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'Mamata funded Jamaat with Saradha money'

'Mamata funded Jamaat with Saradha money'

Alleging involvement of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) with fundamental outfits, Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Siddharth Nath Singh told that the party’s chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had funded Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh. Mamata sent money taken from the scam-tainted Saradha Group to the outfit in exchange for its help to influence...

A New India?

Why Modi will need more time

DELHI – How fitting for the world's largest and perhaps most free-wheeling democracy that with only 100 days having passed since Narendra Modi was sworn into office as Prime Minister of India, critics and supporters alike -- in Bangladesh and elsewhere -- are already vocally weighing in on his performance. Hope remains high that Modi will bring change to this traditions-bound nation, but as Russell Green, a former U.S. Treasury attaché to India and Clayton Fellow at Rice University's...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Politics of 'love jihad'

HOW does Narendra Modi's slogan Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas (inclusion and development for all) square up with the social-political reality experienced by India's religious minorities? They had the most to fear from a BJP victory; some of their fears are coming true. Abdicating their duty, BJP leaders have failed to allay them. India's Muslims and Christians feared that they would face exclusion while being asked to subordinate their religious identities to a “larger”, essentially Hindu, cultural super-identity. RSS...

INDIAN MEDIA

Questions over Modi's leadership

Questions over Modi's leadership

Media in India are criticising the booing of opposition chief ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have booed Congress party chief ministers at three different official functions in the last few days. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's speech was repeatedly disturbed...

Bravery or bravado?

HISTORY would be an ineffective yardstick against which to assess the decision of the Modi government to call off the foreign-secretary talks with Pakistan; or the reasoning behind it. Regardless of the political complexion of Raisina Hill, South Block has never been consistent about whether or not to talk with Pakistan and the pre-conditions for doing so. And so looking back will provide little clarity, or validate the consistent inconsistency of the puerile “I'm not talking to you now”...

Indo-Bangla border: BJP sounds war bugle

Indo-Bangla border: BJP sounds war bugle

It was a hot March afternoon at Nyajat village in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. A crowd of about 150 people – mostly women – gathered at a meeting addressed by BJP candidate Samik Bhattacharya before the 2014 general elections. “This is a not an ordinary election. It’s a struggle to...

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

During the months leading up to the spring parliamentary elections, Indians looked at Narendra Modi and saw what they wanted to see, reports The New York Times. Right-wing Hindus saw a cultural warrior. Working-class voters saw an incorruptible outsider who would impose discipline, from the “Delhi durbar,” the elite cliques dating to the Mughal...

Kerry visits India to improve ties

Kerry visits India to improve ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to begin a visit to Delhi as Washington tries to improve ties with India under its new PM Narendra Modi. Ahead of the visit, Kerry said India and the US could cooperate on a wide range of economic and strategic issues. Relations between India and the US have...

Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is India's new PM Narendra Modi avoiding the media? Two months after leading his party to a historic victory in May's general election, Modi has preferred social media over India's thriving mainstream press - hundreds of newspapers and 275 news channels - to communicate to the people, writes Shantanu Guha Ray, a Delhi-based senior...

BYLINE

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

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