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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Editorial: The Statesman (India)

The saffronite hand again?

EH CARR'S famous query -- what is history? -- remains unanswered in the midst of the Government of India's renewed meddling with the historian's craft. Quite simply, Clio deserves better from the political class. The state interference with historiography, markedly manifest ever since the Babri Masjid came under the pickaxe on December 6, 1992, is palpable once more. The appointment of Y.S. Rao as Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research has been greeted with consternation in the academic...

Maneka makes a comeback

Maneka makes a comeback

Maneka Gandhi, an estranged member of the famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, returned to political power on Monday when she was sworn in as a member of India's new right-wing government. Maneka, who took the oath with the rest of the 46-member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cabinet, is famously known as the "other daughter-in-law" who lost...

Modi cabinet to be expanded before budget session

Modi cabinet to be expanded before budget session

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to undertake the first cabinet expansion next month when he inducts ministers to specifically deal with the portfolios of defence, law and justice, and environment and forests, reports The Times of India. Though these portfolios are important and require full-time attention, they in the current scheme have...

New neighbourhood policy in the offing?

THE spectacular victory of Narendra Modi, who was projected as the prime ministerial candidate, got the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with a simple majority, the first such victory for any party in the last thirty years. His election campaign and the issues that he raised during the course of electioneering created some discomfort and uncertainty in the minds of India's neighbours, who watched the Indian election with as much anticipation as the Indians. The most important question...

STRAIGHT LINE

Change in the neighbourhood

THE thumping electoral victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by the intensely inspirational Narendra Modi, in the just concluded Indian national election raises hopes and fears. Hope is generated by the pronounced discourses of Gujarat Model economic development with which the prime minister designate is fondly credited. One would like to believe that contemporary India stands on the threshold of an economic take-off in which a great power status beckons. In such a scenario there is a natural...

Disaggregating the Modi phenomenon

BJP'S massive landslide victory, the biggest in the last three decades for any party, has generated a hope of stability and a strong government that will provide a fillip to the much-awaited economic growth, and lowering of inflation and price rise. BJP's stunning victory, the most spectacular since its birth, made as much news as the devastating Congress defeat, the worst since independence. In ten states Congress could not even win a single seat, and in others it managed...

Modi to stake claim to form India government

Modi to stake claim to form India government

India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi is due to meet President Pranab Mukherjee and stake his claim to form the new government after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide election victory. The BJP's 282 MPs have elected Modi as their leader at a party meeting today, according to Indian news agencies. Modi has been...

Editorial

Indian voters have spoken

THE victory in the Indian election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the crushing defeat of Congress mark a historic change in the political landscape of the neighbouring countries. It is the first single-majority party government in India in thirty years. It is the first non-Congress government in three decades that has won with a resounding majority. Indeed, the BJP's electoral victory also signifies a change from dynastic rule. The last five years of Manmohan's government were marked by...

From tea vendor to prime minister

From tea vendor to prime minister

From selling tea at a stall his father set up at a small village railway station and at a bus terminal at a tender age to the prime ministerial throne at 63, Narendra Modi's rise is the stuff that fairytales are made of.        Inspired by the lives and teachings of Gautama Buddha and...

Obama hails India polls

Obama hails India polls

US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed India's massive general election and pledged to work closely with the next government in New Delhi. "India has set an example for the world in holding the largest democratic election in history, a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom," Obama said in a...

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