To tackle black money that originates in the process of electing MPs and MLAs, the legal provision that freezes the number of Lok Sabha and state assembly states must be revisited.
While Kenyatta focused on his pet project of increasing investment in the health sector, Modi pushed for a faster process to draw up an action plan on security collaboration.
The 2015 petition from Common Cause questioning the appointment of the current CVC is still being heard, but the appeal to look into the Sahara-Birla groups’ alleged bribes has been dismissed.
The Modi government’s claim that the public supports demonetisation ignores the localised agitations and dissenting voices from across the country.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
In response to an RTI application, the air force could not sufficiently account for the expenditure incurred during these trips.
Contesting elections in India is a costly affair, forcing honest persons to avoid it as they risk losing their hard-earned money. State funding on a per vote basis is a simple solution to encourage more competent people to join politics.
The Citizens Whistleblower Forum has demanded that the IT department’s records on the Sahara and Birla groups be forwarded to the CBI for a “thorough criminal investigation”
DU’s Central Public Information Officer Meenkshi Sahay said that there was no malice in rejecting the RTI application and that she had to follow the policies laid down by the university.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
The latest rules create a window for NRIs and Indians who travel abroad to change their last 500 and 1000 notes, but what about everyone else?
Institutional feebleness and political imperfections have given the prime minister the upper hand.
Rapid deforestation and soil erosion in Attapadi Forest Reserve has led to a crippling water shortage in Kerala’s Kulappadi village and the Irula forest tribe has suffered the most.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s Public Editor.
Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries case, the fallout of the Income Tax Settlement Commission’s decision to absolve Sahara and what measures he will take in the Supreme Court as the counsel of Common Cause – the petitioner in the case.
Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.
Income tax investigators also comprehensively refuted the company’s theory that a ‘disgruntled employee’ was behind incriminating diary entries recording payments to politicians.
Populist announcements during the budget this year could influence the elections which have been scheduled soon after, in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.
Despite the uncertainty about the political impact of note ban, the party holds an advantage for several reasons, including its strong track record of capitalising on crises within regional parties.
As assembly elections approach and the prime minister spends his energies on proving demonetisation was a good idea, a Modi-led propaganda blitz is coming our way.
India’s economy had some positives in 2016, but issues like joblessness, lower agricultural incomes and the demonetisation aftermath remain matters of concern.
Over 50 weavers in the prime minister’s constituency have committed suicide in the last three years due to indebtedness.
India needs to combine vast improvements in local-level energy initiatives with the effective implementation of clean coal to power the major cities.
How Narendra Modi has brought back dark memories of colonial India.
While Modi’s statements about the economy fall flat when compared to data, most of the promises the prime minister made are simply new packaging on old schemes.
The move to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus is aimed at polarising the state and diverting attention from the lack of development.
The Rs 6,000 announced by the prime minister as universal maternity entitlements is already mandated under the National Food Security Act 2013, although the government has chosen not to implement it yet.
The state elections in 2017 will indicate which way the winds are blowing and will also chart Modi’s rise or fall.
In a speech full of faulty economic reasoning, Modi made one factual claim – the number of Indians with official incomes greater than Rs 10 lakh is just 24 lakh. If demonetisation really works, he needs to up that figure substantially in the next two years.
On Saturday evening, Modi addressed the country for the second time after the demonetisation announcement. Here’s what he had to say.
2016 has had all the makings of a turning point in Indian history. What will 2017 hold?
While offsets from the Rafale and other deals will start coming in over the next year, other FDI proposals have been rejected while Parrikar’s key ‘strategic partner’ document is still missing.
The national president of Swaraj India discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries, funding of political parties and how demonetisation has wrecked the rural economy in the last 50 days.
Vegetable sellers, petty traders, autowallas continue to suffer with little hope of recovery after their businesses shrunk by nearly a half after demonetisation.
The penalty for holding more than ten old notes may include financial fines and a jail term of up to four years in certain cases.
It is dangerous for the government to seek financial stability at the cost of people who entrust their money to banks.
A concerned son’s account of the effect that demonetisation has had on his octogenarian parents’ daily lives.
The claims, and their popularisation, were further hobbled by glaring regulatory failures and/or a lapse of other checks.
While the prime minister is partly right, it isn’t the whole picture and there is certainly more than enough blame to go around.
Last week Rahul Gandhi had alleged that documents seized by tax officials during raids proved that PM Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had taken money from the Sahara and Birla groups.