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Jan 17, 2014

Honeymoon threatens to be brief for India’s anti-graft party

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – From a rally that nearly ended in a stampede, to a rebellious lawmaker and a minister openly dueling police over drug gangs, the honeymoon could be short-lived for an anti-corruption party that shook up India’s politics last month.

The Common Man’s Party (AAP) enjoyed a heady few weeks after its leader Arvind Kejriwal pulled off a political surprise by becoming Delhi chief minister in December elections.

Jan 16, 2014

Family heir Rahul Gandhi to lead party’s election campaign

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – After years in the shadows as a reluctant heir-apparent, India’s Rahul Gandhi is set to lead the ruling Congress party’s campaign in a general election it has only a slim chance of winning.

Congress, in power for the last decade, is struggling in opinion polls ahead of elections due by May, with a string of corruption scandals and a reputation for poor governance engulfing its administration.

Jan 16, 2014
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Interview: Congress session will lead to changes – Sachin Pilot

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After years in the shadows as a reluctant heir-apparent, Rahul Gandhi is set for his own tryst with destiny, to lead the ruling Congress party in elections due by May that it has only a slim chance of winning.

Reuters spoke to Sachin Pilot, the country’s corporate affairs minister, on the Congress party’s strategy for the 2014 election, Rahul Gandhi’s style of working and the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

Jan 16, 2014

Rahul Gandhi faces his own tryst with destiny

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – After years in the shadows as a reluctant heir-apparent, Rahul Gandhi is set for his own tryst with destiny, to lead the ruling Congress party in elections due by May that it has only a slim chance of winning.

Congress, in power for the last decade, is struggling in opinion polls with a string of corruption scandals and a reputation for poor governance engulfing its administration. A resurgent opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party, a neophyte anti-corruption party, appear to have a stranglehold on public opinion.

Jan 16, 2014

India’s Rahul Gandhi faces his own tryst with destiny

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – After years in the shadows as a reluctant heir-apparent, India’s Rahul Gandhi is set for his own tryst with destiny, to lead the ruling Congress party in elections due by May that it has only a slim chance of winning.

Congress, in power for the last decade, is struggling in opinion polls with a string of corruption scandals and a reputation for poor governance engulfing its administration. A resurgent opposition and a neophyte anti-corruption party appear to have a stranglehold on public opinion.

Jan 10, 2014

Political parties open arms for diplomat at centre of U.S. row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Diplomat Devyani Khobragade, heading home from the United States after she was indicted for visa fraud in a case that has strained bilateral ties, could have a political career for the asking.

Ahead of national elections that must be held by May, parties are preparing to crown her as a hero in a case seen as standing up to the United States and, if she wanted, offer her a political career. It signals how the case has stirred nationalist feelings among many Indians.

Jan 10, 2014

India’s political parties open arms for diplomat at center of U.S. row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, heading home from the United States after she was indicted for visa fraud in a case that has strained bilateral ties, could have a political career for the asking.

Ahead of national elections that must be held by May, parties are preparing to crown her as a hero in a case seen as standing up to the United States and, if she wanted, offer her a political career. It signals how the case has stirred nationalist feelings among many Indians.

Jan 3, 2014
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India’s Modi says he was shaken to the core by Gujarat’s 2002 religious riots

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(Smoke pours from the carriage of a train on fire in Godhra, in the Indian state of Gujarat, February 27, 2002, during the riots there that claimed at least 1,000 lives. REUTERS/Str)

Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has said he was deeply pained by religious violence during his time as chief minister of Gujarat state, seeking closure on a deeply divisive issue that has dogged him for more than a decade.

Dec 27, 2013

Modi says shaken to core by Gujarat’s religious riots

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday he had been deeply pained by religious violence during his time as chief minister of Gujarat, seeking closure on a deeply divisive issue that has dogged him for more than a decade.

Modi’s remarks on his blog were the furthest the powerful Hindi nationalist has gone to commiserate with the victims of the 2002 religious bloodshed, one of India’s worst since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

Dec 27, 2013

India seeks possible US tax violations as stand hardens in row

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper.