Indian National Congress

The revivalist

Pranab Mukherjee has been dubbed by his critics as the worst finance minister India ever had.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

The tragedy that is India

Some Indian economic commentators are praying that oldtime politician Pranab Mukherjee will contest the presidency in July.

This means he would have to give up the job of finance minister, making way for someone committed to reforms to smash bottlenecks and release the energies of the people to make India a great economic power.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Gandhi can't win the vote with tired ideas

For Indian's ruling Congress party, the recent election in the state of Uttar Pradesh was meant to mark the emergence of Rahul Gandhi as a 'real' politician, capable of pressing the flesh and connecting with the masses so brilliantly that he would silence detractors who scorned him as a lucky 'prince'.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Singh's challenge: stand up for reforms or step down

The devastating defeat of India's ruling Congress party in elections not only in Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, but also in Punjab and Goa, is obviously a body blow to the ambitions of Rahul Gandhi to take over as the country's next leader.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

India's about-turn on retail reform only shows up the rot in its politics

What was my old friend Dr Manmohan Singh thinking about? Is it time for him to step down as India's prime minister and take a well-earned retirement after 40 years of top-level public service? Should Singh and Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party coalition call elections in the hope that younger politicians with fresh ideas may take over?

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How one fasting man and his followers made a spectacle of India's democracy

The sight of a frail elderly man dressed in simple, though immaculately laundered, homespun clothes holding a protest fast in Delhi against government corruption evoked memories of Mohandas Gandhi, the esteemed Mahatma, and his epic struggle against the colonial rulers of India.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Far from ready to take off

New Delhi at last has its proud defining modern monument at the very point of entry to India - a massive, sparkling new Terminal 3, which alone is the sixth-largest airport in the world. Remarkably, too, it was built on time, in three years, by a public-private partnership, and on a US$3 billion budget.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

India won't release China war report

New Delhi has refused to reveal the findings of an investigation into India's humiliating military defeat at the hands of China 48 years ago.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Faultlines in India's economic miracle

On Saturday evening, the skies over Delhi exploded with light and sound and fury, turning the night almost as bright as day. It was such a sustained din that you might have thought it was an attack from China or Pakistan, about which the Indian press has been fearfully speculating.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

China and India agree to install PM hotline to ease tensions

A new dedicated hotline between the leaders of India and China will become operational in 30 days, an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman said yesterday.

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Experts blast mouthpiece's poll showing 90pc of Chinese perceive India as a threat

A survey in a major mainland newspaper that found 90 per cent of Chinese people viewed India as a threat has been roundly criticised by experts on Sino-Indian affairs.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The wonder of Indian democracy

It is simply the greatest show on Earth; paint that in sky-high capital letters, every one a different colour of the rainbow to indicate the daring and the audacity of the hope and dreams that an Indian general election represents.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Leading lawyer seeks answers on nation's finances ahead of NPC

A high-profile lawyer in Shanghai has renewed his call for the central government to open its accounts ahead of the National People's Congress next month.

Yan Yiming, who early last month petitioned the Finance Ministry to release the country's expenditure for last year and budget plans for this year, repeated his request this week after the first call was rejected.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Rahul Gandhi's 'marriage plans' spark frenzy of gossip

A casual remark by Rahul Gandhi has led to a frenzy of gossip about India's most eligible bachelor and, perhaps, the next leader of its dominant Congress party.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Gandhi in name, not in deed

Rahul Gandhi is out to prove two things to two different groups: to the public, that he is a committed politician rather than just a lucky young man born with a famous last name; to the Congress party, that he can lead the troops into battle.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am