The contrast couldn t have been more stark. And yet there was no mistaking the echo of his own words from Tokyo on September 1, 2014, during his first bilateral visit to Japan as Prime Minister, four months after taking charge.Addressing a luncheon attended by Japanese and Indian industrialists, Modi said: "Today, we see all around what happened in the 18th century there is expansionism visible kisi desh mein encroachment karna, kahin samundar mein ghus jaana, kabhi kisi desh ke andar ja kar kabza karna in cheezon ki pravritti chal rahi hai (some country is encroached upon, one enters the seas somewhere, sometimes go inside a country and capture territory, we are witnessing such tendencies). "
In an exclusive interview to news agency ANI, Amit Shah said that he wants to assure the Indians that the country will both the battles under PM Modi''s leadership.
The explicit inclusion of vishwas (trust belief) in the slogan is telling. It is an understanding of politics that is based on the personal popularity of Modi, and the trust that voters have placed in him. One can juxtapose this trust based conception of politics against one of democratic accountability, wherein voters place well defined demands on the elected representative and support him her based on the fulfilment of these demands. I call this accountability based model the politics of vikas (development) because it is common to claim that politicians and leaders are judged on economic delivery. In contrast to this view of accountability based voter behaviour in India, I wish to develop a model of vishwas, and how it structures politics which I believe is helpful in understanding the current moment in Indian politics. The overturning of historical empirical patterns on elections is straightforwardly associated with the centralisation of political power in the Modi government. This centralisation, and the extraordinary level of support for Narendra Modi and the BJP, is a natural outcome of the politics of vishwas. This is a form of personal politics in which voters prefer to centralise political power in a strong leader, and trust the leader to make good decisions for the polity in contrast to the standard models of democratic accountability and issue based politics, which place power in the hands of citizenry.
In the Indian context, self reliance should not mean divorcing international trade. India will have to seriously engage with the region and the world, but at the same time strengthen its own domestic industry by streamlining the governance system and go far beyond mere amendments and announcements. Swadeshi does not and should not be interpreted as isolation. M.K. Gandhi s Swadeshi movement and self reliance were two sides of the same coin that would find currency in a globalised world. Gandhi s Hind Swaraj explains the all Indian economic (and political) model in detail. For Gandhi, swadeshi was the rejection of the colonial exploitation of India to add to British coffers, leading to the detriment of India s poor and the downtrodden. Capitalism based on unrestricted industrial growth to feed insatiable crass consumerism became the norm of the laissez faire (free market) Western economic model, which Gandhi criticised in Hind Swaraj. The British colonial model was passed on to the US and was touted as a panacea for economic growth, with technological materialism pitted against dialectal materialism as an inevitable operative instrument. It wasn t, which is why we need Swadeshi economics back.
Not entirely. While the PM did not give the details, he did specify that this calculation of Rs 20 lakh crore includes what the government has already announced and the steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This means the total amount of additional money that is over and above what the government would have spent even in the absence of a Covid crisis will not be Rs 20 lakh crore. It would be substantially less.That s because the PM has included the actions of RBI, India s central bank, as part of the government s fiscal package, even though only the government controls the fiscal policy and not the RBI (which controls the monetary policy). Government expenditure and RBI s actions are neither the same nor can they be added in this manner. Nowhere in the world is this done, clarifies Prof NR Bhanumurthy of NIPFP.
NEW DELHI : India on Sunday heeded Prime Minister Narendra Modi s call for switching off lights for 9 minutes at 9pm, with the national power grid managing the unprecedented ramp down and build up of electricity load in a short time successfully.This was the second appeal by Modi that leveraged his popularity among Indians to enlist them in the battle against the covid 19 pandemic.
Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday will address a public rally in Ranchi. Kejriwal who has been against demonetization since the very start is all set to expose Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his demonetization scam. AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha said that Modiâ€™s demonetisation decision is a scam worth Rs 8 lakh crore. Kejriwal, during his rally in Lucknow this week termed demonetisation as a scandal to write off the debts of capitalists.
â€œWhen the talks are supposed to be held between India and Pakistanâ€, Swaraj said firmly, â€œthen it should be in one of the two countries. It will take place either in New Delhi or Islamabadâ€.Less than four months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€™s government had drawn a firm line in the New Delhi dust on the future of India-Pakistan engagement: no discussions on Kashmir until Indiaâ€™s concerns on terrorism were addressed, based on a five-step programme agreed on in the Russian city of Ufa.
There has been hope in the government of finding an amicable solution to stalemate over the GST Bill following Modiâ€™s meeting with Sonia and Manmohan Singh last month.Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that the situation in NE and J&K is an insurgency from across the border in collaboration with home-grown groups