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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

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

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