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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

Cabinet Ministers named as Modi sworn in – to be a Thatcher, Putin or Nehru?, The Foreign Desk

Cabinet Ministers named as Modi sworn in – to be a Thatcher, Putin or Nehru?

Arun Jaitley is Finance Minister, Rajnath Singh at Home, Sushma Swaraj for Foreign Affairs
Fifty years after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s greatest post-independence leader, the country today has a new charismatic prime minister whose strong and forceful nature has led to comparisons with Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher.

Narendra Modi, who has this evening [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

NaMo choosing his Cabinet – wants ten years to change India, The Foreign Desk

NaMo choosing his Cabinet – wants ten years to change India

Narendra Modi has five years till the next general election to show that he can get India moving but NaMo, as the Indian media call him, has said over the weekend that he needs ten years to transform the country – which he is likely to get if progress goes relatively well in the first [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 10:27 am

Modi and the BJP crush Congress in massive Indian election victory, Opinion

Modi and the BJP crush Congress in massive Indian election victory

India is about to experience its biggest ever change of national politics and of government style and policies with the unprecedented country-wide landslide victory for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition, and the decimation of the Congress Party that calls into question the leadership of the Gandhi dynasty.
The latest forecasts for the result of India’s general election, [...]

By | Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 16 May 2014 at 8:32 am

Modi’s middle class volunteers flooded Varanasi to get him elected, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s middle class volunteers flooded Varanasi to get him elected

If the number of volunteers working for an election campaign is any measure of likely success, Narendra Modi is romping home today to a tumultuous victory in the Hindus’ sacred city of Varanasi, where voting is taking place amid tight security at the end of five weeks of polling across the country in India’s general [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 12 May 2014 at 8:09 am

Priyanka Gandhi steps up as India election din eclipses debate, The Foreign Desk

Priyanka Gandhi steps up as India election din eclipses debate

The quality of India’s general election campaigning, which ends on Saturday, has deteriorated into a slanging match between rival politicians. It began weeks ago as a relatively constructive debate between the growth policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, and the sops and entitlement approach of the Congress Party espoused by Rahul [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 1:15 pm

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