Beyond demotions and elevations, what does the third Cabinet reshuffle tell us about the Narendra Modi government? PM Modi has trimmed the length of his dress (his big missions) given the shortage of cloth (talent).
The crux of the reshuffle story does not lie in the juggling of ministerial portfolios or in the new sign-ins that we saw.
In India, privatising a public sector company is perhaps a bigger challenge than contesting an electoral battle or even conducting a nuclear test.
Don’t see it as an incongruous claim. This may well be a credible reality if one looks at the 25-year-long history of India’s economic liberalisation.
In two-and-a-half decades of econ [...]
After the Tamil Nadu and West Bengal election results, Prithviraj Chauhan, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Hemant Soren must be cursing themselves for not being the J Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee of their states, who despite allegations of corruption and poor governance, turned out to be voter favourites.
On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav, Hari [...]
Don’t get carried away with the fight-to-finish kind of political battles between BJP and Congress over corruption, nor let loud TV debates and so-called global exposes overwhelm you. Irrespective of high decibel political drama over corruption, the fact remains that India’s track record in the fight against corruption is getting [...]
Read the Bihar mandate again! The verdict is not so much against a weakening Centre, as it is in favour of a powerful state and a strong state leadership. The results are also redolent of the Gujarat model, a model that chief minister Narendra Modi, not Prime Minister Modi mastered. The Bihar verdict suggests the BJP unsuccessfully tried to [...]
No matter who wins the Bihar battle or what conclusions one may derive post the election, one thing is sure that the country has embarked upon the age of its worst electoral politics. India’s ruling and largest political party has not only missed a major opportunity to commence electoral reforms, but has also left no stone unturned to authen [...]
With campaigning for the assembly elections in Bihar gathering pace and heat, demands for its special category status is again in focus. In this context, various articles have appeared in the media quoting statistics from varied sources to make or unmake a point, often in isolation. Prime Minister has recently announced a mega package [...]
Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the formation of Niti Aayog to replace the Planning Commission from the ramparts of the Red Fort in the Capital. This year, the name did not cross his lips even once during the 86-minute Independence Day speech. The revamp of 65-year old body into Niti Aayog was touted as being the single mo [...]
Amid worries of taxes and price rise, few people would have noticed that the latest Budget has proposed to establish a new public sector (project development) company which will channelise Indian private corporate investment to East Asian countries of Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam (CMLV). Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be stymied on [...]
Having declared from the ramparts of the Red Fort that he would bell the black money cat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi now has an opportunity to act on his words. He must not let his government get cold feet on the report of the apex court’s special investigative team (SIT) on black money. The report has verifiably exposed the links be [...]