Keyword : Narendra Modi

A ‘comprehensive look’ at NOFN strategy and implementation

The prime minister’s office (PMO) has setup a high-level committee to take a ‘comprehensive look’ at the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project and propose an implementation

Let a thousand digital technologies bloom

Here’s the big question. Can every Indian have 24/7 internet connection? Two IIT Bombay professors and a couple of their students from the departments of electronics and aerospace presented a

Delhi: AAP registers landslide win, wipes out BJP

The national capital is going the AAP way. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a mammoth lead as trends poured in from the counting centre on Tuesday. The AAP made historic victory by getting 67 se

AAP success: courtesy BJP?

As the dust settles over the Delhi assembly elections and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) returns with an astounding victory within a year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strategists would be left wonderin

Citizens first must be the approach for Digital India

Technology is a boon for the society and governance, and it is there to stay. But technology is like salt in food. It has to be in right proportion: while one can manage with less salt, one cannot

India’s last-mile challenge

It is an unpalatable truth for prime minister Narendra Modi. The government still doesn’t have a coherent plan on how it’s going to pipe in high-speed internet broadband connectivity to

Why Chaturvedi’s shift to AAP govt won’t be easy

What can be seen as Delhi’s new government’s first major step in ensuring a corruption-free system , the name of the whistleblower officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi  has been proposed for

Deepak Parekh slams govt for talking and not acting

Chairman of HDFC Deepak Parekh, who has been praising and warning Modi government during the last few months, has come out in strong terms against the administration as India gets into budget seaso

Restore the splendour of the rusting steel frame

For a career bureaucrat, home secretary to the government of India is an aspirational position. Anil Goswami had attained it not by dint of his work but network. And that was an exception. In his s

Modi suit fetches record Rs 4.31 cr at Surat auction

It started with a quote of Rs 51 lakh and, finally prime minister Narendra Modi`s suit with his name woven into it in gold pinstripes has been lapped for Rs. 4.31 crore. On the final

How Modi’s smart cities vision is being diluted

Venkaiah Naidu is known for his plain speak and the union development minister displayed it in full measure recently at the opening address of a two-day consultation conference involving bureaucrat

Bringing social change with social media

Isn’t it a bit ironic that while social media has been harnessed increasingly for achieving political changes, it has yielded little result when it comes to delivering social changes? In that

Will change if land bill is against farmers, says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that "if there is anything against farmers in land acquisition bill, the government is ready to change it". Speaking on motion o

Jaitley’s budget prepares India for a big take off

Announcing a budget aimed at high growth finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered his first full-year budget with proposals to boost investment and benefits to ordinary people. "

PDP-BJP alliance: Dealing with differences

As the saying goes, politics is the art of the possible. A political drama on the same lines is unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir where the foes, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Pa

Hope on horizon in Sriperumbudur after PM speaks about Nokia plant revival

There is hope in the air. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s categorical statement on plans to revive Nokia plant at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu has breathed life into lives of thousands of worke

Lanka PM threatens to shoot Indian fishermen

Few weeks after Sri Lankan president’s visit to India and ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lanka, Ranil Wickramesinghe, Lankan prime minister has dropped a bombshell tha

Modi in Obama’s company with celebrities on net’s influential list

Time magazine says “it helps to be famous in real life. But the rise of social networks has leveled the playing field, allowing unknowns to command audiences rivaling those of real-world lead

‘Our heads hang in shame,’ says PM on crime against women

Prime minister Narendra Modi, who had kept silent on the entire controversy over the BBC documentary on the December 16 gangrape, has said, “Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances

Digital disruption for a better tomorrow

When India sent its last telegram on the late Sunday evening of July 14, 2013, it was perhaps not the first technology to reach the end of its lifecycle. However, the reason it made it big on news

Gandhi Jayanti and work ethic

Arguably the most cosmopolitan state, Goa is in the midst of a row over the Gandhi Jayanti holiday. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar is crying foul after the Congress raked up his government&rsquo

PM `deeply concerned` about nun`s gangrape; seeks immediate report

Expressing ‘deep concern’ over the gangrape of a 72-year-old nun in West Bengal and the attack on a church in Haryana, the prime minister has sought for immediate reports on these incid

DigiLocker gets good response from Modi’s Gujarat

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat has taken fancy to DigiLocker, the digital locker system launched by the government to securely store documents o

Modi visit effect: Rijiu promises citizenship to Lanka refugees

After prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka recently, union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday met Lankan refugees in Gummidipoondi town near Chennai and a

No internet is not a problem, you will get govt`s tweets offline

The day the supreme court scrapped section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act giving us the freedom to post anything on social media without any fear, prime minister Narendra Modi’s l

MUDRA Bank to be launched on April 8

Giving a major boost to the micro-finance sector prime minister Narendra Modi will launch MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Bank on April 8. Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his

Sonia’s Congress in no mood to get well soon

Just as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to a hospital in the US in 2011, a bouquet with a get-well-soon message was delivered at her residence early one morning. Sonia’s illness

Kashi and Kyoto – can the twain meet?

A s dusk sets in, Asi ghat comes to life. A stage has been set up and performers gather in colourful garb. Locals and tourists begin to occupy the steps of the ghat. Tea sellers and boatmen do bris

Swachh Vidhyalaya: Many schools still without toilets

`No toilet in school, UP girl out to relieve herself gangraped by seniors,` read a newspaper headline on March 30. The class V girl student was allegedly raped by two seniors from her school, when

Nigeria jumps into Sonia and Giriraj racist remark row

Nigeria, which just on Tuesday saw a peaceful presidential election, is angry with an Indian minister.  What has Nigeria got to do with a minister in India? Well, in a remark t

Wealth of poor fascinates PM, asks RBI for financial inclusion roadmap

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the Reserve Bank India to prepare 20-year roadmap for financial inclusion while focusing on the success of the prime minister’s jan dhan yojan,

Tobacco v/s beef and humans v/s cows

Chew tobacco but shun beef. If utterances of senior ministers are to be believed, this is the message of the Narendra Modi government. Union home minister Rajnath Singh has gone a step further and

How to make in India

The prime minister’s pre-election exhortation or invitation, as the case may be, “Make in India”, made headlines then, and has remained in the news. The Economic Survey, tabled in

BJP’s army to fight for land bill as party begins national meet

The BJP is deploying over 15 lakh party workers, who would be trained to reach out to people and spread the message of good work being done by the Modi government. Another mass contact programme be

Tobacco controversy: PM Modi seeks report from health ministry

Signaling the rethink over the tobacco panel that suggested cessation of pictorial warning on tobacco products, prime minister Narendra Modi has asked health minister JP Nadda to appoint a high-lev

Change lifestyle, otherwise eco fight will be a waste: Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the National Air Quality Index, to monitor pollution levels in 10 major cities and inaugurated the two-day conference of state environment ministers

Moody’s Investor Service changes India credit rating to positive

In the backdrop of record foreign exchange reserve in India’s kitty, there is one more good news that may strengthen the hands of prime minister Narendra Modi when he visits Europe this month

Digitising documents for better citizen service delivery

I am really happy that India’s de-facto CIO – department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) secretary RS Sharma – has started to talk about dematerialisation (demat

Culture must connect, not divide our world: PM Modi at UNESCO

Prime minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering of about1,300 distinguished guests at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the world cultural organisation on Frida

Rafale fighter jets to join IAF in two years, says Parrikar

Rafale fighter jets will be inducted in IAF in a span of two years. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday that French Rafale jet deal, announced by prime minister Narendra Modi on Frid

Resilient Varanasi

Varanasi, the oldest living town on planet, is prone to small-scale disaster as the frequency of small-scale disasters and natural ecosystem vulnerabilities has increased in five years. This was re

