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Why America is betting on Modi

Barely a year ago, most foreign policy pundits would likely have agreed on one simple prediction: the election of Narendra Modi as Indian prime minister would set back relations with the United States, and by extension with the West more broadly. Instead, the opposite has happened. Yesterday President Barack Obama shattered a symbolic taboo by becoming the first American chief guest at India’s annual Republic Day parade. Arguably, the US and India are poised to pursue a deeper...
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NaMo’s rule by Ordinances in National Interest

There has been of late, a huge ruckus, especially created by the political drum beaters of the Congress, the Left block and in that the CPIM, over the Government taking the Ordinance route in Parliament to pass crucial Legislation. True to their Goebbelesian mindset, the Comrades have succeeded, it seems, with a little help from their co-ideologists in the mainstream media to deflect attention from the real dimension of the issue – that of Parliament being...
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A simple matter of conviction

One relatively easy way of assessing how the government has tried to address the difficult challenge of governance as well as fiscal prudence will be to take a look at what it has done with respect to delivering subsidies to those who need them the most. Three initiatives in the past few months, apparently unrelated to each other, deserve scrutiny in this context. The first initiative pertains to the fillip given to the Aadhaar network of creating biometrics-based identity for the country's residents.
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Obama leads world to India

Relations between India and the United States have been flawed with a genetic defect ever since Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called on President Harry Truman in Washington in 1949: a sharply divergent view of the nature of conflict in the post-war, post-colonial era. India was coming to terms with freedom and partition; America was sifting through the responsibilities of rebuilding the scrapheap of western Europe, while searching for allies in another epochal conflict looming ahead, the Cold War.
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The great Indian data deficit

Displaying an easy contempt for statistics, Mark Twain complained of “lies, damned lies and statistics”. But he may have taken a different view had he lived in India. The problem most Indian investors, researchers and policymakers face today is that there are too many tall claims floating around, with hardly any data to disprove them. Whether one is looking for proof of India’s economic recovery, the state of its stock market or on how the corporate sector is faring, one often comes up against a brick wall.
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It’s no ordinance raj

Ordinances have once again become a live political issue, with the president expressing strong views on them. The media and the Opposition have already laid into the government for promulgating ordinances on insurance, land acquisition etc. In some cases, bills are pending before Parliament or its committees and the question had arisen whether the government could still go ahead with promulgation. Going by precedent, this is clearly permissible.
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Ideology and the rise of terror

Militant ‘Islamic’ movements are organisations born out of particular configurations of geopolitics and superpower interventions. Beginning as resistance movements and later moving on by aiming to create new states, their strategies have been ideological and violent with scant regard for human rights. The first two weeks of 2015 have not helped moderate Muslims anywhere in the world. Between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Syria) [ISIS/ISIL and now IS], the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan...
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Lead Story
Why America is betting on Modi - Sadanand Dhume, Times of India
Things are moving again in India-US relationship - Times of India
Railways: only giant reforms will do - Kunal Singh, Mint
Snub to fight terror in Pakistan - Karamatullah K Ghori, NewIndianExpress
NaMo’s rule by Ordinances in National Interest - Anirban Ganguly, Niticentral
A visit and outcomes in superlatives - Rakesh Sood, Hindu
BCCI monopoly and judicial review - Suhrith Parthasarathy, Hindu
Day after the summit - Hardeep S Puri, Indian Express
Symbolism plus - Indian Express
A word of caution - Meghnad Desai, Financial Express
A simple matter of conviction - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
The bilateral imperative - Subir Gokarn, Business Standard
Indian Muslims: Where are the leaders? - Abdul Khaliq, Indian Express
Peace through strength, Indian-style - Daniel Markey, Indian Express
Modi-Obama end 7-yr lethargy in ties - Vineeta Pandey, Pioneer
Remembering our real icons - KG Suresh, Pioneer
Ghost employees and vanishing finances - Joginder Singh, Pioneer
Raising a stink about Civil Nuclear Liability - G Balachandran, Pioneer
The other, more critical issues - Gwynne Dyer, Pioneer
Atal Behari Vajpayee: The measure of a man - Ashok Malik, Asian Age
Digital fossil - Shombit Sengupta, Indian Express
BJP assigns poll roles to Union ministers, MPs - Risha Chitlangia, Times of India
CBI suspects wider political conspiracy in Kerala RSS activist case - Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times
RSS builds parallel campaign structure to help Delhi BJP - G Sreedathan, Bus Std
BJP signals a fresh makeover with Kiran Bedi for Delhi CM - Gyan Varma, Mint
Kiran Bedi as a CM will take Delhi to newer heights - Gautam Mukherjee, Niticentral
US sees role for India in battle against Islamic State - Indian Express
What day Two means: They link power, politics and business - C Raja Mohan, IE
PMO hawk-eye on progress of mega projects - Times of India
India to ratify convention on N-compensation - Indrani Bagchi, Times of India
People seek stronger economy, defence from Indo-US friendship - Rahul Vaishnavi, IANS
Women's power, pomp, Obama at R-Day parade - Vishnu Makhijani, IANS
Time for the sleeping giant to awaken - Pushkar Banakar, Mail Today
NaMo, Barack hold chai pe charcha - Pioneer
N-deal: No dilution of liability law - Suhasini Haidar, Hinhu
The love for sons and appropriate attire - Megan N Reed & Devesh Kapur, Hinhu
India, US ask Pakistan to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice - Times of India
Nuclear logjam broken, India eyes global high table - Indrani Bagchi, Times of India
India, US to kick off joint production on 4 defence projects - Rajat Pandit, Times of India
Congress breaks BJP’s winning streak in MP panchayat polls - Suchandana Gupta, Times of India
Eager to get Ghulam Nabi Azad back in Rajya Sabha, Congress woos National Conference - Subodh Ghildiyal, Times of India
Narendra Modi visits Vajpayee, Advani - Nistula Hebbar, Indian Express
The Neighbourhood/World

