Politics of India

India opposition hardliner Narendra Modi to head key post

Narendra Modi (in blue) greets supporters upon arrival in Goa on Friday. Photo: AFP

Modi, chief minister of the thriving state of Gujarat for more than a decade, was chosen to head the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election panel, despite opposition from some of his senior colleagues.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:45pm

Rahul Gandhi calls for economic reforms at Congress rally in India

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi with Rahul. Photo: AP

Rahul Gandhi made a rare public address to tens of thousands of supporters yesterday, raising his profile before a possible bid to become prime minister.

Gandhi, 42, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all led India, vowed to fight to modernise the country with reforms he said would help the poor and provide jobs.

5 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Surprise at Rahul Gandhi's omission from Indian cabinet

Rahul Gandhi (centre) has been busy with social issues. Photo: Reuters

A major reshuffle of India's cabinet left one question dangling: Where is Rahul Gandhi?

The scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is not among the new ministers, meaning that if - as expected - he leads his Congress party into 2014 elections he will be running for prime minister without ever having held a government post.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

Indian PM brings in younger MPs in cabinet reshuffle

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) and Congress party head Sonia Gandhi speak at the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers. Photo: EPA

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has given his cabinet an overdue facelift, bringing in younger ministers in a bid to breathe new life into his aged, scandal-tainted government ahead of state and federal elections.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:44am

Briefs, October 27, 2012

Krishna's resignation paves way for reshuffle

27 Oct 2012 - 3:30am

Few women on powerful boards

The government is making progress on its pledge two years ago to ensure women hold at least 30 per cent of posts on each advisory board and statutory body - but on some influential committees women remain few and far between.

Women make up 1,814 of the 5,850 non-official members appointed to government advisory bodies, or 31 per cent, but some boards lag.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Falling Off the Edge

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4 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The bee team is India's new political weapon

India's politicians are resorting to a new 'weapon' for settling scores - bees - forcing security agencies responsible for protecting VIPs to fall back on age-old methods for sanitising indoor and outdoor venues of their public engagements.

31 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

India deploys air force, army against Maoists

India is deploying the army and air force for the first time against Maoist guerillas, described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the biggest threat to its internal security.

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Unions should accept findings of pay study

In good times, civil servants benefit from the pay-trend survey that forms the basis for their annual adjustments - a safeguard for pay and conditions that are envied by the rest of the community. In bad times, it is reasonable, therefore, to expect them to accept that when private-sector pay is going down - as it has been - their annual adjustment should reflect that, too.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Singh gets nuclear deal despite the horse trading

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took his coalition government to the edge of the political abyss last week in an attempt to go ahead with the heavily contested Indo-US nuclear co-operation agreement.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

The die is caste

In 1990, a New Delhi student Rajeev Goswami, 20, poured kerosene over his body and set himself ablaze in the street to protest about a new policy setting aside places in universities and colleges for India's lowest castes.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

India's Muslims forced to hide their religion to survive in a world of hatred by Hindus

In the main commercial district of Calcutta, he runs a street food stall called Rajib's Paratha, where he is known as Rajib Mallick.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

After 30 years, India's Marxists face 'cathartic introspection'

The governments of China and Cuba may have been in power longer, but when it comes to winning elections, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)'s stranglehold over West Bengal stands apart.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The threat from society's margins

The daylight gunning down of an Indian politician this week has revived speculation about what is called the Naxalite threat. More significantly, it draws attention to the time warp in which 80 million Indians are caught. Economic liberalisation has aggravated their anguish.

8 Mar 2007 - 12:00am