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How Modi’s budget failed India’s poorest and most vulnerable

Experts say cuts to rural food and jobs programmes risk harming the people who rely on them

9 Feb 2020 - 1:09PM

Experts say cuts to rural food and jobs programmes risk harming the people who rely on them

How Modi’s budget failed India’s poorest and most vulnerable
What’s behind India’s new-found animosity towards Amazon?

The world’s fastest growing e-commerce market once welcomed the US retail giant with open arms, but New Delhi is now investigating the company over allegations of anticompetitive behaviour.

27 Jan 2020 - 11:01PM

The world’s fastest growing e-commerce market once welcomed the US retail giant with open arms, but New Delhi is now investigating the company over allegations of anticompetitive behaviour.

What’s behind India’s new-found animosity towards Amazon?
China looms large even in its absence at India’s Raisina Dialogue, as experts discuss trade and security

Hundreds of experts in diplomacy and security gathered in New Delhi and if concerns about China had been muted in the past, they were never far from the surface this year.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:16PM

Hundreds of experts in diplomacy and security gathered in New Delhi and if concerns about China had been muted in the past, they were never far from the surface this year.

China looms large even in its absence at India’s Raisina Dialogue, as experts discuss trade and security
India and the US over China: Maldives picks a side in the Indian Ocean

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid says the islands back Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy and share India’s ‘security concerns’ about China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean.

17 Feb 2020 - 3:28PM

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid says the islands back Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy and share India’s ‘security concerns’ about China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean.

India and the US over China: Maldives picks a side in the Indian Ocean
Donald Trump’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani: illegal, says Russia, helped Isis, says Iran

‘The 21st century is a time when we must get rid of any methods in international relations which smack of colonial times,’ Russia’s Sergey Lavrov tells the Raisina Dialogue.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:10PM

‘The 21st century is a time when we must get rid of any methods in international relations which smack of colonial times,’ Russia’s Sergey Lavrov tells the Raisina Dialogue.

Donald Trump’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani: illegal, says Russia, helped Isis, says Iran
India’s ‘door still open’ to RCEP free-trade deal: Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

New Delhi could still rethink its decision to walk out on the 15-nation free-trade deal, says Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, but the terms would need to change.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:08PM

New Delhi could still rethink its decision to walk out on the 15-nation free-trade deal, says Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, but the terms would need to change.

India’s ‘door still open’ to RCEP free-trade deal: Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
From Bikram Choudhury to Gurmeet Ram Rahim, why does India have so many disgraced gurus?

For the country’s holy men, international notoriety is as common an outcome as global fame – but their influence is hard to shake at home, where people are desperate for a purpose or cause.

5 Jan 2020 - 2:05PM

For the country’s holy men, international notoriety is as common an outcome as global fame – but their influence is hard to shake at home, where people are desperate for a purpose or cause.

From Bikram Choudhury to Gurmeet Ram Rahim, why does India have so many disgraced gurus?
After a torrid December, how will India’s Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP fare in 2020?

With at least two major regional elections in 2020, all eyes are on how the BJP will arrest the fallout from the citizenship act and local poll defeats.

30 Dec 2019 - 9:05PM

With at least two major regional elections in 2020, all eyes are on how the BJP will arrest the fallout from the citizenship act and local poll defeats.

After a torrid December, how will India’s Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP fare in 2020?
Explainer | Can India and China get past their longstanding border dispute?

The 22nd round of talks between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was shrouded in secrecy amid a downward slide in bilateral ties.

23 Dec 2019 - 6:44PM

The 22nd round of talks between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was shrouded in secrecy amid a downward slide in bilateral ties.

Can India and China get past their longstanding border dispute?
WhatsApp to Bridgefy, what Hong Kong taught India’s leaderless protesters

Indians protesting against New Delhi’s new religion-based citizenship law have been inspired by the tactics employed by protesters on the streets of Hong Kong.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:21AM

Indians protesting against New Delhi’s new religion-based citizenship law have been inspired by the tactics employed by protesters on the streets of Hong Kong.

WhatsApp to Bridgefy, what Hong Kong taught India’s leaderless protesters
Abe cancels trip to protest-hit India amid efforts to counter ‘Chinese challenge’

The northeast state of Assam has become the epicentre of anger over a new law that excludes Muslims from neighbouring states from applying for Indian citizenship.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:03PM

The northeast state of Assam has become the epicentre of anger over a new law that excludes Muslims from neighbouring states from applying for Indian citizenship.

