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    Why is China trying to woo the new regime in Delhi?

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Three high-level government interactions – – Chinese Premier Li Kiqiang and President Xi Jingping spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which Jingping sent his special envoy, Chinese Foreign M...

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    Swaraj Samwad : Yadav-Bhushan won’t quit AAP, drop plans to form new party

    [By Narendra Kaushik] Gurgaon: “Why don’t we join Narendra Modi? He is also honest and a great believer of high command culture”, I hear a voice from the back of the auto rickshaw taking us to the venue of Swaraj Sanwad (Dialogue on self rule) that Y...

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    Delhi EC crack down on violation of model code

    By Shivnarayan Rajpurohit Even as India’s largest political drama is preparing for its final run, the Election Commission(EC) has tightened the noose around the neck for all the political parties and their candidates. To ensure that the party candida...

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    Ghettoisation – nothing communal about it

    [By Narendra Kaushik] It was during the summer of 1989.  India was about to elect its first coalition government headed by Vishwanath Pratap Singh and I had joined my first government job in Allahabad. I was looking for a rented accommodation in a Be...

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    Haryana polls and Hooda’s desperate bid

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: When Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda says he is keen to contest from Indri, an assembly constituency in Karnal District, in the upcoming Haryana polls, it is the clearest possible hint of his complete loss of confide...

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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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    Jadavpur University: Apolitical student uprising Vs “Didigiri”

    |By Sanjay Pandey| KOLKATA: It started out as Jadavpur students versus Vice-Chancellor tussle last Tuesday night. While she should have acted on the students’ complaint against police atrocities and VC Arijit Mukherjee’s high-handedness in handling t...

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    Exit polls , enter bookies

    |By Sanjay Pandey| If the exit poll projections are to be believed, the Modi wave – brewing since the announcement of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate last September and turning into a ‘tsunami’ of sorts for the rival parties in the run-up to ...

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    Dadri lynching sparks outrage, but in which direction?

    [By Narendra Kaushik] “Don’t soldiers die every day on the border or in Jammu & Kashmir? Does anybody talk about their deaths? Why then make a mountain out of Akhlaq’s death?” asks Rajiv Kasana, a youth in Shahpur, a Gurjar village neighbouring B...

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How Mumbai’s poorest neighbourhood is battling to keep coronavirus at bay

Ishita Chatterjee, University of Melbourne | The Conversation Informal settlements are experiencing a greater surge in COVID-19 cases than other urban neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India. Their high density, narrow streets, tight internal spaces, poor access to water and sanitation leave residents highly vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. One of Mumbai’s poorest and most underdeveloped neighbourhoods, Shivaji Nagar, is one of three ...

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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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