Modi wants New India that is free of caste, corruption: Top 10 developments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to build a “New India”, free from the clutches of casteism, communalism, and corruption. The Prime Minister urged people to make this new vision of the country come true while addressing a gathering in Surat on Sunday before flagging off the Surat Night Marathon, with ‘Run For New India’ as its theme.
‘New India’ has become part of the Prime Minister’s political rhetoric and been used in political speeches as the Lok Sabha polls approach.
Here are the top 10 developments in PM Modi’s speech in Surat and the night marathon:

1) Three obstacles for ‘New India’: PM Modi identified three obstacles in the path to achieving a ‘New India’. “When the whole world has started accepting the importance of India, we need to shed our shortcomings,” the Prime Minister told the assembled crowd in Surat, adding, “We need to build a new India which is free from the venom of casteism. It should be free from communal controversies. There can not be a place for corruption in this new India.”
2) PM Modi paints a picture: Painting a picture of what this vision entailed, PM Modi said that in this ‘New India’, the “aspirations of the youth” would be “fulfilled”, women would be respected, and it would “be free from poverty as well as filth”.
3) Citizens will build ‘New India’: However, the Prime Minister called on the people of the country to help him achieve this vision. Stating that a country was not built by the government, the administration, or even by the politicians, PM Modi called on the common man to move towards a ‘New India’.


To protest 12% GST on sanitary napkins, campaign to send 1000 pads to PM

A group of students from Gwalior have launched a campaign by writing messages on sanitary napkins to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to eliminate 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the product and make it free of cost.

The students launched the campaign to create awareness towards harassment faced by women and to put efforts on their empowerment.

They said that when 1000 such napkins with messages are collected then they will be sent to the Prime Minister.

The campaign was started on January 4. It has been receiving extensive support from people through social media.

The students believe that it is not only the need of women belonging to Gwalior, but the entire nation is in need of this move and Prime Minister Modi is the read more

Cut in petrol, diesel prices show PM’s priority towards common man: Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah today said the Modi government’s decision to reduce petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 shows its priority to giving relief to the common man and farmers at a time when oil price is rising globally.

The government had yesterday cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre each to moderate the relentless rise in fuel prices witnessed for the last three months.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision, Shah said in a tweet, “The decision to reduce the impact of rising international oil price highlights the priority the Modi government gives to providing relief to the common man and read more


Nitish and Modi’s love-hate relationship: Meet the frenemies in Indian politics

When Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed his angst at Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar simply walking out of the mahagath bandhan or grand coalition, which he had so assiduously stitched together in the state ahead of the assembly elections in 2015, his pain was understandable – for the grand old party has of late being making overtures to all ‘secular’ parties to put up a united front against the BJP.

There can be no better example of this than the love-hate-love relationship shared by Nitish with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There relationship is best describes as that of a ‘frenemy’ or a person with whom one is friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.

Once holding Modi in high esteem, Nitish changed his views in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, even going so far as to end his 17-year alliance with the NDA after it chose Modi to lead its charge in the 2014 general elections and then becoming a bitter critic in the prime READ MORE


Gujarat floods: PM Modi announces Rs 500-cr relief fund, death toll at 60

Even as low pressure continues to cause heavy rains and flooding in several regions of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who conducted an aerial survey on Tuesday, announced a Rs 500-crore central assistance to the state disaster relief fund (SDRF).

PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of the Banaskantha district, the most affected region in the state, forcing the Indian Air Force (IAF), the national disaster relief force (NDRF) and other state agencies conduct rescue operations.

In the past 24 hours, districts of Banaskantha, Patan and Sabarkantha in North Gujarat have seen at least 12 talukas receive over 200 mm of rainfall, as per the state emergency operations centre. At least three IAF helicopters were pressed into service for airlifting locals and the distribution of food packets in Banaskantha, apart from the Indian Army rescuing stranded people using boats.

North Gujarat has, so far, seen over 500,000 food packets being distributed in the affected areas.

Followed by the air survey, PM Modi was apprised of the rainfall and flooding situation across Gujarat by the state government officials in a meeting attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and READ MORE


Books on Modi to help people develop Modi-like traits: Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an able thekedar‘, or contractor, of welfare but cautioned people not to leave everything to him and go off to sleep.


“Society has got a good and able thekedar (contractor) in Narendra bhai for its welfare but the danger is that people will leave everything to him and go to sleep. It should not happen. Books (on him) should help people develop attributes like him,” Bhagwat said at the launch of a coffee table book, ‘The Making of a Legend’, on the PM.
In his address, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah indicated the Modi government was confident of its return not just in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but had put in place programmes and policies that should keep it in good stead for the subsequent 2024 elections as well.


Enumerating the achievements of the Modi government, Shah, who spoke before Bhagwat, said: “The government has set a target of giving 50 million LPG connections to poor women by 2019 and to every household by 2024.”
The RSS chief praised Modi the PM for his hard work, courage, patience, wisdom, strength and valour, but most of all his ability to do whatever needs to be done. “What should be done has been discussed in the country for the last 70 years. But it is happening now. Why? Because it is being done now,” Bhagwat said.


The RSS chief said all should endeavour to make India a greater country than it was before its “decline” in the last 1000-1500 years. “It seems to me that (BJP chief) Amit bhai has given a safe estimate of 2024,” he then said read more

Modi’s strongman economics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has strong views on economics. Speaking to a big crowd of tycoons, investors and journalists in New Delhi, Mr. Modi once admitted that he is “not a big economist.” Yet he promptly set out an economic vision for India to be a global manufacturing power. Investors should rush to “make in India,” he said. He claimed that his strong leadership would usher in economic revival and 100 million new manufacturing jobs by 2022.
During the prime ministerial campaign in the 2014 national elections, Mr. Modi mocked the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, for supposedly presiding over economic failure. He jeered that Mr. Singh — who has a doctorate in economics from Oxford University and was the architect of the liberalization of the Indian economy in the early 1990s — could not stop onion prices rising and that economic growth was jobless, both popular concerns.
Later, as prime minister, Mr. Modi told me that India’s economic performance had been embarrassing under Mr. Singh. (In fact, Mr. Singh’s record was pretty good: In his full decade as prime minister, economic growth was on average 7.8 percent a year.) The world, Mr. Modi told me, saw that “the ‘I’ in the BRICS had become a burden,” meaning India had fallen behind Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. He bragged he was restoring India’s image.
Parts of India’s $2.3 trillion-strong economy are in better shape today than they were three years ago. Onion prices are down. Deficits are lower. Businesses face somewhat less red tape. Foreign investment has come — over $160 billion in the first three years, compared with just $38 billion in the first three years of Mr. Singh — even if Indian firms are reluctant to spend.
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Local business leaders quietly grumble there is no dynamism on the ground, little consumer demand. Much infrastructure, such as wobbly roads and slow freight trains, needs improving. Indebted banks — state-run and READ MORE