More than the ‘breakthrough’ on nuclear liability and their personal chemistry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama’s summit will be remembered for the fateful decision India took to join hands with the United States against China.
India needs nuclear power. Global warming has added an extra dimension since nuclear power plants do not emit greenhouse gases like coal-fired power plants do.
The India-US nuclear agreement looks well poised to become operational, but not yet. While some of the key political stumbling blocks have been taken care of by the two governments, New Delhi needs to carefully consider many critical issues and overcome a number of hurdles before being able to produce more nuclear energy.
The decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to abolish the Planning Commission and replace it with the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog stupefied many, including veterans in the BJP. The move is believed to part of de-Nehruisation, in line with the Sangh parivar’s ideology.
The logic of strengthening bilateral relations with the US is anchored in our enlightened national interest.
Three days after India signed a joint vision for the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean Region with the United States -- in a move that upset Beijing, it was announced on Wednesday that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would visit China on February 1.
The 2015 Republic Day celebrations will be remembered for a long time for a variety of reasons: US President Barack Obama’s visit, the controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Modi’-striped bandhgala, the decision to give lady officers certain key ceremonial roles during the Obama visit and a series of glitches that included missing glasses and umbrellas and over-the-top security arrangements.
"Your drawings," the letter began, “lack the kind of talent to qualify for enrolment in our institution as a student.” So said the letter of rejection from the dean of Mumbai’s JJ School of Art to a young RK Laxman who had applied for admission.
US President Barack Obama’s Town Hall address on Tuesday reaffirmed his support in our fight against poverty, misogyny, and unjust discrimination, but also acknowledged the real changes that governments need to take to foster inclusive growth. An exceptionally progressive president, Obama may soon be irrelevant in terms of political power, but his message to the international community is important for a number of reasons.
Agreements reached by India and the US were beyond expectations as Modi built on what Manmohan Singh started, writes Ashok Malik.
The minorities in India are feeling threatened as never before. As the government of a secular state, it should crack down on these people who are giving India a bad name by pursuing some kind of homogenous Hindu culture.
Symbolism and substance have come together to mark US President Barack Obama’s visit as a milestone event, writes Shyam Saran
Making a city smart is not an end in itself but a means to an end. The end is to make cities liveable and inclusive for all.
Last week, President Barack Obama commended the United States’ role in “stopping ISIL’s advance” in his State of the Union address.
That it has taken six years to get to a partial solution on nuclear deal is a reminder of how difficult it is to get complex things agreed upon between two countries with robust democratic sructures and independent judiciaries.