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Smart city in Meghalaya? We must be joking, Madam Minister

  By Patricia Mukhim Prime Minister Narendra Modi is inherently a bania (merchant). From the way he has roped in the moneybags to the Digitisation India project, to his call for land developers to pitch in for the 100 smart cities, Modi has his plans cut out. He knows it is difficult for these three projects – Smart Cities, Housing for All and AMRUT [Full Article...]

POLITICAL DELICACIES

    By Nora Chopra     MODI GOVERNMENT BUILDS SMARAK FOR P V NARASIMHA RAO AT RAJGHAT After Sardar Patel, the Narendra Modi’s BJP government has now set eyes on the two Congress Prime Ministers of India – Lal Bahadur Shastri the second prime minister and P V Narasimha Rao, the tenth prime minister. It is Narendra Modi who is frequently heard using [Full Article...]

The Lady Architect of Lawkyntang, Mawphlang

  By Aristotle Lyngdoh Stunned by shady deals and politicization of the heritage village on the site of the famous sacred groves, I am compelled to bring out this writing to share something about the unsung ‘Lady’ who has made tremendous transformation in our traditional governance especially for the Hima Mawphlang and whose legacy is our treasure and inspiration. While to some it may [Full Article...]

FDI INFLOWS TO INDIA TO GO UP THIS YEAR

    By G. Srinivasan The United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) has lauded India for leading regional foreign direct investment (FDI) as inflows to South Asia was up by 16 per cent to $41 billion in 2014, the year in which the policy paralysis of the Indian economy got broken with the inauguration of the new government in May 2014 under [Full Article...]

MODI NEEDS TO GET TO GRIPS WITH REALITY

    OBDURACY TO WRECK HIS REFORM AGENDA   By S. Sethuraman   The Modi Government heading into its second year, sees some signs of economic revival, with a boost from timely onset of monsoon, though its further course is unpredictable. While inflation may appear to remain stabilised, thanks to continuing low oil prices, what would tilt the balance is food inflation, with linkages [Full Article...]

INDIA HAS STAKE IN SRI LANKA ELECTIONS

    PRESIDENT SIRISENA’S HANDS NEED TO BE STRENGTHENED By Barun Das Gupta   Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved parliament ten months ahead of schedule and called for general elections on August 17. Early elections became inevitable in view of the strange situation in which “the Government was in the Opposition and the Opposition was in the Government” as a wag put [Full Article...]

Modi’s Four Devis

  PRIVATE CHARITRA, PUBLIC CHAAL By Poonam I Kaushish   Making a mountain out of a molehill? Or a molehill out of a mountain? Two questions continue to exercise political Delhi over Prime Minister Modi’s four ‘scandalous’ Devis. Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Lalitgate, Union Education Minister Smriti Irani’s ‘fake’ educational qualification and Maharashtra’s Women Minister Pankaja [Full Article...]

POLITICAL DELICACIES

By Nora Chopra   MAJOR CHANGES IN STATE LEADERSHIP OF BJP IN EASTERN STATES With an eye on the future composition of state assemblies and Lok Sabha, the BJP is planning to concentrate on states like West Bengal, Orissa and seven NE states. These states suffer from the problem of infiltration across the borders and have also turned into a safe haven for terrorists. [Full Article...]