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It took less than 15 hours for Nitish Kumar to resign and return as Chief Minister of Bihar with his old partners as his new allies.

 

By 2030, India will have 590 million people — nearly twice the current US population — living in its cities. The youth segment of this population is expected to include 170 million workers. These are the preschoolers of today.

 

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the brainchild of Bangladesh President Zia ur Rehman, held its first meeting in Dhaka on 8 December 1985.

 

In his considered farewell speech President Pranab Mukherjee, rightly praised by finance minister Arun Jaitley for the utterly non-partisan manner in which he has conducted himself in Rashtrapati Bhavan

 

As Pranabda bows out of Rashtrapati Bhawan, it is a statesman of prime ministerial stature we see moving out of the presidential palace.

 

I recently got a Whatsapp forward from a pulses trader in Gulbarga titled Hamari Bhool, Kamal Ka Phool. Circulating within a large group of which he was part, it alluded to the mistake (bhool) they committed voting for the kamal (lotus, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election symbol) and making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

 

As pointed out by the Prime Minister himself, the campaign for the 14th presidency was free of mudslinging and rancour, unlike the 2007 election of Pratibha Devi Singh Patil. Even the BJP’s arch political rivals who set up Meira Kumar against Ram Nath Kovind posited the contest as a battle of ideologies.

 

As India’s 14th President, Ram Nath Kovind will be expected to play the important role of safeguarding the spirit of the Constitution and the foundations of our parliamentary democracy.

 

What are the qualities a successful politician must have? No doubt he needs to win elections and, of course, he has to be an effective administrator. 

 

 

The Swachch Bharat Mission is everywhere – at least in terms of advertisements in newspapers, television and cinemas, hoardings, leaflets, stickers and so on. Many have spoken on how all the money sunk into the campaign has changed little on the ground.

 


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