Retail inflation falls as financial agencies forecast 7.9% growth

India`s economic growth is expected to improve to 7.9 per cent in current fiscal year. This figure has been given by global rating agency Crisil and foreign brokerage Morgan Stanley in their report

Obama writes note on PM Modi in TIME magazine

Prime minister Narendra Modi features in the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people list and the short note

Govt has little time for important bills as parliament session resumes

Temperatures are going to rise both outside parliament and inside. Lok Sabha resumed its budget session after a break and Rajya Sabha sitting is from Aril 23. The debate over land bill is going to

This JAM clears bottlenecks

The focus on one number ID will soon become a passé. At a time when many developed countries like the US are harping on one ID that aims to shape their social landscape, India has coined a n

Minister Giriraj finally tenders apology for his Sonia Gandhi remark

Union minister Giriraj Singh on Monday expressed regret on the floor of Lok Sabha over his sexist remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “Meri baaton se agar kisi ko

Govt to look at social media content to fine-tune policies

People’s voices matter in a democracy and soon this political dictum will move beyond the realm of rhetoric to become a reality. What can be seen as a clear attempt to establish a ‘deli

Spend quality time with families, PM tells babus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked civil servants to practice effective time management and spend quality time with their families. Addressing a gathering of bureaucrats o

Net neutrality issue: Startups send SOS to Narendra Modi

India is one of the top countries that gives birth to startups and nurtures them. Net Neutrality is extremely important for this community of innovators. Without physical space the small units can

Net neutrality is at the heart of internet architect, say tech teachers

Fifty professors from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have issued a joint statement and sought net neutrality. The IIT faculty members are from Bombay, M

TRAI website down for making email IDs public

At a time when every Indian is busy saving the internet, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) latest move has made them the victims of the same internet. TRAI has revealed the e

Cabinet nod for Smart City projects, Atal rejuvenation mission

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet on Wednesday cleared 100 Smart City projects and Atal mission for rejuvenation and urban transformation of 500 cities. The government will spend around

PM Modi is the third most followed leader on Twitter

While prime minister Narendra Modi is among the top five in the `most followed` and `most influential people` list on Twitter, union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is the most followed for

Modifying Marxism

Shramev Jayate (Labour Prevails), the slogan coined by prime minister Narendra Modi, is not as seductive as Karl Marx’s exhortation, “Workers of the world unite”. But the essence

May Day: Just another day in the life of the worker

Twenty-three-year old Amit Sundriyal had been running for almost an hour when he heard the police siren. He ducked behind a shack, while turning sharply into a bylane in the opposite direction from

Replug: Stories you might have missed from the week gone by

Here are five special stories you must read this weekend International Labour Day

Net Neutrality debate: Can internet be neutral?

Popular e-commerce portal Flipkart has been advertising with the Times group. Recently, the e-retailer was contacted by Airtel, which offered to do the promotional job at two-third of the price. Th

Net neutrality has to be fiercely protected

The heart of the net neutrality debate in India is centred on three fundamental questions. First, is internet a public good? In theory, at least, it is. The Narendra Modi government seems to think

Delivery time for Narendra Modi govt

Remember the promo for the last season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’? A young woman from the northeast, delivering the punch line: ‘jaante sab hain ki Kohima India mein hai, maante k

Smart healthcare for a Smart India

Information technology (IT) has successfully reshaped our lives in ways unimaginable even a decade or two ago. The era of the telegram is now officially over and access to information is not just a

RTI: Signs of regressive forces at work

The RTI Act has caught the imagination of people and the way it has spread is appreciated and admired around the world. A great change has come in India in the last decade in the power equation bet

Media is not AAP

Modern media is not Aam Aadmi Party. Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should learn this and understand the difference. For raising voices, Kejriwal managed to throw out h

Is there no one to stand up for the working class?

India’s working class – organised, contract and unorganised – has never been as defenceless as now. The once formidable trade union movements have wilted under the onslaught of gl

Labour laws are not a problem to industrial development

Raghwan, a Fiji-born former trade unionist, is a senior specialist at the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) and responsible for trade unions in Asia and Pacific

Smart cities offer over $30 billion business opportunity to ICT industry: Nasscom

The smart cities mission will require a substantial investment in information and communication technologies (ICT). This will account for 10-15 percent of the total mission outlay and will translat

Modi talks tough but sets ambitious agenda for China ties

Talks were candid and outlook was ambitious. Prime minister Narendra Modi was candid in his official talks with the Chinese leaders as he touched border issue while setting an ambitious agenda for

Chinese business leaders ready for Make in India

These numbers may not tell much but the spirit is big and intention worth discovering.  21 business agreements worth $ 22 billion were signed between Indian and Chinese companies on Saturday a

Samsung, LG and Hyundai on Modi’s Korean agenda

India and South Korea have agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to `Special Strategic Partnership`. This was disclosed by prime minister Narendra Modi after both the countries signed seven

PM Modi’s one year through selfies

Prime minister Narendra Modi is good with selfies. His latest selfie with Chinese premier Li Keqiang created a buzz across the world and was shared widely on social media. The selfie also prompted

Notification on Delhi power structure issued, LG is the boss

The union home ministry on Friday issued a notification clarifying distribution of power between Delhi`s lieutenant governor and the chief minister. According to the MHA notification

Kejriwal charges LG of transfer business, calls Modi as queen

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, after casting aspersions on the character of his officials, has now started throwing mud at the office of lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and prime minister Na

Selection of heads for information commission and vigilance panel today

Finally, after months of being headless, the prime minister-led selection committees will on Saturday decide the names of chiefs of central information commission (CIC) and central vigilance commis

Haven`t the bad days gone away, Modi asks at first anniversary rally

Addressing first of BJP`s 200 big rallies on NDA`s first anniversary on Monday, prime minister Narendra Modi  asked “haven`t the bad days gone away?”. This was his way of answering

Ficci hails Modi govt’s positive sentiment and CII sees new growth narrative

On the first anniversary of Narendra Modi government the Indian industry organizations see positive sentiment in the country and credit the administration of restoring investors’ confidence a

The state of opposition

A year ago, there were people even outside BJP who made it their own mission to see Narendra Modi as prime minister. Today, many of them are restless and impatient. And yet Modi remains popular; a

Share your thoughts with me on Twitter: PM on his one year in office

Addressing the nation on the first anniversary of his office, prime minister Narendra Modi wrote an open letter to the people on Tuesday. The letter, in the form of a newspaper advertisement, highl

Kejriwal out to spoil BJP’s anniversary party and it is not a wise strategy

The battle is political and should be fought in a sustained manner. However, the timing of Arvind Kejriwal’s belligerence on Delhi power sharing issue during the first anniversary celebration

Write to Modi: PM now ready to receive your emails

It may not be best of the ways democracy functions, where every official has to discharge their duties, but India seems to work differently. Now, citizens of India can directly write to prime minis

Modi`s key initiatives: Analysis

Prime minister Narendra Modi completes his one year in office on Monday. Governance Now has reviewed some of his key promises and initiatives taken in one year and what needs to be done in near fut

Smart cities: A new route to planned urbanisation

The discussion on smart cities started off with a bang about a year ago, with the ascent of the NDA-II to power. There were expectations of a magical package with a financial bonanza.

