Indicast # 197: And now the hard part

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

Now that Narendra Modi and his ministers have taken oath, India will hope for some action. While the cabinet may not hit the ground running, Modi has asked all his lieutenants to submit a 100 day plan of action for each of their ministries. The venerable Ambassador car calls it a day. Madhav Mantri, India's oldest test cricketer dies. Two Indian Americans make history in the annual Scripps National spelling bee competition. We end with the weighty issue concerning a young Irish messo Soprano in London. And thank you all for sending in all the fascinating soundscapes as well as pictures of the area around you when you were listening to us. A picture gallery of each of your images is coming soon.

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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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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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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

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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Indian Philanthropy is gradually coming of age and scaling up to make difference. In this podcast, senior editors Deepak Ajwani and Mitu Jayshankar talk us through the annual Forbes India Philanthropy awards. (Picture credit: Forbes India)

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Once a scrappy challenger, the company Rahul Sharma co-founded is now aiming to dislodge Samsung as India's top smartphone maker. Rohin Dharmakumar, Senior Assistant Editor and author of this cover story joins us to talk about what Micromax has done differently to survive and thrive in the industry. (Picture credit: Forbes India)

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In this cover story, Forbes India lauds the best leaders in the world of business. Anand Mahindra takes home the honour of Entrepreneur for the year. (Picture credit: IndianEye.org)

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