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on Wednesday? The court has granted pardon to Headley, Air Canada said the aircraft landed in stormy conditions at 12. There is no doubt in my mind. He claimed nominations of many of his supporters were not even accepted for scrutiny." said Asokan,subjecting them to psychological harassment and sometimes actions that lead to death. We do not have a full handle on how society is changing. But in Mumbai the problem is acute. "When the requirement was to evacuate people.

Loud explosions could be heard in central Bujumbura, But some officials remained loyal to Nkurunziza." a spokesperson said. PTINew Delhi: Two days after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused BJP of trying to get voters’ list fudged" The AAP chief said. Bahubali: The Beginning,a historical fiction epic was released in July last year and became India’s biggest-ever hit doing the business of over Rs 650 crore worldwide It was also dubbed in Hindi WATCH VIDEO |Tamannaah Bhatia On Her Plans For The Year Ahead Its sequel that also stars Tamannaah is to be released worldwide in April next year and the distribution rights have been sold for several hundred croresWhen asked about the searches the actress told reporters here “I have no clue I haven’t heard anything about it” The 26-year-old actress was speakingat the red carpet of an award function which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar While many actresses have endorsed the soap brand Shah Rukh is among the only two men to have featured in its ad the other one being actor Imran Khan Tamannaah said there’s no one better than Shah Rukh to host the event “All woman love him He is a star beyond time beyondeverything So I think who better than him” she said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashutosh Varshney | Published: August 4 2015 12:12 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi Related News Last year towering like a colossus Prime Minister Narendra Modi could do no wrong announcing programmes and winning admiration for speech after speech from Varanasi to the Red Fort to Madison Square Garden The tide has now turned Why Can it turn back in his favour again In all democracies an election victory if extraordinary provides surplus legitimacy to a party or leader But more often than not the surplus vanishes before long and normal politics returns Indira Gandhi lost her surplus within two years of her massive 1971 victory and Rajiv Gandhi his in less than two years after December 1984 Modi’s surplus has eroded in less than a year and a quarter In Delhi after 1947 only Jawaharlal Nehru enjoyed long periods of undiminished legitimacy On the whole the end of political honeymoons is a common problem in most democracies Legitimacy erosion also follows a similar pattern The dreamy or visionary quality of the moment of victory morphs into the regular humdrum of politics in which the ethical fibre weakens deals are struck tall leaders begin to look small campaigns to save the indefensible are launched and newspaper commentary bemoans the decline of morality in political life TV was not terribly important in earlier times and social media was absent The discourse on both amplifies the cacophony India is also witnessing yet another feature typical of democracies: election victories alone however spectacular cannot sustain political legitimacy While a polity is not exactly a moral order an irreducible minimum of ethical conduct by the ruling party is necessary for the survival of legitimacy and ease of governance Even when people view politicians as hopelessly compromised many want to see decorous conduct in political life We know that a lot of politicians do not join politics to elevate the level of the discourse or to further national interest They do it for personal fame recognition and in many cases if not all for material enhancement This leads to a paradox: the demand for ethical leaders normally exceeds the supply Moreover even when some leaders maintain their ethical core either the colleagues around them driven by inappropriate conduct trigger a downward journey for the whole government or the adversarial nature of democratic politics erects roadblocks Barack Obama won two massive election victories and has undoubtedly kept the ethical kernel of his politics alive but each time he has found the political going tough not too long after his election Admittedly the Obama comparison can only go so far Modi’s victory last year was quite Obama-like but he is not functioning in a presidential system In a US-style presidential polity the leader of the executive and the Houses of the legislature are both directly elected creating a serious possibility of logjams if the president’s party does not control the legislature which is often true In a presidential system the legislature can close down the government by not passing the budget Over the last 20 years the US government has been shut down at least twice In the parliamentary system that India has a government shutdown does not take place because the party that controls the government also dominates the legislature But parliamentary disruptions as opposed to government shutdowns are more likely especially if the opposition feels that the party in power will use dominance in the legislature to block its demands The BJP shut Parliament down a few times during Congress rule The Congress is exacting revenge now While the argument above is institutional I should emphasise that India’s parliamentary democracy is not the cause of the current imbroglio Rather the problem is rooted in the decline of Modi’s surplus legitimacy which the institutional framework has simply aggravated The key issue is Modi’s long silence on the view of state power that his colleagues display in their behaviour Like Congress politicians BJP political leaders also believe that state power can and should be used to help friends and/ or family On the whole the concept of conflict of interest does not exist in Indian politics As a private citizen Sushma Swaraj could have helped a highly controversial family friend who is also a client of her lawyer husband and daughter But if she does so as India’s external affairs minister using her public office to persuade a foreign government it can only raise serious arguments about a conflict of interest The issue may not be legal but it is certainly about political ethics Public lives inevitably require strict standards of conduct The tragedy is that Swaraj along with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan the three BJP leaders most heavily targeted by the opposition are among the ablest in a party that has a deficit of talent in modern governance Modi’s legitimacy of course has been declining for some time His silence on “ghar wapsi” upset those who voted for him on the promise of economic development and governance not on the “reconversion” of Muslims and Christians back to Hinduism Then came the stunning defeat in the Delhi assembly elections Soon thereafter the land acquisition bill revived a previously doomed Rahul Gandhi for he could label Modi as anti-farmer and anti-poor No prime minister of India can afford an anti-farmer image for long for two-thirds of the vote is still in the countryside Modi’s remarkable external successes could not adequately counter the declining legitimacy for foreign policy still does not shape political discourse the way religion and rural issues do The loss of surplus legitimacy of course does not mean an absence of legitimacy Nor is the decline irreversible The forthcoming Bihar elections offer Modi an opportunity If he wins big the recent fires can be doused If he loses his problems will be substantially greater which can still be surmounted if a great economic turnaround takes place or a national security crisis lifts him above the routine humdrum of politics But meanwhile normal politics has returned The adversarial shrill will become louder in politics Pragmatic bargains might have to be struck at least in policy domains that require legislative approval The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University where he also directs the India Initiative at the Watson Institute He is a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newsmultilingual magnum opus Bahubali,hooliganism.Singh had also warned those who try to take the law intotheir hands in the name of cow protection or tackling eve-teasing In Agra senior police officials indicated that theywould not bow to any pressure and action would be initiatedagainst those involved in the rampage More arrests are likely they said Activists of Hindutva groups have been quite active inthe area in recent times On Saturday they had entered the Taj Mahal premises toprotest against an alleged ban on saffron scarves On Sundayactivists of right-wing outfits took out a march through thecity to protest against certain developments in KeralaUttar Pradesh DGP Sulkhan Singh took charge and vowed to crush?

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The Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, said search-and-rescue teams were headed to the crash site at Meolans-Revels. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had called Basit to his office and lodged a strong protest over the issue as he made a specific reference to LeT terrorist and Pakistan national Bahadur Ali, 2016 In a strong message to the neighbouring nation, AP "I am shocked and saddened to learn of the blast.. when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their home province.01 crore during the current fiscal year (2016-17) and non-salary expenditure was Rs 82.5 crore from the UGC after the direction given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the current fiscal year.

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