A recent article claimed that the Narendra Modi government has significantly improved on the implementation of various schemes. But the numbers quoted need to be questioned.
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.
The new state laws, which are in line with the BJP’s land ordinance, undo consent procedures and legitimise land acquisition with terms favourable to investors.
According to NGO Common Cause, Modi missed an opportunity to to set a high benchmark to fight systemic corruption by not putting in place an accountable system to appoint the new Comptroller and Auditor General.
The Narendra Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India.
There is an all-out effort by the Right to change the nature of higher education institutions because universities like JNU do not follow their ideologies of sectarianism, violence and intolerance.
Five months after cabinet approval, the department of personnel and training has started paving the way for setting up the Rail Development Authority.
The Bill passed seeks to strengthen corporate standards,deal stringently with defaulters and improve ease of doing business.
“There is a genuine leader in India. That is Nitish Kumar. He is a leader without a party, the Congress is a party without a leader.”
The decision to support the former Lok Sabha Speaker was taken in a meeting of 17 opposition parties at the Parliament Library today.
However much Modi tries to convince people that things are better today than in the pre-NDA era, his government has struggled to make considerable progress in most areas of India’s political economy.
While the big talk is valuable, it shouldn’t distract from the Modi government’s actual performance so far.
With his elevation to the Congress top post imminent, many feel Rahul Gandhi will fail as successive debacles have shown he is not fit for the job.
Several in the Congress believe Rahul Gandhi made poor choices in UP, for which he needs to take responsibility.
Manipur faces a tough choice between the BJP, a party that has a track record of dividing people on religious lines, and the Congress, whose 15-year rule in the state has been marred by corruption and misgovernance.
For the government to truly fight black money and ensure complete transparency in political funding, the ambit of the Right to Information Act must be expanded to include political parties.
The Budget appears to be pro-poor and pro-business, but it fails to address the reforms actually needed to structurally transform the economy.
A former transport secretary L.K. Joshi-led committee had termed the cancellation of 26 allotments as unjustified and had recommended the urban development ministry to withdraw the cancellation.
Doesn’t the BJP’s argument from 2014 apply to their current policy of demonetisation?
The Aam Aadmi Party has ambitious plans but can it expand to deliver nationally?
Congress and the Left Front fear that helping the US military, even logistically, would draw India into wars that the US is fighting in Asia Pacific and West Asia.
The biggest black money case that has come up so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates, writes Josy Joseph in his book A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. Here’s an excerpt.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
According to members of the J&K Interlocutors Group, recommendations made after the unrest in 2010 could have prevented the current spell on violence in the state, had they been implemented.
The main concern for the BJP will be that the UCC will derail the RSS agenda of creating a ‘Hindu rashtra’ and its ‘love jihad’ propaganda.
Narendra Modi seems to have developed a flair for presenting evolutionary policy steps built on his predecessors’ work as revolutionary and original contributions to national development.
With the land and maritime boundary issues settled, two major irritants in Indo-Bangladesh relations have been resolved and an enormous agenda of shared interest has been opened.
As usual, there was a grain of truth along with the exaggeration and sleight-of-hand that we have come to expect from the prime minister.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stressed that the ministry has already put on hold new transactions with the company.
The LDF, as predicted by most of the pre-poll and exit poll surveys, won 91 out of the 139 seats declared in the 140-strong assembly.
An independent inquiry may solve all possible angles of corruption in the VVIP chopper scam but will the BJP-led government at the Centre let it happen?
Panagariya’s claims that the Modi government is responsible for an “infrastructure turnaround” are irrelevant, misleading or simply false.
The Uttarakhand episode is an object lesson for the BJP leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah
Manohar Parrikar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu rejected the opposition’s demand for a Supreme Court-monitored probe.
Riding the anti-graft wave is a clever strategy that helps the ruling party divert attention from most pressing economic issues, such as the crises in the rural agriculture sector and growing joblessness.
While Sex Offenders Registries in the US or UK are aimed primarily at protecting children from sexual predators, in India the move seems motivated in large part by the wish to erode child protection and juvenile justice laws.
The alternative opinion may bring adequate heft to the current bi-polar debate on the scam and, if pursued seriously, could also change the general political climate.
The scam had first come to light in 2012 when the defence ministry had put on hold all prospective deals with Finmeccanica after its subsidiary AgustaWestland had breached the pre-contract integrity pact.
What new information about the AgustaWestland deal, dubbed the ‘VVIP Chopper Scam’, has come out? What is the state of the Indian investigation? The Wire breaks it down.
The amended bill goes against Supreme Court directives and will be hurtful to farmers, Congress members said.