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  1. News - Asia - INDIA

    Indian PM a puppet of Sonia Gandhi, ex-aide claims in new tell-all book

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by AFP

    ... political puppet hit bookstores, stirring new controversy in the midst of a bitterly fought election. The book paints a damning portrait of a leader who was in office- but "not in power ... accept the party president [Gandhi] is the centre of power". Critics have long charged Gandhi held the reins of power in the Singh administration but Baru's book is the first by a close ...

  2. News - Asia - INDIA

    India starts biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 02:30pm by Reuters in Bangalore

    ... suburb of eastern Bangalore. The Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, is forecast to suffer its worst-ever defeat after a decade in power due to public anger over the economic ...

  3. News - Asia - INDIA

    Narendra Modi's closest aide, Amit Shah, banned for inciting Muslims

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by Reuters

    ... government of Gujarat, runs Modi's campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which has a population larger than Brazil's and holds the keys to national power. Shah says the charges ...

  4. News - Asia - INDIA

    ‘Bachelor’ Narendra Modi finally owns up to having a wife

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 10:28pm by AFP

    ... the ruling Congress party, which has been in power nationally since 2004, is single. Unlike in many other democracies, being unmarried is not seen as a handicap because Hinduism has a strong ...

  5. News - Asia - INDIA

    In India’s Bihar state, convicted politicians turn to wives to hold office

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:06pm by SHAIKH AZIZUR RAHMAN

    ... for Krishna contesting on an RJD ticket. If anyone or any party has the power to stop this, I challenge them to do so," he said. Veena Devi, wife of another politician-turned-murderer, Surajbhan ... Devi, who had previously been a housewife, remained chief minister until she was voted out of power in 2005. Prasad was last year sentenced to five years in jail, so his wife is again running ...

  6. News - Asia - INDIA

    India voters start world’s biggest election

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 12:24pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... in power for 10 years Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election today, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. The nation's’s 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, which has been in power for 10 years, led ...

  7. News - Asia - INDIA

    India opinion polls point to big win for BJP leader Modi

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 06:17am by AFP

    ... nine-phase election, expected to vault the right-wing Hindu nationalist opposition to power. Newspapers carried full front-page ads with a photograph of Narendra Modi, the fiery prime ministerial ... sidelining the party's old guard. Modi's centralisation of power has led prominent historian Ramachandran Guha to fret about what he called the politician's tendency ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books - INDIA

    Book review: A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes, by Sam Miller

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 12:40pm by Victoria Burrows

    ... in power from 322 to 185BCE, at its peak covered the entire sub-continent. Now, only one column has been dug up and is on display. "It is, however, possible to feel some of the stumps ...

  9. News - Asia - INDIA

    Presidential frontrunner Narendra Modi puts China, Pakistan on notice

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:31am by Reuters

    ... this country," Modi said at a rally in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh last month, a region claimed by China. India, China and Pakistan are all nuclear powers. They are also jockeying to take ... benign. Modi has painted the ruling Congress party, which has been in power for more than 50 of the 67 years since India became independent, as weak on national security. But the country is one ...

  10. News - Asia - INDIA

    Tamil Nadu’s chief minister eyes role on national stage at federal election

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 09:23pm by Reuters

    ... candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, and a past dalliance with his party, suggest she is positioning herself for power in the next government. "Jayalalithaa is both in the BJP alliance ...




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