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Pranab book says then PM wasn't aware of provision
K.P. Nayar

Indira Gandhi did not know that it was possible to declare Emergency on grounds of domestic threats to security when she was groping for a way out of her electoral disqualification by Allahabad High Court on June 12, 1975, and attempting to contain a spreading movement for her ouster led by Jayaprakash Narayan.

This shocking admission is the gist of a conversation between the beleaguered Prime Minister and her then minister of state for finance ... Read More

Singapore sorcerer, India soothsayer
K.P. Nayar

For those Indians who have followed Lee Kuan Yew's remarkable legacy, it offers an eerie contrast between how he successfully steered his country's generational transition and India's own politics which is once again at the crossroads with Rahul Gandhi's sabbatical and his mother Sonia Gandhi returning to the centre-stage in public life.

Lee died early morning on Monday at the age of 91 after more than a month in hospital for treatment of severe pneumonia.

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'Let's Do Lunch', Michelle Obama to Shinzo Abe
Tokyo: Michelle Obama suggested a lunch date with Shinzo Abe at his wife's restaurant today, offering the Japanese Prime Minister a place at her table next time she is in town.

The US First Lady gave a ringing endorsement of Akie Abe's "izakaya", a traditional Japanese-style pub, after eating there with her opposite number on the second day of her visit to Tokyo.

"Prime Minister, first of all, your wife is an amazing woman," said Obama, ... Read More

When 'humiliated' Tata did 'favour' to Ford with JLR buyout!
Source: PTI
Ratan Tata and his team faced"humiliation" when they went to sell the group's fledgling car business to Ford in 1999, but came back to "do a big favour"just nine years later by taking over the American giant'smarquee brands Jaguar and Land Rover.

"They told us 'you do not know anything, why did you start the passenger car division at all'. They said they will do us a favour by buying our car division," a Tata ... Read More

Viable Alternative for Obama & Netanyahu
By Dr. David Leffler

According to US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress did not offer any "viable alternatives" regarding the ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning their alleged quest to obtain nuclear weapons. Whatever one's opinion about this is, the important fact is that neither leader's current strategies offer a scientifically-validated, field-tested means to solve this immediate crisis. Nor do they offer such an approach to rapidly dissipate the ... Read More

By Dr. Rikhab Chnad Jain

For much of the malice in the Indian governance system, the same can easily be attributed to irresponsible decision making by ruling and non-ruling political parties alike. Political parties in India continue to enjoy almost a liaise faire mode that is “do as you like, who can question?” Most of the political parties have front line functionaries enjoying a free hand in deciding national issues, generally single handed and others in ... Read More

Railway budget 2015
Have started feasibility study for bullet trains: Suresh Prabhu (see image)

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Improving train speed from existing 110 and 130 to 160 and 200 kms respectively so that inter-metro journey can be completed overnight
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Open wi-fi to be available at 400 railway stations; proposal to revamp the station re-development scheme
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Tickets can now be booked 120 days ahead of travel date, instead of 60 days now, to tackle tout menace
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We will introduce train sets saving ... Read More
censoring ìIndiaís Daughterî has done more damage than the film
By Annalisa Merelli

My Facebook newsfeed was a strange sight yesterday. People both in and outside India were sharing links to Indiaís Daughter, an unsettling BBC documentary that aired on Wednesday about the brutal gang-rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus in 2012. India had banned the film, but people had put it on YouTube and were sharing it on social media. As the hours went by, the Indian government (and later the BBC ... Read More
Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
55 years old Teeja Devi was born in village Bargadavaan in a family of farm labourers. The youngest of 4 siblings, her father died even before she was born. A father less Teeja had a tough childhood. She grew up amid fields, and from early childhood farming became part of her daily life. Teeja studied till class 5 and then was married in a rural household of a nearby village. ... Read More
The Sri Lankan president may be more than a match for Modi
K.P. Nayar
If the Nobel Peace Prize, which is frequently awarded to people whose decisions influence international affairs, is rechristened the Nobel Diplomatic Prize, a strong contender for the honour in 2015 would be Sri Lanka's president, Maithripala Sirisena. Never mind that he was elected president only in January this year.
If Barack Obama could win the peace prize in his first year in office with no legacy to live up to the high standards of the ... Read More
From adversity to prosperity
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
(CNS): It is not uncommon to hear about tales of migration from villages to cities in search of greener pastures. But, 22 years ago, a quirk of fate trans-located 42 years old Preeti from the city of Gorakhpur to a village called Bantaaniya. The youngest of 5 siblings—3 sisters and 2 brothers—Preeti grew up in Gorakhpur, a town in east UP, India. She had a comfortable childhood as her father ... Read More
Prayers for breakfast
K.P. Nayar
Barack Obama's remarks about religion and tolerance in India, made in New Delhi last month and reiterated in Washington a few days later, resurrected slices of my experience as an Indian living in the United States of America. Because I practised journalism on the east coast of the US, for several years in a row I was inundated by e-mails and other communication from Hindu Americans in New York campaigning for parking exemption in ... Read More
Voice for peace effort revival
K.P. Nayar
New Delhi, Feb. 8: With back-channel talks already in progress between India and Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee today added his voice for a revival of the May 2014 initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when South Asian leaders together broke bread in the Rashtrapati Bhavan banquet hall.
Mukherjee used his meeting with India's ambassadors and high Commissioners worldwide to plead for "that initiative (to) be followed through to its logical conclusion through incisive diplomacy even ... Read More
10 reasons why BJP lost Delhi to Aam Aadmi Party
Priyanka Rathi, IBN
New Delhi: A confused and divided Bharatiya Janata Party, which was riding high following the landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and consecutive wins in the Assembly elections in four states, has been steamrolled by the two-year-old Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly elections.

