Whatever Mr Modi’s other shortcomings be, his consistent efforts to motivate have created an aura of positivity, hopefully stable. He has also shown that he is not averse to taking decisions with possibly negative implications for him, says Shreekant Sambrani. The clearest takeaway from these elections is the BJP’s dominance of Indian politics and in turn, that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Photograph: PTI Photo. No, this column is not about ... Rediff.com, 5 days ago
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India’s fiscal deficit trends are a bit like an alcoholic trying, unsuccessfully, to reform. Virtue does not last for too long, says Shankar Acharya. Thirty years ago very few people in India had heard of “fiscal deficits”. The phrase made its debut appearance in an official government document in the 1989/90 Economic Survey of the Ministry of Finance, where it was defined as the excess of government expenditure and net lending over current revenues. It can also be thought of ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
As far as speeches go, PM Modi’s blitzkrieg attack on the Opposition in Rajya Sabha was more Trump than Lincoln. It was no Gettysburg speech that looked to codify the values of a nation, but more of a bare-knuckled side-alley hack against opponents who ...DNA, 1 month ago Modi's 'raincoat' jibe: Difference of opinion within Congress over Rajya Sabha walkout DNA, 1 month ago
Opposition in Rajya Sabha on Thursday tore into the government for presenting a “disappointing” budget, with Congress leader P Chidambaram terming note ban as the “most terrible” decision and alleging that graft and black money have continued to thrive and large sections adversely affected. The former finance minister also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the words he chose to attack his predecessor Manmohan Singh, saying he should remember that the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Enraged by his ‘raincoat jibe’ against Manmohan Singh, the Congress on Thursday announced that it will boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament during the entire budget session and will try to bring on board other opposition parties too. “We will boycott the prime minister. We will not listen to him, but we will not assault the dignity of the office of the prime minister. At the same time, we will continue to protest, we know that he is an obdurate person. “It ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Amid fears of a decline in the country’s gross domestic product, former prime minister Manmohan Singh cautioned the people on Wednesday that the worst was yet to come in the wake of demonetisation which he termed as a ‘disaster’. In his address at the 'Jan Vedna' conclave, Singh termed demonetisation as a ‘disaster’ and said things have gone from bad to worse and that the worst was yet to come. He dismissed as 'hollow claim' and (Prime Minister Narendra) 'Modi's ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Did former PMO, finance minister bailout Vijay Mallya? Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Setting the tone for Congress’ campaign in assembly polls in five states, party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a no holds barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of instilling fear among people and wrecking the economy through demonetisation, while asserting that the Congress will unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party from power in 2019. A day-long national convention, called in the wake of demonetisation, saw top Congress leaders including former prime ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
‘Our administrative organs pose formidable obstacles to implementation.’ ‘The pro-dialogue constituency has shrunk in the valley.’ 'Hatred will inevitably follow if the chief response to anger is suppression.' Academician and author Dr Radha Kumar was among the three interlocutors whom the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance-II government appointed on Kashmir in October 2010, after massive protests of the preceding summer saw more than 100 civilian deaths.Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The political rivalry between BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took a new turn after the former released details of 21 secret foreign bank accounts of Chidambaram's son Karti. While releasing the details, Swamy ...catchnews.com, 1 month ago
After steering the Congress to a stupendous victory in Punjab, Amarinder Singh will take oath as chief minister in Chandigarh on Thursday, a ceremony which will be attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party vice president Rahul Gandhi. Amarinder, who turned 75 on March 11 when assembly results were declared, will be sworn-in as the state’s 26th chief minister along with nine cabinet ministers. The ceremony will take place at Punjab Raj Bhavan at 10 am and the oath will be ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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