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How far Modi may go?

India's Foreign Policy

Published Date: May 31, 2014
How far Modi may go?

Indians want their version of the American Dream. And so they have voted for a man who promises more for less: more development and growth, with less harassment and red tape. Modi has never addressed foreign policy at length and Indian campaigns rarely involve debates on world affairs. Few in New Delhi seem to have a clear sense of his plans. And the ones who know won't talk. Modi has certainly begun with a flourish, scoring a coup in getting his Pakistani counterpart to attend his swearing-in. The ceremony also...

Published Date: May 31, 2014
Don't include my life in textbooks: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opposed the move of some BJP-ruled state governments to include a chapter on his life in school textbooks. "Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi's life struggles as a part of their school curriculum," the prime minister tweeted yesterday. "I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum," Modi said. Expressing disapproval of the move, Modi further tweeted,...

Published Date: May 27, 2014
Top 10 in Modi's Council of Ministers

Top 10 in Modi's Council of Ministers

  Narendra Modi was sworn in yesterday as the 15th Prime Minister of India. A 45-member council of ministers also took oath, making it the leanest ever.       BJP president Rajnath Singh will be Home Minister and Modi's number 2 in government. He took oath immediately after Modi.               Sushma Swaraj will be External Affairs Minister.       Swaraj will be...

Published Date: May 27, 2014
Strong, inclusive India

Strong, inclusive India

India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to forge a "strong and inclusive India” and script a glorious future for the country. Ten days after spearheading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a remarkable victory in parliamentary elections, the Hindu nationalist leader was sworn in yesterday as India's fifteenth prime minister. Modi, 63, will...

Modi's Swearing in Ceremony

Published Date: May 26, 2014
Party to break records

Party to break records

Narendra Modi-led BJP has broken several electoral records in the Lok Sabha polls. His swearing-in ceremony too, will set several new precedents. Rashtrapati Bhavan will see it's highest-ever turnout which includes eight heads of state, almost 150 envoys with their retinue and personal guests of both the President and the new Prime Minister. The...

Congress's Polls Debacle

Published Date: May 26, 2014
Failed to gauge public mood, admits Sonia

Failed to gauge public mood, admits Sonia

The Congress failed to gauge the public anger against it, party president Sonia Gandhi admitted at a meeting of party MPs from both Houses of Parliament that re-elected her chairperson of the Parliamentary Party on Saturday. There was no word on who would be the leaders and deputy leaders of the party in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, but party sources said Sonia is likely to lead the party in the lower House. With only 44 members — down from 206 in 2009 — the Congress presence in the 16th Lok Sabha is the lowest ever. Several party leaders, in moves widely construed as oblique attacks on the top leaders,...

Published Date: May 24, 2014
Kejriwal to stay in jail till June 6

India's AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's judicial custody was extended yesterday after he once again refused to pay bond for his bail in the Nitin Gadkari defamation case. The former Delhi chief minister will now stay in jail till June 6. Kejriwal, who was briefly Delhi chief minister, included BJP leader Nitin Gadkari in a list of politicians earlier this year that he alleged were the country's most corrupt. The list also included Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and the...

Published Date: May 24, 2014
'US eager to engage with Modi'

'US eager to engage with Modi'

US President Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry look forward to engaging with the new BJP government at the earliest, including welcoming India's prime minister-designate Narendra Modi to Washington, a senior US administration official reiterated on Thursday, implicitly acknowledging that the massive mandate the Indian electorate has given to the putative PM has effectively overturned the visa ban Washington had imposed on him. ''We recognize the Indian electorate has weighed in with a resounding mandate for Prime Minister Modi and we want to work with him for advancing his goals for India as a regional and global player,'' Nisha Desai Biswal, the US assistant secretary of state for...

Congress's Poll Debacle

Published Date: May 24, 2014
Call for Priyanka grows stronger

Call for Priyanka grows stronger

Against the backdrop of debacle in the Indian Lok Sabha election, voices for bringing Priyanka Gandhi to the forefront if politics grew stronger within the Congress party with at least two leaders saying she is a "big fighter" and has the "natural ability" to connect with people. Outgoing food minister KV Thomas said there...

'Maximum governance'

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Modi eyes smaller govt

Modi eyes smaller govt

With three days to go for installation of the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi government in India, speculation is rife that it would be a much smaller ministry compared to the outgoing Congress-led UPA dispensation. In line with Modi's poll plank “minimum government, maximum governance”, Modi is likely to settle for a smaller council of ministers without making it top-heavy by merging some of the key infrastructure ministries like power, road and highways, petroleum and natural gas and commerce.    Indian media reports said the Modi-led NDA ministry is likely to have an estimated strength of around 50 members with 20 of them having cabinet rank. The outgoing UPA ministry had a...