India Politics

India Politics

Can US motivate Modi government to restore equitable polity in India?

By Kaleem Kawaja,

The visit of a Prime Minister of India to the United States on the invitation of the US President is a significant event for the people of India. It raises hopes that with help from US things will change for the better for the billion plus Indians. India has been a burgeoning democracy since it became a free and sovereign nation sixty-seven years ago in 1947. Twenty-three years ago in 1991 India began a tryst with the western style system of free enterprise and global economy.

Rajasthan's BJP government in dock over alleged malnutrition deaths

By Anil Sharma ,

Jaipur: The death of two children this month in the Sahariya-dominated areas of the northeastern Baran district, allegedly due to malnutrition, has kicked up a political furore in the desert state of Rajasthan. The Sahariyas are an indigenous people numbering around 125,000 and live in primitive conditions with little access to modern healthcare.


Legal immunity for Modi challenged, group announces reward for serving summons

Washington: Challenging US officials' contention that Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoyed immunity from lawsuits in US courts, a US-based group announced a $10,000 reward for successfully serving a US court's summons on him.

A counsel of American Justice Centre, which had Thursday obtained a New York court's summons against Modi for his alleged complicity in 2002 Gujarat riots as the state chief minister, Friday challenged Obama administration's assertion regarding immunity.

'Modi as head of government is ring-fenced against summons'

By Arul Louis ,

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “ring-fenced” as a sovereign representative of India and cannot be served summons in a case filed against him in a federal court here by an organisation claiming to be representing alleged 2002 riots victims, an Indian government official said here Friday.

“The Indian sovereign representative is ring-fenced and there is no issue of anyone serving any summons on India's sovereign representative,” Syed Akbaruddin, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said here in a news conference.

BJP releases list of candidates for Maharashtra

New Delhi: A day after ending its 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena following differences over seat sharing, the BJP Friday released a list of 172 candidates for the assembly polls in Maharashtra.

The list includes names of several party leaders including Eknathrao Khadse and Vinod Tawde.

Saturday is the last day of filing nominations for the Oct 15 elections.


BJP keen on Modi addressing over 30 rallies in Maharashtra, Haryana

New Delhi: The BJP appears to be banking heavily on campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shore up its performance in assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana with the party leaders keen that he addresses over 30 rallies in the two poll-bound states.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which had earlier decided to go it alone in Haryana, Friday snapped its ties with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and will now contest the assembly polls in alliance with some smaller parties.

The party seems to relying on Modi to improve its electoral fortunes in the two states.


Modi arrives in US

New York : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Friday on a five-day visit to the US.

During his visit, he will address the 69th session of the United Nations and hold bilateral talks with US president Barack Obama in Washington. He will also address the Indian community in New York's Madison Square Garden, an event that will be telecast live on Times Square.

808 file nominations for Haryana polls

Chandigarh : As many as 808 candidates have filed their nominations for the Oct 15 Haryana assembly elections with over 500 submitting their papers on the penultimate day Friday, an election official said.

Chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said that 513 candidates filed their nominations Friday.

All 90 assembly seats in Haryana go to polls Oct 15.

Walgad said that 174 independent candidates had filed their nomination papers so far.


Chautala dreaming of taking CM's oath from jail: Naqvi

Gurgaon : BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here Friday that jailed former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala is dreaming of taking oath as chief minister from Tihar Jail if his party wins the Oct 15 state polls.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice president Naqvi was addressing a gathering here in sector 5 prior to filing of nomination by Umesh Aggarwal, the party candidate from the Gurgaon assembly seat.

US ready to use Modi visit to elevate ties

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to the US for his summit with President Barack Obama, officials said it would provide them an opportunity to set forth their vision for this "defining partnership of the 21st century".

Hours ahead of Modi's scheduled arrival in New York Friday to start what he himself has called "a new chapter in our strategic partnership", senior administration officials said this was a "historic and pivotal moment" in the history of the two greatest democratic nations.