What labour law reforms imply

Since the opening up of the Indian economy in 1991 an issue has been prominently raised by the government that huge investment is needed to boost economic growth. It is assumed that once economic g

Lalu opens his cards

Lalu Yadav never ceases to surprise his opponents, supporters, alliance partners and political analysts with his maverick political actions. When everyone took him for granted as a partner in Janat

Needless controversy over yoga in schools

In the age of unhealthy food habits and polluted atmosphere, yoga presents most cost effective preventive method and means for staying healthy. It is nothing to do with religion or community. But n

Soft Sushma under attack but real target is Narendra Modi

Delhi Police on Monday beefed up security outside Sushma Swaraj`s residence in Delhi but the foreign minister faces relentless attack on the issue of her role in Lalit Modi controversy.

Lalit Modi’s name dropping makes it miserable for Sushma

Lalit Modi is keeping the pot boiling and adding to the discomfort of Sushma Swaraj even as the Congress attack questioned Narendra Modi on why he was protecting his foreign minister and termed the

Nasscom, IESA gear up for Digital India, launch on July 1

Prime minister Narendra Modi will formally launch the Digital India programme on July 1, said communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The minister was speaking at a MoU signing agreemen

Contours of a new architecture of governance

Bureaucratic notings on files, if collated, compiled and studied as a subject, would give interesting insights into the culture of India’s administration. One such series of notings is still

Emergency bomb: Advani provides fodder to Modi & BJP foes

It is hard to believe that in the age of social media activism in India there is a possibility of emergency-like situation in the country. But BJP leader LK Advani did allude to such a scenario and

Don`t shy away from yoga benefits, says WHO as Delhi gets ready to bend

Notwithstanding needless controversies and posturing by pseudo-secularists, yoga is relevant in current India, suffering from effects economic growth. Those are skeptical should unde

No clarity on Sriperumbudur Nokia plant revival

It has been more than three months the prime minister Narendra Modi indicated his government’s plan to

Govt staff beat Monday blues, in office before 9 in Delhi

Monday blues are a cliché in central government now. After the Narnedra Modi government’s directive and host of measures to ensure a different work culture, there seems to be remarkabl

Remoulding the Steel Frame

Some five years ago NR Narayana Murthy, one of the founders of Infosys Technologies, called for abolishing the Indian administrative services (IAS) and replacing it with an ‘Indian management

#SelfieWithDaughter: How India celebrated the girl child

People from across the country flooded social media with the selfie taken with their daughters. Praising the Haryana sarpanch Sunil Jaglan, whose idea of #SelfieWithDaughter went viral on the web,

Vasundhara Raje and Lalit Modi are business partners, says Cong with proof

Unrelenting in its attacks, the Congress party on Monday alleged that Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Lalit Modi were business partners. Lalit Modi and Vasundhara Raje c

PM Modi need not reply to everything, says minister VK Singh

Prime minister Narendra Modi need not have to react to everything, says minister of state VK Singh and sees conspiracy behind television channels reporting on Lalit Modi issue. He also dismissed cr

Size does not matter. Efficiency does

On assumption of office, prime minister Narendra Modi had emphasised the governance mantra, “maximum governance with minimum government”. In the formation of the government he kept the

Intense politics forces PMO to clarify on denial of Kejriwal’s date with PM

Even administrative matters are being political colour and the Prime minister`s office (PMO) is being dragged into these issues, which seems strange, and somewhat silly. The PMO has been forced to

Swachh Bharat: How is it possible without toilets?

The Narendra Modi government has promised that every household in India will have toilets by 2019. This also accounts for complete eradication of open defecation. The construction of toilets with t

India reduces open defecation by 31 percent: UN report

India has ‘moderately’ reduced open defecation by 31 percent since 1990 but succeeded significantly in providing access to improved drinking water to more people in urban and rural area

Industrialists pledge billions as PM launches Digital India

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched Digital India initiative in the presence of top industrialist of the country and an audience of nearly 10,000 people. While sharing

Fitch joins Moody’s, warns of weak business environment

After global rating giant Moody’s warning that there were growing concerns about risk of policy stagnation in India and “some disappointment” over the pace of reforms under the Mo

Green signal for policy to make skill development aspirational for youth

The union cabinet has cleared a three-tiered institutional framework for national skill development mission under the new skill development policy. Announcing cabinet okay for variou

India to get Centre of Excellence for internet of things in Bengaluru

Prime minister Narendra Modi has announced the launch of The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IoT (internet of things) in Bengaluru to enable rapid adoption of IoT technology and to foster new growth

Agri sector gets a boost with Rs 50,000 crore scheme

The government has unveiled an ambitious programme to increase agriculture sector output and efficient management of water resources. For this it will spend Rs 50,000 crore over the next five years

Modest charity

The media make parrots out of us. Instead of working things out for ourselves, we are taught to repeat formulae by rote. The formula on Greece is well known. It went on borrowing as if there was no

Cong fires at PM from Dulat’s shoulder

Congress party has now found its voice to directly attack prime minister Narendra Modi instead of indirect barbs of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje episodes. On Friday, the party raked up

PM`s digital dialogue with tech enthusiasts on Digital India

Prime minister Narendra Modi has said on Saturday that the ‘overwhelming’ response he has received on the ‘Digital India’ initiative has inspired him to hold a ‘Digita

Morning briefings: Woman cop, who was recruited through MP Vyapam, found dead near police academy in Sagar

Trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through Vyapam, found dead near Madhya Pradesh police academy in Sagar. Her body was found in a lake. Anamika Kushwaha was recruited throug

India wants digital revolution and m-governance in every hand: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while calling technology as simple and a brilliant way to serve people, he declared that India is yearning for a digital revolution and m-governance is about governanc

Implement family planning for Muslims: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena sought proper intervention as the increasing population of Muslims in the country will cause language and geographical imbalance and asked prime minister Narendra Modi to ensure that

M-governance is about monitoring big time announcements

"Digital India" meet on July 1 turned out to an investment meet as the captains of the industry announced in 150 seconds allotted to each one of them how much investment they are going to

Morning briefing: Modi in Russia for BRICS & SCO summits, to meet Xi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here at Ufa (Russia) today on a three-day visit to attend the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits. During his visit he is expected to meet C

Morning briefing: Supreme court to take a call on CBI probe into Vyapam scam today

The Supreme Court will take up the plea for a CBI probe in the Vyapam scam today. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had declared on Wednesday that he would also back such a reques

Nitish Kumar mocks PM Modi’s foreign visits

Nitish Kumar, who has prime ministerial ambition, took a dig at prime minister Narendra Modi’s visits abroad and said that it is a blessing that Modi "spends some time in the country als

Leverage numbers and strength, Modi tells BRICS nations

Making a strong case for economic cooperation among the BRICS nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today “we need to see our strengths and then cooperate on skill development”.

