India Politics

India Politics

Can gap between Modi's vision and Hindu hyper-nationalists be bridged?

By Amulya Ganguli

Narendra Modi is probably learning the veracity of Stalin's insightful aphorism that while one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. In a country which has seen innumerable communal riots over the decades, and a 25 percent rise in inter-faith violence since Modi came to power, the furore over the death of one Muslim in a village near Delhi must be something of a puzzle and also hugely disconcerting for the government because it cannot quite anticipate what the fallout will be over a period of time.

Partial response to opposition shutdown in Telangana

Hyderabad : The day-long shutdown called by the opposition parties in Telangana over farmers' issues on Saturday evoked partial response in the state.

The opposition parties are demanding the government to implement one-time waiver of farm loans to check the increasing number of suicides by farmers.

Bus services of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) were affected as the leaders and workers of opposition parties staged sit-ins at bus stations and depots here and nine other districts in the state.

देखिए तस्वीरों में पीएम मोदी की औरंगाबाद रैली

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,


1/3rd candidates in Bihar polls' phase II facing criminal cases

New Delhi: About one-third of the candidates for the second-phase of the Bihar assembly polls have declared their criminal cases, with the BJP, JD-U and RJD fielding the maximum number of such candidates, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Friday.

There are 456 candidates in the fray in the second phase of the Bihar polls. Polling for 32 seats in the second phase will be held on October 16.


Congress alleges over Rs.6,000 crore 'black money' sent out of India

New Delhi: The Congress alleged on Friday that Rs.6,000 crore of "black money" had been sent out of the country from a public sector bank months after the NDA government came to power last may and sought an independent probe into the "scam."

Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh hit out at the BJP over its claims that there had been no scam during the rule of Narendra Modi government and said "cash of Rs.6,172 crore was deposited in Bank of Baroda after July 2014", violating rules governing such transactions.


All 60,000 rail coaches to have dustbins soon: Prabhu

New Delhi: All 60,000 railways coaches will soon be provided with dustbins to ensure a clean travelling environment, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Friday.

"All the 60,000 coaches will be provided with dustbins and the target will be reached as soon as possible," Prabhu said while inaugurating an international conference here on rail coaches.

Currently, all conventional air-conditioned coaches manufactured at the Integrated Coach Factory at Chennai and non-AC LHB coaches manufactured at Rail Coach Factory in Punjab's Kapurthala are equipped with dustbins.

Over 5,000 Rohingya Muslims settled in Jammu: Sayeed

Srinagar: Over 5,000 Rohingya refugees are living in in many settlement colonies in Jammu and Kashmir's winter capital Jammu after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Friday.

"There are about 1,219 Rohingya (Burmese) families comprising 5,107 members who are staying in Jammu," he said.

Often described as "world's most persecuted minority", Rohingyas are unable to re-obtain citizenship of Myanmar after being stripped of their citizenship in 1982 in the Southeast Asian country.

साम्प्रदायिक शक्तियों की ज़द में पहुंचता समस्तीपुर

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

समस्तीपुर: जिस ज़मीन पर हमेशा धर्म-निरपेक्षता की फ़सल उगती रही है अब वहां भी साम्प्रदायिकता की आग का धुंआ दिखने लगा है. हमेशा एकजुटता व आपसी भाईचारे की मिसाल पेश करने वाला समस्तीपुर इलाक़ा साम्प्रदायिकता और धर्म की राजनीति में झुलसता दिखाई दे रहा है. लोगों के अंदर एक अजीब-सी खामोशी है या यूं कहे एक डर भी, जो चौपालों व चाय की दुकानों पर छिपते-छिपाते बातों में ज़ाहिर हो ही जाता है.

Our government has brought down cow smuggling: Rajnath

Lucknow : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Friday said smuggling of cows for slaughter to neighbouring nations had come down drastically since the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.

In his parliamentary constituency on a two-day visit, Singh said it was due to the union government's efforts that the Border Security Force stepped up vigil on Indo-Bangladesh border, as a result of which cow smuggling to the neighbouring nation had reduced.

After BJP assault, PDP, NC underline secular values

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and opposition leader Omar Abdullah came together on Friday to call for upholding the state's secular and pluralistic values.

Speaking on near similar lines on religious tolerance, Sayeed and Omar Abdullah spoke eloquently as the assembly unanimously passed a resolution pledging to uphold the ethos of the country's only Muslim-majority state.

"We have been elected to set an example here," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said, moving the resolution.