Modi Team Still leaner than UPA, Previous NDA

  Even after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his team to 66 ministers, it is leaner than the council of ministers headed by former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.   The strength of Singh’s UPA-II ministry stood at 78 after its final reshuffle in October 2012. The Vajpayee government started in 1998 … Continued

The $15 Billion Tab India Could Have Avoided Picking

    India needs lots of coal to power its energy needs. Increasingly, the gap is being filled through imports. Yet, amazingly, the problem is not that there is a shortage of coal in the country but more the wherewithal to mine it.   Petroleum imports have always been the sore spot in India’s trade … Continued

UPA’s FDI Claims Don’t Seem To Add Up: Fact Check

  India has received billions of dollars in foreign investment after it began liberalising its markets in the 1990s.   While the inflows have been steady and visible, they’ve never kept pace with many other developing countries, such as China. Moreover, they’ve been steadily declining in the last four years.   Now, there is a … Continued

Is dual-power structure bothering Manmohan Singh?

PMO officials and politicians briefed on the meeting between the two said the 81-year-old PM was extremely unlikely to seek a third term in office, should the UPA muster the numbers in the Lok Sabha elections, due sometime after March next year.   The Prime Minister’s insistence that the Gandhi scion take a more active … Continued

Rahul Gandhi gets his way on ordinance as Government blinks

Ignoring the dissenting voices of some key allies, the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) decided on Wednesday to spike the controversial ordinance that seeks to protect convicted parliamentarians and state legislators from immediate disqualification.   The Union cabinet, which met in the evening a day after the return of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from … Continued