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India after 4 years of Modi: Stagnant job growth, concern over lynching’s, no engagement with the fourth estate, China biggest challenge in foreign policy


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 27 June: The four years of the Modi government came under critical scrutiny by four prominent scholars (Dr. Pradeep Taneja, University of Melbourne, Dr. Alex Davis, La Trobe University, Dr. Anand Kulkarni, RMIT and Dr. Bob Smith, RMIT.) at an event organised by the Australia India Institute (AII) at the University of Melbourne today.

Short presentations on Modi’s interaction with China, Use of Yoga as soft diplomacy, macro/microeconomics, and management formed part of the presentations which generated many queries during the Q-A session.

Some of the points emerged were – stagnant jobs growth with the market full of qualified people, no ranked position in 200 top institutions, politics overshadowing policies, bold projects with mixed results, PM not valuing public institutions, lack of official reaction to the numerous lynching’s of members of the Muslim minority in the name of the cow, and the PM not engaging with the fourth estate.DR. Taneja in his presentation said, “China is India’s biggest challenge in foreign policy terms”. ‬

So, what happens in 2019? The overall view was Modi may get a second term despite the recent opposition victories in by-elections as an opposition realignment could derail over leadership conflicts.

AII’s ‘Election Watch 2014’ website for Indian elections

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By our reporter

Melbourne, 23 Dec, 2013: People in Australia interested in the coming Lok Sabha elections in India in mid 2014 will have an informative and analytical website on it for all the news, views and analysis. The Australia India Institute (AII), in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne School of Government have announced ‘Election Watch 2014’, a state of the art website which will be a one-stop site for in-depth coverage of the 2014 Indian General Elections, including the parties, policies, campaigns, personalities, advertisements, state-by-state analysis and results.
Talking to SAT, Mr. Amitabh Mattoo, Director AII said, “The aim of the website is to be the most comprehensive and credible source of information outside India on the 2014 general elections.”
‘Election Watch’ will include content from the Fellows of the AII, students and faculty of The University of Melbourne, experts from wider Australia and reporters on the ground in India. Producing content which is independent and rigorously researched, ‘Election Watch’ will be a trusted source of news, information and analysis on the elections in May 2014, says the AII website.
Further announcements check AII’s website and 2013electionwatch.com.au.
- SAT News Service