The Foreign Desk
Two events in the past few days underline the decline both in the popularity of the Congress Party that leads India’s coalition government and the success of prime minister Manmohan Singh as an economic reformer. People ranging from the voters of New Delhi to loyal economists and other policy allies have in effect warned that, [...]
When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
It was hot and dusty and the motorcycle journey back from Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign rally in the town of Kawmhu had already taken more than an hour. Would you like something to drink, asked my Burmese journalist colleague. Before I knew what was in store, I’d agreed.
Army intrigue and graft hits India’s defences
Concern about worsening relations between India’s army and government is graphically illustrated by a story that takes up the entire front page of The The Indian Express this morning about two key mechanised military units moving unexpectedly towards Delhi at night in mid-January. The government did not have the usual [...]
Now, I’m not one to just cut and paste a press release, you understand, but this is quite simply the most delicious spoof.
With props to Paul Maher and Positive Marketing, please see the attached press release:
Embargoed until Sunday 1 April 2012, UK (NATIONWIDE) – The UK’s two largest Public Relations unions, the Federation of Online [...]
MUMBAI: India’s coal problems are getting worse and are in the news for all the wrong reasons. The industry has been failing the country for years by not maximising the output of efficiently mined coal. As a result, power supplies have been crippled because of coal shortages, and the government has failed to act.
Now the [...]
It’s been quite a weekend in New Delhi. India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee presented a desperately ineffectual and unimaginative Budget on Friday, and then failed to turn up at India Today magazine’s annual conclave yesterday (Saturday) morning, where he was billed to be the first speaker.
He withdrew not because he was too busy or had [...]
You might complain about how well-informed the Kony 2012 video is, or criticise it for being condescending. You might ask, as the Indy’s Archie Bland does, whether collective outrage is the best way to call for change. You might focus, as Fox News has, on how the charity that produced the video about the notorious leader of [...]
As India waited this morning for results of five state assembly elections, the most telling headlines in the day’s newspapers, along with Rahul Gandhi’s failure to galvanise votes in Uttar Pradesh (UP), were on share movements yesterday of leading companies – Jaiprakash (JP) group companies went down while Anil Ambani’s Reliance (ADAG) stocks went up, [...]
If President Barack Obama thought he had managed to restrain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ordering preemptive military strikes on Iran to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, he might have to try again.
Judging from the prime minister’s speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC in Washington, an Israeli attack is coming sooner rather than later. Noting [...]
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