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Congress gets first non-Gandhi chief in 24 years in a cosmetic exercise

By Sudhir Kumar    Apparently, the election was more of a shadow-boxing than a real fight for its result was a foregone conclusion. Essentially, it was a fight between Mallikarjun Kharge, the apostle of status quo and a firm loyalist of the Gandhi family, and Shashi Tharoor, the high priest of change, for the party’s […]

Jagdeep Dhankar elected Vice-President of India

Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the vice-president this evening. Members of parliament of both houses voted to elect the next Vice-President in an election where NDA candidate Dhankhar was pitted against Opposition’s Margaret Alva. The BJP-led NDA candidate won the election comfortably with 528 votes against Ms Alva’s 182, the voting for which took place […]

Bihar’s first technology-driven aquaponics farm blazes a trail

By Sudhir Kumar Every day the father-son duo would look rather wistfully at their sprawling farmland that yielded little crops and lesser hopes. With the monsoon playing truant repeatedly and the water table depleting alarmingly, they were desperate to make their land productive which was on the cusp of becoming fallow – and a liability. […]

Congress holds Chintan Shivir: Cosmetic Changes, Stubborn Leadership

By Sudhir Kumar US President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” But only a good leader has the courage and gumption to understand and accept that the buck must stop at his table if something goes amiss. For the Gandhi family that has enjoyed an exaggerated sense […]

IABCA forum and award night helps foster bi-lateral Indo-Oz relations

The India Australia Business & Community Alliance (IABCA) platform, supported by Investment NSW and Austrade, in its 9th annual award ceremony and forum, showcased  a 12-month long campaign that culminated on April 29 with the platform bringing together 1000 key influencers and bi-lateral leaders from across two countries. It conducted a Global Leaders Forum with […]

India opens new opportunities for Aussie agriculture

· Interim Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade agreement (IA-ECTA) reached. · Reduces or eliminates tariffs and sets new quotas for key agriculture commodities · Entry into force in the second half of 2022. · Australia and India will look to finalise a comprehensive agreement by the end of the year to secure even broader outcomes on agriculture Australia and […]

Centre for Australia-India Relations to be established by the Australian government

The Australian Government will establish a new Centre for Australia-India Relations to help foster new ties and support our expanding exchange and cooperation with India, including by engaging Australia’s rich Indian diaspora community. India is one of Australia’s most important partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Mutual understanding, trust and common interests between our countries underpin […]

Virtual Summit takes Indo-Oz bilateral relations on a new high

1. The Honourable Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, held the 2nd India-Australia Virtual Summit on 21 March 2022. 2. Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). They welcomed the substantial progress in deepening political, economic, security, cyber, technology and defence cooperation. […]

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections: A Jamboree of Freebies and Utopias

By Sudhir Kumar Elections in India are not only a boisterous celebration of democracy, but also an extravaganza of money power, lung power and muscle power. There is another feature that lends Indian democracy a distinct flavour: the raining of freebies and promises in the poll season as parties and contestants become unabashed dream merchants, […]

Fielding Candidates in UP Elections: Field Day for Criminal Elements and Jailbirds

By Sudhir Kumar Elections are the bedrock and lifeblood of democracy but also have a tendency to reveal its fault lines when the contestants are steeped in corruption and criminality and ‘winnability’ becomes the sole determinant in selection of candidates. The ongoing assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are a grim reminder that a profusion of […]

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