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Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy, Arts

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy

It hasn’t taken much to lift the gloom of Delhi’s elite. Three good months of economic growth plus a booming stock market were capped last night when India’s modern art market came alive with sales totalling Rs38.27 crore ($6.38m – £3.8m) at an auction mounted by Saffronart of Mumbai.
Only four of ninety works on offer [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 2:37 pm

Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata government is now celebrating its first 100 days in power. Modi is now in Japan on his first big international visit as the guest of prime minister Shinzo Abe, who has given him an effusively warm personal welcome that reflects their rapport
Two days ago it was announced that economic growth reached 5.7% for the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 31 August 2014 at 1:56 pm

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort, The Foreign Desk

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort

Narendra Modi has yet to show that his government can make a significant difference to the way that India is run and performs, but this morning he impressed critics as well as supporters with his first Independence Day speech as prime minister from the ramparts of Delhi’s majestic Red Fort.
Breaking with tradition, he ad-libbed his [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 15 August 2014 at 5:39 pm

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark, The Foreign Desk

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark

The current disillusionment with India’s new government is not surprising given the images built up in the past by prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi, a powerful regional politician, blasted his way to power in a presidential style campaign with the theme that he alone could save India from its declining [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 10:39 am

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings, The Foreign Desk

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings

In a society ridden with crony capitalism and crony politics, businessmen and politicians inevitably try to stop people writing books that reveal their goings-on. But there is a limit to how much disruption they can achieve.
This has been shown by the recent publication of three books, one of which uncovers many of the secrets of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10:34 pm

Narendra Modi makes his first big prime ministerial speech in English, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi makes his first big prime ministerial speech in English

Narendra Modi yesterday made his first major speech in English since becoming prime minister – a day after I pointed out on this blog, and in a Times of India column, that he spoke it fluently in a 2001 television debate, and wondered why he rarely does so now. He was addressing scientists after the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 11:20 am

Modi spoke good English in 2001 – and looked like a future leader, The Foreign Desk

Modi spoke good English in 2001 – and looked like a future leader

In September 2001, I met Narendra Modi, India’s new and controversial prime minister, on an Indian tv programme called The Big Fight just after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US. I was struck by his powerful presence, his conviction, and even some tolerance when he talked about “my Muslim friends” and urged them to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 29 June 2014 at 10:21 am

Would Nehru do to Congress what Murthy’s done to Infosys?, The Foreign Desk

Would Nehru do to Congress what Murthy’s done to Infosys?

The end of ‘Buggins turn’ at Infosys is an end-of- dynasty lesson for Congress
If Jawaharlal Nehru could suddenly reappear and be injected into the top of the Congress leadership with a mandate to rebuild the demoralised party, would he echo, in a political sense, the words of Narayana Murthy, one of the founders of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 5:00 pm

Narendra Modi now has to start delivering what India needs, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi now has to start delivering what India needs

Narendra Modi hasn’t put a foot wrong since he won a resounding victory in India’s general election on May 16, and was then sworn in as prime minister two weeks ago.  He invited South Asian (and Mauritius) leaders to the swearing in and had meetings with them all. Today he has met the visiting foreign minister [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 9 June 2014 at 7:29 pm

This should be the end of Rahul Gandhi as the next Congress leader, The Foreign Desk

This should be the end of Rahul Gandhi as the next Congress leader

It’s never wise to write off dynasties, but if ever a political family deserved to fade away, it is the Nehru Gandhi dynasty which two days ago appointed Mallikarjun Kharge, 71, a little known and relatively inexperienced and elderly member of parliament, to lead the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha because neither Sonia nor [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 3:33 pm

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