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Congress

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Election dhamaka in India ... our sense of proportion!

LOK Sabha election in India is turning out to be pricey, spicy and high-stake contestation. It is literally becoming a head-turner. The repertoire of political banter, vote-catching maneuvers and last-minute attempted reworking of electoral equations between parties, groupings and alliances is coming into full play. From self-serving books publication pillorying Manmohan Singh by people who claimed 'they knew' because of their proximity to him through dynastic war of words in the Gandhi family to playing the communal card cutting both...

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Jumble of Indian politics

Jumble of Indian politics

INDIA is halfway through the Lok Sabha election process. Two factors have come to the fore so far: caste and money. I am dismayed about the caste. I had imagined that in some 67 years since independence, the nation would have matured enough not to be swayed by baser instincts. Lately, religion has...

India votes on biggest polling day

India votes on biggest polling day

Indians are voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on...

The Syce's whip

THERE is merit in the Congress' criticism of the book on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh written by his former Media Adviser, insofar as accusations of it being self-serving and aimed at personal gain are concerned. Certainly, the “insights” Mr. Sanjaya Baru offers on the power equation between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister are curiously timed, not the least because it has been abundantly clear for some time that Mr. Singh is serving out his last days...

Latest Ndtv Poll

BJP, allies to get 275

BJP, allies to get 275

An opinion poll has for the first time projected a clear majority by the coalition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the ongoing parliamentary elections in India and put the tally of seats for the ruling Congress to a double-digit figure. The poll conducted by Hansa Research in first week of April and telecast by the NDTV news channel on Monday night has forecast that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would secure 275 seats in the 543-member House, three more than the half-way mark. The previous opinion poll conducted in February and broadcast by the same TV channel last month had given 16 seats less to the NDA. The...

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Demolition of pluralism

Demolition of pluralism

I MAY question the timing, practically on the eve of polling for the Lok Sabha election, of the disclosure of conspiracy behind the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in 1992. I do not know how this has helped the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) at the polls during which it shed the development...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Modi plumbs the depths

NARENDRA Modi zealots are acting as if he had already been sworn in as India's prime minister. He too recently said the people have already chosen the government; the election is a formality. Such contrived, media-propagated, hyped-up “Modi wave,” bankrolled by corporations, ignores four recent trends which suggest the election remains open-ended. First, Modi has an edge, but this cannot guarantee the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) victory. His campaign has peaked and is losing momentum under internal resentment over...

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Parties ignore human rights

DICTATORSHIPS get a fillip when democracies falter. India committed this cardinal sin when it abstained from voting at the UN Human Rights Council. A resolution was sought to be passed to seek an international, transparent inquiry to find out whether Sri Lanka had killed in cold blood 40,000 soldiers and others in the wake of hostilities against the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE). They had surrendered unconditionally. India's abstention reminds me of the words of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru:...

AL's BJP strategy

WE Bangladeshis are perhaps still grappling with the domestic political happenings with regards to the last general election and the political equation in light of the opposition's participation in the upazila elections. In the meantime, there are significant ongoing political developments in our big neighbour with potentially profound ramifications in our relations with them and in the geopolitical balance of the region and trans-region as a whole. Certain factors have made things a bit complicated. With the 16th Lok...

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'India's youth: the decisive factor'

India's youth: the decisive factor

Over the next six.......

Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.....

BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

Congress vice-president ....

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