Modi-Sharif meeting sets stage for NSA-level talks

It was a cold and chilly morning in Ufa, Russia. And, India and Pakistan took a baby step in thawing the bilateral relations. Prime minister Narendra Modi while raising the issue of terror, agreed

Narendra Modi’s silence is as eloquent as deafening din

Silence is a weapon whose efficacy can only be realised in the battleground of ethics and morality. It proves highly ineffective or even counterproductive when used as a substitute for chicanery. N

Ashis Nandy`s prognosis: "I am afraid we are in trouble"

Ashis Nandy is arguably India’s most formidable public intellectual of his generation – and often the most controversial too, for his maverick and unusual

Morning briefings: PM Modi`s meeting on land bill today, oppn CMs skip it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of NITI Aayog`s governing council, of which all chief ministers are a part, with the land acquisition Bill as the main agenda. However, the chief m

Morning briefing: PM`s Jammu visit triggers Pak firing, woman killed

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi`s visit to Jammu tomorrow (July 17), Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas that left a 42-year-old woman

PM Modi and Rahul in political shootout

Today is the day of loaded political discourse that can also serve as lessons to politicians. While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remained stuck to the rhetorical mud-slinging, prime minister Narend

Morning briefing: Kejriwal to meet Delhi police chief over law and order issue today

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi today (Monday) to discuss law and order in the city. the immediate provocation is murder of a 19-year-old girl, sta

Bibipur: It’s not just the ‘selfie’ that has clicked

The photograph of the Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s ‘selfie’ with American president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron at South African leader

Move forward on land bill is the request of the prime minister

Responsibility to run parliament has to be shared by all, said prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday at meeting of political parties convened on the eve of the monsoon session.  The all-party

Govt’s new job portal to help private companies too

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled the government’s job board called National Career Se

The Economist’s politics

India’s malnutrition is back in international news, and for rather intriguing reasons. Some nasty articles have appeared in one of the most prestigious international magazines, the Economist

Morning briefing: Parliament`s stormy monsoon session begins today

Parliament is set for confrontation between the Opposition-led by Congress and the government. The Narendra Modi government will be hauled up over Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi episode. External affai

Sushma ready for debate but unrelenting opposition parties force RS adjournment

The monsoon session of the parliament began on Tuesday. Even though the government is willing the opposition is not ready to allow the session to proceed smoothly. At the parliament

Vyapam links are yet to be exposed: Dr Anand Rai

The Vyapam scam took place in Madhya Pradesh, but fraudsters involved in it are spread across states like Rajasthan, Bihar, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh – making it necessary for an inter-st

Kejriwal’s faux pas on women’s panel deliberate?

Was that deliberate act or plain negligence in not sending Delhi Commission for Women file to the lieutenent governor? However, as the courts are busy hearing cases relating to division of power in

Morning briefing: Kalam’s funeral in Rameswaram with full state honours

The funeral of former President APJ Abdul Kalam is being held in Rameswaram today with full military honours. Prime minister Narendra Modi, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and few chief ministers

Will Bihar’s poll bonanza break the state?

Bihar may have had the luxury of revenue surplus budget of Rs 11,980 crore, but the way Nitish Kumar is dishing out bonanza after bonanza to various sectors of the poll-bound state, the new governm

No meaningful proceedings till resignations, says tough-talking Sonia

Parliamentary majority does not give anyone a license to escape accountability, said Sonia Gandhi on Monday morning and dashed to ground any hopes the government was harbouring on resumption of bus

`Hurt` Nitish to cash in on PM’s DNA remark

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has sent a backhanded compliment to Narendra Modi in an open letter to the prime minister while objecting to his DNA remark during a rally in Bihar.

Naga peace pact: Why is Sonia Gandhi angry?

In a surprise outburst, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today (Thursday) slammed the Modi government over the process of Naga peace pact while ignoring the spirit of the agreement. S

Jaya serves lunch to Modi but state BJP feels discomfort

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa plays perfect luncheon host to prime minister Narendra Modi and leaves the TN BJP confused. With elections around the corner, Jayalalithaa al

An increasingly ungovernable nation

There have been petitions in court and the press council against certain news portals for promoting pornographic material in the garb of information. Similar petitions were also filed against certa

PM Modi utters Emergency word while targeting Cong

The Rajya Sabha worked for just over nine hours of the 17-day session monsoon session of parliament, which ended today. Key legislation like the goods and services tax bill is pending in the RS.

PM puts spotlight on farmers but industry too is happy with his independence day speech

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s independence day speech, his second, focused on farmers in most specific manner and there are reasons behind the details. The land acquisition bill, which is

Bihar finally gets polls special package

It was a big bang announcement for Bihar. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced a special package worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore, and an addition fund of Rs 40,000 crore for the poll-bound Bihar on Tues

Bengaluru polls: Cong lost grace too?

In a democracy political parties lose elections and some are won. And in a century of its existence the Congress party has many humiliating defeats and unbelievable victories. However, the party do

Morning briefing: Hardik Patel calls for Gujarat bandh, Whatsapp and SMS suspended to contain rumour mongering

Patels community leader Hardik Patel has called for a bandh in Gujarat today. In a late night message on WhatsApp, he also said, "I make an appeal to maintain peace and keep calm." 

PM goes on TV to seek peace in his home state

Prime minister Narendra Modi called for calm in Gujarat as violence rocked parts of the state. “We can reach a solution through negotiations,” Modi said in Gujarati in his first reactio

Nitish’s dil ki baat is worth Rs 2.70 lakh crore

Battle for Bihar has become a battle of numbers. In his bid to upstage prime minister Narendra Modi`s Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar, state chief minister Nitish Kumar today unveiled

Modi finally dumps land bill to clear way for GST bill and Bihar polls

Speaking directly to the people India, prime minister Narendra Modi today announced that the government will not re-promulgate the land acquisition ordinance which expires tomorrow and declared r

Morning briefing: Oil prices drop by 3%, India cuts fuel prices

Oil prices fell nearly by 3% in Asian trade on Tuesday, with investors covering short positions and taking profits after Brent and US crude soared more than 8% in the previous session. Both Brent a

PM Modi reveals secrets of his oratory

In the age of prepared speech, notes or teleprompter (A teleprompter is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script), the secret formula o

With 5-year revision OROP comes into effect

“Despite the huge fiscal burden, given its commitment to the welfare of ex-servicemen, the government has taken a decision to implement the OROP,” said defence minister Manohar Parrik

Jaya praises PM at hugely successful investor meet of TN

"The Global Investors Meet had targeted investment commitments of Rs 1 lakh crore, which has already been exceeded. I am very confident that further commitments would be made over these two da

Narendra Modi brings back pride in Indians, his ratings take a leap

On his birthday there was a gift in numbers. Prime minister Narendra Modi`s favourability ratings have jumped to 87 per cent, according to a latest Pew survey released on Thursday. 

Why Modi’s US visit divides Patels

Reservation politics of Gujarat is playing a big role overseas and has divided the Patel community in the US. An influential section of the Patel community is opposed to a planned rally this week a

Prime minister gets 55,000 calls on better governance

Prime minister Narendra Modi has acknowledged that 55,000 people had made phone calls to give suggestions on better governance. These 55,000 calls came from all parts of India, from Siachen in the

Morning briefing: WhatsApp, social media out of encryption policy

A day after witnessing huge protest against its Encryption Policy, the government has decided to exempt WhatsApp and social media sites from it. The proposed policy, issued by the department of ele

Morning briefing: Embarrassed Kejriwal asks Somnath Bharti to surrender

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that his party MLA Somnath Bharti is becoming an `embarrassment` for the party and his family. Asking Bharti to surr

After DRDO, woman chief for NIC

The national informatics centre (NIC) will have woman director general. Neeta Verma, the deputy director general of the NIC, has been appointed as the head of the informatics centre, which is the t

Modi dines with Fortune 500 CEOs, business bosses ask for more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top CEOs in the US, listing the various sectors that India has opened up for investments and inviting the US business leaders to `Make in India`. How

When India rekindled Zuckerberg`s belief in Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has had his belief in his company reinforced by India. This was confessed by Zuckerberg himself as he hosted prime minister Narendra Modi on sunday at the headquart

AAP wants make India first while Cong rambles around on Modi’s US visit

As prime minister Narendra Modi invites business leaders to invest in India in Digital India and other initiatives, Taking potshots at the Prime Minister’s, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriw

BJP’s vision for Bihar is a charter of development

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s election meeting in Bihar tomorrow, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today released its vision document for the Bihar assembly elections.

