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’.

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Modi failed to provide jobs, fanned intolerance: Rahul to Bahrain’s NRIs

Highlighting how job creation in India is at an eight-year-low, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the two threats facing India under the Narendra Modi government are inability to create jobs and the rise in the forces of hatred and division.

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain here, he said: “Tragically the conversation in our country today is not about jobs, healthcare or education. The only thing India talks about is what you are allowed to eat, who is allowed to protest and what we can say or rather what we cannot say.”

“India today is free, but once again it is under threat. There are two clear threats facing our country today. The first is our government’s inability to provide jobs for our people. Our main competitor China produces 50,000 jobs every 24 hours. India currently produces 400 jobs in the same amount of time.”

“It is an important figure. What China does in two days, it takes India one year to do. These are not  read more

Gujarat, Himachal election result LIVE: BJP leads; Rupani wins Rajkot West

The BJP is leading in 95 seats while the Congress nominees are ahead in 68 seats, as per the latest trends available for 169 seats after two hours of counting for the Assembly polls in Gujarat. Election Commission figures show the NCP, the Bhartiya Tribal Party and an independent candidate are leading in five seats together.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who earlier trailed behind his Congress rival Indranil Rajyaguru after the counting of postal ballots, is now leading in Rajkot West seat. Rajyaguru secured 1,258 votes while Rupani got 491 votes after the end of first round of counting, as per election officials at the counting centre.

The elections for 182-seat Assembly were held on December 9 and 14, after an acrimonious campaign, which was dominated by a face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 115 seats while read more

Congress banks on dynastic politics: Amit Shah slams Rahul Gandhi

BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday criticised Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on dynastic politics and said the BJP believes in the politics of performance while the Congress banks on the “politics of appeasement and dynasty”.

In his inaugural address at the BJP national executive, Shah said the current president, vice president and the prime minister had reached their position due to their work, despite their humble origins.

Shah said the economy was stronger under this government than it was under the UPA and cited figures to make his point, Union minister Piyush Goyal told reporters while briefing them on the party president’s speech.

Shah’s comments came amid the opposition’s criticism of the government’s handling of the 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