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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

‘No doubt’ about Amit-Khaleda conversation

‘No doubt’ about Amit-Khaleda conversation

BNP has said its claim about the recent telephone conversation between its Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is fully correct. “We want to firmly inform all again that the information given to the media yesterday is fully correct,” said a statement signed by Maruf Kamal Khan, press secretary...

BJP chief phones Khaleda, inquires about health condition

BJP chief phones Khaleda, inquires about health condition

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah last night phoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and inquired about her health condition following pepper spray used by police when she was waiting inside her Gulshan office Monday afternoon. “At 10:30pm of Wednesday, Amit Shah telephoned madam, inquired about her physical condition and prayed for her early...


Action more important than disclosure of names

IN the midst of debate on the illegal foreign account holders, the names of those who were given amnesty a few days before the debate have been forgotten. Apparently, they are from both the main political parties, the Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Otherwise, the shouting would not have stopped in such a short time. One other noticeable point is that there has not been even a cursory mention of how the account holders came to accumulate...

Money Stashed Abroad

India names 3 top tycoons

India's government yesterday revealed the names of three prominent businessmen accused of illegally stashing funds in foreign bank accounts as it seeks to recover billions of dollars parked abroad. The ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pledged to crack down on "black money" after winning power in May, accusing the previous Congress government of failing to get tough on the issue that had become a political lightning rod. The government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court yesterday naming Pradip Burman,...

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...


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...

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