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Ashoka Mody

Ashoka Mody

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Ashoka Mody, a visiting professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University, previously worked for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of India is Broken: A People Betrayed, Independence to Today (Stanford University Press, 2023).

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  1. India’s Poor Will Not Be Wished Away
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    India’s Poor Will Not Be Wished Away

    Mar 14, 2024 Ashoka Mody highlights the authorities’ ongoing failure to provide an accurate picture of growing economic hardship.

  2. The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy
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    The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy

    Jan 19, 2024 Ashoka Mody identifies the key moments and players in the rise, normalization, and political victory of Hindu nationalism.

  3. Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more
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    Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more

    Sep 26, 2023 Ashoka Mody traces the roots of the lack of accountability in India, highlights shortcomings in human capital and gender equality, casts doubt on the country’s ability to assume a Chinese-style role in manufacturing, and more.

  4. India’s Fake Growth Story
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    India’s Fake Growth Story

    Sep 6, 2023 Ashoka Mody accuses the government of using faulty national accounting to cover up growing macroeconomic problems.

  5. Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower
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    Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower

    Jul 28, 2023 Ashoka Mody explains why the hype around the country’s neoliberal policies and growth prospects is misguided.

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    Is Trump Above the Law?

    Nancy Isenberg

    Contrary to what former US President Donald Trump would have the American public believe, no president enjoys absolute immunity from criminal prosecution. To suggest otherwise is to reject a bedrock principle of American democracy: the president is not a monarch.

    explains why the US Supreme Court must reject the former president's claim to immunity from prosecution.
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    Ukraine Is Far From Doomed

    Tatyana Deryugina & Anastassia Fedyk

    When comparing Ukraine’s situation in 2024 to Europe’s in 1941, Russia’s defeat seems entirely possible. But it will require the West, and the US in particular, to put aside domestic political squabbles and muster the political will to provide Ukraine with consistent and robust military and financial assistance.

    compare Russia's full-scale invasion to World War II and see reason to hope – as long as aid keeps flowing.
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    The Pandemic Financing Developing Countries Need

    Rachel Glennerster urges multilateral development banks to establish mechanisms that enable at-risk vaccine purchases.
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    The Geopolitics of Africa’s Debt Crisis

    Anne O. Krueger urges developed countries to back efforts by the IMF and the World Bank to promote growth-enhancing reforms.
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    Why the EU’s New Migration Pact Matters

    Ana Palacio applauds the pragmatic coalition-building, especially by Italy’s Giorgia Meloni, that enabled the deal.
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    AI Needs UN Oversight

    Peter G. Kirchschläger calls for the creation of a watchdog – similar to the IAEA – that employs a human rights-based approach.
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    The West Is Hastening Its Own Decline

    Brahma Chellaney argues that the unprecedented US and European sanctions against Russia are backfiring.
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    Canceling Palestine

    Slavoj Žižek worries that the double standards applied on Israel’s behalf will lead to an anti-Semitic backlash.
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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.

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