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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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    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 countr...

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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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    Why UP is a fertile ground for crime against women?

    |By Narendra Kaushik| The sordid saga of assaults on women in Uttar Pradesh continues unabated.  Here is what makes the state fertile ground for crime against women: ...

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    Thinking back to Gandhi amongst brute force and umbrellas

    |By Lisa Regan, University of Liverpool|The Conversation| In this age of the rule of brute force, it is almost impossible for anyone to believe that anyone else could possibly reject the law of the final supremacy of brute force. So wrote Mohandas Ka...

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    Kashmir: its people, elections and voting trends

    By Adfar Shah The elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have already started and a high turnout (69.18%. in Jammu and 70%, in Udhampur) like the historic Panchayati elections held in 2012 (turn out 90%) in the state has become the trend now. Th...

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    One India, One Asia

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Come 2016 and you may be able to zip off in your personal car or public transport for Yangon and Bangkok. Another year or so and you will have roads leading to Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos. A few ...

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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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    What clicked for Kejriwal

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi:  It was sometime in July 2013. I was doing a pre-election survey in Delhi and had gone to Timarpur to speak to husband of a Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.  After I was done with my questions, he asked me w...

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BJP on a Mission Rajya Sabha now

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi, May 17: Having achieved its 272+ mission in the 543-elected member Lok Sabha, the directly elected House of Indian Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now embarking on a two-pronged plan to rustle up numbers in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, where the party-led NDA has only 64 members, 57 short of a simple ...

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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 Commission begins the process of counting votes on May 16, 2014 at  8 am. We’ll bring you the latest successes, defeats ...

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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 elections – has finally made a landfall. Most exit polls say that the NDA is likely to sail past ...

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Party cadres confiscate voters’ ID cards on poll eve in WB

|By Sanjay Pandey| Nadia: Mita Roy, 50, was looking forward to exercising her franchise for the first time ever at least this year. But just like the past four decades, she was robbed of the basic right once again when cadres of the ruling party (this time the TMC) allegedly barged into her house and forcefully took away all her identification ...

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High turnout, boycott: Voter’s forceful assertion

|By Anuj Shrivastava| In less than 6 days from now the nation will know who will form the next government at Centre, the voters’ verdict already being sealed in the EVMs in 502 Lok Sabha constituencies. The sharp rise in polling percentage (an aggregate turnout of 66.27% for 502 seats , over 57.94% in 2009) is being hailed everywhere even as ...

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When Modi faced the nation – A Round Up

#ModiSpeakstoArnab will run govt with everyone.We say lot of things in elections.But that does not mean that is how we will run govt #wow — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) May 8, 2014 Hinduism is not a religion, it's a way of life.. #Modispeakstoarnab — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) May 8, 2014 #ModiSpeaksToArnab on Snoopgate: “Go to Supreme Court, Dont trap me.Why should ...

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Haryana writes new rules to humour Priyanka Gandhi

By Narendra Kaushik Wish to see how the state congress governments bend backwards to accommodate the wishes of Gandhi-Nehru dynasty, visit Kamaspur, a non-descript hamlet located on the right of National Highway (NH) 1 less than 50 kilometres from Delhi. Thanks to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the scion of the first family who faces heat over property allegations against her husband Robert ...

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Elections 2014: Factors influencing the voting landscape (A Brief)

Correspondent | Team PB7 For the rest of the world, elections in the biggest democracy on Earth are an overwhelming cause for concern. The Indian Election Commission has estimated that about 788 million people are eligible to vote in this year’s elections – an electorate more than double the size of the entire population of the US. How the country carries ...

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Political ‘cold war’ altering people’s social life in Bengal

By Sanjay Pandey Kolkata: Heated arguments and intermittent clashes between supporters of rival political parties are common during an election season. But political rivalry in Bengal takes an ugly turn in Bengal often signaling the start of a never-ending ‘cold war’. A “cold war” between the loyal cadres of rival parties stretches from one election to the other, often invading ...

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Dacoits’ reward for relinquishing crime: Betrayal and harassment

By Sanjay Pandey There was a time when the sound of horses’ hooves resonating through the town of Madhepura made the men, women and even the police force scramble for cover. Rifles slung across their shoulders, groups of masked men on horseback thundered through the town, looting shops, breaking into houses and violating the dignity of women. The police would arrive only after ...

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