A person occupying constitutional position requiring independence is expected to have no encumbrances that would require him to seek favours from any government, Central or state.
The central bank thus dismissed reports claiming it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers to bank accounts.
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.
The government’s attempts to reduce the CIC-GDP ratio by merely reducing currency in circulation without the necessary structural reforms are likely to have deleterious consequences.
“After 30 years of attaining statehood, it is the right time we get separate cadres so that development percolates down to all parts of the state in the real sense,” chief minister Pema Khandu said.
Between 2003 and 2007, Modi, as Gujarat CM, took about 100 chartered flights worth Rs 16 crore. But Congress leaders have not been transparent about their use of charters either.
A Kerala advocate had filed an RTI query with the ministry asking for documents and reasons for denying permission to Kerala tourism minister to attend a UN tourism meet.
Vinod Dua discusses why PM Modi chose to speak about GST and the Congress in his recent speech in Gujarat; and India’s rank in the Global Hunger Index.
With low sales, labourers in small-scale manufacturing units are facing an employment crisis, while those who have somehow managed to retain their jobs are earning very little.
The growing loss of faith in the prime minister arises from the same source from which faith had been generated: his self-centredness.
US exports recently set a weekly record with nearly two million barrels of crude a day sent overseas. But shipments to India have been rare.
Suresh Mehta, who quit the BJP in 2007, argues that successive governments in Gujarat have pushed the state towards becoming permanently trapped in debt.
At a recent top-level meeting, it was mooted that a change in the ‘power surplus’ narrative would help in tackling India’s abnormally low capacity utilisation levels.
How does the Modi government fare on tackling cronyism within its ranks? Not well, it would appear.
West Bengal has resisted the central government’s decision to withdraw troops from Darjeeling and has declined to be a part of Modi’s project on promoting cultural diversity.
“We will provide assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to ten private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years.”
The traders have said they did not mean to malign the prime minister’s image and only wanted to highlight banks’ refusal to accept small coins after demonetisation.
The Bhadbhut weir project on the Narmada river, which the prime minister inaugurated, will ruin their livelihood, the fisherman say.
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.
With only 18 months to go for the general elections, the BJP seems to have decided to abandon the vikas plank and go back to full-throated Hindutva and minority baiting.
The bus service is to connect interior areas of the state, where the BJP government is planning to build “gaurav paths,” or link roads to villages of martyred soldiers.
Despite the well-documented adverse effects of demonetisation, Modi government’s continued support for it reflects the arrogance of the behavioural ideology that thrives in its sense of certainty, far removed from the struggles of everyday people.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Small and medium sized businesses across the country report tumbling sales, undermining job creation and damaging sentiment in industries crucial to Modi’s political powerbase.
Manik Dogra, Jay Amit Shah’s lawyer, responds.
BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, has seen a dramatic increase in some of his businesses since Narendra Modi became prime minister.
Congress held a press conference to ask whether Modi, who had earlier said he would neither take bribes nor allow it, would order a probe into Jay Shah’s firm.
Most anganwadi workers make less than minimum wage, yet their demands for better wages and facilities are ignored.
India feels morally cheated. Those who proffered themselves as our saviours and social cleansers have turned out to be ordinary political operatives, if not worse. No society will allow itself to be hoodwinked a second time.
Rushdie offers no easy answers, but the spirit of questions The Golden House helps provoke, makes it a great book and a worthwhile investment.
“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.
“Labour laws are lax, there’s little effort to build a component ecosystem and logistics, and transport remains a big problem. No one seems to be investing in skilled labour that will build the phones.”
Was it inappropriate drafting or the firestorm of angry responses from Mumbaikars that led the prime minister to do what he has rarely done, delete a tweet?
Maya Mirchandani discusses a new book on the Bharatiya Janata Party as India’s ‘greatest election machine’.
In trying to appease its constituents, the RSS has not only insulated Modi from economic accountability but has also absorbed opposition criticisms against the government.
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.
“To speak in front of power is the courage which has been rightly given by the Constitution and you are the protector of it.”
With friends in powerful places, the Jaggi Vasudev-led Isha Foundation has been able to get away with allegations of land grab and illegal construction.