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    Modi-fying Media : Just for elections or beyond?

    By Shreeshan Venkatesh With the shadows of the 2002 communal violence looming large, vying for a position at the head of the government would have seemed inconceivable for Modi. Yet, today in the run-up to the General Elections 2014, Narendra Modi st...

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    Kashmir floods: Our “disastrous” disaster management

    |By Adfar Shah| The floods in Jammu and Kashmir following the Uttrakhand tragedy last year exposes our response and preparedness for disasters both at the state and the national level. Unprecedented rainfall in the State has destroyed houses and subm...

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    What makes Lalu an aid as well as an albatross for Nitish

    [By Narendra Kaushik] It was sometime in February 1998. A pale orange sun was going down behind the white clouds opposite Barauni Oil Refinery.  Our ambassador car driver had just returned after unsuccessfully scouting for a mechanic in nearby cities...

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    Billion people hold their breath as India becomes the first Asian country to reach Mars

    |By John Bridges|The Conversation| Mars has become the destination of choice for ambitious space agencies and nations. Now India is among that group. It will soon begin to photograph the planet’s surface and analyse the atmospheric composition. As a ...

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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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    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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    Hashtag drama in Delhi elections

    [By Aishwarya Yerra] In less than two days Delhi will go into Assembly elections. Battle lines were clearly drawn more than a month ago and #Delhifightclub has been going at it and how. Fighters Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Admi Party were supposed...

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    About a simple, genius, Indian president

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi:  It was sometime in August 1998, around three months after Pokhran II, the series of five nuclear tests India conducted in the desert of Rajasthan.   Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (popularly known as APJ) Abdul Kalam, then ...

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    AAP’s internal rift: Utopia vs Real Politics

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: As you look up at Neeti Villa, the three-storied office of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), located about a few hundred metres from Patel Nagar metro station, Arvind Kejriwal’s face and broom stares back at you. ‘Janata K...

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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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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 happened to Kamraj, a bus driver in Vellore, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. ...

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