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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.

May 26, 2014

Secret service to end rural anonymity for India’s new first lady

BRAHMANVADA, India, May 26 (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.

May 19, 2014

India’s defeated Congress party rejects Gandhi resignation offer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul on Monday offered to step down as leaders of India’s Congress party after it suffered its worst ever election defeat, but in a bid to snuff out dissent against the country’s leading political dynasty, party bosses declined.

Congress, which has ruled India for most of its 67 years of independence including the last decade, is reeling from a humiliating reverse to bitter rival Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

May 19, 2014

Congress closes ranks behind Gandhis after poll rout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress party was preparing to rally around the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday to snuff out possible dissent after it suffered its most humiliating defeat in an election.

Both party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and heir apparent, Rahul, have accepted responsibility for the loss. Ahead of a top-level meeting, party sources said there was no question of either resigning their posts.

May 19, 2014

India’s Congress closes ranks behind Gandhis after poll rout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Congress party was preparing to rally around the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty on Monday to snuff out possible dissent after it suffered its most humiliating defeat in an election.

Both party chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and heir apparent, Rahul, have accepted responsibility for the loss. Ahead of a top-level meeting, party sources said there was no question of either resigning their posts.