'Act East' policy will make Guwahati hub of south east Asian connectivity, says Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
In sync with Centre's Act East Policy, Guwahati, largest city in northeastern India, will be developed as the gateway to southeast Asia, Sarbananda Sonowal said on Saturday
India and Pakistan's 70 years of Independence: A look back at how destiny set the midnight’s children apart
Nehru and Jinnah would not have had the slightest of idea on how the destinies of India and Pakistan would pan out in the next seven decades.
Presidential Election 2017: Pranab Mukherjee retires in July, this is how India elects its president
As Pranab Mukherjee retires in July, in the first part of a three-part series, Firstpost looks at how India's complex method of electing a president ensures equal representation to states as well as the Union, irrespective of who has majority in which house
Narendra Modi tells NITI Aayog that incremental progress is not enough, rapid transformation is needed
Enunciating his vision to rapidly transform India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said there is a need to change laws, eliminate unnecessary procedures and speed up processes to go beyond "mere incremental progress"
Sri Lanka's Sinhala-majority Western Province has opposed a recent resolution by Tamil-dominated northern provincial council on a federal solution to grant political autonomy to Tamils.
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday vowed to press for greater autonomy for the nation's ethnic minorities
Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to press for greater autonomy for the Myanmar's ethnic minorities, to soothe the rebellions roiling the country.
The four major political parties of Nepal on Monday agreed in principle to having a federal structure with eight provinces under a new constitution
The 14th Finance Commission Report decisively shifts economic powers to the states, making them collectively much larger than the centre in terms of financial and political power. The Lutyens power elite cannot fatten itself on Delhi anymore
The opposition's united stand against the Land Acquisition Ordinance is just political obstructionism. To get over it, Modi should offer states to enact their own stricter laws - and call their bluff. Few states will dare so so
The BJP is in a position to pick the winner in the J&K government sweepstakes, but if it wants to keep its long-term MIssion 44 intact, it will have to yield prime space to a Valley party.
Arun Jaitley has offered compensation for central sales tax cuts in the past to get states to agree to a comprehensive GST. But states will have to be given more lollies to sign up
The Goods and Services Tax is within grasping distance for the Modi government with centre and states close to agreement. It would be the ideal bill, but a moth-eaten bill is better than no bill at all
The goods and services tax, while economically efficient, will reduce the fiscal manoeuvrability of states. This is why the federal concerns are as important as the economic concerns
Modi has managed to disappoint more his fans and his critics by not living up to their expectations in the first 100 days. He is a non-doctrinaire politician whose first priority is to seal his hold on power before making bigger, bolder moves
If Modi wants to accomplish much in five years, he should offer states a grand bargain: more legislative powers and less central intrusion if they sign up for GST.
At one stroke, the Arun Jaitley budget transfer nearly 1.6 percent of GDP in terms of central funds to state plans. This is the biggest dose of fiscal federalism ever outside the Finance Commission's recommendations
Iraq is at a delicate stage. Left on its own, it can fragment and breakdown into fiefdoms of anarchy and violence with spill-over effects.
Pranab Mukherjee's address to both houses of parliament had Modi's stamp all over it. It outlines the social and economic priorities of the government, and also promises and end to Delhi's dadagiri with states.