The economy will be at the top of the prime minister’s new agenda. Modi inherits a nation where GDP growth has slowed to 4.5% (2012-2013).
Modi comprehends well that the mandate he received is for his promise of result-oriented economic development, which will be undermined if he became bogged down in divisive social issues and political conflict.
India hates this and India hates that, has already brought us a lot of shame and signals a drift towards its neighbor Pakistan, where almost every freely uttered syllable is liable to be hate worthy.
In a political milieu reeking of opportunism and corruption, Modi is refreshingly (relatively of course) clean and incorruptible.
It is both interesting and curious that while the public remain amused about stars entering politics, party leaders continue to energetically woo them hoping that their star-power translates into votes.
Being a celeb in Politics is no guarantee on transporting the voting public to a never-neverland-of-happy-ever-after.
In fact it is the United States that has run most rough shod over the security council, frequently blocking motions from even coming to a vote.
Social networking in these insatiable, exhibitionistic, let-it-all-hangout-times.
In year 2014, the buzz is that the three trail-blazing musketeers of B-town, the Khans, are going political.
India’s notorious bureaucrats, who were unenthusiastic about the OCI Certificate to begin with — save for the nearly $250 million dollars in application fees that the initiative has generated — have been working overtime to chip away at even its modest benefits.
The political dysfunction in Italy, India and other parliamentary democracies pales in comparison to the gridlock in Washington during the past decade and the dead end where it arrived this October. The inmates have indeed taken over the asylum.
Obama’s bizarre logic is that he had drawn a red line against the use of chemical weapons, which Syrian President Bassar al-Assad dared to cross.
India now has a higher proportion of the world’s poor and is home to fully a third of the world’s extremely poor.
A series of high profile politicians from foreign countries make a pilgrimage to Bihar in search of their roots.
The extraordinary lengths the U.S. government has gone to in its bid to block Snowden from securing political asylum shows just how much it fears exposure of its spying apparatus.
With the extension of Z Security to Ambani one can expect a new arms race among the country’s business elite.
We wonder why these three astute advocates of democracy and their supporters feel so intellectually unequipped to engage Modi, who recently was reelected in a landslide, in an open public debate on these questions at a forum on their own territory.
Chidambaram has ushered in a new wave of reforms and some of the anti-FDI moves of his predecessor — and now president Pranab Mukherjee — have been watered down.
The fact is that the Indian Supreme Court is not rejecting the idea of patenting drugs. What it is repudiating is the attempt by pharmaceutical giants to use legal loopholes to extend the life of patents that have already expired.
The GOP proposes to distribute the electoral college votes proportionately. That in itself is not a bad idea; indeed if it were implemented by all states, it would even improve the antiquated electoral college system.
American politics has assumed many of the unhealthy characteristics of its Indian counterpart, such as communal vote banks divided along religious and caste lines — reflected by Southern evangelist and white voters on the Republican side, arrayed against minority and women voters on the Democratic side.
Indian Americans have not experienced the frontal brunt of the GOP’s hostile policies toward immigrants and minorities. Yet, Democrats enjoy far stronger support among Indian Americans than they do, for example, among Hispanics, who are significantly more impacted by the GOP’s uncompromising stance on immigration and welfare.
The Republican Party, which has nominated an Ayn Rand faddist Paul Ryan as its nominee for vice president to placate the extremist wing of the party, recognizes well that the vision of dismantling the widely popular social safety net of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc., would be toxic and disastrous in an election.
All minorities and religious groups should be affronted and alarmed by these reckless and unfounded accusations against decent and honorableAmericans who happen to be Muslims.
Economic forces and Pres. Obama’s legendary timidity in the first half of his presidency could yet doom the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional aspirations during this election cycle.
That a deep pocketed media house like the India Today Group folded its tent without resistance in the face of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s legal threats, while an obscure activist with a checkered free speech history dared to resist, is a permanent blot on a storied media house, for which it owes its readers and the public an apology and an explanation.
As a bemused India watches the alleged shenanigans of a ruling-party lawyer-turned-politician who has finally quit public office, a fellow lawyer finds that Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s resignation statement hides more than it reveals, and that it has unwittingly triggered a timely debate on privacy issues in the era of YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter.
Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the accidental champion of freedom of speech, has a history of suppressing the speech, sometimes violently, of people with whom he disagrees.
A Delhi High Court judge has barred the broadcast of a sex video featuring a senior Congress Party spokesman in a compromising position and several media houses have pledged not to telecast it.
The judicial system is frequently irrational, unfair and even cruel.
The extraordinary arrogance of Indian elites in dissing foreign aid for its poorest citizens and their chest thumping over India’s meteoric economic rise glosses over some glaringly painful realities.
Statistics Norway data show that an incredible 3 percent of children under 18 in the country were in the protective custody of its child welfare agency Barnvernet in 2010.
The Indian public is under threat from satirical images of Sonia Gandhi? Really?
"David Coleman Headley, in my opinion, was a double agent. He was working for both the U.S. and for Lashkar and the ISI."
Local elites in many developing societies shared the Western sensibilities and often took draconian measures to limit population growth.
The sensational media reports based on U.S. diplomatic cables exposed by Wikileaks have glossed over the gross ineptitude and incompetence that they also expose of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.
The India Tourism office is alleged to have donated 5,000 pounds for an election victory party.
"Having recovered from the crisis invoked by our visa revocation and his tyrannical management style, Modi is positioning himself as a national leader by reminding people that Gujarat has done a fine job of economic governance, notwithstanding the black stain the (2002) riots left,."
A State Minister was "forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP's governor" by Mayawati, according to a U.S. Embassy cable.
In a page out of the Cold War, U.S. diplomats proposed recruiting Bollywood celebrities for the country's Afghanistan propaganda campaign.