from India Insight:

Narendra Modi follows his roadmap to Delhi

February 6, 2013

The Narendra Modi charm offensive showed up in full force in India's capital on Wednesday. Modi, the main opposition party's likely prime ministerial candidate gave a speech on progress and development at one of Delhi's premier colleges, the youthful audience greeted the 62-year-old politician with gusto, news outlets called his speech a "roadmap for India," protesters showed up en masse and Twitter went bananas.

from India Insight:

Euphoria over Rahul Gandhi’s new role may be short-lived

January 21, 2013

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from India Insight:

Why Rahul Gandhi stepped into the spotlight

January 20, 2013

The Congress has for a long time acknowledged Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent and several party members had openly said that he is their leader. Which means his appointment on Saturday as the party’s vice president -- a post just below that of Congress chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia -- was in many ways just a matter of finding him a suitable title.

from India Insight:

Narendra Modi, the BJP and the prime minister’s chair

December 10, 2012

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from India Insight:

The race for India’s next prime minister

September 5, 2012

With the Congress-led coalition government more than halfway through its five-year term, the political temperature is heating up in the world's largest democracy. The question on everyone's minds is -- who's going to be the next prime minister?

from Africa News blog:

Emerging donors chip away at aid industry’s status quo

January 26, 2012

By Alex Whiting

Jan 26 (AlertNet) - Where most expat aid workers fear to tread in Mogadishu, recently arrived Turkish aid workers have been driving in the streets, swimming in the sea and praying in local mosques.

from India Insight:

Advani’s “withdrawal” may come back to haunt BJP

September 23, 2011

As soon as former Bharatiya Janata Party president and political veteran Lal Krishna Advani announced that his role in the party and the Sangh Parivar "is much more than the post of prime minister" -- he made it pretty clear that he may not be the preferred BJP candidate for the prime minister’s post in the 2014 general elections.

from FaithWorld:

Exiled Tibetans vote after Dalai Lama gives up political leader role

March 16, 2011

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(Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama delivers a teaching session inside a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala March 15, 2011/Mukesh Gupta)

from Global News Journal:

Japan’s new “voluntary militia” cabinet under PM Kan

June 14, 2010

Newly-appointed Banking Minister Shozaburo Jimi bows to the Japanese national flag  after a news conference. REUTERS/Issei Kato .

Newly-appointed Banking Minister Shozaburo Jimi bows to the Japanese national flag after a news conference. REUTERS/Issei Kato .

from UK News:

Political theatre unfolds according to script

By Estelle Shirbon
April 6, 2010

BRITAIN-ELECTION/There was a big fuss but no suspense this morning outside Number 10 Downing Street. In what has become a typical pattern in the world of 24-hour news, media organisations had been briefed in advance on the content and the choreography of Gordon Brown's election announcement. This was the ultimate scripted, pre-packaged news event.