Debasish Roy Chowdhury

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Debasish Roy Chowdhury

Debasish is a Jefferson Fellow and winner of multiple Hong Kong News and SOPA awards. He has worked and lived in Calcutta, São Paulo, Hua Hin, Bangkok, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

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Analysis | Republic of Ram: India’s Modi lays foundation for Hindu state with grand temple

A grand religious project at the disputed site marks India’s makeover from a secular democracy into a majoritarian order.

A grand religious project at the disputed site marks India’s makeover from a secular democracy into a majoritarian order.

Republic of Ram: India’s Modi lays foundation for Hindu state with grand temple
8 Aug 2020 - 6:22PM
Analysis | China and India: how many soldiers must die before they get a border?

The countries’ refusal to draw a line on the ground gives the lie to their grand declarations of peace.

The countries’ refusal to draw a line on the ground gives the lie to their grand declarations of peace.

China and India: how many soldiers must die before they get a border?
20 Jun 2020 - 11:14AM
Analysis | Coronavirus lockdown: if India treats its migrant workers like dirt, blame it on caste

When India’s higher-caste policy elite look at migrant workers, they see low-borns struggling to survive, and cannot understand what the fuss is about. Isn’t that the natural order of things?

When India’s higher-caste policy elite look at migrant workers, they see low-borns struggling to survive, and cannot understand what the fuss is about. Isn’t that the natural order of things?

Coronavirus lockdown: if India treats its migrant workers like dirt, blame it on caste
20 May 2020 - 8:35AM
Analysis | What’s killing India’s democracy? It’s not just Modi who’s to blame

The failure of opposition parties to effectively counter the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda is part of the reason for the deadly Delhi riots.

The failure of opposition parties to effectively counter the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda is part of the reason for the deadly Delhi riots.

What’s killing India’s democracy? It’s not just Modi who’s to blame
7 Mar 2020 - 2:13PM
Opinion | In India, blood flows on Delhi’s JNU campus as Tiananmen Lite meets Democracy Lite

An attack on students at an Indian university deepens fears of Narendra Modi’s creeping authoritarianism and spurs more protests nationwide against new citizenship law.

An attack on students at an Indian university deepens fears of Narendra Modi’s creeping authoritarianism and spurs more protests nationwide against new citizenship law.

In India, blood flows on Delhi’s JNU campus as Tiananmen Lite meets Democracy Lite
7 Jan 2020 - 9:25AM
Analysis | Modi thinks he is Xi Jinping, but protests show India is not China

Opposition to India’s new citizenship initiatives challenges the rise of a paramount leader with unprecedented powers.

Opposition to India’s new citizenship initiatives challenges the rise of a paramount leader with unprecedented powers.

Modi thinks he is Xi Jinping, but protests show India is not China
17 Feb 2020 - 8:44PM
Analysis | Modi’s surgical strike on Muslims puts India at war with itself

Pincer attack with citizenship law and population verification sets the stage for prolonged unrest.

Pincer attack with citizenship law and population verification sets the stage for prolonged unrest.

Modi’s surgical strike on Muslims puts India at war with itself
17 Dec 2019 - 1:17AM
Abandoned in Assam: India creates its own Rohingya, and calls them ‘Bangladeshi’

Mass statelessness looms for Hindu and Muslim Bengali speakers after harrowing, often fatal, citizenship test. A special provision to save only Hindus is an option, but faces resistance in region where identity is more cultural than religious

Mass statelessness looms for Hindu and Muslim Bengali speakers after harrowing, often fatal, citizenship test. A special provision to save only Hindus is an option, but faces resistance in region where identity is more cultural than religious

Abandoned in Assam: India creates its own Rohingya, and calls them ‘Bangladeshi’
31 Aug 2019 - 12:23AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is in India, Kashmir is in China. Right?

Hong Kong and Indian Kashmir. One is administered by the world’s biggest democracy and one is the democracy-craving outlier of an authoritarian state. Which is which? These days, it’s hard to tell …

Hong Kong and Indian Kashmir. One is administered by the world’s biggest democracy and one is the democracy-craving outlier of an authoritarian state. Which is which? These days, it’s hard to tell …

Hong Kong is in India, Kashmir is in China. Right?
17 Aug 2019 - 2:03PM
What ‘Wuhan spirit’? Kashmir suicide attack reopens Modi’s China wound

Pakistan-based group’s claim of responsibility poses foreign policy challenge to Indian prime minister.

Pakistan-based group’s claim of responsibility poses foreign policy challenge to Indian prime minister.

What ‘Wuhan spirit’? Kashmir suicide attack reopens Modi’s China wound
16 Feb 2019 - 1:38PM
China a pillar of strength in Qatar’s fightback against Arab blockade

Its Middle Eastern neighbours tried to choke the small Gulf state, but in effect forced Qatar to find creative solutions, new trade routes, and push reforms at a faster pace.

Its Middle Eastern neighbours tried to choke the small Gulf state, but in effect forced Qatar to find creative solutions, new trade routes, and push reforms at a faster pace.

China a pillar of strength in Qatar’s fightback against Arab blockade
9 Jun 2018 - 7:39PM
Chinese cash, American muscle, and Marawi’s discontents

Outsiders jostle for space in war-ravaged Philippine city while its own languish on the margins waiting for the government to rebuild it anew.

