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  • The 2014 General Elections and Prospects for India’s Foreign Policy

    By Jivanta Schottli India’s general elections, to be held from 7th April to 12th of May 2014, rest upon some critical features that will have a bearing on the country’s foreign policy. Foreign policy per se is not usually a theme in Indian elections ...

  • 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 De...

  • Architecture: how public space in India was refined by Charles Correa and Nek Chand Saini

    [Iain Jackson,The Conversation] In a single week this June, the world of architecture lost two artists who celebrated modern India through buildings, landscape, sculpture and gardens. Charles Correa, India’s best known architect, died on June 16 in M...

  • 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 re...

  • The Indian elections: what does “the Gujarat Model” really mean?

    By Rohini Hensman Narendra Modi, whom some consider a human rights criminal, is running for PM of India and being touted as an economic saviour based on his record in Gujarat. An analysis of these claims reveals a version of corporation-driven neolib...

  • Delhi-NCR’s vulnerability to disasters: Some Do’s and Don’ts

    [By Col NN Bhatia] The devastating earthquake in Nepal has brought to the fore the vulnerability of  the Delhi-NCR region to natural as well as man made disasters. It is in Delhi that there are drastic ecological and climatic changes. More heat waves...

  • 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. T...

  • 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...

  • India’s tea capital can recover from devastating floods – if the government gets its act together

    [Sneha Krishnan|The Conversation] Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000 in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the disaster in th...

India at political crossroads in 2014 – Perspectives

By Dr Subhash Kapila Perceptionaly, India today seems to be at political crossroads as the General Elections 2014 draw near. Unprecedented vituperative abuse and undignified political rhetoric that now dominates political discourse and the bitterness now dominating India’s political space is itself an indication that the political stakes are high as the Indian voter steps forward to exercise his political ...

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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 candidates and political parties comply with the model code of conduct (MCC) in Delhi, the state election commission has formed various teams ...

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Race for top post hots up: PM hopefuls await ballot verdict

By Anuj Shrivastava Party ideologies are being redefined, reinterpreted as political realignments have started taking place before elections; all strategic compulsions for survival, winning votes and seats. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is now in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) after Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) were not generous in seat-sharing. Ram Vilas Paswan returns to the National ...

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The hypocrisy of unconventional politics

By Anuj Shrivastava Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation was a meditated and calculated step exclusively for political gains; it had a clear objective and was in no way unconventional like Aam Aadmi Party’s show of clean politics and good governance (swarajya). After all, how much unconventional can the unconventional be. AAP is now trying to take another grandstand before the electorate after ...

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