Morning briefing: Modi holds talks with German chancellor today

Prime minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold wide-ranging talks today (Monday) in Delhi to significantly scale up bilateral relations in an array of key sectors with s

Bihar needs to cast out its past and go for development agenda

Should caste make sense when development brings a generation of changes? Is Lalu Prasad Yadav relevant in Bihar? Bihar may not change overnight but it can make an attempt in this ass

India goes for project fast tracking pact with Germany

India and Germany inked 18 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in various fields including higher education, civil aviation, railways and food safety and signed an agreement, first o

Morning briefing: Modi tweets to `vote in large numbers` as Bihar polls begin

Voting for the first phase of assembly elections  in 49 constituencies is underway in Bihar today. Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted "Urging all those voting today in Bihar t

On a sticky wicket

With the Bihar elections round the corner, there is animated debate about its probable outcome. These elections will be an acid test for the leadership of the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), and the

Morning briefing: Kashmir bandh today over man`s death in beef battle

Kashmir is observing bandh today in protest against the death on Sunday of a man who was critically injured 10 days ago, after his truck was fire-bombed in Udhampur on rumours that he had slaughter

Huge response to Andhra Pradesh capital project

Initial response has been very encouraging as prime minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for the new capital of the Andhra Pradesh on October 22. The state government’s initiative to

Morning briefing: PM Modi in Kashmir today, may announce economic package

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Jammu and Kashmir today, his first visit after the PDP-BJP coalition came to power in the state. He will address a public meeting at the Sher-i-Kashmir crick

Morning briefing: Opposition submits notice for debate in parliament against ‘intolerance’

In the run-up to the winter session of Parliament, opposition parties have started a coordinated effort to demand a debate on the issue of "growing intolerance" and passage of a resolutio

Modi swears by consensus and Constitution in LS

In a mellowed tone that reflected the reality of current political situation, prime minister Narendra Modi today said that consensus was a democracy’s greatest strength and cooperation empowe

Morning briefing: Cong scores in rural Gujarat, BJP retains urban areas in civic polls

The Congress has made a comeback in the rural areas of Gujarat and won 21 of the 31 district panchayats, while the BJP retained its hold over urban pockets clinching all six municipal corporations

Common sense approach is govt’s mantra, says prime minister Modi

The path his government has chosen is one that uses common sense to solve problems, declared prime minister Narendra Modi today. Making it clear that there is no one right way to ma

Morning briefing: Rs 10,000 cr sanitation programme is total failure, says CAG report

In the past five years, almost Rs. 10,000 crore has been spent on rural sanitation with not much to show for results, says a report of the Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG). It was table

Morning briefing: Swaraj to make statement in parliament today on India-Pak talks

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is set to make a statement in both houses of Parliament today on her two-day visit to Pakistan and the resumption of bilateral talks. “I will make a st

Morning briefing: Modi to visit Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha from today

Prime minister Narendra Modi will from Friday (February 5) begin his three-day visit to Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. He will conclude his visit on February 7. Today, Modi will inaugurate the 1

Startup India: Look who needs an incubator first

It is not very often that government-led programmes actually enthuse the target groups. From that viewpoint, the Startup India event was indeed an applauding success. As chronicled by a multitude o

Make in India: Rs 15.20 lakh crore investment promised

The just concluded Make In India Week has garnered business commitment of Rs 15.20 lakh crore in investment from global and domestic companies – of which  close to Rs 8 lakh crore will g

Modi quotes Rajiv, Somnath; should’ve also quoted Sushma, Jaitley

Prime minister Narendra Modi, replying to the debate after the president’s address, once again called on the opposition to cooperate in pushing ahead parliamentary business and pending legisl

Extend sessions by a day to discuss development issues: Modi to MPs

Prime minister Narendra Modi has advised the members of parliament to sit for one more day in the session to discuss development issues. Addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Modi said that there s

Food security act still missing in Congress-ruled states, says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at Congress’s pet project, National Food Security Act (NFSA), by saying that four states, out of 11 which “hurriedly” agreed to the Act, h

“#OccupyYamuna”? Before Sri Sri’s extravaganza, it was Akshardham

Going by the activities over the years in the riverbed and floodplains in Delhi, there seems to be a veritable #OccupyYamuna campaign going on. Sri Sri Ravishankar’s

Yamuna is dirty because Modi hates Kejriwal!

It may sound odd but the Yamuna, the venue of the three-day long World Cultural Festival being organised by Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravishankar, is flowing dirty because prime minister

I didn’t call the army: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said his government was not responsible for calling the army for making pontoon bridges over the Yamuna river for the World Culture Festival of

And the show goes on – with Modi on WCF dais

Activists, courts, and finally even the rain could not stop Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s World Culture Festival. Prime minister Narendra Modi too ignored alerts about its rickety dais and attended

Ishrat Files: Encountering truth

As Ishrat Jahan Raza is once again making headlines from beyond the grave, her family in a small town near Mumbai has to force itself further behind the veil. On a March afternoon, I climb up four

Under Modi rule, RTI rejection rate goes up

Major findings from the aggregated statistics: Trends in RTI statistics reporting: Only 2,030 public authorities under the government of India regis

India takes steps to tackle nuclear terror

Taking a hard stand on terrorism and nuclear smuggling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced several initiatives on the final day of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on Friday. The summi

Khadi: Not just for sake of appearances

There has been a sudden revival of “nationalism” – at least of one version of it, and yet it is difficult to imagine that not long ago, one of the prime symbols of nationalism was

Key takeaways from PM Modi’s Saudi Arabia visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day tour of Saudi Arabia came to an end on Sunday. He is the fourth Indian PM to visit the Gulf kingdom after Dr Manmohan Singh in 2010, Indira Gandhi in 19

Plug the loopholes and get back black money

Filmstars and business tycoons are among the 500 Indian names that were revealed through the Panama Papers, which are over 11 million leaked documents – bringing into focus black money, a pol

NCR travel becomes pocket friendly

Prime minister Narendra Modi today distributed 2,000 e-rickshaws to beneficiaries in Ghaziabad and 1,000 each for Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida to promote the Stand up India scheme. The scheme aims to p

Withering threads: Why the weaver of famous Banarasi silk saree is unhappy

The call of the muezzin and chiming temple bells break the stillness of air over Ganga as Rehaan Hasan wakes up for the day. Now in his sixties – he does not know his exact age – Rehaan

PM suggests involving business groups for tiger conservation

Calling conservation a means to achieve development, prime minister Narendra Modi said that various business groups can be involved in tiger protection programme through corporate social responsibi

PM Narendra Modi to visit J&K

Amidst rising tension over killing of four youths in firing by the army in north Kashmir and continuing protests across the Valley, prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the border sta

How a 22-year old man’s arrest has kept Gujarat on the edge for months

Gujarat witnessed violence in 2015 when the Patidar community stood together to demand reservation for Patels in OBC (Other Backward Class) quota.  It’s been nine months since then but t

Reform to perform to transform: Modi to civil servants

Prime minister Narendra Modi conferred PM Awards for Excellence in Public Administration to civil servants on Thursday. These awards aim to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and i

Eradicating poverty in India a Sisyphean task

The Narendra Modi government wants to banish poverty from India by the year 2032, a target that is ambitious and fraught with potential pitfalls. The government has thrashed out an a

RTI Act: Why citizens must send a strong message to MPs

There is a very disturbing news report about the entire political spectrum agreeing that RTI is misused and some constrictions and impediments should be developed to muzzle it. This is indeed a sad

You need Rs 5 more than we do, NREGA workers tell Modi

Hundreds of workers in Manika block of Jharkhand’s Latehar district have sent Rs 5 to prime minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday. They were protesting against the measly increase of NREGA wages

India to end open defecation and save people the blushes

An estimated half of India’s 1.2 billion people do not have access to toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. Ram Kripal Yadav, minister of state for drinking water and sanitatio

