Has the domination of economic policy by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, together with regional members of the governing coalition (notably Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal), become so established that there is now no room for reformers to be heard?
Power supplies to half of India’s 1.2bn population have been cut for several hours today in the third example since Sunday night of how the country’s under-invested and badly managed infrastructure is creaking its way to near-collapse.
Is it better for a tiger sometimes to feel harassed by hordes of noisy tourists, or be killed by poachers? That is the simple question raised by one of the most ill-advised edicts ever issued by India’s Supreme Court, which last week backed a misguided conservationist lobby and banned all tourism in the core areas of the country’s 40-plus tiger reserves.
It’s open season for criticising India’s leaders. Time too, you might say – why didn’t the attacks start much earlier in the current government which has been failing for most of the time since it was elected in 2009.
Pranab Mukherjee, publicly regarded until a few weeks ago as the veteran politician on whom the government [...]
While most Indian media attention has been focussed on Pranab Mukherjee and what the end of his unproductive time as finance minister might mean for economic progress now that prime minister Manmohan Singh has taken over the job, a significant liberalisation move has been made by the usually moribund Defence Ministry.
It says something about the way that India and other countries fail to look after those in need that it has taken an Indian businessman based in London to alert the world to the plight of widows who are cast aside in their thousands by families after their husbands die.
Yesterday Lord (Raj) Loomba was lauded [...]
If Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy, a young regional politician in southern India, had not tried to become chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state immediately after his father Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), who held that job, was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2009, he almost certainly would not be in jail now accused of massive corruption.
Congratulations tinged with relief was the message being given by dealers and collectors at the end of Christie’s South Asian modern art auction here yesterday to the event’s main organizers, Hugo Weihe and Yamini Mehta.
IN LONDON FROM MY BASE IN INDIA………. Surely only the Brits could and would do it – turn out in their hundreds of thousands along the banks of a river in cold wet and windy weather, with the sun never fully breaking through the clouds, to honour their 86-year old monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as [...]
India’s government and the presiding Nehru-Gandhi dynasty have a problem – not the policy vacuum, sliding economy, weak leadership and bullying by coalition partners that are only too well known, but a new one that has been entirely of its own making in the past week.
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