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Narendra Modi

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The challenge of hope

PRIME ministers choose one of three options when they step up to the podium at the Red Fort on Independence Day. They speak to their governments; or mumble to themselves; or talk to the people of India. The first is easiest, since government is both narrator and narrative, and can enjoy the false comfort of self-congratulation: we did this [applause]; we will do this [obligatory high-five]. The second option is a consequence of diffidence more than introspection. And if Dr....

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India's internal affairs. It comes after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi consulted Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of talks which were agreed in May. Relations seemed to be on the mend when new Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his swearing-in...

India brides leave husbands' homes for lack of toilets

India brides leave husbands' homes for lack of toilets

Six newly-wed women in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have returned to their parents because their husbands' homes had no toilets. The women, all from Khesiya village in Kushinagar district, said they would return only after their husbands had built proper toilets at home. Nearly half of India's 1.2 billion people...

India's Independence Day

Why can't we fight poverty together?

Why can't we fight poverty together?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called on South Asian countries to come together to fight poverty in the region and unveiled a roadmap for his government envisaging a financial inclusion scheme for the poor to open bank account with built-in insurance, a plan to eliminate open defecation and proposing a moratorium on...

Modi says nation shamed by rape

Modi says nation shamed by rape

Narendra Modi said India had been shamed by a recent spate of rapes, as he made his first Independence Day speech as prime minister. He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons' actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong. Modi also pledged bank accounts for all and...

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

During the months leading up to the spring parliamentary elections, Indians looked at Narendra Modi and saw what they wanted to see, reports The New York Times. Right-wing Hindus saw a cultural warrior. Working-class voters saw an incorruptible outsider who would impose discipline, from the “Delhi durbar,” the elite cliques dating to the Mughal...

A significant outing in Nepal

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has concluded an important visit to Nepal, where he tapped all the right nodes of the relationship -- political, economic and cultural -- to turn around ties, which had begun to languish over the last few years. The visit seems to have caught the imagination of the people of Nepal. Partly, this was because Mr. Modi managed to connect with the common person through his carefully choreographed visit to the ancient Pashupatinath temple, and a...

Modi government’s 19 new rules for bureaucrats

Modi government’s 19 new rules for bureaucrats

The Narendra Modi government has amended 46-year-old conduct rules for top bureaucrats to include new provisions that now mandate that a civil servant shall maintain political neutrality and take decisions on merit alone, reports the Times of India.  The government has issued a gazette notification on August 6 amending the All India Service (Conduct)...

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects. His will be the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, though Indian leaders have routinely attended regional summits in Kathmandu. Negotiators were trying to narrow...

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Importance of being an extremist

Importance of being an extremist

AMIT Shah is a new word in the Sangh parivar jargon. It means loyalty. Shah is, without any doubt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Man Friday. But what differentiates him from others is the blind faith he has in his master, Modi. Amit Shah was given the task to polarise the biggest state of...

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