The failure to counter the charismatic and street smart IIT Kharagpur graduate Arvind Kejriwal, who rebuilt the AAP after the party's mauling in the Lok Sabha elections, ... Read More
Brain drain is a good thing
Concern about executive ‘brain drain’ from developing countries is misplaced. ‘Indirect’ learning in mature markets crucial to developing-country firms’ growth, says research co-authored at Cambridge Judge.

Concern about a “brain drain” of executives from developing countries who work in mature markets is misplaced because such “indirect” learning abroad is critical to their companies’ growth in developed markets, finds research co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Companies from India and other emerging economies have little opportunity to learn ... Read More
India’s Coin Divers Know When Change Is in the Air
NEW DELHI—Om Prakash remembers when more money used to fall out of the sky.

Today it’s mostly small change—“one-rupee, two-rupee, five-rupee coins” he says, or basically a few cents—sometimes accompanied by coconuts. Once, though, a woman’s gold ring came tumbling down.

Mr. Prakash, 30 years old, lives and works beneath a historic bridge that spans the Yamuna River in the heart of India’s capital city. The Yamuna is one of India’s most sacred rivers.
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Blood for sale: India's illegal 'red market'
By Anu Anand Delhi
Blood transfusion Selling blood in India is against the law, but there is a huge illegal trade in donations
In a crowded alleyway sandwiched between the wards of a large government hospital in New Delhi, we're searching for a blood tout.

One of the hospital's security guards has instructed us to look for a man with one leg.

We find the tout, Rajesh, sitting on a tattered blanket next to a tea stall drinking milky ... Read More
New Chapter for America and India
After years of near misses and unfulfilled promises, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India appear to have set relations between their democracies on a deeper, perhaps even revolutionary, path.

Part of the improvement in bilateral relations has to do with the personal chemistry between the two, which by all accounts appears warm and genuine. Mr. Obama had barely gotten off his plane in New Delhi when he and Mr. Modi embraced like old ... Read More
Obama's visit put growing Indo-US relations on a firm path
K.P. Nayar

By the time his three-day visit was drawing to a close, Barack Obama felt satisfied enough to claim ownership of it. He clearly got tired of reading and hearing that although it was he who had changed the flow of American history by shifting the date of his State of the Union address to travel to India, all the credit for this trip was going to Narendra Modi.

At President Pranab Mukherjee's State banquet, Obama ... Read More
Hope of Pak troops slash on border

New Delhi, Jan. 22: If all goes well, Pakistan will cut troops from its border with India after Barack Obama ends his visit to New Delhi for Republic Day. It is a big IF, but the signals, as the US President makes finishing touches to his travel plans, are promising.

Military intelligence has already assessed that some crack units from the Indo-Pakistan border have begun relocating to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. This is the result of ... Read More
Hope of Pak troops slash on border

New Delhi, Jan. 22: If all goes well, Pakistan will cut troops from its border with India after Barack Obama ends his visit to New Delhi for Republic Day. It is a big IF, but the signals, as the US President makes finishing touches to his travel plans, are promising.

Military intelligence has already assessed that some crack units from the Indo-Pakistan border have begun relocating to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. This is the result of ... Read More
Obama does a Modi; no 'press charter' aircraft to tail his plane to India
K.P. Nayar
Jan. 20: US President Barack Obama is taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book on media relations as he prepares to travel to India on Saturday.
For the first time in long memory since American reporters started accompanying their Presidents on overseas travel, there will be no usual "press charter" aircraft tailing Obama's Air Force One on his visit to India for Republic Day.
A White House travel office official who spoke to ... Read More
Relax Sangh Parivar, there’s no evidence of a Muslim population bomb
by Hasan Suroor Jan 23, 2015 21:22 IST

The much-awaited census data on the population of religious groups is out and the good news is that , contrary to gleeful speculation in the usually suspect circles, it doesn’t bear out apocalyptic theories about a Muslim population “bomb” waiting to go off that Hindus must counter by producing more children.

Behind the headline that Muslim population grew by 24 per cent in the decade 2001-2011, the real ... Read More
India Doesn’t Understand Its Rape Problem
MUMBAI — “Rapists must be hanged,” said Aasan Koyi, from behind the counter of his south Mumbai coconut water stall on a recent afternoon. “Some people work; some study. Other people only know how to do obscene things. For that, they must be hanged.”

Koyi’s cold logic echoes the sentiment that has swept through much of India since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December 2012. In September 2013, a ... Read More
Europe is India's largest source of foreign direct investment
K.P. Nayar
New Delhi's civic body was on overdrive to complete what needed to be done to spruce up the city for Barack Obama before Monday's announcement of the local elections. The worry was that some "anarchist" in the Aam Aadmi Party would approach the Election Commission complaining that one activity or other in Obama's name was in violation of the model code of conduct. Think tanks are on super-drive on behalf of the president of ... Read More
Same Sex marriage criminalized by Supreme Court of India
By Mike Ghouse
The Supreme Court's decision on December 11, 2013 to uphold section 377 of the Indian Penal code that criminalizes same sex marriage is not wise, and needs to be challenged. Is the judgment influenced by the undue belligerence from the right wing Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders or is it in the spirit of the constitution?

The hallmark of a civil society is respecting the otherness of ... Read More

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