Don't leave Afghanistan, India told U.S. - Indian officials, worried that this would be to the detriment of India's security; PM Manmohan Singh also pledged $500 million more to India's $1.3 billion development assistance package to Afghanistan - The Hindu (2011/05/24)
Consumption in rural India growing faster than urban areas - report says what's underpinning this growth in rural consumption is a strong increase in rural incomes due to rising non-farm employment opportunities and the government's rural focus through employment generation schemes - NY Daily (2012/08/29)
India to resume iron ore mining partly in Karnataka - India used to be the world's #3 iron ore exporter, with most of its product heading to China until a clampdown on illegal mining in 2010 and New Delhi's measures to keep output for domestic steel mills slashed exports in half - Reuters (2012/09/03)
McDonald's going vegetarian in India - the fast food chain will swap its trademark burgers for potato sandwiches, the Maharaja Mac, when it opens two vegetarian restaurants in India next year - SF Gate (2012/09/05)
India must scrap its repressive sedition laws - cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was taken into custody on Sunday for drawing a series of anti-corruption cartoons; one replaces the three lions of India's Ashoka symbol, the national emblem, with three bloody-jawed wolves - NY Daily (2012/09/11)
India backs foreign investment in retailing - India's government agreed on Friday to open the country's retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, possibly after a sharp slowdown in economic growth and a sense of impending political collapse; the country is still mostly a nation of small shopkeepers and farmers, and its economy is heavily controlled by the government, a legacy from decades of socialist policies - New York Times (2012/09/14)
India leads world in deaths of children under five - United Nations Children's Fund: The number of children dying under the age of 5 has steadily dropped over two decades; India accounts for one-fourth, at 1.7 million last year - New York Times (2012/09/13)
Wal-Mart may win in India as Carrefour battles slump - global retailers may need to invest at least $500 million over three to five years in the world's second-most populous nation to expand retail operations across the country; Wal-Mart seems to win over Tesco and Carrefour - Bloomberg (2012/09/16)
India's FDI retail saga: From Wal-Mart to Agarwal-Mart? - either improve supply chain logistics, broadly bring India further in tune with 21st century western style market economy; or farmers coaxed when economies of scale make big chain produce much cheaper - India Times (2012/09/29)
India retail reforms face broad alliance of foes - but by leaving it up to individual states to decide whether they want to implement them, analysts say the retail reforms are in danger of fizzling out as opponents ranging from communists to right-wing nationalists mobilize resistance - NY Daily (2012/11/05)
Malaysia, Pakistan discuss ways to enhance trade - Pakistan was the second-largest trading partner of Malaysia in South East Asia last year, after signing the Free Trade Agreemeent between the two countries in 2007; it is optimistic that bilateral trade volumes could increase by exploring new avenues of cooperation: agriculture, construction, livestock and dairy, energy, education, IT and the Halal industry sectors - The Express Tribune (2012/09/17)
Two hungry nations collide over fishing - fishing war is straining relations between India and Sri Lanka as Indian fishermen, often poor and desperate, regularly cross into Sri Lankan waters and run afoul of the Sri Lankan Navy - New York Times (2012/09/04)
India may raise import duty on white sugar, scrap tax on raw - may double the import tax on refined variety to 20 percent and abolish a levy on raw sweetener to protect domestic producers as the world's second-largest sugar maker is set to decline for the first time in four years - Bloomberg (2012/10/18)
China's rail link to hit Indian exports - Yuxi-Mengzi rail line, linking Kunming in southwest China to Singapore in southeast Asia, will become operational by the end of this year. China also plans to build rail routes linking Kunming to Myanmar and, eventually, Bangladesh - Times of India (2012/08/27)
India, China push for closer defense ties - on the surface, security expert says that most of the exercises we do with the Chinese are of a very, very basic kind, they don't reveal any secrets; beneath the surface, bilateral relations remain frosty - Wall Street Journal (2012/09/05)
Must read: "Why isn't India a superpower or global leader?" - fortunate for China, Mao's siblings, and even his wife(s), including Jiang Qing, as well as most of his children died young or were lost; whereas "unfortunate" (or is it?) for India, Nehru's progeny survived - Forbes (2012/10/23)
Mohandas Gandhi, the preeminent Indian leader during British rule, was the great man who led India to independence via civil disobedience and non-violent means.
Note that Mohandas Gandhi was NOT in any way related to either Indira or Rajiv Gandhi.
Jawaharlal Nehru, first Indian Prime Minister (1947-1964), was Mohandas Gandhi's disciple.
Indira Gandhi, 3rd Prime Minister (1966-1977, 1980-1984), was Nehru's only child.
Rajiv Gandhi, 6th Prime Minister (1984-1989), was Indira Gandhi's eldest son.
IMHO India simply didn't start their economic reform
and became a so-called superpower sooner only because of the Nehru-Gandhi family influences;
and I believe that is probably better (in retrospect) particularly when the term superpower
merely means "veto power at UN security council + sizable population + economic growth +
nuclear status" (and that the goodwill of the people is no longer there)
– so just as the Forbes articles says, India is a democracy and she (only) traded away
the short-term military gains for long term (and much more precious) social gains
of her people – which I believe is worthy (especially when you see how China has
demolished herself over the last half century, see below) -
so India is indeed flourishing, slow but steady.
Mumbai attack 2008: Two days of terror - for two days from November 26 to 28, 2008, more than 150 people were killed in co-ordinated shootings and blasts at 10 different locations, taking hostages at two hotels and a Jewish center - New York Times (2008/11/29)
India and Pakistan, from trade to peace? - numerous academic papers demonstrate that commercial interdependence leads states towards peace, and that economic interdependence is connected with a reduction of international tensions - New Straits Times (2012/08/27)
First Pakistan-India management summit planned in Lahore - the Pakistani and Indian governments have taken a number of steps in recent months to enhance trade and economic relations starting with Islamabad decided to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India by year-end - The News, Pakistan (2012/08/28)
Pakistan, India likely to sign new visa regime - suspended because of the 2008 Mumbai attacks; green lights now lit for group tourist visa, visa on arrival for senior citizens and children and year-long multiple entry visa for businessmen - Dawn Pakistan (2012/09/01)
Pakistan-India ties improving: Malik - relations were improving according to the wishes of peoples of the two countries; Pakistan would be strongly resisting any movement of terrorists between the two neighbours - The Tirbune, Pakistan (2012/09/03)
Plus fighting the Taliban may be difficult: Pakistan divided on fighting Taliban - yet many are reluctant to embrace a fresh military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban based in North Waziristan along the border with Afghanistan - Star Telegram (2012/10/16)
"Hero's reception" awaits Pakistani teen back home - she's a symbol of so many other young girls you never meet who brave danger, acid attacks, the threat of poisoning every day just for the simple act of going into a classroom and sitting and learning - CBS News (2012/10/20)
Cold War lessons for India and Pakistan - locked in a permanent conflict that occasionally escalates to armed confrontation, the two nuclear weapon states, together, rang the alarm bells about the threat of nuclear war in South Asia; Pakistan's (who refuses to make a no-first-use pledge) nuclear arms serve to contain India, yet India's nuclear programme is directed at China - The Hindu (2012/11/19)
Exports to India grow faster than imports - some said it was India that opposes trade liberalisation between the two countries; while others said Pakistan was so concerned about the delay in trade liberalisation - Dawn (2013/01/30)
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