India’s main opposition party stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign, with protests outside his home after he sought to end a political crisis by firing two ministers over graft allegations.
India’s ruling Congress party aims to oust its chief rival in weekend elections in southern Karnataka state, a victory that may bolster the government as it bids to revive the economy ahead of a national poll.
India’s cabinet approved an aid package worth 120 billion rupees ($2.2 billion) for Bihar, a sign the government may be trying to encourage the state’s ruling party to leave the main federal opposition alliance.
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.
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.
Every January these past few years, some of the world’s leading novelists, historians, philosophers, and sociologists have been drawn to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival. Quickly outgrowing its modest beginnings in 2006, the event now sets the standard for the many new literary festivals from Brazil to Bali that illustrate what David S. Grewal calls “network power” -- the basic means of emulation and convergence through which cultural and economic globalization proceeds.
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.
Indonesia’s most-promising politician, Joko Widodo, who was elected governor of Jakarta province last month, looks like Barack Obama: lean and coolly self-possessed in a way that seems as much Bogartian as Javanese. Emerging out of nowhere, and serenely vaulting over the heads of establishment politicians, he embodies the possibility of change. But here the resemblance to the U.S. president ends.