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.
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.
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.
A widely praised Indian political science textbook for high-school students became the object of controversy and -- regrettably, but unsurprisingly -- violence earlier this month after a member of Parliament claimed that it contained a cartoon offensive to BR Ambedkar, the Dalit (or low-caste) intellectual considered the architect of the Indian constitution, and to Dalits in general.
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.
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.