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Modi's chauvinism problem

AS the New Year dawns, it has become increasingly clear that India's new government faces a dilemma entirely of its own making -- one that its predecessor never had to confront. Narendra Modi's election as prime minister in May 2014 was initially hailed worldwide as marking the advent of a more business-friendly government in the world's largest democracy. Encouraged by Modi's pro-market sound bites -- he vowed to “replace red tape with a red carpet,” declared that the government has...

‘It’s fake news’

‘It’s fake news’

Amid broiling controversy and counter claims by rival blocs on whether chief of Indian ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called the BNP chairperson over phone, BJP chief Amit Shah today cleared the cloud, terming the news false. “No. No. This is a fake news. I have no any contact outside,” Amit Shah told private television channel Ekattor while replying to a question if he hand telephone conversation with BNP chief Khaleda Zia. Earlier on Thursday evening, BNP chairperson's Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan at a press conference said Amit Shah called Khaleda at 10:30pm...

BNP still sticks to BJP call claim

BNP still sticks to BJP call claim

Reiterating that the information about conversations between the BNP chairperson and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president is cent percent correct, BNP on Saturday evening alleged that a propaganda was been carried out over it only to divert people’s attention to a different direction. “In the wake of some media’s continued efforts to prove...

HINDUTVA TRUMPS 'DEVELOPMENT'
PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

BJP's real agenda

SOME commentators have deplored the award of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, on Hindu Mahasabha founder Madan Mohan Malaviya. But many have welcomed its award to the Sangh Parivar's first Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. They include even Amartya Sen, also a Bharat Ratna and Nobel Laureate, who called Vajpayee a “great statesman”. The first group is emphatically right—not so much because Malaviya was honoured 69 years after he died, but because the Mahasabha has for a century propagated...

INDIAN ELECTION AND RISE OF BJP

INDIAN ELECTION AND RISE OF BJP

Running across nine phases, India went to the polls in 2014 in the largest General Election in the country’s history. With around 815 million Indians registered to vote, the mammoth democratic process concluded on May 12. Four days later, Narendra Modi-led Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was declared the winner, having taken...

Dhaka boundary settlement

Narendra Modi bites the bullet

IN telling the BJP workers in Assam that India will go ahead with the ratification of the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put the imperatives of national interest above the regional populism of his own party. The 119th amendment bill was placed in the Rajya Sabha late last year amidst vociferous opposition from the Trinamool Congress of Bengal and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam. While the national leadership of the BJP did not...

BJP, Sena back together after glitch

The BJP and the Shiv Sena are back together in Maharashtra. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP announced yesterday that the Sena will join his government and that the two parties will also fight future elections together. "I urged the Shiv Sena to join the government....We have decided to run the government together," Mr Fadnavis said, ending days of tense negotiations and feuding. He was flanked by leaders of the Shiv Sena and his party. The 44-year-old chief minister said...

BJP leader talks tough on Bangladeshi illegal immigrants

BJP leader talks tough on Bangladeshi illegal immigrants

Amid the alarming rise in jihadi activities in India, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy talked tough on Saturday, insisting that Bangladesh should be made to face the consequences if it refused to cooperate with India in stopping illegal migration, reports an Indian English daily. “I want some strong policy. I also want Bangladesh to cooperate...

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

Doors open for separatists: BJP spokesperson

BJP today appealed to the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to join the political mainstream and approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi instead of knocking at the doors of Pakistani PM. "Instead of approaching Pakistani Prime Minister or Pakistan High Commissioner, it is better to join (political) mainstream. Come to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, the...

21 new ministers join Modi's govt

21 new ministers join Modi's govt

Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and three others were on Sunday inducted into the Union Cabinet as Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers, bringing in 21 new ministers as Shiv Sena kept away from the exercise. Suresh Prabhu, a former Shiv Sainik and power minister in Vajpayee government, senior BJP...

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