POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 21:49 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 21:49 IST

Even as other factors like Greece or the US rate hike take precedence, the Modi wave is losing ground on India's stock markets. 

Outlook had presented ModX, the Modi Index in February this year. The index had 15 key stocks from five different fields. Four of these — Capital Goods, Railways, Power and Tourism — were sectors Modi has repeatedly mentioned in his pre-election speeches. The fifth segment, Friend, is a qualitative one as the common perception is that the founders of these companies are 'friends' of Narendra Modi, and have been seen to be close to him over the years. Three stocks were chosen from each theme to stitch together the 15-stock ModX. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 08, 2015 AT 21:49 IST, Edited At: Jul 08, 2015 21:49 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 01, 2015 AT 06:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 01, 2015 06:40 IST

Haryana's Bibipur Village Panchayat initiated a unique #SelfieWithDaughter contest to drive home the importance of a girl child. The media was abuzz with the story which reached our Prime Minister who is known to engage in selfie-diplomacy. So this time he decided to try his hands at some selfie-activism. Little did he know that his endorsement for the above contest on his 'Mann ki Baat' radio show would generate so much heat and debate that the real message would ultimately get lost.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 01, 2015 AT 06:40 IST, Edited At: Jul 01, 2015 06:40 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 19, 2015 AT 22:57 IST ,  Edited At: May 19, 2015 22:57 IST

If you talk too much, you are bound to say things that you will regret eventually. Wise words. The former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh perhaps understood it better than anybody but took it a tad bit too far. But Narendra Modi clearly seems to be learning this invaluable lesson the hard way. 

Modi, in full form, was addressing the Indian community in Shanghai. He has been told that he is a great orator and public speaking is what he is the best at. Hence he was full of confidence. According to a report, this is what he said: "Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian, now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year."

The Twitterati wasn't going to let that one go, would it?

While some people on Twitter were demanding apologies from Modi for his comment, what followed was another piece of news about Modi saying something similar to a massive gathering at a grand reception in Seoul.

Modi said that people used to lament about what sin they had committed in their previous birth that they were born in India. There used to be a point in time when people used to regret being born in India and businessmen wanted to leave the country for better opportunities abroad, he said. But now, he added, those people are saying they are ready to come back even if their incomes are lower than in other places. "The mood has changed," he added, going on to assert that his government had changed sentiments within one year of assuming office.

One can imagine what followed. Complete outrage.

#ModiInsultsIndia was eventually toppled over from its numero uno position by another Modi-related hashtag clearly started by fans, bhakts, supporters, called #ModiIndiasPride.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 19, 2015 AT 22:57 IST, Edited At: May 19, 2015 22:57 IST
POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 19, 2015 AT 21:16 IST ,  Edited At: May 19, 2015 21:16 IST

Narendra Modi has a thing for selfies, everyone knows that by now. But there is something else he is fond of, it’s almost a hobby. Modi loves coming up with the most bizarre acronyms and alliterations. Whether he is on a diplomatic mission to some foreign land or launching a scheme or addressing a rally, acronyms just pour out of him like verse from a poetic soul.

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON May 19, 2015 AT 21:16 IST, Edited At: May 19, 2015 21:16 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 12, 2015 AT 22:50 IST ,  Edited At: May 12, 2015 22:50 IST

Ramesh Thakur, a professor at Australian National University has written an open letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his letter (read full), Thakur writes that while Modi coming to power has been a general boost for the country's morale, his actual accomplishments remain rather modest.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON May 12, 2015 AT 22:50 IST, Edited At: May 12, 2015 22:50 IST
     
 
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