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Narendra Modi

Jail me if you can: Mamata

Jail me if you can: Mamata

Cornered on the Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee came out all guns blazing at BJP on Saturday, reports Times of India. Just 72 hours after paying courtesy visits to senior BJP leaders in Delhi, the Trinamool chief sounded the war cry against PM Narendra Modi, accusing his government of pursuing "selective...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Modi and media: Critic is your best friend?

LAST week I took part in an Editors' Concl-ave with students of the Statesman Print Journalism School (SPJS) at the idyllic Vedic Village resort, 12 kilometers north off Kolkata. This was courtesy Ravindra Kumar, editor, The Statesman and C. R. Irani Foundation in association with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Germany. The event marked a confluence of senior Indian journalists/commentators and those from the region and beyond intensely debating over Modi, media and India under a soothing tapestry of eco-tourism. I crave the...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Politics gets more cynical

THOSE who expected Prime Minister Modi to fulfil his promise of cleaning up Indian politics of money-power and crime, discarding caste-and-community calculations, and placing merit above loyalty, would be sorely disappointed at his cabinet reshuffle, adding 21 ministers. The composition of the council of ministers reflects great paucity of talent in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and doesn't augur well for governance. Ninety-two percent of its members are crorepatis, with average assets of Rs. 14 crores, or double those of United...

What is Modi government doing!

TWO news items came from the direction of India in quick succession to make our jaws fall. Incredibly unbelievable! Can any government having an iota of compassion do this to its own people, and in the process embarrass some of us here in Bangladesh? First, the attack was directed at some 'poor' Indians who kept their hard earned black money in foreign banks; paltry amounts of thousands of crores of rupees. Peanuts, really.   Now, we fail to understand why in...

Modi neither sleeps nor allows us to sleep: Minister

Modi neither sleeps nor allows us to sleep: Minister

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of functioning, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the leader neither sleeps nor allows his Cabinet colleagues to do so, reports an Indian news portal. "I was telling in the morning our prime minister does not sleep and does not allow others to sleep," the Union Urban...

'Modi Express' flagged off by Australian minister

'Modi Express' flagged off by Australian minister

"Modi Express", a special train carrying over 220 passengers who will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first public lecture in Sydney tomorrow, was flagged off by an Australian minister in Melbourne on Sunday. Victorian Multicultural Minister Matthew Guy flagged off the train at Southern Cross station - the major railway station and transport hub...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Two icons of independence movement

Two icons of independence movement

PANDIT Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel are the two icons of the freedom movement. One was left of the centre and the other right of the centre but they sank their ideological differences to win freedom. After independence, the Nehurian thoughts came to influence the country because he was the most popular...

India cabinet 'set for expansion'

India cabinet 'set for expansion'

  Indian PM Narendra Modi is set to expand his cabinet over the weekend, five months after he led his BJP party to a landslide win, media say. Forty-five MPs, including seven women, from Modi's party and their allies were sworn in as ministers in May. More than six ministers are holding more than one portfolio,...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

An emerging new social coalition?

THE Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged as the largest party in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assemblies, reconfirming its status as the main point of reference in Indian politics. Behind its latest success lie factors which will influence politics for some time. An even more assertive, masculine BJP is now likely to evolve under an absolutist leadership which isn't bound by any constraints in pursuing trademark Hindutva agendas, including a Ram temple at Ayodhya (which the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has re-invoked),...

When Modi turns photographer

When Modi turns photographer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday surprised journalists when he decided to wield the camera at the BJP headquarters for a 'Deepawali Milan' an interaction exclusively with members of the media. It was attended by BJP President Amit Shah, senior Cabinet ministers and party leaders, reports the Indian news portal NDTV. Right after addressing journalists,...

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