‘India on negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom’

There are many people who believe that after Anupam Kher’s spirited defence of the prime minister at a debate in Kolkata, it is proven that there has been no intolerance in India. But the US

India still in the dark on black money

 In a written reply to the rajya sabha, minister for state for finance, Jayant Sinha said, “Determination of black money sent to foreign countries is subject to investigation and other f

Two years of NDA: Transparency and accountability issues persist

The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) said that there has been no progress on anti-corruption legislations and even existing legislations and mechanisms are being un

Judiciary summer breaks: The jury is out

“My Lords, yours is a strange world indeed. Your year comprises of five months, your week comprises of five days and your day comprises of five hours.”  It

To be on vacation or not to be is the question

The debate over the practice of summer vacations in the Indian judiciary has been reignited after the chief justice of India, Tirath Singh Thakur, stood in a defensive mode against prime minister N

High decibel celebration over two years of NaMo government

 The electoral victory in Assam has come just in time for the Narendra Modi government to celebrate its second anniversary with aplomb. “We used to dream of this [forming gover

“India could also be a target [of the Daesh]”

The news from war-ravaged Afghanistan is not encouraging: a resurgent Taliban, an increasing Islamic State footprint, a fractious government and a weak security force. This year has already see

Swiss support India’s bid to enter NSG

India got support from Switzerland as it mounted a bid to enter the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the move coming on a day when Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was in Geneva where he cal

Modi’s Swiss sojourn

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s quick visit to Geneva had all the headline-grabbing thematic ingredients—black money, a nuclear issue, and a trade deal. Modi, in a press statemen

Figures of speech: Modi as statesman on world stage

EQUALITY The idea that all citizens are created equal is a central pillar of the American constitution. Our founding fathers too shared the same belief and sought in

Five stories you must read over the weekend

They live as whole families in small straw huts they made with their bare hands, on a patch of land miles away from the nearest town. It looks desolate. But it is, they tell me, “p

Ministers to decide on additional charge of CMD, MD in CPSEs

 The appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) has delegated its power to approve additional charge arrangements of the board level posts in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) to the

Pakistani Hindus facing a humanitarian crisis

The hope of relative safety of a religious majority as well as the fear of maiming and mutilation following partition forced mass exodus from either sides of the new border. The 1951 census of Paki

Why shipping in Ganga may not be that good an idea

The government has planned to promote navigation in rivers, including the mighty Ganga. Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

NITI Aayog pitches for mega coastal economic zones to create jobs

Ever since the Narendra Modi-led BJP has come to power at the Centre, it has been highlighting creation of jobs as one of its major objectives. In an action plan, the NITI Aayog has strongly pitche

The origins of Rajan exit: the speech that ruffled feathers

Just when did Dr Raghuram Rajan’s equations with the new government start going downhill? In hindsight, there will be many remarks and decisions that will fit the bill. A speech at IIT Delhi

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

How Delhi celebrated international yoga day

The second edition of International Yoga Day is being celebrated in India and across the world. Prime minister Narendra Modi joined over 30,000 people at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh to celebr

Brand Modi changing the rules

There is something unique in Narendra Modi, even his enemies will admit that. The kind of stir his foreign trips create and the impact they leave is something that has not been witnessed before. Hi

I am not scared of FIR: Kejriwal

Launching a counter offensive against prime minister Narendra Modi over his name being included in the FIR in the alleged Rs 400-crore tanker scam, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that

Swamy spin on Modi narrative: ‘Core eco sectors are not performing’

With friends like this, Narendra Modi does not need enemies. Subramanian Swamy has tasted success and he is continuing his nation-building mission with all the more zeal.

PM Modi says Rajan is patriotic, loves India

In what has come as too late a reaction from the highest echelons of government  on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s decision to quit following open criticism by the BJP MP Subramanian Swam

Is Modi`s `snub` to Swamy too late, now that damage is done?

Is Modi`s `snub` to Swamy too late, now t

Seven new ministers have criminal cases against them

Among newly inducted cabinet ministers, three ministers have declared serious criminal cases. In all, 14 ministers have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to attempt to murder,

Modi inducts 19 ministers in cabinet, sacks five

Prime minister Narendra Modi expanded his cabinet with 19 new ministers of states who were inducted into the union council of ministers on Tuesday. The new ministers took oath at a ceremony held at

Smriti Irani no more fire and brimstone

Smriti Zubin Irani’s fall from grace is dramatic. The minister who would regularly wade into nasty controversies had it coming all this while and one needn’t be taken aback.

A new poverty line being considered

The Narendra Modi led BJP government may soon come out with a new poverty line after various controversies surrounding the issue during the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

Five things to know about political strategist Prashant Kishor

Political strategists often remain low-profile and prefer to be in the background. But Prashant Kishor grabbed headlines soon after BJP’s mammoth victory in the 2014 general elections. There

Is Kejriwal going the Modi way?

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to take on prime minister Narendra Modi’s mass media outreach programme ‘Mann ki baat’ on All India Radio by launching his online web te

Who will reform the idea of reform?

For the last one month, India has been wallowing in a cool, scented pool of self-congratulation over the 25th anniversary of economic reform that began in July 1991. But as has been well said, what

In Anandiben’s Gujarat, dalits are lining up to die

 At least a dozen youngsters from scheduled caste (SC) communities have attempted suicide this week in various small towns in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, protesting against the state governm

BJP to feel the heat on NSG and Kashmir from Congress

A combative Congress will raise issues like the ongoing violence in Kashmir and the fiasco of India’s unsuccessful attempt to join the Nuclear Supplier’s Group [NSG] in the monsoon sess

Price rise: Rahul Gandhi pulls up Modi government

 Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took the Modi government to task for price rise, particularly of food items like lentils. “Today in villages people are raisin

1,175 obsolete laws repealed

The government continues to focus on the repeal of obsolete laws in an effort to make the legal system more contemporary. As of May 13, the parliament had repealed 1,175 of 1,827 laws ide

Forget progress on Lokpal, we are going backwards

 The Lokpal law that was enacted after decades of debate and demand for an anti-corruption institution was dealt a severe blow as an amendment bill was introduced and passed by parliament in l

All about Anandiben

Following recent unrest in Gujarat, chief minister Anandiben Patel posted her resignation letter on her official website, linked to Facebook and Twitter. As the BJP parliamentary board decides over

So near, yet so agonisingly far

India’s claim to the full-fledged membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) comes at an opportune time when most of the nations in the international system are knocking at the door of

That’s enough: Modi’s stern message to cow vigilantes

 "If you have a problem, if you feel like attacking someone, attack me, not my dalit brothers. If you want to shoot anyone, shoot me, not my dalit brothers," declared Modi in his ste

Modi’s statement on PSU show preference for revival

Prime minister Narendra Modi, during his independence day speech on Monday, said that public-sector behemoths like Air India and BSNL are now making profits. His reference to turning around of loss

Modi puts Pakistan in its place

A combative Narendra Modi on August 15 prised open the fault lines within Pakistan, touching upon Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in a move that will definitely leave Islamabad squi

Won’t cow down to cow-protectors

How can people divided into thousands of castes be a nation?” This was a basic question raised by Dr BR Ambedkar during the freedom struggle. According to him, without annihilation of caste,

"If PM had expelled Telangana MLA, that would have sent a stronger message"

Dalit atrocity in Gujarat has highlighted the plight of people fighting with the social stigma even after seven decades of independence. In an interview with Jasleen Kaur

Beware of dalit fury

A mass mobilisation of dalits is now taking place across the country, a move that may well change the way they have been treated over the years. The dalits are upset, particularly after four of the

