The government has virtually cleared all hurdles in the way of the ambitious National Food Security Bill, which stems from a Congress poll promise. Food minister Kuruppasserry Varkey Thomas on the bill’s final contours in an interview to Hindustan Times. Varghese K George and Zia Haq report.
India’s efforts to curb inflation by shoring up supplies have not had the desired result because states could not lift enough subsidized foodstuff made available to them by the Centre — be it pulses or grains. Varghese George and Zia Haq report.
In an interview to the HT, Karat says the Left would not have pulled out from the Congress-led government mid-term, but for the nuclear deal. He also explains what could happen between the CPM and Congress in the future. Excerpts:
Don’t rule out a Left prime minister just yet. If the Left succeeds in forming a non-Congress, non-BJP government, it would take a call on joining and even leading it, CPM chief Prakash Karat said on Saturday. It is keeping its options open, report Varghese K George and Zia Haq.
Indians in general showed unqualified enthusiasm over Barack Hussein Obama’s victory, but the country’s political class and ruling establishment were more guarded in their analyses, report Saroj Nagi, Varghese K George & Zia Haq.