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Narendra Modi’s problems tone down his Independence Day style, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s problems tone down his Independence Day style

If Narendra Modi has learned anything since becoming India’s prime minister, it must be that the country changes slowly and that bombast does not work, at least not all of the time and less in India than it does abroad.
That became evident when he delivered his second prime ministerial speech this morning (Aug 15) in Hindi [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 15 August 2015 at 4:47 pm

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China, The Foreign Desk

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 31 July 2015 at 2:47 pm

Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament, The Foreign Desk

Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at 2:06 pm

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction, Arts

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction

In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 or £2,000, Two nights ago, twenty were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly coloured designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster House by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
There was a London taxi lookalike, a bamboo [...]

By | Arts, Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 8:48 am

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant, Arts

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant

Auction houses need to find something special to galvanise the hesitant Indian modern art market and make their sales a success, and that is what both Christie’s and Bonhams have succeeded in doing at their annual June sales in London this week. Christie’s hit a winner on June 10 with a large historic work by [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 5:56 pm

As Modi celebrates, his chosen election rapporteur criticises his lack of media accountability, The Foreign Desk

As Modi celebrates, his chosen election rapporteur criticises his lack of media accountability

Social media is awash today with messages marking the first anniversary of Narendra Modi’s swearing in as prime minister. Modi himself is celebrating with tweets to his on-line followers and others that make exaggerated claims about his government’s successes.

Amid all the trending, it is worth noting that the prime minister’s communications with his electorate, and the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 26 May 2015 at 6:48 pm

Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India, The Foreign Desk

Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India

Make in India has been the main slogan drummed out by Narendra Modi and his ministers and bureaucrats for many months, but it is surely time for that to be turned around into a reality by India’s prime minister adopting a personal slogan to Make Things Happen. There are few significant results from the Make [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 18 May 2015 at 7:57 pm

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements

America’s ambassador to India certainly did not mean to deliver a verdict on the first year of Narendra Modi’s time as prime minister when he referred on May 6 to the “potentially chilling effects” of current government threats to restrict or close organisations such as the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace.
But as I sat listening to a [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 1:41 pm

Modi’s first year Part 2 – prime ministerial focus needed, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s first year Part 2 – prime ministerial focus needed

The Narendra Modi government’s image problems began towards the end of last year when arch Hindu nationalists within the BJP’s Sangh Parivar (family of organisations) voiced extreme views about minorities such as Muslims, which Modi took a long time to rebut. One minister implied that everyone apart from Hindus were born illegitimately. There were also [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 1:40 pm

Nepal’s disaster has been building for centuries – with effects worsened by modern apathy, The Foreign Desk

Nepal’s disaster has been building for centuries – with effects worsened by modern apathy

Nepal’s devastating earthquake, with over 4,300 people dead was, as has been widely commented over the weekend, a disaster waiting to happen. This small and impoverished country of 28m people lies in a prime earthquake zone – international experts were in Kathmandu just over a week ago predicting an imminent disaster.
And it happened in and [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 27 April 2015 at 2:14 pm

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