India is hopeful it will avoid US sanctions over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told AFP. New Delhi has been “heard and understood” by the US administration over its accord to buy the S-400 missile defense system for $5.2 billion, the minister said in an interview this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the …

In a social democracy, an important objective of government policy is distributive justice. Growth has to be inclusive, which provides the rationale for redistributive programmes. This redistribution can happen within the framework of capitalism and, by no means, amounts to socialism. The emphasis on poverty reduction programmes is a natural outcome of electoral competition in …

For Navin Suri, who was heading Bank of New York Mellon’s asset management business in Hong Kong, Singapore was the obvious choice when it came to setting up. He said he had always heard about the “ease of doing business” in Singapore, but even he was taken aback when it took him less than 30 minutes to set up …

Democracy doesn’t get much simpler than one person, one vote. But what happens when that one person is a hermit living alone in a jungle temple surrounded by lions, leopards, and cobras, miles from the nearest town? In India, the election comes to him. Bharatdas Darshandas, the lone inhabitant and caretaker of a Hindu temple …

No big surprise is likely when BCCI’s senior selection committee convenes on Monday to pick India’s 15-member squad for the World Cup that begins May 30 in the United Kingdom. Eleven players select themselves due to their experience and performance — Virat Kohli (captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, …

Sushma Swaraj says won’t contest in 2019, final decision with BJP

Drawing a comparison between mythological character Bhishma Pitahmah and Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, Union Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday sought Mulayam’s response on the ‘Khaki underwear’ comment made by his party leader Azam Khan against film actor and Rampur BJP candidate Jaya Prada. Referring to Draupadi’s cheer-Haran (disrobing) – …

The BJP in Goa has approached the Election Commission seeking action against a Catholic priest, who reportedly said former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s cancer was a punishment from God as he ignored complaints against coal pollution in a town in the coastal state. Manohar Parrikar died on March 17 after losing his year-long battle with …

The 2019 Lok Sabha results will be announced only on May 23, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi, confident that he will return, has already asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Niti Aayog and the Principal Scientific Adviser to prepare the agenda for the first 100 days of the next government, with a focus on double-digit …

Rajasthan Congress president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot spoke to Aurangzeb Naqshbandi about the party’s chances in the state, a possible United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 3 government at the Centre this May, the difference between real and emotive issues, and the impact of the Congress’s Nyay scheme. Edited excerpts: Rajasthan is a state where …

The BJP’s Jaya Prada on Monday made a sharp comeback after her former colleague and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made a derogatory comment against her during an election rally. The veteran SP leader had stoked a controversy with an “underwear” jibe against Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Uttar …

Azam Khan on Monday clarified that he did not make any objectionable remarks against film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada, fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Rampur against him. An FIR has been registered against him for his comment against Jaya Prada, according to a report in ANI. Khan’s clarification came after he allegedly …

Chief minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik, who has been travelling across Odisha in a special election vehicle ahead of the state assembly and Lok Sabha elections, spoke to Padma Rao Sundarji at his home in Bhubaneswar about what makes him popular, being equidistant from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the …