India Insight

Interview: Rajdeep Sardesai on Modi, the Gandhis and politics in India

November 11, 2014

rajdeep2The best journalists get front-row seats to the most tumultuous years of a nation. Rajdeep Sardesai, one of India’s best-known journalists, was in such a position for this year’s general election in India, in which 815 million people voted. Their decisions brought the Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader Narendra Modi into power, ending 67 years of near-uninterrupted control of Indian politics by the Congress Party and the Nehru-Gandhi clan.

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh slip in Forbes’ most powerful list

October 31, 2013

India’s top politicians Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh have fallen out of the top 20 in Forbes’ annual list of the world’s most powerful people.

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.

Window closing on Prime Minister Singh’s planned visit to Pakistan

November 29, 2012

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Rahul Gandhi can change Congress’ image with cabinet entry

October 17, 2012

India is asking the same old question after news reports said Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday before a possible cabinet reshuffle later this month: will Gandhi be one of the cards in his deck?

Mamata Banerjee: I’ve got Friday on my mind

September 19, 2012

Mamata Banerjee‘s threat that her ministers would quit on Friday unless the Indian government scrapped its plan to save the economy was her way of giving the government time to consider its options.

Political crisis in India: Mamata Banerjee moves out, UPA should move forward

September 18, 2012

It wasn’t unexpected. After more than three long years of association with the UPA II coalition government, key ally Mamata Banerjee is taking her name off the lease, packing up her things and getting ready to move out. Whether she has taken Congress’ chances for holding power in India with her depends on how strong — and willing — the party’s other friends are.

You can’t talk about Manmohan Singh that way!

September 7, 2012

Is it a compliment when the government of one of the largest countries in the world demands that you apologise for something you wrote? Ask Simon Denyer, India bureau chief of The Washington Post and a former Reuters editor based in Washington D.C. and India.

Congress strikes two birds with one stone

June 16, 2012

Why so much euphoria over the presidential polls? Shouldn’t the government concentrate on the economy; it’s a ceremonial post after all, we thought.