Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India, serving since 2014. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist organization. Modi is known for his charismatic personality, his strong leadership style, and his ambitious economic and social policies.
Modi has been in the news recently for a number of reasons. One of the most significant events was his government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, which has been widely criticized for its slow response and inadequate measures to contain the virus. The country has been hit hard by the pandemic, with millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Modi has also been in the news for his government's controversial policies, including the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which have been criticized for being discriminatory against Muslims and other minorities. The government's crackdown on dissent and free speech has also been a cause for concern, with many journalists, activists, and opposition leaders being arrested or harassed.
Despite these controversies, Modi remains a popular figure in India, with many supporters praising his efforts to modernize the country and boost its economy. His government has launched a number of ambitious initiatives, including the Make in India campaign, the Digital India program, and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), which aim to transform India into a modern, developed nation.
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Top Indian wrestlers return to work after month-long protest
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Signalling error blamed for India train crash that killed 288
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Two passenger trains derail in India, killing at least 50 people
Two passenger trains derailed in eastern India, killing at least 50 people and injuring hundreds more.
Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi criticises Modi government during US tour
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Indian female wrestlers protest against sexual harassment
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Modi's opponents boycott opening of new Indian Parliament
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a new parliament building in New Delhi in a grand ceremony boycotted by more than a dozen opposition parties.
India and Australia sign migration and green hydrogen agreements
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese have signed new agreements on migration and green hydrogen during Modi's visit to Sydney.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives rock-star welcome in Sydney
Thousands of overseas Indians cheered Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in one of Sydney's biggest sporting arenas on Tuesday, a rare mass showing for a foreign leader in Australia.
BBC summoned to Delhi High Court over Modi documentary
The Delhi High Court has issued a summons to the BBC in a defamation case over its documentary on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
US cancels presidential visit to Papua New Guinea
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US tech companies invest billions in India, shift production from China
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G7 leaders impose new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion
The G7 leaders have imposed new sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, including a ban on importing Russian diamonds, copper, aluminium and nickel.
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