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BJP releases its 'Delhi Sankalp Patra', its manifesto for Delhi Assembly polls, in presence of Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar, Harsh Vardhan, Manoj Tiwari | Twitter

Filling vacant govt posts, clean drinking water ⁠— BJP releases its Delhi poll manifesto

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said a BJP govt in Delhi will ensure central govt schemes such as Ayushman Bharat and Kisan Samman Nidhi are implemented in the capital.
BJP Working President JP Nadda, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other leaders during the release of the BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ in Mumbai

Drought-free Maharashtra, 1 crore jobs & Bharat Ratna for Savarkar in BJP’s poll manifesto

To combat drought, BJP plans to divert 167 TMC of water from west-flowing rivers to drought-hit parts of Marathwada and North Maharashtra.
Curfew in Srinagar

Kejriwal, BSP and ‘Left liberals’: Modi govt critics who are backing Article 370 move

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was the first opposition leader to express support for the government’s decision to act on its promise to abrogate Article 370. 

BJP manifesto provides a clue about what Nirmala Sitharaman’s first budget will look like

When Modi came to power in 2014, Arun Jaitley’s first budget reflected the BJP’s manifesto promises. Expect much the same this time.
Weekend Ruminations

BJP manifesto is high on output, low on outcomes, and pays little attention to policy

The manifesto shows Modi’s approach to development: Output is the number of Jan Dhan accounts opened, outcome the number of transactions taking place in them.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019, Uttar Pradesh | PTI

These are the ‘unfulfilled tasks’ for which Modi govt is asking for another 5 years

The running theme in BJP ads on TV and radio is that the party is seeking more time to “further” and “expand” its initiatives and schemes.
Rajnath Singh, PM Modi and Amit Shah launching the BJP manifesto | ANI

BJP’s Rs 100 lakh crore infrastructure dream only possible with pvt help, financial reform

Modi govt has spent Rs 19.3 lakh crore in 5 years on infrastructure. To meet the manifesto promise, it would need to spend over 5 times that amount per year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally

India thinks its superpower status is at stake in these elections

Many in India seem to believe that a few more highways & a few tax concessions are enough to replicate China’s path to power and affluence.
PM Modi meets IFS probationers | YouTube

With just 1,400 diplomats, India’s foreign influence is severely limited

The lack of an adequate number of diplomats is a modern-day crisis, but its origins lie in colonial times.

BJP’s unfulfilled promise of ‘achhe din’ and the politics of populism

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On Camera

If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.