And dirty flows the Ganga

“The river [Ganga] is no ordinary image in which the divine has come to dwell. She is celestial-unmediated and immediate. Whatever is holy, whatever is merciful, whatever is utterly auspiciou

This bus stop is the health centre in PM’s model village

Grey haired Tara Devi could scarcely believe her ears when prime minister Narendra Modi made the grand announcement that her village Jayapur in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency would be turned i

Find lasting solution to Kashmir turmoil, PM tells leaders

“There has to be a dialogue,” Modi told the 21-member legislators group led by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah that came calling on him on Monday morning.  Modi ac

Jignesh Mevani on why the dalit movement cannot fail

When a group of upper-caste ‘cow protection’ vigilantes flogged four dalits for skinning a dead cow (and went on to even record a video clipping of the beating) in Mota Samadhiyala

“Swachh Bharat represents toilet users, not toilet cleaners”

As the government plans to build 12 crore toilets by 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Magsaysay award winner questions who will clean these toilets and how many people will die cleani

It’s the best time to address Kashmir problem: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti said that the best time to solve Kashmir’s problem was now – when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had absolute majority in the parliament. “If it does not happen n

PM launches SAUNI Project in Gujarat

Giving support to farmers of Saurashtra, Gujarat, prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the Saurashtra Narmada Avatarana Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI) project on Tuesday a

BPL families in hilly regions to get LPG connections

The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has decided to extend the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to the people of hilly states including north-east states by treating th

Modi’s Balochistan game plan

Prof Naela Quadri Baloch landed in New Delhi in April. Her mission was to canvass support of the Narendra Modi government for the independent

“Now we know we can become the next Bangladesh”

Mir Mazdak Dilshad Baloch is one of those who have been spearheading an independence movement in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. The freedom movement received a shot in t

Fight corruption, black money, says Modi at G20

Modi said that G20 should work towards absolutely zero tolerance on black money and corruption. “This will benefit the entire world.” Addressing world leaders at

Modi’s Balochistan plan: From moral ascendancy to smart mind games

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address to the nation with references to Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) set the cat among the pigeon

Ganga dam(ned)

The government aims to profit from the longest river of the country by using it as a water highway. It has expressed interest in dredging lengthy stretches of the Ganga, building barrages and thus

We have plan for revival of MTNL: Manoj Sinha, MoS Telecom

Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha, who doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a spade, has also taken charge of the telecom ministry, which is conducting the largest-ever spectrum auct

SAUNI yojana: Saurashtra is no longer bone dry

Gopalbhai Patel, a 51-year-old farmer of Bagthala village in Rajkot district of Gujarat, has always looked at the skies in monsoon, wishing it to rain copiously so that he can grow his crop

Modi celebrates b’day with specially abled children

Vivek and Ritesh, both six-years-old, from Amerli district were clueless when they sensed sound for the first time in their life. A sense of amusement, mixed with fear, was visible on th

All you wanted to know about Income Declaration Scheme*

Black money, since the colonial times, has been the elephant in the room: it is everywhere and yet rarely talked about. In recent years, however, the middle class has become more strident i

“We cannot afford to do business with black money”

How is the response to the IDS? The response has been good. A number of declarations have come and there have been a large number of inquiries too.

Govt looking for new joint MD to steer AI revival

 The government is seeking to hire a new joint managing director to steer Air India Ltd’s turnaround and debt restructuring plan.   According to a news report

Time to end the marriage of bad money and bad politics

Black money is essentially a popular name for black economy. By now it has ‘evolved’ into a grey, that is an indistinguishable mixture of black (i.e., illegal-immoral) and white (i.e.,

Hindustan Diamond Company Private Limited to be wound up

 A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for initiating the process of winding up of Hindustan Diamond Company P

Richardson & Cruddas to come out of BIFR purview

 The cabinet on Wednesday approved the conversion of government of India loan into equity and waiver of interest in respect of Richardson & Cruddas (1972) Ltd.  In a meeting

“But for black economy, each one of us would have been seven times richer”

What do the income disclosure or amnesty schemes reflect on the government? What it suggests is that the government under the normal schemes is not able to take care

Few Indians approve of the way Modi is tackling Pakistan, says Pew report

“Just 22 percent of the public approves of Modi’s management of India’s volatile relationship with Pakistan. Half disapprove. This harsh judgment is relatively unchanged from 2015

Pak must abandon dreaming about Kashmir: Sushma at UNGA

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today said terrorism was the biggest threat to human rights and asked the global community to isolate nations that don’t cooperate in fighting terroris

‘High chance khadi will become extinct, if KVIC’s patriarchal view continues’

(1) The figures of khadi production and sales given by the KVIC chairman are in nominal terms, whereas we include the real value of production and sales in our paper. The same nominal figures, avai

From red tape to red carpet

On Independence Day, we heard the PM saying that his government’s motto is to reform, perform and transform. Also, on September 1, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wrote, “Ind

We will launch new initiatives, says Modi ahead of BRICS summit

As chair of the BRICS this year, India has embraced a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism,

We will be in the majority [in UP]: Pankaj Singh

The political career of home minister Rajnath Singh’s elder son, Pankaj Singh, has not been free of controversies. It is alleged that his father’s influence has helped him rise thro

All you need to know about BRICS

India is hosting the 8th BRICS Summit where world leaders will hold consultations on issues of mutual interest. It is being held on October 15-16 in Goa. BRICS is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, Ind

BRICS by people’s BRICS: A message for Modi et al

Ahead of the BRICS Summit, underway in Goa from Saturday, a clutch of civil society movements f

BRICS a template for a new approach to global governance: Sushma Swaraj

“We have always looked upon BRICS as a template for a new approach to global governance in the 21st century. The five nations represent the voice of the changing world and our approach to glo

Karimov: The man who steered Uzbekistan through transition times

Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov, who died in September at the age of 78, will be remembered as the leader who steered the former Soviet Republic with political acumen by carefully maneuvering th

Ajit Doval: The hawk

Should the Indians be worried about Afghanistan’s future? National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval offers a perspective on this. In 2001 then US president George W Bush had l

Lighting up the Indian kitchens

Seema Devi, a 34-year-old woman, is not much different from other homemakers of her village – Takerson in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. But ask her about her latest acquisition, and she t

“We have to convince women about benefits of LPG”

Many women in Ballia, UP, say it is difficult for them to collect even a small amount for refilling gas.  We frankly don’t have a clear answer to that. But it is

Toilet travails

“Toilets are being built. I ask, where?” wonders Asha Devi, a 38-year-old native of Khushiyari village near Varanasi. The village in prime minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary c

Surgical strike? This was aspirin for cancer

If banning high denomination currency notes can curb black money, the whole problem would have been solved in 1978 – when the Morarji Desai government did it. Banning Rs 500 and Rs

A long road ahead in curbing black economy

Although I am not an expert on economy, I do understand that the latest step taken by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has created a lot of noise and will play a significant role in combating b

BJP stashed money abroad before declaring financial emergency: Mayawati

 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Thursday criticised the Narendra Modi government for demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes. She alleged that the move, which amounte

Digital wallet companies give thumbs up to demonetization

 Digital payment companies have showered praise on prime minister Modi for what they described as a bold decision to scrap currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination. Some na

Why Modi’s next target is benami property

Taking Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes out of currency is, of course, not enough to fight black money. In the days to come, the Modi government will have to take a series of moves to make this step e

Did anybody do any homework before launching this surgical strike?

As soon as the government announced its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on the night of November 8, there has been an emergency-like situation across the country. With serpentine q

Black money debate in black and white, with a touch of saffron

“It’s a war; it’s a mahayajnya. You have to decide on whose side you are.” -- M Venkaiah Naidu, in parliament on November 17   In

What foreign media says about Modi and demonetisation

While the nation struggles to adapt to changes since demonetisation, foreign media has been widely covering the Narendra Modi government’s move and the public’s response.

