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Padmapriya Govindarajan

Padmapriya Govindarajan

Padmapriya Govindarajan is a correspondent for The Diplomat, based in India. She is pursuing an Integrated Masters in Development Studies and is interested in South and South East Asian Politics and International Relations.

Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa, an Indian Political Giant, Dead at 68
December 06, 2016
Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa, an Indian Political Giant, Dead at 68
Tamil Nadu's "Iron Lady" passes away, leaving a titanic influence on state politics.
Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa, an Indian Political Giant, Dead at 68
How Can New Delhi Solve Its Smog Problem?
December 02, 2016
How Can New Delhi Solve Its Smog Problem?
November 2016 has been an exceptionally bad month for New Delhi, stressing the need for solutions.
How Can New Delhi Solve Its Smog Problem?
A Curious Change to India's Domestic Violence Law
November 26, 2016
A Curious Change to India's Domestic Violence Law
An October 2016 ruling by the Indian Supreme Court considerably changes a 2006 law on preventing domestic violence.
A Curious Change to India's Domestic Violence Law
The Trouble With India’s Demonetization Gamble
November 18, 2016
The Trouble With India’s Demonetization Gamble
The country is in uproar following the bold and risky move.
The Trouble With India’s Demonetization Gamble
India's NDTV 'Blackout' Portends a Larger Culture of Censorship
November 11, 2016
India's NDTV 'Blackout' Portends a Larger Culture of Censorship
The Bharatiya Janata Party government in India is neither the first nor the last to engage in this disturbing practice.
India's NDTV 'Blackout' Portends a Larger Culture of Censorship
Border Pressure: The Dalai Lama Will Visit Arunachal Pradesh
November 04, 2016
Border Pressure: The Dalai Lama Will Visit Arunachal Pradesh
Will the Tibetan leader's visit to Arunachal Pradesh escalate border tensions between India and China?
Border Pressure: The Dalai Lama Will Visit Arunachal Pradesh
In India, an Extrajudicial 'Encounter' Stirs Up a Political Storm
November 04, 2016
In India, an Extrajudicial 'Encounter' Stirs Up a Political Storm
The killing of escaped prisoners in Madhya Pradesh has turned into a political flashpoint in India.
In India, an Extrajudicial 'Encounter' Stirs Up a Political Storm
2017 Might Mark a Turning Point for Connectivity in Northeast India
November 01, 2016
2017 Might Mark a Turning Point for Connectivity in Northeast India
The Indian northeast's fortunes are looking up amid a concerted connectivity push.
2017 Might Mark a Turning Point for Connectivity in Northeast India
Is Chennai Doomed to Repeat 2015's Devastating Floods?
October 28, 2016
Is Chennai Doomed to Repeat 2015's Devastating Floods?
How is India managing increasingly severe and frequent flooding? Chennai is a worrisome case study.
Is Chennai Doomed to Repeat 2015's Devastating Floods?
India's Debate on Rohith Vemula Carries On Along Caste Lines
October 21, 2016
India's Debate on Rohith Vemula Carries On Along Caste Lines
A January 2016 suicide continues to roil India's contemporary debate on caste and society.
India's Debate on Rohith Vemula Carries On Along Caste Lines
New Bill and Amendment in India Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
October 14, 2016
New Bill and Amendment in India Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
The hope is that they set the foundation for weeding out the prevalence of these conditions entirely.
New Bill and Amendment in India Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Much Ado About Mustard: A Familiar Civil Society Debate Reemerges on GMOs
October 07, 2016
Much Ado About Mustard: A Familiar Civil Society Debate Reemerges on GMOs
The indigenously developed Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 has sparked a nationwide debate in India.
Much Ado About Mustard: A Familiar Civil Society Debate Reemerges on GMOs
India's Debate on Citizenship Continues
October 03, 2016
India's Debate on Citizenship Continues
A new bill that would ease the way to citizenship for undocumented immigrants along religious lines stirs controversy in India.
India's Debate on Citizenship Continues
All Over India, a Major Debate on Pakistan As Kashmir Heats up Again
October 03, 2016
All Over India, a Major Debate on Pakistan As Kashmir Heats up Again
Indian public opinion suggests tensions are steadily rising in South Asia.
All Over India, a Major Debate on Pakistan As Kashmir Heats up Again
The Singur Land Saga Reaches a Historic Point
September 23, 2016
The Singur Land Saga Reaches a Historic Point
The Singur land verdict sets an interest example.
The Singur Land Saga Reaches a Historic Point
Protests Over Water Scarcity Throw Southern India Into Crisis
September 15, 2016
Protests Over Water Scarcity Throw Southern India Into Crisis
In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, identity politics collide with the panic of water scarcity.
Protests Over Water Scarcity Throw Southern India Into Crisis
No Offense: The Politics of Sedition in India
September 10, 2016
No Offense: The Politics of Sedition in India
Successive Indian governments appear to be abusing the country's colonial-era sedition law.
No Offense: The Politics of Sedition in India
India Braces for a Massive Nation-Wide Strike
September 02, 2016
India Braces for a Massive Nation-Wide Strike
A massive strike, pulling in 140 million workers, is set to begin in India.
India Braces for a Massive Nation-Wide Strike
India's New Top Central Banker Signals Continuity and Stability
August 25, 2016
India's New Top Central Banker Signals Continuity and Stability
Urjit Patel steps into Raghuram Rajan's shoes at the RBI, signaling continuity.
India's New Top Central Banker Signals Continuity and Stability
India's Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness
August 23, 2016
India's Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness
India's newest operational reactors leave some uneasy.
India's Kudankulam Unit 2 Reactor Prepares for Full Launch Amid Uneasiness
India Bags Two Rio Medals. Will There Be More to Come?
August 20, 2016
India Bags Two Rio Medals. Will There Be More to Come?
India's athletes are producing results in Rio, but going forward, the country's sporting infrastructure needs change.
India Bags Two Rio Medals. Will There Be More to Come?
India's PM Lays Out Big Ideas in Independence Day Address
August 17, 2016
India's PM Lays Out Big Ideas in Independence Day Address
On India's 70th independence day, Narendra Modi laid out a wide vision, touching on several themes.
India's PM Lays Out Big Ideas in Independence Day Address
India's 2016 Transgender Rights Bill: Progress or Just More Ignorance?
August 12, 2016
India's 2016 Transgender Rights Bill: Progress or Just More Ignorance?
A new bill seeking to address the rights and protections of India's transgender community falls flat.
India's 2016 Transgender Rights Bill: Progress or Just More Ignorance?
Indian Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike
August 05, 2016
Indian Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike
Irom Sharmila's remarkable 16-year hunger strike comes to an end as she looks to enter politics instead.
Indian Activist Irom Sharmila Ends 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike
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