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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

அரபு ந்யூஸ்: வந்துடுச்சு! எலெக்க்ஷன் நெருங்கிடிச்சு ! : 5

வந்துடுச்சு! எலெக்க்ஷன் நெருங்கிடிச்சு ! : 5

அரபு ந்யூஸ் அரை மணி முன்னால் என்ன சொல்றதுன்னா....

09 04 2014

NEW DELHI: India’s Defense Minister A. K. Antony said on Tuesday that BJP’s stand on special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a matter of serious concern.
“The BJP manifesto is nothing but its communal agenda wrapped in colorful paper. It is a threat to the unity and integrity of the country,” he said, adding that the BJP’s move to re-open debate on Article 370 was “fraught with dangerous consequences” which would only help divisive elements.
The world’s biggest democratic election began Monday. The result, for better or worse, is easy to foresee. Polls show India’s Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader, Narendra Modi, beating the ruling Congress Party by as much as 3 to 1 among the more than 800 million people eligible to cast ballots over the next five weeks.
The charismatic and hard-charging Mr. Modi promises big change for India, which for the past decade has drifted under the ineffectual Congress government of Manmohan Singh. India and the outside world can only hope that the country’s new administration will reflect Mr. Modi’s considerable strong qualities more than his equally outstanding failings.
The promise of Mr. Modi, and the reason for his wide lead in the polls, is clear: a tough, practical and corruption-free record of economic management. As chief minister of Gujarat state, Mr. Modi has overseen growth averaging 10 percent a year over the past decade, significantly higher than for the country as a whole. His success rests on smart investments in infrastructure, business-friendly policies and openness to foreign capital.
Just the prospect that Mr. Modi would take charge of the central government has sent the Indian stock market and rupee soaring and prompted a wave of foreign investment. The country unquestionably needs the medicine he seems to offer.
Growth has recently slowed to 5 percent, too little to soak up the growth in the labor force, and much of the malaise can be traced to the troubles Mr. Modi has shown he can tackle, at least on a much smaller scale: energy bottlenecks, excessive regulation and choking corruption.
Mr. Modi, however, may be as repellent to India’s Muslims and secular liberals as he is attractive to the business community. A lifelong member of a quasi-martial Hindu nationalist movement, he is reviled by human rights groups for his behavior during and after anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002, in which more than 1,000 people died. Critics say Mr. Modi at best did nothing to stop the violence, then exploited anti-Muslim feeling in an election campaign. In 2005 this record prompted the State Department to deny him a US visa.

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