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Whither Congress?

THE defeat of the Congress in Haryana and Maharashtra state elections does not come as a surprise. It was expected. Those who have followed the political developments since the 2014 Lok Sabha election had inferred that the party was a story of the past. It had been battered by charges of corruption so much and for so long that it had no public image left. The other parties, particularly the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), are finding favour with the...

India holds crucial state elections

India holds crucial state elections

Voting has begun in crucial state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide win. The BJP is hoping to win in Maharashtra and Haryana, which have been ruled by Congress along with its allies. In September,...

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

Congress drops Shashi Tharoor for 'praising Modi'

India's main opposition Congress party has removed MP Shashi Tharoor from the post of party spokesman after criticism that he had praised PM Narendra Modi. The twice-elected MP from Kerala recently said he was "honoured" to have been invited by the PM to be part of his Clean India campaign. Tharoor's critics said his praise...

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

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Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

Editorial: The Statesman (India)

The saffronite hand again?

EH CARR'S famous query -- what is history? -- remains unanswered in the midst of the Government of India's renewed meddling with the historian's craft. Quite simply, Clio deserves better from the political class. The state interference with historiography, markedly manifest ever since the Babri Masjid came under the pickaxe on December 6, 1992, is palpable once more. The appointment of Y.S. Rao as Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research has been greeted with consternation in the academic...

India's Third Republic

THIS term 'Third Republic' in relation to India has been borrowed from a lecture by eminent Indian international relations scholar and geo-strategist Dr. C. Raja Mohan, organised by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), which he delivered recently in Dhaka. The idea suggests a paradigm shift in Indian politics from weaker central power to a stronger one, unlike the past two decades which were the 'Second Republic' as per Dr. Mohan's lexicon. The first one, of course,...

Education minister without graduation!

Education minister without graduation!

Indian’s Congress leader Ajay Maken has questioned the educational qualifications of Smriti Irani, who has taken over as Human Resource Development Minister. The party’s general secretary raised the debate while touching off a political storm with a series of tweets deriding the new Narendra Modi cabinet, reports NDTV. What a Cabinet of Modi?HRD Minister (Looking...

STRAIGHT LINE

Change in the neighbourhood

THE thumping electoral victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by the intensely inspirational Narendra Modi, in the just concluded Indian national election raises hopes and fears. Hope is generated by the pronounced discourses of Gujarat Model economic development with which the prime minister designate is fondly credited. One would like to believe that contemporary India stands on the threshold of an economic take-off in which a great power status beckons. In such a scenario there is a natural...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Demystifying Modi mandate

STOOPING to conquer' -- The Times of India phrased Narendra Modi's reverential forehead-touching on the stairway to the Lok Sabha. This was one of the few firsts that Modi's ascent to power has been enacted. Another first is his upcoming oath taking ceremony at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan with 3,000 invitees to mark the grand occasion. To optimists the invitation of Saarc heads of governments and states signals New Delhi's prioritising good relations with the immediate neighbourhood. This is...

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