In the end, Dinesh Singh rammed through FYUP either because he wanted to please his political masters or because he was vain enough to believe totally in his own ability and invincibility against the odds. But politics changes and vanity evaporates in the real world.
The element of surprise in his armoury – over the last ten days, he has sent the press corps into a dizzy spin with an almost “no-leaks” style of operation – will lend that extra edge of dynamism to a Modi administration.
Is Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi India’s answer to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the radically pro-free market leaders of the UK and US from the 1980s?
India needs a Reagan-Thatcher moment. However, Modi is unlikely to emulate either Thatcher or Reagan in any hurry. The more apt global comparisons for Modi are Deng Xiaoping and Lee Kuan Yew and NOT because he intends to be authoritarian like them.
The Commission should be rechristened the National Board for Investment, Infrastructure and Manufacturing (NBIIM). The future trajectory of India's growth depends crucially on the ability of governments, both Centre and states, to build infrastructure on a war footing and to expand (at least double) India's manufacturing base
In the end, some of the toughest and most important reform measures to revive the economy need immense political skills.
The choice before Modi is this: appoint a professional politician, appoint someone who combines politics with obvious economic expertise or choose a hitherto apolitical technocrat.
Now, in 2014, voters have handed Narendra Modi a clear mandate – the BJP has a simple majority without any allies. For the paranoid on the Left, this is a mandate for brute majoritarianism.
Of course the Modi tsunami has been so overwhelming that it has dwarfed the second big trend of this election — a massive anti-Congress wave, which has reduced the grand old party to under 50 seats.
If Narendra Modi drives into 7 Race Course Road next week, he will have to thank the Hindi heartland.
If anyone is still looking for reasons to explain why Modi is the front runner in this election, they just need to rewind his Amethi speech. His message is simple: Change.
It would be highly risky for a new government that inherits a shaky economy to sack a RBI Governor. But the fact is that Rajan and the BJP government will be on a collision course in rapid time.
The troika of Sonia, Rahul and Manmohan were equally deafening in their silence in UPA I, but that didn't stop the party from winning a decisive second mandate. The reason it didn't matter was because the voters approved of the performance of the government.
BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has said that a prospective government led by him will not be vindictive to its political opponents, not even to Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi’s controversial son-in-law.
In the UPA, no minister, and that includes Chidambaram, owed their jobs to Manmohan Singh. Whether or not they were summoned by Sonia Gandhi, they were always going to do her bidding because only she the authority to sack them, promote them, or retain them.
If a week is a long time in politics, two years must be an eternity, at least for the Samajwadi Party. In 2012, the SP – famous for its thuggish, sectarian politics – seemed to have turned a new leaf. The campaign then was led by the 38-year-old Akhilesh Yadav, the foreign-educated son of party chieftain Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Considering the statistics from MHA, communal riots are waning in the country. If the true test is the number of people who died, then we can't claim that Gujarat has seen instances of communal tensions
The Economist doesn’t believe Modi can reinvent himself because it insists he is sectarian.
It is also the first time that the BJP is seeking to win the state by presenting a development agenda, eschewing the temple politics which drove it to power in the 1990s.