Indicast # 196: The Modi melodrama Vs Elections in Iraq Featured

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00 Written by

The Modi melodrama continues and it need not necessarily be a bad thing. A few months from now, he will be judged on a different yardstick. For now, his speeches are drawing applauses and tears. At about this time, last month, miles away in another continent, Iraq, too, conducted what was a mostly peaceful national elections. Hats off to people who came out to vote in a country where walking on the street, on some days, is as dangerous as straddling the India Pakistan border. As the Eurpoean Union bans mangoes, we get to have a little more of them at cheaper rates in India. Gulzar wins the Dadasaheb Phalke award and Russi Mody, the great manager from the Tata family dies. (Image credit: A P Photo)

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Indicast # 195: Which Modi will turn up? Featured

Sunday, 18 May 2014 00:00 Written by

In arguably the biggest day in Indian politics, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after spending a decade in opposition, has swept into power. The margin of victory is so huge that it has reduced Congress to a negligible force in the parliament. As BJP lapped up 282 seats, Congress scraped together 44, well below the 10 per cent required to serve automatically as the opposition. The landslide results, quite predictably, tickled the stock markets. Most of India has welcomed the long-awaited change. And yet a sizable chunk, views his appointment with scepticism, and some, even with fear. They, rightly, point to the 2001 Gujarat riots that happened when he was the state's chief minister.

In this episode, we spoke to a few construction workers, a rickshaw wala, a shopkeeper and a businessman and asked their opinion on India's new political order. After playing second fiddle for years, the BJP and Modi deserve all the adulation that comes their way. But after the celebrations are over and when the boozy supporters go home, Modi will have to, at once, saddle up and take charge of a country that deserves better from its leaders. We wish him well. (Image credit: Ajit Solanki/AP)

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Indicast # 194: Death of the death penalty?

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00 Written by

While the general elections in India was marred by violence on at least two venues, Afghanistan, conducted a successful and a peaceful election day earlier in April. Capital punishment in Egypt reached new heights when one of its courts condemned more than 600 people to death penalty. A new earthlike plant has been found, but it is still many light years away. Rajeev Suri will head the new Nokia. Chinese schools feel the pressure of Olympic babies and Shakespeare turned 450 late last month.

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Indicast # 193: Deadly days

Sunday, 27 April 2014 05:30 Written by

The death toll of this podcast runs in hundreds. A deadly avalanche has killed sixteen Sherpas on Mount Everest. Russia continues to flex its muscles to scare tiny Ukraine as the West and the EU watch on. In South Korea a ferry capsizes killing more than 300 on-board. The country also faces a suicide epidemic. In Syria, four French journalists are freed after ten months of captivity. And RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (Picture credit: NYDailyNews.com)

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Five years India breaks its own record of successfully conducting the world's biggest general elections. In this one we doff our topis to India's election commission. In related news, two new books on Congress give us a glimpse of what Dr Manmohan Singh went through in his two terms. We talk a bit about where he will go from now. Aditya narrates a list of interesting candidates that the elections have thrown up including the usual suspects like Mr. LK Adwani, who will contest yet again at 86. We round it off with some superstitions that our politicians like to obey and how, after relentless efforts, India is now finally polio free. (Picture credit: Reuters)

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Indicast # 191: The Missing Plane

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 05:30 Written by

The case of the missing plane gets mysterious by the day. Twenty six countries including India are involved in search operations. Subrata Roy, owner of Sahara Parivar pulls off a multi-crore scam which lands him in jail. The general election voting season kicks off soon and IPL, which is scheduled around the elections will be played in two countries. Before signing off, Aditya regales us with updates on his two month old kid. (Picture credit: PopSugar.com

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