India

Modi’s new broom aims to sweep India clean

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Narendra Modi enlists the Mahatma in his ambitious campaign to make India a clean place in five years, ROBIN JEFFREY and ASSA DORON report. Narendra Modi, India’s powerful new prime minister, chose Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October to launch a ‘Clean India!’ or Swachh Bharat campaign. He committed big funding to making India a […]

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Anxiety persists over India’s new government

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Early signs are mixed that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, can deliver on his promise to create a genuinely inclusive sense of nationhood. Why are many people in India apprehensive about the country’s new government? The Bharatiya Janata Party won 282 seats in the 543-seat lower house, and with its allies, it won close […]

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Of gods and politicians

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India’s secular parties don the cloak of religion in the jostle for votes. SWATI Parashar reports. With voting now underway in India’s election, the one obtrusive factor that has missed analytical and academic scrutiny during the election campaign is the increasing use of religious symbolism by all political parties, their supporters and candidates. This election […]