The Sitaram speech: Big crocodiles have survived and small fish have died

What Sitaram Yechury of CPM said during the demonetisation debate in the Rajya Sabha on November 16 (mildly edited and truncated for clarity):  [...] If you don’t

7 things govt should have known before launching the surgical strike

It’s been 10 days of suffering and chaos for people,and the way the government is continuously learning from its mistakes - announcing reliefs and exemptions, and then even rolling back some

Survey: What do *you* think of the currency ban?

You have read (or heard or seen) countless analyses, points-counterpoints, theories-conspiracy theories and allegations-counter-allegations on the historic move to ban high-denomination currency no

If you (really) want to fight black money, won’t Lokpal make more sense?

Remember the Lokpal? The one-point panacea for all corruption and black money. It is a law, on the statute book. And while the government has launched a surgical strike against black money that has

MMS calls currency chaos organized loot, Jaitley delivers stinging retort

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley sparred over demonetization in parliament on Thursday. Manmohan spoke of the “monumental management failure” in im

In 1978, the common man was not hurt at all

The sudden announcement of demonetisation came as an inconvenience to 76-year-old SK Nangia. The morning after November 8, he had to travel to Hastinapur from Delhi by road, covering a distance o

The same blues on the other side of the counter

Since November 8, never-ending queues, rising tempers, despair and frustration have become a routine. It’s a nightmare for people who are struggling to deposit or exchange money at banks. And

Why Nagrota terror strike is different – and more alarming

The terrorist attack on the army camp in Nagrota, Jammu, in which seven army personnel and three terrorists have died, raises some important points – and questions yet to be answered:

BJP’s a/c declaration is utterly non sequitur

Prime minister Narendra Modi has asked all MPs and MLAs of his party to come clean, and declare their bank transaction details to the party chief. Somewhat like demonetisation itself, it is pointle

When, where and how are the ministers depositing ‘cash on hand’?

The prime minister has directed MPs of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to declare their bank transactions to the president of the party in a bid to lead by example to come clean on their actions a

Delhi BJP unit could be revamped: Manoj Tiwari

 Actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari intends to end the infighting within Delhi`s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) factions and strengthen the party unit ahead of the municipal elections in 2017.

The great Indian flip-flop trick

Chances are you have already chosen which side of the fence you are on when it comes to the demonetisation debate. Demonetising 86% of the currency is an unprecedented step and India is flying by t

Currency change: “Long-run gains depend on implementation”

Like many of us in India, Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard professor and former chief economist at IMF, backs the logic behind India’s demonetisation and balks at its implementation.

The really cashless economy

Villages are emptying out, but 67 percent of people still live in rural and semi-rural areas – where there are few banks, where getting to an ATM may take half a day, where many have not seen

Procedural changes from 1978 may have created huge loopholes

On November 8, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high-value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect. A detailed procedure

Jayalalithaa is dead; Panneerselvam sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

O Panneerselvam kept a photograph of J Jayalalithaa, who die

How Modi hacked the hackers

 I was glued to the television screen, following the US presidential election coverage. In the midst of an extremely intense television debate, where each participant was grappling for airtime

The pawn is gone: Najeeb Jung quits

Najeeb Jung, a key player in the battle between the Narendra Modi government at the centre and Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government, sprung a surprise and quit as lieutenant governor on Thursda

Government calendar dedicated to Modi!

It is prime minister Narendra Modi all the way in the 2017 calendar released by the government of India. It is akin to sycophancy displayed by Congress leader Dev Kant Barooah who pr

And Truth Shall Have No Dominion

FAKE news – easy to make, easier to spread – is fast becoming the AK-47 of the cyber guerrillas of information warfare. It is one of the choicest weapons in a world being adjectivised a

We won’t shy away from taking difficult decisions: Modi

“This government will continue to follow sound and prudent economic policies, to ensure that India has a bright future in the long run. We will not take decisions for short term political poi

Post-truth? Take demonetisation, for instance…

How would you describe the post-truth phenomenon in the Indian context? Speaking in the context of post-truth, we have a live instance of it in the demonetisation pl

Rough weather ahead for UDAN

Come January 2017, and you will be able to fly from Jamnagar to Ahmedabad or Allahabad to Gorakhpur… or so claims the government. The Modi government’s ambitious regional connectivity

Mayawati defends Rs 104 crore deposit, says every rupee is accounted for

Rejecting the allegation of more than Rs 104 crore deposits in the bank account of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) post demonetisation, BSP supremo Mayawati launched a seething attack at the centre a

More lies ahead

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words

2016: It’s fake, it’s viral, it’s news!

Learned obits were written to Truth in the year that went by. The incredible came to be believed, driven by the logic of several million tweets, retweets and WhatsApp forwards. And ’post-truth’

Demonetisation: Fifty days and still shaking

Winter mist hangs over Johra, a village of 928 people situated on the Ganga canal, 50 km east of New Delhi, in Ghaziabad. It is colder here than in Muradnagar, the nearest town, on the Delhi-Meerut

The political anatomy of Modi’s surgical strike

Concerned about the abuse of power, French sociologist David Émile Durkheim in 1912 wrote that there could be no society which, at regular intervals, did not feel the need to uphold and reaf

Faking the future

Prediction is risky: go wrong, and you lose credibility; get it right, and your worst dreams come true. While other bold and learned haruspices of journalism inspect the entrails of 2016 to project

Review, comparison and step-by-step guide on BHIM app

Transferring and receiving money in banks was not easy until the launch of united payment interface (UPI)-based mobile banking, a product of national payments corporation of India (NPCI), a governm

BHIM app crosses one million downloads

The BHIM app has crossed a million registered users on Tuesday. The smartphone application for digital banking is available for Android phones and will soon be available for iOS users within a mont

Elections 2017 D-day: March 11 is the counting day

The election commission has announced the schedule of the biggest electoral bout of the year, in five states.    Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand

Will Modi go UP or down? Here’s why all eyes are on Uttar Pradesh polls

The dangal is on. The election commission has announced dates to the assembly elections to five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.  Chief election c

Assembly polls: What it means for dramatis personae in different states

Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi: The outcome of elections in UP will be construed as referendum on Prime Minister’s policies, particularly the demonetisat

Civvies won’t march, fatigues won’t scribe

Civil-military relations is not a happy phrase because it suggests a basic dichotomy and opposition between the civilian and the military perspectives. Differences in viewpoints give rise to typica

India, Israel can create “more magic”

India and Israel mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations in January 2017. While relations between the two countries have been soaring for much of this time,

Demonetisation carried pain, admits Arun Jaitley

The implementation of the demonetisation decision carried pain. “It can lead to short term criticism and inconveniences. Drop in economic activity on account of the currency squeeze during th

No common standardised programme on sanitation systems: Expert

For an emerging country like India, it is easier to take part in exploratory missions to Mars than to tackle its sanitation challenge. The former can be addressed through a linear process spearhead

Gandhigiri, chamchagiri and the spinning-wheel doctors

There are two kinds of acts from the so-called fringe elements of the BJP: one embarrasses only the secular-liberals but resonates well with the party’s core constituency, and the other embar

Deconstructing demonetisation

These days demonetisation is too much with us. It started with the PM’s address on November 8 and ended with the PM’s address on December 31, but its aftershocks are still being felt. I

Troll charge on information highway

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, is a great fan of Twitter and other social-media forums. As chief minister, this gave him a tech-savvy image, helping to connect with youngsters. As prim

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