Abe cancels trip to protest-hit India amid efforts to counter ‘Chinese challenge’
India’s slowing economy takes deadly turn, but Modi’s in denial

Growth is falling, unemployment is rising, banks are being battered and people are killing themselves over tax. Something’s up in India’s economy, if only Modi would admit it.

24 Nov 2019 - 9:27AM

Growth is falling, unemployment is rising, banks are being battered and people are killing themselves over tax. Something’s up in India’s economy, if only Modi would admit it.

India’s slowing economy takes deadly turn, but Modi’s in denial
Sex assaults, hostile in-laws: life for widows of India’s farmer suicide epidemic

Over 200,000 farmers have killed themselves in the past 20 years, despairing of crop losses and debt. Their wives inherit the bills, but often not their land.

18 Nov 2019 - 12:03PM

Over 200,000 farmers have killed themselves in the past 20 years, despairing of crop losses and debt. Their wives inherit the bills, but often not their land.

Sex assaults, hostile in-laws: life for widows of India’s farmer suicide epidemic
Indian court’s ruling on Ayodhya case brings no closure for those scarred by deadly riots

In December 1992, a 16th-century mosque was demolished by an armed Hindu mob. More than 2,000 people were killed in the aftermath.

10 Nov 2019 - 9:40PM

In December 1992, a 16th-century mosque was demolished by an armed Hindu mob. More than 2,000 people were killed in the aftermath.

Indian court’s ruling on Ayodhya case brings no closure for those scarred by deadly riots
Xi, Modi agree to trim trade deficit, boost mutual trust amid US-China tensions

The leaders agreed to set up a mechanism to boost economic ties and tackle India’s trade deficit with China after their second informal summit.

13 Oct 2019 - 2:06AM

The leaders agreed to set up a mechanism to boost economic ties and tackle India’s trade deficit with China after their second informal summit.

Xi, Modi agree to trim trade deficit, boost mutual trust amid US-China tensions
As Xi meets Modi, Chennai’s Chinese community hope to witness the ‘Wuhan spirit’

For the past seven decades, Chennai has been home to some 15 ethnic Chinese families, whose forebears fled Wuhan during the civil war.

16 Oct 2019 - 4:55PM

For the past seven decades, Chennai has been home to some 15 ethnic Chinese families, whose forebears fled Wuhan during the civil war.

As Xi meets Modi, Chennai’s Chinese community hope to witness the ‘Wuhan spirit’
Analysis | Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi bank on chemistry as they talk trade and terrorism

Indian PM takes Chinese president on personal tour of monuments in coastal town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu.

12 Oct 2019 - 12:37PM

Indian PM takes Chinese president on personal tour of monuments in coastal town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu.

Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi bank on chemistry as they talk trade and terrorism
War games, Kashmir and a US$57 billion question: as Xi meets Modi, a look at the big issues

The meeting is aimed at thawing the chill in relations fuelled by China’s support of Pakistan’s opposition to India axing the autonomy of Kashmir.

12 Oct 2019 - 12:25AM

The meeting is aimed at thawing the chill in relations fuelled by China’s support of Pakistan’s opposition to India axing the autonomy of Kashmir.

War games, Kashmir and a US$57 billion question: as Xi meets Modi, a look at the big issues
Analysis | Modi-Xi bonhomie to be tested by ‘irritants’, but global pressures may yet prompt tighter embrace

The Indian and Chinese leaders are expected to meet this weekend for their second informal summit in little more than a year.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:54PM

The Indian and Chinese leaders are expected to meet this weekend for their second informal summit in little more than a year.

Modi-Xi bonhomie to be tested by ‘irritants’, but global pressures may yet prompt tighter embrace
Analysis | Deft diplomacy and economic realism help India sell its Kashmir and Assam policies

New Delhi has played its cards right to ensure global powers do not rock the boat, but analysts warn India cannot expect something for nothing.

2 Sep 2019 - 10:43PM

New Delhi has played its cards right to ensure global powers do not rock the boat, but analysts warn India cannot expect something for nothing.

Deft diplomacy and economic realism help India sell its Kashmir and Assam policies
Analysis | Indians told to boycott Chinese goods after Beijing backs Pakistan on Kashmir

Anger is brewing among nationalists who are fanning out across the country to persuade their compatriots to shun products from China.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:35AM

Anger is brewing among nationalists who are fanning out across the country to persuade their compatriots to shun products from China.

