India’s Dark Night

The Politics Behind the Power Failure

Article appearing in Foreign Affairs

  • Co-Author:
  • Sunila S. Kale with Sumit Ganguly
  • Publisher: Foreign Affairs
  • Date: August 8, 2012
Foreign Affairs

India can boast of the world’s biggest democracy and its oldest culture. And now it has added another superlative: site of history’s largest power failure. The country’s electricity grid faltered on July 30, 2012 and then again the following day. An area that is home to more than half of the country’s population — between 600 million and 700 million people — went dark.