The Narendra Modi government is pushing ahead with economic reforms – with renewed vigour and welcome urgency. After appearing to be blindsided for a while by the obstructionist tactics and filibustering by the Opposition and some of its allies, which surprised everyone by punching well above their weight, the ruling side has regained its mojo. The momentum began to swing the government’s way in the Budget Session of Parliament, when the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) [...]
The Goods & Service Tax (GST) Bill, which has been held up in the Rajya Sabha for years, now stands a good chance of being passed into law. The Congress, which has been opposing the bill in its current form with support from like-minded parties, looks politically isolated following the change in the composition of the Upper House, where the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) now has more members than the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) after biennial elections on [...]
Japan’s high speed train, with its promise of speed, reliability and safety, to be created on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route over the next seven years is a significant milestone in India-Japan ties, says Japan expert Dr Rajaram Panda.
The Indian PM came to power on a huge wave of optimism which was soon replaced by an inevitable impatience among the electorate. But Modi is working towards a much bigger picture and the results are palpable.