Indians told to boycott Chinese goods after Beijing backs Pakistan on Kashmir
Tales of grit and glory: the lives of Mumbai’s slumdog cricket World Cup heroes

Defying the odds, a team of teenagers from India’s marginalised communities won the Street Child Cricket World Cup in England.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:11PM

Defying the odds, a team of teenagers from India’s marginalised communities won the Street Child Cricket World Cup in England.

Tales of grit and glory: the lives of Mumbai’s slumdog cricket World Cup heroes
Will Rahul Gandhi’s exit make Modi’s dream for a ‘Congress-free India’ come true?

As the opposition Indian National Congress struggles to revive from a bruising election defeat, Modi’s ruling BJP has started drawing up battle plans to widen its lead in 2024.

5 Jul 2019 - 1:49PM

As the opposition Indian National Congress struggles to revive from a bruising election defeat, Modi’s ruling BJP has started drawing up battle plans to widen its lead in 2024.

Will Rahul Gandhi’s exit make Modi’s dream for a ‘Congress-free India’ come true?
India’s deadly drought: villagers in Mokhada battle sleepless nights, snakes in search of water

Rain or shine, villagers in the wet region of Mokhada constantly face water woes, as its water supply is diverted to industrial areas and other cities – a problem that has worsened as a severe drought grips India.

5 Jul 2019 - 2:07PM

Rain or shine, villagers in the wet region of Mokhada constantly face water woes, as its water supply is diverted to industrial areas and other cities – a problem that has worsened as a severe drought grips India.

India’s deadly drought: villagers in Mokhada battle sleepless nights, snakes in search of water
G20 Osaka: as China, India and Russia draw close, has Trump overplayed his hand?

With Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin displaying increasing bonhomie, the United States will have cause to reflect on its recent trade disputes with ally New Delhi

10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM

With Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin displaying increasing bonhomie, the United States will have cause to reflect on its recent trade disputes with ally New Delhi

G20 Osaka: as China, India and Russia draw close, has Trump overplayed his hand?
Will Narendra Modi’s snub of Xi Jinping’s belt and road derail China-India ties?

The Indian prime minister refused to back the Chinese leader’s ambitious global infrastructure vision at a summit last week, but the apparent snub is not getting in the way of amicable ties between Asia’s two biggest economies.

19 Jun 2019 - 10:50PM

The Indian prime minister refused to back the Chinese leader’s ambitious global infrastructure vision at a summit last week, but the apparent snub is not getting in the way of amicable ties between Asia’s two biggest economies.

Will Narendra Modi’s snub of Xi Jinping’s belt and road derail China-India ties?
Modi-Xi summit seen as sign of bonhomie but also strategic ambitions of New Delhi

Warming ties will be a win-win for the two Asian powerhouses, but they also signal India’s intent to gain influence over its geopolitical backyard.

30 May 2019 - 3:16PM

Warming ties will be a win-win for the two Asian powerhouses, but they also signal India’s intent to gain influence over its geopolitical backyard.

Modi-Xi summit seen as sign of bonhomie but also strategic ambitions of New Delhi
Why Indians voted for Modi over jobs: it’s not the economy, stupid

Unpopular economic policies don’t seem to have gotten in the way of another landslide victory for the Indian prime minister.

24 May 2019 - 4:59PM

Unpopular economic policies don’t seem to have gotten in the way of another landslide victory for the Indian prime minister.

Why Indians voted for Modi over jobs: it’s not the economy, stupid
India election: economic slowdown looms even as Narendra Modi celebrates resounding victory

While Modi’s win marks the first time since 1971 an incumbent leader is re-elected with a majority, domestic issues will keep his second term busy with tough times ahead.

24 May 2019 - 5:04PM

While Modi’s win marks the first time since 1971 an incumbent leader is re-elected with a majority, domestic issues will keep his second term busy with tough times ahead.

India election: economic slowdown looms even as Narendra Modi celebrates resounding victory
India election: Narendra Modi claims victory for BJP, pledges to build ‘inclusive India’

Opposition leader concedes defeat hours after prime minister Narendra Modi celebrates early victory, as Election Commission data shows the BJP leading in 302 out of 542 seats in lower house on Thursday night.

23 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Opposition leader concedes defeat hours after prime minister Narendra Modi celebrates early victory, as Election Commission data shows the BJP leading in 302 out of 542 seats in lower house on Thursday night.

India election: Narendra Modi claims victory for BJP, pledges to build ‘inclusive India’