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    Could a meteorite really have killed a bus driver in India?

    [Monica Grady] There is nothing more certain in life than death – a cheerful thought for a dismal February. Even though we are aware of that inevitability, we don’t expect death literally to strike out of an empty sky, which reportedly is what happen...

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    What do the elections in Haryana mean?

    |By Narendra Kaushik| The recently concluded 2014 assembly elections in Haryana State have fashioned history in several ways. This was the first election in last half a decade where there was no Lal – Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal- on the horizo...

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    Live: Election Results 2014

    The world’s largest democracy exercised its right to participate in the democratic process in April and May 2014, with high voter turnouts in 122 constituencies. It is judgment day for India’s big and small political parties, as the Election Commissi...

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    What BJP Majority means for Modi

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: The breach of majority mark by Bharatiya Janata Party in the 16thgeneral elections is expected to ensure that Narendra Modi, the possible new prime minister of the country, does not end up following trajectory of care...

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    Indian election ‘womanifesto’ and the battle for equal rights

    By Sumita Mukherjee Over five weeks, 815m Indians will have the opportunity to choose a new government many hope will tackle inequality and corruption and lead the country to greater prosperity.The choice is ostensibly between two men: Narendra Modi ...

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    The Non-state voters

    30,000 odd voters of the Rajmahal constituency in Jharkhand are likely to press NOTA on April 24, the day this constituency goes to polls. Our correspondent, Sanjay Pandey, speaks to the people who have decided to use NOTA as a tool to reject the “po...

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    Innocence lost – A story of Delhi’s child campaigners

    It was the last day of the political campaigning. Road shows and rallies galore, the National Capital was charged up and chaotic; scenes of traffic jams, processions, and policemen all over set the tone for the elections. After all, what else do you ...

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    The Modi Government Turns One

    [By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will mark its first anniversary in office this month. While it is too early to assess its overall performance, the overwhelming sent...

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    Ten years after the Boxing Day tsunami, are coasts any safer?

    |By Emily Heath,Lancaster University|The Conversation| Ten years ago we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history, when a huge earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a devastating tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean. An e...

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Exit Polls: Effects on Indian Polity

By Col N N Bhatia(Retd) Both politicians and the nappies need to be changed often and for the same reason! Margret Thatcher The world’s largest democracy has just finished the polling for the general elections lasting over 2 months. The entire country of India’s size and diversity, the election mania had a vice like grip over the world’s other events. ...

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Live: Elections 2017

Most exit polls forecast a saffron Holi in Uttar Pradesh and a close fight between the Congress seeking to return to power in Punjab and AAP, a debutant in Punjab elections. Stay with us for LIVE updates on Assembly Elections 2017.

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Fan of Rudyard Kipling? Then you should read the hundreds of other stories he wrote

[By Sarah Lonsdale] Sixteen-year-old Rudyard Kipling returned to India after a miserable childhood, and slightly less miserable adolescence in England, to take up the perfect job for a precociously gifted but possibly unemployable son of empire. He was to be 50% of the editorial staff – as he describes in his memoir Something of Myself – of the Civil and ...

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India’s Cow Vigilantes

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian politics continues to amaze and appall. The surge in cow vigilantism – a uniquely Indian phenomenon that has lately begun to flourish under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government – is no exception. Many orthodox Hindus, particularly in the northern Indian states that comprise the so-called Cow Belt, worship the cow as gau ...

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From Kashmir and Chilcot to Black Lives Matter

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Mob throws police jeep into river. One cop dead. My first reaction was, another US story about the eruption of violence post-the Black Lives Matter protests. But no. This was the morning’s headlines in a Bangalore newspaper and the cop killed by the mob was in Kashmir. Ironically, yesterday’s headlines were about an historic new ...

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India’s Jewel in the Crown

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – India’s Solicitor-General, Ranjit Kumar, recently declared that India would not seek the return of the Kohinoor diamond – one of the world’s oldest and most valuable – from the British, to whom India had “gifted” it. The statement shocked India and unleashed passionate debate – so passionate, in fact, that the government scrambled to ...

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Bangalored: Death of a Dream

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Once upon a time, possibly around two, definitely three decades ago, Bangalore was a charming little town. It was known as the pensioners’ paradise because it was a tiny town with quaint cottages and pretty bungalows surrounded by lovely gardens. And the weather was perfect. Everyone knew everyone else on their street and in their ...

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Kerala – a conflict of cultures?

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] Kerala has long been held up as an example of a model state. India’s most educated piece of paradise. But people who live there, in general, and women who live there in particular, know only too well, that the hype is merely that – hot air. The fact that this is a state with the highest ...

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Eight districts of Haryana have been severely affected by the agitation for reservation.

Why Jats are on a warpath in Haryana?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is sitting on a peace fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, wants Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government to immediately find a solution to the ongoing Jat agitation for reservation. Ask him what that solution can be and he simply clams up. Hooda very well knows that whatever ...

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How India’s Caste System Survives

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – On January 17, Rohith Vemula, a PhD candidate at the University of Hyderabad in India’s Telangana state, hanged himself. Even in a country of 1.2 billion people, a single death can have a major impact. Vemula was a Dalit – a member of what was once known as the “untouchables,” at the bottom of ...

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