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The sedition charges against rapper Hard Kaur, a critic of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, is the latest in the long line of cases under the archaic law, most of which were later dismissed by courts. In 1891, Jogendra Chunder Bose, editor of a vernacular weekly, Bangobasi, was charged for publishing what...

Arvind Subramanian debunks Modi govt claim on rate of economic growth

Arvind Subramanian has let the economy out of the bag. His research has shown up the Indian growth story for what it is: overhyped, exaggerated and politicised. In his research paper, the former chief economic advisor to the government of India has argued that India’s GDP growth may have been overestimated by at least 2.5 per cent. In the period...

Is Nitish tacitly helping Mamata to fight against BJP in her home turf?

Until last week, many believed the renowned political strategist Prashant Kishor, who shaped the election campaigns of many top politicians in the country, was only “technically” associated with the ruling Janata Dal United (JD(U)), which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar heads. After all, Kishor had not been taking part in the party affairs for th...

Flawed NEP: A child has to hear the language in practical life to learn it

With the three language policy inviting widespread censure from non-Hindi speaking states, educationists have questioned the wisdom of expecting school children to learn three languages, two of which, in most cases, may not even exist in their environment. The NEP draft asserts that the exposure to three or more language in schools will help enh...

Clear mandate against Bedi-Modi combine in Puducherry

The name of former IPS officer and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi did not feature on the electronic voting machines in the union territory during the April 18 Lok Sabha elections. Even if she had contested, there was no way that a voter could vote specifically against her. However, when the votes were being counted on May 23, it seeme...

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second term has not only appointed a powerful new Home Minister, but also a probable successor to his ‘throne’ – Amit Anilchandra Shah. When Amit Shah took over as Home Minister on May 30, it was clear to everyone that he is being anointed formally as No.2 in the government after successfully helming the BJP a...

Hidden meanings and unspoken truths: A 360 degree view on the language row

Tamil Nadu politicians have risen as one voice against the “Three Language Formula” recommended by the Draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019. They feel it is an attempt to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states through the back door. The Draft 2019 says “Three Language Formula, followed since the adoption of the NEP 1968, and endorsed ...

Unemployment at 45-year high; official report confirms leaked data before polls

The  official employment data released today by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) confirms the worst fears! India is at a 45-year-historical high of 6.1 per cent in unemployment. This unemployment rate was projected in a pre-election leaked report which was later denied by the government. The newly formed government, on their first day at o...

Can Sumalatha, the spunky actor, live up to Mandya’s expectations in Parliament?

Actress Sumalatha, who pipped the entire Deve Gowda clan by trouncing Karnataka Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in the Mandya constituency by a handsome margin of over one lakh votes, seems to have had luck shadowing her from childhood. Beyond linguistic barriers The very first line that Sumalatha spoke in front of  t...

How Howrah, once an industrial hub, is struggling to stand on its feet

Glossy malls, rising skyscrapers and the ever-bustling streets, Howrah— Bengal’s new saddle of power—has all the trappings of a thriving metropolis. Behind the shiny façade, however, lies a darker world of rundown factory sheds, locked gates of closed mills, filthy labour lines and clusters of shanties. They are the tattered remains of a once-bu...

What keeps a wobbly Left Front going in Bengal

Kolkata: Mounted on a white open-hood jeep on a sultry April evening in the industrial town of Kanchrapara, Biman Bose, the 78-year-old CPI (M) veteran and chairman of the Left Front committee of West Bengal, sported a wide grin – a rare gesture from him – as his vehicle moved through a sea of red flags. Very few in the town remember when was the last ti...

BJP banks on Modi to revive its poll fortune in Chhattisgarh

In all the parliamentary elections held after the creation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, bifurcating 10 Chhattisgarhi and six Gondi speaking south-eastern districts of Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won 10 out of the state’s 11 Lok Sabha seats. Three general elections later, however, the scenario is different. In 2019, the BJP is up against a resurgent Cong...

As India sticks to conventional wisdom, Pant bounces off World Cup squad

The only surprise omission in the Indian squad announced for the 2019 cricket world cup is Rishabh Pant. Other than that, it is a fairly balanced squad with a rare luxury of three all-rounders and two wrist spinners, something no Indian team had access to in the past. Before the squad for the world cup in England was announced, there were just t...

Comrades turn ‘bhakts:’ Why Bengal’s Left voters are going with BJP

Kolkota: Sudip Naskar, a resident of Nepalgunj area on the southern fringe of Kolkata, had been voting for the CPI(M) since he attained the right to vote over two decades ago. His initiation to Marxism was natural as he came from a family of ‘comrades.’ Even when most members of his family embraced the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) after the fall of th...

Uttar Pradesh’s sugarcane belt not sweet for BJP anymore?

Farm distress, local issues and lack of development are riling the voters of Western Uttar Pradesh that goes to the elections on April 11 in its first phase of polling. At Pachenda village, part of Bijnore Lok Sabha seat, Surendra Chaudhary, a sugarcane farmer belonging to the jat community, is surrounded by his likes. In the hot afternoon the d...

Rahul’s surgical strike blows away Sabarimala from Kerala’s poll turf

UPA prime ministerial candidate and Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s  decision to contest from the Wayand constituency in north Kerala has  turned out to be a game-changer in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to be held in the third phase, on April 23. The Congress party’s ‘surgical strike’ in the state, where UPA’s potential ally at the...

