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Narendra Modi’s Black Money Move

Could India’s demonetization cause more harm than good? By Jyoti Malhotra India is either in the throes of a man-made cash crisis or on the verge of a new economic dawn. Depending on whom you speak to in the days following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on November 8 to demonetize the Rs 500 and Rs

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Anger Rising in India as Banks Slow to Dispense Cash to Millions

By Sanjeev Miglani and Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Nov 12 – Anger intensified in India on Saturday as banks struggled to dispense cash following the government’s decision to withdraw large denomination notes in an attempt to uncover billions of dollars in undeclared wealth. Tempers frayed as hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours outside

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India to Fund Major Gas Pipeline to Boost Eastern States

By Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI, Sept 21 – India’s government will partly fund a $2 billion gas pipeline project linking five eastern states to help kick-start economic growth in a region that has trailed the rest of the country, the oil minister said on Wednesday. The 2,500-km pipeline is to be built by state-run GAIL

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Indian Kashmir Protests Flare, Three Killed as Army Opens Fire

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, July 19 – Indian soldiers fired on a stone-throwing crowd defying a curfew in the Kashmir region, killing three people, police said on Tuesday, as unrest sparked by the death of a separatist militant flared. Authorities have imposed a curfew in Muslim-majority Kashmir for 11 days, blocked mobile phones and

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India: Modi’s Report Card

Two years into his reign, the triumphalism of India’s man Friday is paying off By Jyoti Malhotra India’s Modi government is nothing if not bullish about its progress. “From the policy paralysis that we inherited when we came to power in mid-2014 to becoming the fastest growing economy in the world is no mean achievement,” India’s

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India’s Ruling BJP Wins Power in Northeast, Expands Influence

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, May 19 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party declared victory on Thursday in the northeastern state of Assam, an election boost that will help his right-wing nationalist government rebuild some momentum after poll losses last year. Grabbing power in Assam, one of five states electing new assemblies, would

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Modi’s New Growth Recipe: Just Add Water

By Rajendra Jadhav and Mayank Bhardwaj KONDHANE/NEW DELHI, March 16 – Like his father before him, Dattatatraya Kshirsagar, 80, has been looking forward for years to the day when a $65 million dam will be completed in his village, an hour-and-a-half drive southeast of Mumbai. The dam would supply enough water to irrigate 1,000 hectares

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Modi’s Party Vows to Strip Muslim Immigrants of Vote in Eastern India

By Krishna N. Das JALESWAR, India, March 11 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Muslim immigrants in a volatile frontier state, waging a polarising election campaign in a bid to form its first government there. In campaign rallies in the remote state of Assam, officials of

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India Denies Visas to U.S. Religious Freedom Body

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, March 4- India has denied visas for a delegation from the U.S. government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom, the agency said on Thursday. The delegation from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom had been scheduled to leave for India on Friday for a long-planned visit with the support

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JNU Protests: To Create a Nation

India’s state apparatus is getting personal—and dissidents are bearing the brunt BY Meena Kandasamy The suicide of Dalit research scholar and student leader, Rohith Vemula, on January 17 marked a watershed moment in the anti-caste struggle in India. The factors that led to his suicide make it increasingly clear that what came to pass was an

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