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.
Two years ago, Dhanyashree Basak lived off a mud road in India’s West Bengal state in a house with daily power outages and an unreliable water supply. A new factory next door that makes railway parts changed all that.
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.
Across much of India, leaders of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party chant his name and plaster his picture on billboards and campaign pamphlets. He featured less prominently in one corner of Madhya Pradesh.
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.”
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.