Rain brings winter chill to Delhi
If the last nine months were about proof of concept through a raft of new initiatives such as Make in India, Jan Dhan, and Swachh Bharat, the next 12 months could be about proof of delivery.
The mandate received by the government affords a unique window of political opportunity which should not be foregone. It is often the case that contrarian opinion, if politically important, influences the pace, if not the direction, of reforms.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu’s rather business-like budget is an attempt at marrying canny entrepreneurship with uncanny populism to set out a medium to long-term vision for the network that is crying out for modernisation.
The sexual harassment case against RK Pachauri highlights that even though the law is strong, few women have the courage to come forward.
The government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission (FC) signifies its intent to fix its finances as well its determination to change the development paradigm.
India and Pakistan cannot continue to be in a state of unremitting hostility for long without violent consequences as seen in the intensive cross-border firing in recent months.
Seize the moment, remove constraints to growth and create job and income opportunities.
India is reeling under its worst swine flu outbreak in half a decade with over 12,000 cases and 800 deaths within seven weeks.
Nitish Kumar’s reinstatement as chief minister has proved that the Bihar strongman has not lost his firm grip on the party. This should be enough encouragement to him because the state goes to the polls this year. Since last year, Mr Kumar has been facing crisis after crisis.
In India, it is not very often that one hears those in high public office go beyond their remit to speak candidly on issues like governance, democracy and accountability. This is because all three are fraught with the danger of multiple interpretations which then could be seen as the speaker’s take on the government of the day.
Indian sessions of Parliament are getting into the habit of being foreshadowed by controversial remarks made by prominent public figures. There was an uproar during the winter session over Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s unacceptable remarks about the Opposition.
A somewhat lengthy sabbatical by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, just as the budget session of Parliament gets underway, has raised speculation on his motives and also suggestions that the grand old party has lost the plot.
Last December, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was addressing an audience in Wisconsin and she related one of her formative experiences growing up. In third grade, she said, a schoolmate castigated her: “If you don’t believe in Jesus, you’re going to hell.”
At a time when the PM sent out a strong message on religious freedom, why is the BJP is investing so much of its capital fighting voices of dissent?
Three American Muslims were shot dead in Chapel Hill, US, on February 11. A few days later, two shootings in Copenhagen cost the lives of two more. No court has declared a guilty party in either of the killings, but there is enough evidence in both cases that the police got their man.