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A new work culture, finally... - Tavishi Srivastava, Pioneer
For Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to run an administration, is certainly not new. He had been heading the Gorakhnath Peeth in Gorakhpur since the last few decades. But this time, being the Chief Minister of the State with the largest number of Lok Sabha seats, the canvas is bigger — and so is the responsibility. He has been chosen by the BJP leadership to prepare the most populated State for the party’s Mission 2019 at the Centre. So, Yogi is a man in a hurry. He made his intentions clear from day one, that he meant business. Read Full Article››
The Nitish-BJP gathbandhan will be better for governance and growth - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, once seen as a possible future Prime Minister heading an anti-BJP front, has broken a million liberal hearts. He has broken the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with anti-BJP parties, dumped Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as his coalition partner, and formed a new ministry with BJP support. The grand alliance lies in tatters, incapable of threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general election.
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Rahul Gandhi sure shot route to 'Congress Mukt Bharat' - GVL Narasimha Rao, Business Standard
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on launched scathing attack on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and said he is the sure shot route to Congress Mukt Bharat (Congress Free India). The ruling party's attack on the Gandhi scion came a day after Rahul slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre while digging out issues including Rohith Vemula suicide case, Dadri lynching case and demonetisation drive.
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Kovind elected head of state - Rajesh Kumar, Pioneer
From a mud house in Kanpur Dehat to the sprawling Rashtrapati Bhavan on the Raisina Hill, Ram Nath Kovind, 71, completed an impressive journey on Thursday when he was elected the 14th President of India. The BJP-led NDA candidate trounced Opposition nominee Meira Kumar in a contest that went on the predictable line. In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,98,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,00,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker...
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GST in Modi’s new India - GVL Narasimha Rao
Introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) heralds India’s emergence as an economic union seven decades after we became an independent political nation. A late night Parliament session befitted this historic moment. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the principal driving force behind GST, this epoch-making reform reflects the collective will of 135 crore people represented in our sovereign Parliament and state legislatures. By deciding to give the special overnight Parliament session a miss...
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Hand in hand into the future - Narendra Modi & Benjamin Netanyahu, Times of India
A historic visit to Israel commences today. It will be the first ever of an Indian Prime Minister to Israel. The two of us have met before but this is the first time we do so on Israeli soil. The natural partnership between India and Israel, formally elevated 25 years ago to full diplomatic relations, has grown stronger from year to year. The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size. Ours are two modern, vibrant democracies that draw on our rich historical traditions while striving to seize the promise...
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Don't politicise farmers' issues - M Venkaiah Naidu, Times of India
Congress is at it again. Back to its old game of fishing in troubled waters and adding fuel to fire. As is its wont, Congress is trying to make political capital out of the unfortunate incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur – the death of five people in firing following violent agitation by farmers. It is a matter of deep anguish that the violence led to loss of human lives. While the NDA government at the Centre and BJP are seized of the matter and addressing the concerns of the farmers...
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Russia and India: 70 years together - Vladimir Putin, Times of India
This year, we are celebrating the anniversary of a truly historic event. Seventy years ago – on April 13, 1947 – the governments of the USSR and India announced their decision to establish official missions in Delhi and Moscow. This step on our part logically followed up on our course for assisting India on its way to national liberation and contributed to strengthening its independence. In the decades that have followed, our bilateral partnership has further intensified and strengthened...
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India's most trusted - Ram Madhav, Indian Express
Three years is not enough for any government to transform a nation; but it is enough to judge if the direction is right. Three years of the Narendra Modi government clearly demonstrate that the direction is not just about reform, it is transformative. The political resolution passed at the National Executive of the BJP last year stated: “We are here not merely for reform. Reform is good, but it is largely about tinkering with the existing system.
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The political juggernaut on a roll - Poornima Joshi, Business Line
What started in 2014 as a voters’ experiment with the politics of hope is now a phenomenon, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi acquiring almost a mythical image as an agent of change. As he completes three years in office, the Prime Minister and the ruling party, run with militaristic precision by his indefatigable lieutenant, BJP President Amit Shah, have emerged as the most powerful beneficiaries of the voters’ challenge to a status quo that has curtailed social mobility and promoted income inequality for decades.
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The conspiracy theory itch - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), since its inception, has used a certain set of tools to enhance its political prospects. These include roadside activism, press conferences with revelations, attacking powerful figures in other parties and finally, spreading conspiracy theories such as the one about ‘rigged EVMs’. All over the world, there is a market for conspiracies. A significant chunk of the population likes to believe the unbelievable. This happens across the spectrum of political ideologies.
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