Pakistan has held back its assent to some key pacts at the 18th Saarc summit, which was to witness three agreements --- on road connectivity, railways and a framework for energy cooperation.
The handshake showed the utility and weakness of the Saarc platform. It got two leaders who haven’t been on talking terms together. But the fact that a mere handshake draws so much attention is a testament to the long way Delhi and Islamabad, and Saarc, have to go.
The government will have to move on major issues such as land acquisition, the infrastructure deficit, investment in human capital, the lack of regulatory consistency across states and raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector from 25% to 49%.
The PMO has been on overdrive ever since Narendra Modi moved into South Block in May. Within a few months of taking office, he held several meetings with department secretaries, making clear he wanted teamwork and quick decisions.
How will history judge Narendra Modi’s first six months as Prime Minister? It is likely history will not bother at all, and will instead place emphasis on the successes and failures, the advances and setbacks, of a longer time frame such as a composite five-year term, writes Ashok Malik.
It’s just six months since the new government took office. You cannot expect any visible outcome or full-blown action in the first six months of a new government. You have to assess it by its words and initial steps and reserve your final judgment, writes Yogendra Yadav.
While some praise positives on the foreign policy front, the Jan Dhan and Swachh Bharat initiatives as well as the scheme to get MPs to adopt a village, others are concerned about the slow pace of reforms and rise in communal conflagrations.
The Narendra Modi government has a considerable amount of work in progress. HT takes a look at some of them.
When the Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power at the centre, the question on everybody’s lips was: will the Modi wave help the party sweep state assembly elections over the next two years?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on building a robust indigenous defence industry base, ramping up the military’s capabilities and stitching up alliances to expand strategic cooperation regionally and globally during the last six months.
If there's a prime directive to a Modi doctrine it's that foreign policy is another lever to move the domestic economy. The snail's pace of multilateral fora does not excite him and he much prefers the Big Bilateral.