In Punjab, BJP struggles to find winnable candidates 

Chennai: BJP president Amit Shah is facing stiff resistance from senior leaders of the Punjab BJP unit. Amit Shah has apparently failed to get the right candidates for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Punjab. Punjab is one state where the Congress state leadership is strong, under Captain Amarinder Singh. The Akali Dal is too weak. For the BJP, it...

Western Uttar Pradesh’s vote likely to be one for change

Eight constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh are going to polls on April 11. A deep dive into western UP, especially the rural belt of the wild west of the state, shows that there is an alarming agrarian crisis besides the stray cattle menace. Sugarcane farmers too have not been getting their dues. All these factors combined, indeed, ring alarm be...

The super-rich candidates of Telugu states

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh may be under financial stress and its neighbor Telangana may be among the states with one of the highest public debts but there is no dearth of crorepati politicians in both the Telugu states. From chief minister and ministers to leader of opposition and from MLAs and MPs seeking r-election to the new entrants, many super-rich are...

Modi’s 2019 campaign: Chaiwala turns chowkidar, serves nationalism

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented himself as a chaiwala (tea seller) in 2014. For the 2019 election, he will hard sell himself as a chowkidar (watchman). Apart from this metamorphosis, almost everything about his campaign remains the same, revealed his inaugural speech in Meerut on March 28. In 2014, his campaign was about deriding the oppo...

Why Goa MLAs joined BJP in post-midnight ‘coup’

The BJP has consolidated its hold on the Goa Assembly with two of the MGP legislators officially joining the party, intriguingly in the early hours of Wednesday. With two more legislators in its kitty, the BJP is now on par with the Congress at 14 legislators each. But what has attracted attention is that the entire exercise of joining the BJ...

Paying for Rahul’s Nyay: Slashing subsidies may be a hard sell

Income transfer are the rage now. The latest initiative has come from Rahul Gandhi who announced on March 25 that 20% families in the ‘poorest of the poor’ category will be given ₹72,000 each annually as a minimum income. Will cash transfers prove to be more efficient in delivering benefits to the poor as compared to giving grains? How will this be...

NTR is dead, but his legacy thrives across political parties

Hyderabad: What do rivals Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and BJP have in common in Andhra Pradesh? Each of them has at least one member of former chief minister NT Rama Rao (NTR)'s extended family in the poll fray fighting on its behalf. This indicates that NTR’s political legacy still finds resonance in the state politics, more than 23 ...

Citing lapse of time, SC throws out plea for rape inquiry

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on March 15 refused to entertain a plea for inquiry and police protection by a woman alleging that Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu raped her in 2008, Bar and Bench reported. A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, justice Deepak Gupta and justice Sanjeev Khanna said the court cannot interfere in an incident wh...

Apang joining Opposition throws Arunachal elections wide open

New Delhi: For those growing up in the 1980s and 1990s of Arunachal Pradesh, there was one question that no one would get wrong in any GK test — who is the chief minister of the state? Once a school teacher anchoring a quiz competition found himself asking, "Who is the Gegong Apang of Arunachal Pradesh?" That was the Apang era, when one man remained the ch...

Where does BJP stand in Assam post-Citizenship Bill protests?

New Delhi: On March 10, as the Election Commission announced dates for the elections to the 17th Lok Sabha, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was a happy man. “The BJP and our allies will win between 19 and 21 seats out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in entire Northeast,” he declared with his usual air of confidence. The party, at present, has eight MPs — seven f...

Telangana & Andhra Pradesh at war over piracy of personal data

Hyderabad: What began as a data theft case involving a Hyderabad-based IT company is now snowballing into a full-blown confrontation between the two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In a tit-for-tat move, both the states have constituted separate Special Investigation Teams (SITs) to pursue the case on their own terms, having accused each oth...

Why Telangana CM KCR is renewing pitch for mahagathbandhan

After a brief lull, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has renewed efforts to push his idea of a Federal Front, a national alternative to the Congress and the BJP. When he first mooted the idea in March last year, there were not many takers. KCR was quick off the block to share the idea and met a string of leaders including Mamata Bane...

How Pawan Kalyan may be the X factor in Andhra Pradesh polls

Hyderabad: With Andhra Pradesh going for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls between April and May, a key figure to watch out for is actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan, whose Jana Sena Party is making an electoral debut and contesting all the 175 Assembly seats. While the main contest is between the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) an...

How ‘kingmaker’ Chandrababu Naidu is caught in a web of intrigues

Once seen as a “kingmaker” in national politics, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is back to playing a role in the efforts to stitch together an anti-BJP coalition. But on the home turf he is facing a plethora of challenges. Increasing desertions in Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP), growing public resentment over non-fulfillment of...

How Pakistan undid its ‘goodwill gesture’ with Abhinandan video

A little before Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman crossed the Attari-Wagah border around 9.20pm on Friday, Pakistan released a video to its media at 9pm. It is now being reported that the Wing Commander's return was delayed by about three hours from the scheduled time, as he was made to record the video statement by Pakistan authorities b...

As traditional media played safe, social media thrived on fake news

Since the advent of social media, it is the first the time the tension between India and Pakistan has escalated into an armed conflict. The medium in a way has pushed up the temperature in the room. As in all wars, truth is always the first casualty. This time however, social media — on which fake news thrives — amplified and weaponised it. I...

JDS-Congress coalition in Karnataka survives yet another threat

Bengaluru: The BJP’s attempts to dethrone the Congress-JD(S)coalition in Karnataka has failed yet again with the passing of the state budget. Contrary to expectations of a twist in the tale during voting on the budget, the ruling benches managed to safely see through the passage of the finance bill. The bill was taken up for voting a day earlier than sched...