'In next 15 years, lives of poor will improve faster than ever' , Melinda and Bill Gates  - Times of India

Opportunities likely to increase in India despite higher inequalities , Martin Rama, Chief Economist, South Asia region, World Bank  - Business Standard

Political scientist of India , Rajni Kothari  - Indian Express

Democracy makes India more robust than China , Nassim Nicholas Taleb  - Economic Times

PM Narendra Modi is God’s gift to India , Jagdish Bhagwati  - Economic Times

We are happy in Bhutan, but it isn’t Shangri-La , Tshering Tobgay, PM, Bhutan  - Times of India

‘Abenomics can give a fillip to Modinomics’ , Fumio Kishida, Japanese Foreign minister  - Times of India

Conscience keeper, a man of letters , Boobli George Verghese  - Pioneer

Narendra Modi not anti-Muslim, Owaisi confrontational — Muslims should avoid that , Zafar Sareshwala, Gujarati Businessman  - Times of India

A former rebel who will now rule Sri Lanka , Maithripala Sirisena  - IANS



AAP is now trying to make politically motivated allegations. Arvind Kejriwal needs to answer why he lobbied so hard with Digvijaya Singh to get a place in Sonia Gandhi's national advisory Council.
GVL Narsimha Rao, BJP spokesperson

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The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) says India’s internet video traffic will grow nine-fold from 2013 to 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 55%, to reach 2.2 exabytes per month. In 2013, this figure was a lowly 250 petabytes. Just to ensure that you don’t underestimate this figure, one petabyte is 1,000 terabytes, and 250 petabytes is roughly the total amount...
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Band, baaja, books

Writers are known to have good imaginations. It's no wonder, then, that writer and festival director William Dalrymple thinks up creative ways to get an author he'd like to see at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). Some reluctant authors have been wooed with short trips and first-class fare. "You cannot ask big stars like Orhan Pamuk or VS Naipaul...
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Of flying fish and freaky flights

How many times do you read in the papers of a plane hitting a buffalo during takeoff? I’d heard of planes hitting birds while taking off or landing, but a buffalo? It could happen only in India. Sure enough, it happened at Surat, while a SpiceJet was taking off, and the buffalo was indistinguishable in the dark. The Boeing 737 “suffered substantial damages”.
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A mouthful of India

After last week’s column that roused patriotic fervour within the veins of readers, this week we undo that damage. We write about something that will enter those very same veins, constrict them, and eventually kill the reader. This week, in response to a request from a reader, I’ve decided to give the full Déjà View treatment to a famous item of street cuisine.
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