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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...

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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...

Reward for Amit Shah

IN electing Amit Shah as its president, the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have lost sight of its special responsibilities as a ruling party at the Centre. There are many sides to Mr. Shah, but the BJP Central Parliamentary Board chose not to look beyond his organisational skills, and his success as the political strategist for Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. An accused in the case of the extrajudicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati,...

AWAKENING INDIA

Modi's hypocrisy

ACCORDING to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters, his overwhelming victory in India's general elections was a sweeping repudiation of everything for which the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, led by the Indian National Congress, stood. Will Modi live up to voters' expectations? There has certainly been a lot of hype. Modi, it was claimed during the election campaign, would reverse the UPA's “poor governance” and “policy paralysis,” introducing a radically new approach, based on his corporatist “Gujarat development model.”...

BJP's Mr. Dependable Amit Shah faces litmus test

FROM the moment his name was floated as a candidate for BJP president, it was all over bar the shouting. With Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah's elevation to the highest party post, the BJP looks more impregnable than ever before. The choice of Mr. Shah signals a change in dynamics within the party. We have seen various permutations and combinations of the party chief-prime minister equation. In the earlier NDA, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the boss, the party chiefs were lightweights....

Close Modi aide chosen India's ruling party chief

Close Modi aide chosen India's ruling party chief

A close aide of India's prime minister who is widely credited with his party's spectacular electoral win was appointed Wednesday chief of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Amit Shah was unanimously chosen as the BJP's new president at a meeting of party leaders in New Delhi. He replaces Rajnath Singh, who recently was sworn...

Opposition Status

Congress may take battle to court

Indian Congress party is mulling the option of moving court if it is denied the post of leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, a possibility that may up its confrontation with the ruling BJP. Sources said there is a strong section within pushing for a legal battle, stating that the party has a strong case to test the Modi government. A final decision on the legal challenge may depend on the reasons that the Speaker may give to back her refusal...

I don't think many Bangladeshis go to India, they are doing quite well here

I don't think many Bangladeshis go to India, they are doing quite well here

Khaleda Zia, former Bangladesh PM and Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, met India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last week in Dhaka. In an exclusive interview at her office Sunday, she spoke of her expectations of the Narendra Modi government, her thoughts on the previous UPA government, and politics in Bangladesh. How was your meeting...

Swaraj calls Mamata before leaving for Dhaka

Swaraj calls Mamata before leaving for Dhaka

Hours before her departure for Dhaka in a goodwill visit to Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of the BJP-led new Indian government today spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had blocked Teesta water-sharing deal three years ago. Swaraj made a call to Banerjee to "touch-base" and tell her about her...

30 days of Narendra Modi Sarkar: Top 10 controversies

30 days of Narendra Modi Sarkar: Top 10 controversies

A glittering event on May 26, attended by leaders from neighbouring countries, top politicians and holy men, promissed to "script a glorious future for India." It was the day on which the country crowned Narendra Damodardas Modi its Prime Minister, bringing back the era of NDA, reports The Hindustan Times. With the vow to revive...

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