living, according to the World Bank, on less than $1.25 a day, it's about food, it's about jobs, it's about housing, it's about education for their children." —Mira Kamdar of the World Policy Institute on elections in India
Yesterday, Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met with President Barack Obama and Afghani President Hamid Karzai at the White House, determined to convey his commitment to fighting the Taliban and terrorism. Today President Zardari appeared to deliver on his promise. Pakistan began large-scale attacks against Taliban militants in the Swat Valley and the area surrounding Islamabad. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the region to escape the conflict.
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