The writer is Consulting Editor, The Indian Express.
As the campaign reaches fever pitch, PM Modi will be reminded of his decision to swallow the poison – by sharing the stage with Gali Somasekhara Reddy, accused of widespread corruption in Bellary district.
From Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh, Jetindaera was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder, but was attended to by medical doctors in Pakistan’s Hyderabad and Malir jails.
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A patient of sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder that requires regular blood transfusion to stay alive, 21-year-old Jetindaera will be taken from Malir jail in Karachi to Wagah border, Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad told The Indian Express.
In his churidaar and Nehru jacket in Wuhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked every inch the successor of the first prime minister. No one else has worn the churidaar with such elan since, especially on foreign soil.
Fali Nariman indicated that the current impasse over the appointment of a judge may be linked to the government “still smarting” under the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the parliament’s decision to vote in favour of the NJAC which sought to control the appointment of judges.
Within hours of landing in Delhi, the PM got his cabinet to clear the death penalty for child rapists. He was demonstrating that he was capable of dealing with criticism, head-on, and would not allow the Opposition an easy walkover.
Nariman pointed out that the charges brought by the Congress-led Opposition were not in line with what the four most senior judges — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur —stated in their press conference on January 12.
Manmohan Singh said that the government must give “firm indication that wrongdoers will not be allowed to get away”.
Manmohan Singh said that Narendra Modi’s failure to speak up earlier had allowed people to think that they could get away without stern action being taken against them. “I do feel that those in authority must speak up in time (so as) to give a lead to their followers,” he said.
On the next Chief Justice, senior jurist Fali Nariman said: “Of course, it will be Justice (Ranjan) Gogoi. I don’t think the government will be so foolish so as not to appoint him.”
The PM knows the Delhi gangrape in 2012 drove another nail into the coffin of the UPA – he knows he can’t afford to have the same done to him and the party, in this last year before national polls in 2019.
The key message from the PM’s 43-minute phone conversation with BJP workers this week was that the party is not responsible for the Parliament washout in which Rs 169.5 crores are said to have been lost.
One particular dam project, the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki project, on a river by the same name in central-western Nepal, is increasingly becoming the centrepiece of this tug-of-war between Delhi and Beijing.
Nepal PM in India: On Saturday, after their talks in Hyderabad House, KP Sharma Oli and Narendra Modi will push a button to virtually lay the foundation stone of the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric project that the Sutlej Jal Vikas Nigam will build at a cost of $ 1.5 billion.
New Delhi seems to have realised its mistakes in dealing with its neighbours. It is willing to sweat behind the scenes to gain ground ceded to China.
The prime minister’s meeting this week with 111-year-old Sri Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji is certainly in line with the deep devotion the BJP’s top leaders also manifest when closely contested elections, like those in Karnataka, are around the corner.
The remarks by the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile grist to speculation that the distance between the government in New Delhi and the Dalai Lama’s people is growing.
@narendramodi retweets the Madhavpur Mela event in Gujarat, which celebrates the union of Krishna of Gujarat with Rukmini of Arunachal Pradesh, and which earlier this week turned into an occasion to take potshots at China.
“The days when India believed that South Asia was its primary sphere of influence and that it could prevent other powers, such as China, from expanding its own clout are long gone,” a senior government official told The Indian Express.