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Mar 19, 2012

India’s subsidies dilemma: sound economics or political survival

NEW DELHI, March 19 (Reuters) – For India to reach its
target for cutting the budget deficit, Prime Minister Manmoham
Singh would almost certainly have to raise prices for subsidised
fuel products.

For Singh, it is an unhappy choice between sound economics
and political survival. Since the former risks bringing down the
government, he is likely to sacrifice budget discipline to hang
on to power.

Mar 16, 2012
via India Insight

Budget in a bunker

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The leather briefcase that the finance minister holds up for the cameras before he delivers the budget in parliament is one of the most curious hangovers from British colonial times.

But one tradition that gets little attention is the intense secrecy that surrounds the preparation of the budget.

Mar 11, 2012

Insight: In India, a dynasty’s tryst with decline

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi slept under the stars in rural India, he shared simple meals of lentil curry and bread with poor villagers, and he was even arrested for joining farmers in a land protest.

The scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty tried over the past year to project himself as a man of the people. He dressed down and grew a beard to look more rugged as he campaigned tirelessly for the ruling Congress party in Uttar Pradesh, a vast state straddling the River Ganges that with 200 million people is more populous than Brazil.

Mar 11, 2012

In India, Gandhi dynasty’s tryst with decline

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi slept under the stars in rural India, he shared simple meals of lentil curry and bread with poor villagers, and he was even arrested for joining farmers in a land protest.

The scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty tried over the past year to project himself as a man of the people. He dressed down and grew a beard to look more rugged as he campaigned tirelessly for the ruling Congress party in Uttar Pradesh, a vast state straddling the River Ganges that with 200 million people is more populous than Brazil.

Mar 7, 2012

Voters deal heavy blow to India’s next Gandhi

NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) – India’s Rahul Gandhi
failed spectacularly to deliver a promised comeback for his
Congress party in crucial state elections, casting fresh doubt
on his capacity to become the next member of a storied dynasty
to lead the country.

The Congress party flop in India’s most politically vital
state was also a blow to the already-tottering government of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reducing his scope to re-launch
reforms and reverse a slowdown in economic growth.

Mar 6, 2012

SP sweeps UP polls; blow for Congress, BSP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi failed spectacularly to deliver a promised comeback for his Congress party in crucial state elections, casting fresh doubt on his capacity to become the next member of a storied dynasty to lead the country.

The Congress party flop in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s most politically vital state, was also a blow to the already-tottering government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reducing his scope to re-launch reforms and reverse a slowdown in economic growth.

Mar 6, 2012

Rahul Gandhi flops in Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress party trailed in fourth place as vote counting neared its end in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, a bitter election blow to Rahul Gandhi who had staked his political future on reviving his party’s fortunes in the state.

Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of its 65 years of independence, had campaigned tirelessly to revive his centre-left party in a politically crucial state where it has not held power for 22 years.

Mar 6, 2012

Gandhi’s Congress flops in Indian state elections

NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) – India’s Congress party
trailed in fourth place as vote counting neared its end in Uttar
Pradesh on Tuesday, a bitter election blow to Rahul Gandhi who
had staked his political future on reviving his party’s fortunes
in the populous northern state.

Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled
India for most of its 65 years of independence, had campaigned
tirelessly to revive his centre-left party in a politically
crucial state where it has not held power for 22 years.

Mar 3, 2012

Surveys point to election blow for Gandhis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi failed to deliver the election comeback he had promised for the Congress party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, according to voter surveys released after the phased, month-long poll ended on Saturday.

Official results will not be known until Tuesday and it was not clear how accurate the handful of post-election surveys would prove, though they all showed similar trends.

Mar 3, 2012

Surveys point to election blow for India’s Gandhis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Rahul Gandhi failed to deliver the election comeback he had promised for the ruling Congress party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, according to voter surveys released after the phased, month-long poll ended on Saturday.

Official results will not be known until Tuesday and it was not clear how accurate the handful of post-election surveys would prove, though they all showed similar trends.

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      "John Chalmers is the Reuters' Bureau Chief for South Asia. He was previously a correspondent in London, Paris, Hanoi, New Delhi and Brussels."
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