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  • image (2)Few days back I spoke about how, if you are a visitor in India, you are bound to come across some or other Festival. There is one more thing that I forgot to mention which you come across in India on a frequent basis is The big “E” – Elections.

    There are a lot of parties in India such as national parties, regional parties and local ones. Believe it or not, since the elections are always held in different regions at different times, it is normal that you may just see some activities of elections while traveling within India. The levels of elections can be huge event as National Elections, State Elections, or smaller ones like District Elections, Municipal Elections and Gram Panchayat Elections (to elect head of villages). No matter what happens ahead, be rest assured its elected by the people.

    If you are in Maharashtra these days, congratulations, you can have a close look at how excited people are. 15 Oct, while I am writing this blog, people of Maharashtra, the largest state in western India are voting to form a state government.  From 7am to 6pm, people can go and vote for their favorite political party. India takes pride in its democracy. It is considered an extremely vibrant democracy. People from all classes and castes come out and vote depending on their own wishes. To show that they encourage their employee to participate in this event, many companies allow their employees to leave the office early or come slightly late. Some offices even give a day off to make sure their staff won’t miss the event.

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  • Indias new power circleIndias new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was sworn in on 26th May, 2014. As the 15th Prime Minister of the democratic, republic of India. As a man who has risen from a humble back ground, Mr. Modi is India’s first Prime Minister to be born after Indian independence from the British in 1947.

    Mr. Modi’s political ascent has been powerful and courageous. While he is reputed for transforming the Western state of Gujarat from an agricultural state to one of modern technology and manufacturing he is also accused in the Gujarat communal riots of 2002, where hundreds of innocent people lost their lives.

    Mr. Modi, who won by a sweeping majority has taken control of 282 seats in India’s lower house. Political analysts who expected this change, have attributed his success also to the fall of the Congress government which had held power in India since the past decade. Tired of being controlled by one political party, a lack of progressive policies and flax decision making coupled with high costs and a plunging economy, more than 800 million Indians voted for change. In a multi-part election process that is now the world’s largest democratic exercise, Indians collectively and decisively voted for better governance, and now that Mr. Modi has won majority power, he will need to deliver on his election promises.

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  • Modi & Wang China is happy to have a single party to communicate with in India.

    They are also glad that Narendra Modi, India’s new elected prime minister is for economic development and efficiency, a wish they have been hoping India would ride on a long time ago.

    On Friday, India announced historic results of her national elections. Held once in five years, by 850 million people, the verdict was of a unanimous voice to change the current system of corruption, inefficiency and inertia in a system that was bursting with potential.

    The National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a sweeping victory in the general election of India by crossing the 300 seat mark in the 543-seat Lok Sabha or lower house of parliament. The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Mr. Narendra Modi will be India’s next Prime Minister, after the incumbent Congress party which has long had strong ties with China lost in its worst tally ever. Mr. Modi is expected to be sworn in as India’s Prime Minister on Wednesday, 26th May. 

    Chinese investments have long stayed on the sidelines, waiting for the Indian election results. Now, bursting with economic activity,  and supported by a leader who promises change, efficiency and economic growth on the lines of China, Chinese companies are keen to unleash their investments in India, especially in the manufacturing sector.

    Keen on helping India to prosper along Chinese growth lines, the BJP is a strong supporter of China’s model of economic development. Mr. Modi has not only encouraged Chinese companies to set up manufacturing plants in his home state Gujarat, but has also eased the process. Additionally, he has encouraged many of his expected ministers and cabinet members to learn Mandarin. Many of whom, including Smriti Irani have learnt the emperors tongue.

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  • BJP-Congress-AAP-Logo-Nat1India – the world’s largest democracy will hold its national elections in May this year when more than an billion people are expected to vote a new government into power. Coming quick on the heels of a government change in China too, Inchin Closer delves into how these new governments will deal with our age old sweet and sour relations.

    India has predominately 3 major political parties vying for the hot seat to lead the nation – the veteran Congress Party reigned by Sonia Gandhi a surname which resonates warmly in Beijing, the Bharatiya Janata Party controlled by Narendra Modi whose streak of progress in Gujarat has endeared Beijing and the new entrant Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Admi Party or common man’s party who stands tall against corruption and like President Xi Jinping wants to clean up the system.

    The Indian elections are being keenly watched by China especially since President Xi Jinping plans to visit India later this year and recently expressed to Indian Ambassador Ashok Kantha that its his historic mission to strengthen ties with India. The party that is voted into power will carry the mantle for the next five years and will mark its imprint in sino-indian relations for years to come. Below Inchin Closer looks at what the major contenders have done till date vis a vis China, and what China anticipates of each party.

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  • cpc-meetingChina’s new Premier Xi Jinping is taking a bold step towards reforms within the Middle Kingdom. The newly crowned Premier announced a shift towards a more market driven economy during the Central Committee’s Third Plenary session held from 9th – 12th November. Getting the ball rolling for economic liberalization the highlights of Premier Xi’s  policy blueprint, included calls to “encourage, support and guide” the private sector, minimise investment restrictions, add greater rights for farmers and a more transparent system for local and national government taxing and spending. The communiqué or  ‘Master Economic Plan’ released on Wednesday will be China’s economic blueprint for the next decade.

    Seven plenary sessions of the party’s Central Committee are usually held during the five-year term of each party Congress with the Third Plenum focusing mainly on the economy. In 1978, the 11th CPC Central Committee, presided over by Deng Xiaoping opened up the Chinese economy and empowered state owned enterprises in the 1980’s which fueled China’s meteoric growth over the last three decades. Now its Xi Jinping’s turn to address some of the strategic shifts in China’s economy. This session is expected to enable the people to discern the degree of economic liberalisation proposed within the tough political regime now being imposed. By giving private companies and entrepreneurs a chance to shine will increase competition in the domestic market, streamlining investments and creating a more transparent banking, taxing and spending environment will invite confidence in her people and giving greater rights to her farmers will lead to setting right the social odometer. Yet, while nobody’s disputing the necessity of these changes, analysts are keen to see how these plans will be laid out over the next seven years or by 2020, the CPC’s target year. Read more

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