He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
The court was responding to a plea filed by the Congress, which argued that governor Mridula Sinha’s invitation to the BJP to form government was “illegal”.
Party with three MLAs that campaigned on anti-saffron platform will now join hands to bring the BJP back to power.
Comments by Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah have fired up speculation on the BJP’s choice for the chief ministerial candidate for Goa.
While the Modi government has tried and to a certain extent succeeded in making the defence ministry less graft-ridden, it still has a long way in formalising the way it investigates and clamps down on corruption.
According to police statistics, the number of stone throwing incidents fell drastically in October – before demonetisation – and has remained stagnant since.
“Why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly. This is my [personal] thinking,” Parrikar said.
The defence minister continues to use the army’s surgical strikes to attack the opposition and claim credit for the government – and now the entire Sangh parivar.
Parrikar’s assertion conveniently glosses over the fact that earlier governments consciously chose to operate under the umbrella of plausible deniability, former ministers and officials familiar with some of those operations told The Wire.
The constitution gives the people inalienable rights, the most precious of which is the right of dissent. Just when dissent or resistance becomes “anti- national” is not for the politicians, policemen and sundry Hindutva outfits to decide.
The recurring incidents of incursions, and the implementation of an agreement to reduce tensions between border patrols and Sino-India strategic concerns are expected to come up in Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s talks today with top Chinese military officials.
What is it with BJP ministers that an official visit to the United States persuades them that there is virtue in playing deputy sheriff to Uncle Sam?
We don’t want Parrikar the wit. We want a serious-minded defence minister.
‘It must be the first time that a minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country,’ Sartaj Aziz said.
It seems as though the minister is nostalgic for the bad old days of the 1990s and early 2000s when hundreds, if not thousands were killed in Kashmir, so that he can be seen to be wielding the big stick as Defence Minister.
Manohar Parrikar has roped two Congressmen into the BJP whom he had accused of being corrupt in the past.
Ram Kishan Grewal’s letter to defence minister Manohar Parrikar alleged that he was still not receiving the pension owed to him under the OROP scheme.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said New Delhi supported the role of international law in the dispute, but stopped short of saying that the ruling by The Hague should be binding.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stressed that the ministry has already put on hold new transactions with the company.
Manohar Parrikar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu rejected the opposition’s demand for a Supreme Court-monitored probe.
The party today is a pale, forlorn shadow of its once vibrant self.
In India, the more powerful and well known a person, the more likely he or she will go out of their way to make pro-establishment comments.
Results of state assembly elections can have extended consequences on the composition of the Rajya Sabha.
There has been much speculation that India might be reconsidering its no first use strategy, but such talk has found few takers in the government. For India, the only true purpose of nuclear weapons are as deterrents.
Modi wants to conquer India by hook or by crook. His governors are his co-conspirators. He has put the constitution on a slippery slope.
India’s nuclear doctrine may appear to be undergoing a shift towards conducting a ‘counterforce strike’ against Pakistan, but some experts see this as “mind games” that could set off a worrying chain of events in the region.
While politicians governing sports bodies is not an aberration, the political expediency which seems to colour Supriyo’s appointment is troubling.
Several in the Congress believe Rahul Gandhi made poor choices in UP, for which he needs to take responsibility.
The implosion of the Rafale deal and the disappointing indigenous LCA opens up a gold-mine for American, European and Russian firms.
India does not necessarily need to alter its nuclear doctrine per se, but upgrade its capabilities and technological breakthroughs.
Using military activities to shop for votes will lead to political mud-slinging, to the detriment of the honour and sanctity of the special forces.
A look at the various factors that may impact the Goa assembly elections.
The BJP is campaigning fervently to hold on to Goa after its break with Sudin Dhavlikar and the MGP, while a fractured Congress, AAP and independents contest over small electorates.
The BSF has denied arresting Tej Bahadur Yadav and claimed that his voluntary retirement plea was rejected on the grounds that a court of inquiry into his allegations is pending.
With a Zumba dancer, mining activists and single parents as candidates, AAP is defying prejudices in the upcoming Goa elections.
Army chief Bipin Rawat may have benefitted from the ‘invisible hands’, but he should take a strong stance on keeping the army free from ideological penetration.
Government instability, rampant corruption in the mining sector and tourism reforms are a few concerns that the AAP hopes to address if they come to power in Goa.
The manifesto will include a comprehensive mobility plan for the state such as electric buses and metro rail.
The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.