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May 27, 2014

India’s Modi prods Pakistan on terror on first days as PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighbouring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

Despite the directness of his message, both sides said Modi’s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New Delhi was cordial and they agreed to push for a restart of peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.

May 27, 2014

Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

LUCKNOW India (Reuters) – Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India’s presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement.

After the stunning majority won by Modi’s party in the general election, the movement that believes multi-faith India should be recognized first and foremost as a Hindu nation feels closer than ever before to achieving its goals.

May 26, 2014

Hindu sages, military bands and fireworks as India PM sworn in

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A ceremony involving military bands, Hindu holy men and a vegetarian high tea was laid on at the president’s mansion on Monday for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of the world’s largest democracy.

Modi and his ministers took their oaths at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a colonial-era sandstone mansion with 340 rooms in the heart of New Delhi.

May 26, 2014

Hindu sages, military bands and fireworks as Modi sworn in

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A ceremony involving military bands, Hindu holy men and a vegetarian high tea was laid on at the president’s mansion on Monday for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of the world’s largest democracy.

Modi and his ministers took their oaths at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a colonial-era sandstone mansion with 340 rooms in the heart of New Delhi.

May 26, 2014

Sworn in as India’s PM, Modi speaks of a “glorious future”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Narendra Modi was sworn in as India’s prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi’s resplendent presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping election victory that ended two terms of rule by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Millions of Indians watched the inauguration live on television as the 63-year-old Hindu nationalist leader, once thought of as too divisive to lead the world’s largest democracy, took his oath along with his cabinet members in the palace’s forecourt.

May 26, 2014

Sworn in as India’s leader, Modi speaks of a “glorious future”

NEW DELHI, May 26 (Reuters) – Narendra Modi was sworn in as
India’s prime minister in an elaborate ceremony at New Delhi’s
resplendent presidential palace on Monday, after a sweeping
election victory that ended two terms of rule by the
Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Millions of Indians watched the inauguration live on
television as the 63-year-old Hindu nationalist leader, once
thought of as too divisive to lead the world’s largest
democracy, took his oath along with his cabinet members in the
palace’s forecourt.

May 26, 2014

Modi faces mammoth task to meet soaring expectations

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount what one election strategist called a “shock and awe” campaign.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543 seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.

May 26, 2014

Modi faces mammoth task to meet India’s soaring expectations

NEW DELHI, May 26 (Reuters) – About a year ago Narendra Modi
sat down with some of India’s best and brightest to mount what
one election strategist called a “shock and awe” campaign.

From an unmarked office in Gandhinagar, the capital of
Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the young men and women, some on
sabbaticals from firms like JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, worked
on turning a fragmented parliamentary election involving 543
seats into a presidential-style referendum on candidate Modi.

May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for Indian PM’s wife

BRAHMANVADA India (Reuters) – India is preparing to give top-level security to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife deep in a village in their native state, a move that threatens to upend the quiet life she has lived since the couple separated as teenagers about 45 years ago.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, a retired primary school teacher, has been thrown into the national spotlight since Modi, after years of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing last month.

May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for Modi’s wife

BRAHMANVADA India (Reuters) – India is preparing to give top-level security to Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s wife deep in a village in their native state, a move that threatens to upend the quiet life she has lived since the couple separated as teenagers about 45 years ago.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, a retired primary school teacher, has been thrown into the national spotlight since Modi, after years of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing last month.