The Great Debate (India)

Is the cabinet reshuffle merely cosmetic?

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh retained key allies in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday in a bid to help him fight accusations of corruption and policy paralysis, choosing instead to focus on gaining support ahead of state elections next year.

Key ministers were retained while Jairam Ramesh was moved to the rural development ministry from environment.

Will the minor cabinet reshuffle be sufficient to fight a slew of graft scandals, public protests and high inflation that have undermined the government?

Share your views.

PM defends himself in rare media roundtable

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during a news conference in Washington November November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley/Files Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defends himself against accusations his government was a lame duck, saying it was trying to bring justice in some of the country’s biggest corruption scandals in decades.

The 78-year-old Singh has been under increasing pressure to stamp out corruption.

India, Pakistan reach cautious win-win perch

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By C. Uday Bhaskar

(C. Uday Bhaskar is a New Delhi-based strategic analyst. The views expressed in the column are his own)

The joint statement issued by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt on the sidelines of the NAM Summit has generated considerable comment in both countries and is being interpreted across a wide bandwidth that ranges from outright condemnation to cautious cheer.

Has Sreedharan set an example by resigning?

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INDIA/The chief of Delhi’s metro rail system Elattuvalapil Sreedharan resigned on Sunday after a section of an overhead bridge under construction gave way and crushed five workers to death.

This is the second such accident involving the mass transit system in less than 12 months. Last October, a section of an under-construction flyover in the capital’s Lakshminagar area collapsed and fell on a bus, killing at least two persons.

Who will be India’s PM?

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As election fever reaches its peak amid the counting of votes on Saturday, all eyes are now on which party will cobble up a majority and stake claim to form the new government. And who will be India’s new prime minister? Will it be –

MANMOHAN SINGH INDIA/

The father of India’s economic reforms, Singh’s image of a compromise prime minister opened him up to criticism that he took orders from Congress party boss Sonia Gandhi and he has been criticised as a weak and directionless leader.

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