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CMs rightly fear misuse of anti-terror centre - BS Raghavan, Business Line
The seven Chief Ministers who have protested against the nature and scope of functions entrusted to the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) are absolutely right in sounding the alarm. First of all, an organisation of such far-reaching impact should not come into being without its objectives and powers having been comprehensively discussed in a conference of the Chief Ministers. They have vital stakes in protecting their respective States and the country as a whole against terrorist attacks. Read Full Article››
Behind a Real-Estate Empire, Ties to India's Gandhi Dynasty - Geeta Anand and Rajesh Roy, WSJ
A taciturn man in a black SUV started buying up tracts of arid agricultural land around this small town in the western Indian state of Rajasthan in 2009. He would sit in the parking lot outside the one-story concrete building that houses the land office and dole out cash for sellers from the back seat, according to real-estate brokers and a local government land official.
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It's economic growth, stupid! - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
I went to a restaurant last week where a waiter, a young boy of 22, gave me the best service. It wasn’t a particularly upscale establishment, but the waiter spoke perfect English. He kept up a smile through his gruelling job. People gave him customisations on every order, he listened with patience and kept track. He had good IQ and had completed graduation. This is the best job he could find.
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Whether it is education or various health indicators, Modi’s Gujarat has done well - Surjit S Bhalla, IndianExpress
India is at the halfway stage of Election 2014, and if opinion polls and turnout increases are to be believed, it looks increasingly likely that Narendra Modi will be our next prime minister. Why Modi evokes such strong reactions from the Congress and the Left (could it be that they know that their days as the political elite are numbered with a challenger like Modi?) is a subject for a later article. The advantage with forecasting what might happen under Modi...
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NaMo rejuvenates NDA in TN - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
More than seeking votes for the BJP, Narendra Modi, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, is on a mission to unify and strengthen the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Tamil Nadu. The choice of constituencies for his whirlwind campaign on Wednesday and Thursday has been done with this in mind. Out of the five rallies addressed by Modi, three were constituencies where the candidates are from the PMK, the DMDK and the MDMK. Interestingly, a Muslim woman translated Modi’s speech...
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Super Thursday has Modi-led BJP feeling ok - Ashok Malik, Economic Times
They were calling it Super Thursday — the 800-pound gorilla round of the nine-phase 16th Lok Sabha election. With 121 seats, some of them in states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the two national parties/alliances are locked in head-to-head contests, this round had the potential to irreversibly define the direction of the election. For Narendra Modi's party, the 121 seats held hope not just because it sought to make big gains at the cost of the Congress in Maharashtra and Rajasthan...
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The coming collapse of India’s communists - Sadanand Dhume, WSJ
India finally appears on the brink of rejecting an ideology that most of the world junked a generation ago. For the first time in their history, India’s communists are staring at the prospect of extinction. Several polls show the two main parties–Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India–headed for their worst ever performance in ongoing national elections. Just how badly are the communists doing? According to Delhi’s Centre for the Study of Developing Societies...
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Is India about to elect its Reagan? - David Cohen, DailyCaller
India, the world’s largest democracy, is in the midst of a marathon five-week election that will result in the selection of its next prime minister. Although Nate Silver has yet to make it official, most pundits and prognosticators predict that Narendra Modi will be India’s next leader. Modi bears striking similarities to a celebrated American president: one Ronald Wilson Reagan. Both men rose from humble origins. Modi, in particular, worked from childhood hawking tea in railway stations. Both were popular and successful state governors...
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Modi: Why Western media still doesn’t get it - Minhaz Merchant, Times of India
Over the past few months a spate of articles has appeared in the Western media bitterly critical of Narendra Modi. It would appear that a plague were about to visit India on May 16. Roger Boyes wrote in the London Times: “It looks as if India is embarking on a sea change. We can and must respect their democratic choice. We can also warn our Indian friends, in case they haven’t worked it out for themselves, Mr. Modi is potentially big trouble.” Amol Rajan, The Independent’s Indian-origin editor, wrote: “The charge sheet against Narendra Damodardas Modi...
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Getting India back on track - Ashley J Tellis, Mint
The 2014 national elections will be a critical waypoint along the road to restoring India’s economic growth. One survey after another has suggested a deep yearning for change. The electorate—in both the cities and villages—seems seized by the need to return the country to high growth. The transformations that began with the economic reforms unleashed in the 1990s have given Indians a taste of what structural change can bring to their lives. The explosion of resentment against corruption only testifies to the popular desire...
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Opinion poll gives NDA a clear majority - Times of India
For the first time in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a poll on Monday predicted a clear majority for any pre-poll alliance with NDTV projecting that NDA would get 275 seats in the 543-member House. This is 16 seats more than the poll had predicted last month. BJP on its own would win 226 seats — the highest tally ever for the party and the best by any party since 1991, the poll done by Hansa Research estimated. UPA would win just 111 seats, with Congress sinking to its lowest-ever tally of 92 seats, it said.
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