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India

Unfinished business

AS the election moves into high gear, foreign affairs remain no more than a distant concern of aspirants to office. In the earlier phases of the campaign the subject barely figured in the electoral discourse, and though the pace has picked up since then, nobody seems to have made a pitch on foreign policy as the key to voter appeal. The few references on the subject that have caught attention, including a mention or two of the neighbours, look...

Will a change in India affect Bangladesh?

IN less than a month India will announce its new parliamentarians elected in a marathon election process lasting over six weeks. If the predictions of the political pundits hold out it is likely that the alliance led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will come out with the largest number of elected representatives and form the next government. There is also wide speculation that Narendra Modi, the current chief minister of Gujarat, who is riding on a popularity wave of...

Inflammatory Remarks

BJP politician comes under media criticism

BJP politician comes under media criticism

Media in India are criticising a "controversial and inflammatory" statement given by a politician of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Giriraj Singh on Saturday said those who oppose the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have no place in the country and should go to Pakistan. The BJP has reprimanded Singh, a candidate for the BJP in northern Bihar state, for his controversial remark, reports say. Most newspapers are critical of Singh's remark and say it seems to be aimed at polarising voters. The Indian Express says the remark is a "deliberate message" and has clear "Hindu nationalist overtones". "Singh's words cannot be unsaid easily, and the fears they create will not...

The insignificant idolatry of the big

The insignificant idolatry of the big

ONLY last week, Raghuram Rajan, the Chief of the Reserve Bank of India blasted US measures on its global dollar supply and complained that the emerging economies like India often go into a “tailspin” when this happens as a country like India has to then resort to rapidly building up its foreign exchange reserves to keep its rupee stable. Ben Bernanke, Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, hit back by saying that the US had always been a part of a global system and that American policy makers had always not turned Nelson's eye to the emerging economies and believed that recovery of US economy would help the emerging markets...

BJP gaining ground as polling advances

BJP gaining ground as polling advances

Quarter of India's 815 million voters voted on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election. Narendra Modi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate for prime minister, has been wooing voters with promises to rouse India's economy from its slowest growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. A decision by the Election Commission to reprimand a senior Modi aide,...

Gold bars recovered from Indian man's stomach

Gold bars recovered from Indian man's stomach

Twelve bars of gold have been recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him has said. The 63-year-old man was admitted to hospital after complaining of vomiting and difficulty defecating. He told his doctor that he had swallowed a bottle cap in anger, after a fight with...

India votes on biggest polling day

India votes on biggest polling day

Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on...

India recognises third gender

India's top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category that allows transgendered people to identify themselves as such on official documents. Activists say it will give relief to millions of people who face discrimination in India's deeply conservative society. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state governments to include transgendered people in all welfare programmes for the poor, including education, healthcare and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges. Before yesterday's judgment, transgendered Indians had...

India bus fire kills 6

India bus fire kills 6

At least six people have been killed after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in India's southern state of Karnataka, police said. The bus, carrying 29 passengers, was travelling from Davanagere to Bangalore, when a leak in the fuel tank caused the blaze. Twelve people were injured in the accident. Bus crashes are common...

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India today created the "Third Gender" status for Hijras or transgenders, reports Times of India. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender. The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward. The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category. The SC said absence of law recognizing hijras as third gender could not be continued as a ground to discriminate them in availing equal opportunities in education and employment. This is for the first time that the third gender...

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''Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader''

'Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader'

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Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

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Modi vows to put away corrupt politicians

Modi vows to put away corrupt politicians

Narendra Modi yesterday ....

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