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Focus on whether Narendra Modi can be an effective Indian prime minister, The Foreign Desk

Focus on whether Narendra Modi can be an effective Indian prime minister

Surely it is time to put aside the debate about Narendra Modi and his accountability for the 2002 Godhra riots and focus on the more immediate issue of whether he is capable of being a competent prime minister. Could he rebuild an effective government machine and deliver economic growth, or is he too autocratic and [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 21 April 2014 at 10:01 pm

Indian IT tycoon bucks Congress Party image and offers change in how country runs, The Foreign Desk

Indian IT tycoon bucks Congress Party image and offers change in how country runs

As India’s Congress Party stumbles towards what looks like a massive general election defeat, one candidate is performing with the conviction of a potential winner who believes he can help implement change in the way that India works. Nandan Nilekani, the Congress Party candidate in Bangalore South is well aware that he has only a [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 13 April 2014 at 7:30 pm

Indian democracy a fig leaf that obscures failures, The Foreign Desk

Indian democracy a fig leaf that obscures failures

India has been in a state of denial for years. It is rightly proud of its vibrant and chaotic democracy which is on show in the current general election and has survived and been accepted almost without question since Independence. But it is in denial because it has not been prepared [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 8:08 pm

India’s ‘common man’ party offers much-needed political upheaval, The Foreign Desk

India’s ‘common man’ party offers much-needed political upheaval

Indian voters have three basic choices in the coming general election. The bravest would be to vote for the Aam Aadmi (common man) Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, in order to create the disruption that the operations of India’s political system and government machine desperately needs.
Most voters of course will not do that. It looks [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 4:24 pm

India polls start April 7 – possible Modi-led BJP victory May 16, The Foreign Desk

India polls start April 7 – possible Modi-led BJP victory May 16

A few days after May 16, India’s Congress Party and the Gandhi family that heads it will have been swept from power and a new government led quite probably by Narendra Modi, the Hindu-nationalist driven and feared Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister of Gujarat, will take office. This will, if the BJP has a sufficiently [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 2:25 pm

India’s MPs cripple parliament to protect business deals, The Foreign Desk

India’s MPs cripple parliament to protect business deals

Unprecedented chaos and violence that closed India’s Lok Sabha parliamentary proceedings yesterday graphically demonstrates how respect for India’s most revered institutions is crumbling as greed and raw politics disrupt the functioning of government and the running of the country.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 12:32 pm

The ‘crucible of terror’, The Foreign Desk

The ‘crucible of terror’

What are Western intelligence agencies doing to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Syria?

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 3:55 pm

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair, Arts

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair

Delhi’s annual India Art Fair, which closed tonight, is as important for the focus it brings to Indian art and for other events that happen at the same time across the city as it is for the show itself, which has settled into a predictable mould in its sixth year.
Indeed, the exhibitions away from the [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 7:42 pm

Rahul Gandhi’s TV debut ideas are right but won’t win votes, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi’s TV debut ideas are right but won’t win votes

After ten years refusing to face a big media interview, Rahul Gandhi spent an hour and a half on a leading television channel at prime time last night explaining how he wants to reform the way that India and his Congress Party are run. His aim, he said, was to end rule by dynasties, introduce [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 11:02 am

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000, Arts

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000

India’s annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which finished two days ago, is different things to different people. With a total of over 200,000 footfalls and nearly 20,000 people registering for the first time each day, it is an enormous free-wheeling extravaganza of debate, humour and conversation. It has grown from just a few hundred people when [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 7:04 pm

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