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Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force, The Foreign Desk

Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force

Narendra Modi has taken India’s defence industry by surprise with a totally unexpected decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet aircraft, probably costing around $4.5bn, from Dassault Aviation in a deal that is being negotiated directly between the Indian and French governments.
Modi is on an official visit to France. He said after holding talks with [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 8:08 pm

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end

The Modi government has at last had a couple of parliamentary successes with two urgent pieces of legislation covering auctions of coal and other mining leases being passed on March 20 at the end of the first part of the Budget session. That was the result of political haggling and deal making with opposition parties that [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 23 March 2015 at 9:22 am

Four years of public protest produce Modi and Kejriwal as India’s leaders of change, The Foreign Desk

Four years of public protest produce Modi and Kejriwal as India’s leaders of change

The swearing in over the weekend of social activist and anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi marks the latest stage of a dramatic country-wide rejection of the way that India is governed, which has been building up over the past four years.
This is not a single tidal wave threatening to overwhelm the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 3:58 pm

Narendra Modi’s BJP routed in Delhi election, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s BJP routed in Delhi election

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has today suffered the biggest defeat of his political career with his Bharatiya Janata Party being routed in elections for the Delhi state-level assembly.
The Aam Aadmi or common man party has swept the polls winning  67 of the 70 seats, driving the BJP down to just three and the Congress Party to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 9:36 am

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit, The Foreign Desk

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit

President Obama flew out of Delhi this morning after a visit spread over three days that, as he put it, was “rich in symbolism but also in substance”. The symbolism included choreographed meetings and hugs and embraces with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, and the substance included a potential solution to a long-awaited deal on [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 2:30 pm

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results

Delhi’s international airport was closed for two hours yesterday morning because President Obama is visiting India. He’s wasn’t however in the country and is not arriving for another four days, but everything is being rehearsed down to the finest detail, even closing the airspace around the capital.
That is partly because of intense and almost suffocating [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 11:06 am

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda

An essential skill for being a successful head of government is to manage the troublemakers in your own party. David Cameron is failing to do that now with the anti-European Union wing of Britain’s Conservative Party, but Tony Blair did it successfully in the late-1990s when he curbed the power of trade unions and left-wingers [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 22 December 2014 at 11:51 am

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head, Battle of Ideas

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has caused some consternation and controversy by saying to an audience of doctors and scientists last weekend that plastic surgery and genetic science existed and were in use thousands of years ago in ancient India. That, he said at the dedication of a hospital in Mumbai on October 25, was [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 4:20 pm

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a ten-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. Today (Oct 19) they have put two more building blocks in place with two state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 4:14 pm

Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part

Just back from a tumultuous five-day visit to the US, Narendra Modi yesterday launched his Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) by sweeping up rubbish in Valmiki Basti, a Delhi neighbourhood where Mahatma Gandhi, once stayed. It was the father of the nation’s birth anniversary, and a public holiday at the beginning of the long festival weekend [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 4:49 pm

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