Outsiders jostle for space in war-ravaged Philippine city while its own languish on the margins waiting for the government to rebuild it anew.

Chinese cash, American muscle, and Marawi’s discontents
26 May 2018 - 5:13PM
Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte wants to be friends, why isn’t China playing ball?

Philippine strongman finds himself between a rock and a hard place as Beijing refuses to let up on militarising areas it claims in the South China Sea.

Philippine strongman finds himself between a rock and a hard place as Beijing refuses to let up on militarising areas it claims in the South China Sea.

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte wants to be friends, why isn’t China playing ball?
20 May 2018 - 12:01PM
A year after siege, Philippines’ Marawi lies in ruins

A year after militants loyal to the Islamic State laid siege to the southern Philippines city of Marawi, prompting a near five-month battle with the country’s military, the city lies in ruins. 237,000 people remain displaced and there is no word on when they’ll be able to return to what’s left of their homes.

A year after militants loyal to the Islamic State laid siege to the southern Philippines city of Marawi, prompting a near five-month battle with the country’s military, the city lies in ruins. 237,000 people remain displaced and there is no word on when they’ll be able to return to what’s left of their homes.

A year after siege, Philippines’ Marawi lies in ruins
25 May 2018 - 1:47PM
Will Xi-Modi summit lead to deals on Belt and Road, investments, and border?

Unexpected meeting between two leaders comes as a major course correction for a fraught relationship as Asian giants re-evaluate their options vis-à-vis one another as well as Trump’s America. 

Unexpected meeting between two leaders comes as a major course correction for a fraught relationship as Asian giants re-evaluate their options vis-à-vis one another as well as Trump’s America. 

Will Xi-Modi summit lead to deals on Belt and Road, investments, and border?
25 Apr 2018 - 4:12PM
Driven by India into China’s arms, is Nepal the new Sri Lanka?

As a new government takes charge in Kathmandu, the geopolitics of the Himalayas may change, the same way it did in the Indian Ocean.

As a new government takes charge in Kathmandu, the geopolitics of the Himalayas may change, the same way it did in the Indian Ocean.

Driven by India into China’s arms, is Nepal the new Sri Lanka?
26 Feb 2018 - 3:44AM
Chinese tourists are flooding into Nepal, and the floodgates haven’t even opened

Once barely a footnote in the tourism stats of the Himalayan nation, Chinese visitors now compete for prominence and are likely to grow exponentially once infrastructure improvements pave way for more of them.

Once barely a footnote in the tourism stats of the Himalayan nation, Chinese visitors now compete for prominence and are likely to grow exponentially once infrastructure improvements pave way for more of them.

Chinese tourists are flooding into Nepal, and the floodgates haven’t even opened
24 Feb 2018 - 2:34PM
Nepal leader vows to revive Chinese dam project, open to review pact over Nepalese soldiers in India  

New communist prime minister says extending Tibet rail to Kathmandu will spur trade, seeks to widen options beyond India.

New communist prime minister says extending Tibet rail to Kathmandu will spur trade, seeks to widen options beyond India.

Nepal leader vows to revive Chinese dam project, open to review pact over Nepalese soldiers in India  
20 Feb 2018 - 2:54PM
China and India: are war clouds gathering over Doklam again?

A fresh Chinese build-up in the Himalayan area of a summer stand-off raises fears in Delhi that the August peace deal may be unravelling, paving the way for an even bigger confrontation

A fresh Chinese build-up in the Himalayan area of a summer stand-off raises fears in Delhi that the August peace deal may be unravelling, paving the way for an even bigger confrontation

China and India: are war clouds gathering over Doklam again?
28 Jan 2018 - 12:12PM
Modi, a dead judge, and ghosts from the past

A revolt in India’s Supreme Court can be traced to a case linked to one of the most difficult phases of the Indian leader’s career

A revolt in India’s Supreme Court can be traced to a case linked to one of the most difficult phases of the Indian leader’s career

Modi, a dead judge, and ghosts from the past
20 Jan 2018 - 12:32PM
Trump’s big button to Thai penis whitening: hail the emperor, without his clothes
17 Jan 2018 - 5:52PM
Modi is facing a perfect storm in Gujarat. Can he weather it?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Tibetans to Sri Lankans, India welcomed all. Why not Rohingya Muslims?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Withdrawal symptoms: cash is still king in India, Modi not so much
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
‘ATM Modi’ squirms in Trump’s Afghan embrace
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Road to Doklam: When will China and India start talking about the 1962 war honestly?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
China and North Korea: What now if Xi-Trump bromance is over?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
What’s at stake for China as unsure Modi meets unpredictable Trump?

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds himself at a crossroads in his journey to the West

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds himself at a crossroads in his journey to the West

What’s at stake for China as unsure Modi meets unpredictable Trump?
6 Jul 2017 - 11:25PM
What now for Duterte’s China pivot as Marawi cements US importance for Philippines?
6 Jul 2017 - 11:42PM
Why China, India and the Dalai Lama are pushing the boundaries in Tawang
6 Jul 2017 - 3:48PM