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India and China agree deals despite border face-off, The Foreign Desk

India and China agree deals despite border face-off

India and China’s leaders have today successfully agreed in Delhi on plans for economic and other co-operation despite over 1,000 troops from each side facing off against each other in Ladakh on the two countries’ disputed border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), 15,000ft up in the Himalayan mountains,
China is to invest $20bn [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 5:15 pm

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort, The Foreign Desk

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort

Narendra Modi has yet to show that his government can make a significant difference to the way that India is run and performs, but this morning he impressed critics as well as supporters with his first Independence Day speech as prime minister from the ramparts of Delhi’s majestic Red Fort.
Breaking with tradition, he ad-libbed his [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 15 August 2014 at 5:39 pm

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

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’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

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

Hindu nationalist Modi is official candidate for India’s PM, The Foreign Desk

Hindu nationalist Modi is official candidate for India’s PM

If Narendra Modi, the controversial Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister of Gujarat becomes India’s next prime minister, it will be because Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, together with their prime minister, Manmohan Singh, have left such a leadership vacuum at the end of nine years of increasingly ineffectual government that India is willing to take a gamble on a feared politician.

By | The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 14 September 2013 at 9:13 am

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