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A straw in the wind

IT appears that the magic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is waning. His Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has met a reverse in the by-polls. Out of the 18 seats in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar, the BJP won only seven. The parliamentary election held nearly four months ago saw the BJP sweeping and even getting a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha. The disenchantment of the voters in such a small period is indeed a point of...

Japan, India hold security talks

Japan, India hold security talks

Indian PM Narendra Modi is to discuss economic and security ties with Japan's Shinzo Abe, on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The leaders are likely to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact and sign an agreement on rare earths. The trip is being seen as an attempt by the two...

India's Modi to launch bank accounts for all

India's Modi to launch bank accounts for all

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to launch a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor. Nearly 40 percent of Indians have little access to financial services and are often at the mercy of moneylenders who charge extortionate interest. Modi has told state and private...

Myopia on Pakistan & Planning Commission

Modi's two big blunders

IF Narendra Modi wanted to embarrass many of his own supporters before completing a hundred days in office, he couldn't have done so more effectively than by cancelling the foreign secretary-level meeting with Pakistan, and abolishing the Planning Commission. These are Modi's first big blunders of commission, as distinct from omission. Both reflect his prejudices and short-sightedness. They will damage the public interest -- the first by exacerbating insecurities in the entire neighbourhood, the second by destroying a valuable institution. The...

INDIAN MEDIA

Questions over Modi's leadership

Questions over Modi's leadership

Media in India are criticising the booing of opposition chief ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have booed Congress party chief ministers at three different official functions in the last few days. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's speech was repeatedly disturbed...

BYLINE

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...

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