"How will we live and work?"
The court sentenced 12 other people to seven years in jail for their role in the Gujarat riots that left 69 Muslims dead.
The Modi dream is fading. An Economist report found him widely described as an "authoritarian" and a "megalomaniac" even by supporters. More important, by all accounts, he does not believe in a liberal free market. Rather, like so many Republican politicians who routinely applaud free enterprise, he is more pro-business than pro-market.
India has extraordinary potential. Modi recently acknowledged that "there are huge global expectations for India." But for decades the Indian government has squandered its future.
From a destination-quality point of view, Gujarat strikes me as pure India, still unadulterated by international tourism. The people are friendly, the streets filthy, the culture deep and complex, the traffic crazy, the dances fun, prices affordable, and the weather hot.
Our society has become so adept at creating Chitras -- filling their minds with fears and insecurities making them under confident, so afraid about what might life have in store for them lest they take the less trodden path. Any semblance of courage left to break out is snubbed so strong that it forgets its own existence.
Instead of viewing it with emotional bias, we must at least acknowledge the problem so that tomorrow we can reach the proper
NEW DELHI -- The government's honeymoon is perhaps already over and realistically it has another six to 12 months to start putting flesh on the bare-bone schemes and ideas announced this past year. If these do not eventuate, one may well witness emptier stadiums abroad and hear shriller voices at home. Ultimately, for PM Modi to sell the Incredible India story, he will need to make India credible.
Following decades of detrimental overseas coal project financing by MDB, there has been meaningful progress made to secure new policies at MDBs to limit this type of financing. But despite this progress, there are some entrenched interests that refuse to get with the times.
Over decades of international gift-giving I've gathered a few pointers which might put more ho than humbug into your holidays if internationals are on your list. My motto is, "Be generous, but appropriate." Here's how...