New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian film "The Accidental Prime Minister", based on the life of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has created a lot of ruckus among politicians and parties. The movie, which will be released on Friday, is based on the controversial book "The Accidental Prime Minister", written by Singh's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru. Reel Prime Minister @AnupamPKher rings the bell to open the stock market, as #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister hits the theaters today. pic.twitter.com/VPa5GfF4nJ — Ahmedabad Times (@AhmedabadTimes) January 11, 2019 The film is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, and notable Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is playing the role of Dr. Manmohan Singh, while Akshaye Khanna is portraying Sanjaya Baru, who is also the movie's narrator. Sputnik spoke to Vijay Gutte about the controversy caused by the film and his experience of directing a political … [Read more...] about Controversy of Indian Film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is Not Accidental
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The ruling party of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has suffered a major setback just a few months before a general election, trailing the rival Congress party in three key state polls. In the last set of state elections before the whole country goes to the ballot box in the spring, preliminary results showed bad defeats for Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and the vote hanging in the balance in Madhya Pradesh. All three are big, populous states that handed dozens of seats to the BJP as Mr Modi swept to victory in the last general election in 2014. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month … [Read more...] about Modi’s ruling party suffers big defeat in key India polls
Though votes are still being counted, it can now be said with some certainty that India’s ruling party has suffered its worst election result since storming to office in 2014. On a day that could yet prove a turning point for India’s democracy, Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was contesting five state elections across the country. He appears to have lost most, if not all, of them. India goes to a general election in the spring in which Modi was expected to win, albeit not quite by the margin of 2014. His opponents have privately been painting a gloomy picture of their prospects, with many resigned to another Modi term. Yet on Tuesday afternoon, even allies of Modi were admitting that his victory lap had been stopped in its tracks. “This is a clear message and it is the time for us to introspect,” said Sanjay Raut, a spokesperson for the far-right Shiv Sena party, which props up the BJP in Maharashtra state and the central government … [Read more...] about This is why India is running out of patience with prime minister Modi
11 October 2018 healthcareIndiaModiNHS The push for private healthcare now comes cloaked in the language of social movements, warns campaigner Jo Land. On 23 September, India’s populist BJP government introduced the world’s biggest-ever health insurance scheme to much fanfare. Dubbed ‘Modicare’ after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it promises free cover – ‘Ayushman Bharat’ in Hindi – to between 100 and 500 million people. The state is implementing this alongside ‘Swasth Nagrik Abhiyan’ – a ‘social movement for health’ that means people stay healthy and rely less on hospital care. Sounds great – on the face of it. Social media-savvy Modi has even made a cartoon YouTube video Yoga with Modi to explain his vision of ‘a social movement for health’. But Modicare has been widely criticized. One complaint is that the scheme simply repackages existing initiatives, which now have a higher … [Read more...] about Is Modi really a yogi?
Perched 1,400 metres above sea level in a remote village of north-east India, and huddled amid the far-reaching Himalayan landscape, the new Pakyong Airport is ready for business. Located just outside Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim, Pakyong will operate its first commercial flight from Kolkata this week on October 4. The airport is expected to open a new door to tourism in the region, forming a gateway to neighbouring areas including the state of West Bengal in the south (where Sikkim’s previous nearest airport was located a five-hour drive away) and Bhutan in the east. Pakyong will operate flights twice daily flights to Kolkata and Guwahati, the largest city in the Indian state of Assam in the north-east, on India’s largest low-cost carrier SpiceJet. Flights to Paro, Bhutan’s international airport, are expected to follow in January, operated by Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier. Praised as an “amazing feat of engineering”, … [Read more...] about Does India’s newest airport offer the world’s best runway views?