LONDON: It can’t often happen that prime ministers from two different countries together address the same audience of tens of thousands, both of them looking to the same people for votes and other political support. Even more remarkable is that the two politicians use the event to build a hitherto non-existent personal bond and to [...]
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LONDON: It’s tempting to wonder whether Narendra Modi’s crushing defeat in the Bihar state assembly election announced last Sunday has, in a small way, had the sort of catalytic impact on him that India’s financial crash in 1991 had on the then Congress prime [...]
Indian politics have today been hit with the biggest disruption since last year’s general election, with prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party suffering an unexpectedly heavy defeat in the state of Bihar’s assembly polls.
A close result had been widely predicted, but that proved wrong and a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) headed by Nitish Kumar, chief minister [...]
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The voters of Bihar, India’s poorest state, have a difficult choice deciding who to vote for in current assembly elections if they put aside their usual caste and religion-based preferences and go for the party that will be best for development.
They can choose a mahagathbandhan [...]
India has been hit by waves of growing religious and social intolerance since Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was elected 18 months ago. This has flushed out some of the Hindu nationalist party’s most stridently anti-Muslim voices, and has also sharply increased liberal concern about where a Modi-led India is heading.
For the most part, Modi [...]
Three works by Amrita Sher-Gil, a painter regarded as a pioneer of modern Indian art, have been sold for over $2.5m at auctions this year. All are self-portraits by an artist whose works have a rarity value internationally because they have been declared “national treasures” by the Indian government, which means that those in India [...]
A new record price for an India painting was set today at a Christie’s auction in New York when $3.5m ($4.01m including buyer’s premium) was bid, it is believed by Kiran Nadar, India’s most prolific collector, for Birth, a monumental 8ft x 4ft oil on board (above) by F.N.Souza, one of the country’s most famous artists.
The previous record [...]
If Narendra Modi has learned anything since becoming India’s prime minister, it must be that the country changes slowly and that bombast does not work, at least not all of the time and less in India than it does abroad.
That became evident when he delivered his second prime ministerial speech this morning (Aug 15) in Hindi [...]
Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]
Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]
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