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  • Christian anger likely to be displayed on ballot in Delhi

    |By Shreeshan V| New Delhi : Just two days before the Assembly polls, the National Capital witnessed massive protests this morning outside the Sacred Heart cathedral, with police men in the Capital swooping down on a large number of people, including...

  • India split on Modi Anniversary

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan says that expectations from Narendra Modi Government were ‘probably unrealistic’ he is stating only half the truth. In reality, the expectations were not just u...

  • 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-...

  • Shiv Sena’s brand of politics: Nothing patriotic about it

    [By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Bal Keshav Thackeray nee Bal Thackeray launched Shiv Sena in 1966 through a massive rally in Shivaji Park he had several things going for him. There was anger simmering against what Thackeray then called ‘Yandugu...

  • Mamata’s bid at “controlled democracy” !

    |By Sanjib Guha| When Mamata Banerjee took over as the Chief Minister of West Bengal after a 34-year Left Front stint, people believed that she could deliver her promise, “we want change, not revenge”. But thanks to the shenanigans of the TMC leaders...

  • 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...

  • Khurja Ceramics in India score over China

    |By Narendra Kaushik| Khurja: Mohammad Nazim, the owner of Modern Art Ceramics, a flower pot manufacturing unit located on Grand Trunk (GT) Road, proudly displays a ceramic boat his workers have put together after emulating design of a Chinese boat h...

  • When scarred female bodies demarcate the Indian subcontinent’s polity

    [By Priyanka Borpujari] Why do women’s bodies become the site of the mad pursuit of possession of lands? When the bodies of women – and the dignity they deserve but almost always have to beg for – are mutilated to the bone, what is remembered? ...

  • DK Ravi : When honesty and integrity is silenced by political might

    D. K. Ravi , a 2009-batch IAS Officer, was notable for his fight against the land and sand mafia.   It was under Ravi’s 2014-15 audit alone, that about Rs 130 crores of tax evasion was recovered from a group of established realty firms. Si...

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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