Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”
States are granted the power to arrest or detain citizens. It follows that governments, which represent the state but are congregations of human actors, should exercise extreme self-restraint in depriving human beings of their liberty, and in particular never use the state's power to settle personal scores.
Eleven Indian parties agreed to campaign as one bloc in national elections due by May seeking to offer an alternative to the ruling Congress party-led coalition and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s largest ally said it was quitting the ruling coalition over a decision to allow the entry of foreign retailers and raise diesel prices, an exit that would leave the government at the whim of regional parties as it seeks to revive the economy.
Rajeev Jyoti , head of Indian transportation at Bombadier Inc. , comments on the Indian Railways’ annual budget, released today by Minister Mamata Banerjee . She said the $12.7 billion plan outlay for the year starting April 1 will promote private industry participation through public-private partnerships.
Indian Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi denied he had been asked to resign after a decision to raise passenger fares drew criticism from his own party and exposed the frailty of the governing coalition.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ’s second-biggest parliamentary ally was routed in elections in a southern state, as a backlash against corruption underscored that recent scandals have damaged his government.