By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.
“These reports are being generated and sustained only because Islamophobia is so rampant in Kerala, across parties.”
BJP Reaction to The Wire Story on Jay Amit Shah Shows Loss of Moral High Ground, Says Yashwant Sinha
The BJP leader also described the defamation cases Jay Amit Shah is filing against The Wire as an attempt to “suppress the voice of the media.”
Only 6% of banks have given loans to Dalits or Adivasis, and less than 25% to a woman.
Though the need for serious police reform has been raised again and again, there seems to be no political will to do anything about it.
“We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it.’’
The Delhi chief minister made this statement before the assembly passed the Guest Teachers’ Regularisation Bill, which has been objected to by the lieutenant governor.
State BJP leaders have expressed their disappointment with Tathagata Roy for being proactive only on social media.
“Policies that ought to be implemented, and ought to implemented well, like GST, are being completely fumbled,” Shourie also said in an interview to NDTV.
While Narendra Modi has frozen out the free press and not held a single press conference during his time as prime minister, journalists seen to be on his side have been adequately rewarded.
While remaining focused on initiatives to improve ease of doing business and interventions such as demonetisation, the government has lagged behind in building physical and social infrastructure.
In an attempt to make the city ‘open defecation free’, families who had paid for toilets and were midway through construction allege that their houses were destroyed before surveyors came around.
In addition to “launching” a scheme that basically already existed, the prime minister’s claim that his government has a good record on rural electrification contradicts the data.
Middle-class youth who supported Modi and gave him legitimacy are now seriously doubting his economic policies. That doubt will soon turn into rage.
The rise of even a few universities to among the world’s best will help India augment both its soft and hard power.
Many BJP leaders are attacking the finance minister every day, but there is a convenient silence around the prime minister’s role in the economic decisions that brought us here.
With the government planning a fiscal push, it is likely that the central bank will be concerned with price stability and not rate cuts in its October policy meeting.
Free electricity connections for the poor have been part of the Centre’s electrification programme since the UPA regime, though the prime minister has tried to sell it as new.
What India is witnessing today is not about cow protection, but a devious convergence of the interests of the state, religion and big business.
“I think my discussion of yoga is threatening to the RSS-linked administration,” Patricia Sauthoff has said in an interview.
The external affairs ministry recognises that those fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state are refugees but the home ministry believes they no longer deserve that designation once they are in India.
Of the 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained or were undergoing training across the country in June 2017, only 2.9 lakh received placement offers.
The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.
Affected people who owned property are still awaiting proper rehabilitation, while others are not even being recognised as affected.
New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.
The Centre’s affidavit also says that the matter of deportation is best left to the central government’s discretion.
Financial inclusion, when executed on a massive and essentially rushed scale, comes with two major issues.
The Narendra Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India.
The tourism minister appears to be backtracking on his statement that people in Goa, Kerala are free to eat beef and says tourists who want some should eat it before they come.
The prime minister will be addressing a student leaders’ convention in the capital to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address at the World Parliament of Religions on Monday.
Three almost simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the government’s image in only minor ways, show how Modi’s image is beginning to lose its shine.
“I am not making any such statements,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta said in the apex court.
Year-to-year growth of tax payers in 2016-17 was 26% (with demonetisation), which is less than 27.6% during 2015-16 (without demonetisation).
Maintaining an inadequate status quo has been the preferred mode of operating in the defence ministry, and many issues fester.
At least five Union ministers tendered their resignations on August 31 after meeting with party president Amit Shah.
Even though a folder containing public comments was lost in 2010, the Centre has not changed the way it maintains records in such matters.
Economist Arun Kumar explains how demonetisation failed to tackle black money, but had a severely negative effect on the unorganised sector and the white (formal) economy.
Narendra Modi has learnt never to engage with his opponents; he sets the agenda and a hapless opposition and media try to keep up.
Nine months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, it is clear that his government has not had one single, consistent reason for conducting the notebandi exercise.
Former finance minister P. Chidambaram also questioned the Narendra Modi government whether its demonetisation decision was designed to convert black money into white.