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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 all...

  • 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 i...

  • 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...

  • 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? ...

  • Salman Khan’s fans prove that they are loyal to bhai for life

    [By Aishwarya Yerra] Thirteen years after he ran over four homeless people sleeping on the pavement, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has finally been found guilty and will be spending five years in jail. It is not surprising that his army of loyal fa...

  • Displaced Burmese in India: Life As a Refugee

    By Ninglun Hanghal Delhi (WFS) – Moving images and stories of tired and anxious families, crossing over from Hungary into Austria and Germany, have occupied the front page of newspapers, hogged air time and gone viral online over the last few days. I...

  • 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 ort...

  • PM-elect Modi’s actions, attitude bode well

    |By Anuj Shrivastava| Narendra Damodardas Modi is set to become India’s 14th Prime Minister on May 26th. Modi’s extraordinary journey, one that has been highly inspiring and motivating for the youth will become part of the Gujarati folklore; achievin...

  • 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 happen...

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 Ka CM‘, a banner tied to an upper floor balcony of the park-facing building shows Kejriwal surrounded by his ...

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Why Congress is opposing the land acquisition bill

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: The fight over Land Acquisition Act or The Right to Fare Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is not about the farmer. And it is certainly not about whether the farmer will have right to fare compensation for his land acquired by the government. If that were the case, ...

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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. Similar such audits is estimated to have freed about Rs 1000 crores.

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Bans changing discourse: Rape is no more the centre of debate

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi:  Every time I would go to Prem Singh, a youth in my Mama (maternal uncle)’s village he had a new story of his dare devilry to narrate to me. “I’ve not spared any of the girls in my neighbourhood,” Singh, who was then doing his intermediate, would boast. Once when I referred to a particular ...

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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 what feedback I was getting on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). I told him that ...

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Delhi Assembly Elections: Live Coverage

#AAPSweep The sweep that was. #AAPSweep pic.twitter.com/qYmob5RTj8 — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 10, 2015 Kiran Bedi Loses in Krishnanagar #DelhiDecides — PointBlank 7 (@pointblankseven) February 10, 2015 How The Graph Changed Within A Year! Thanks To BJP Casual Approach #KiskiDilli #DelhiDecides @mediacrooks @anilkapur_ pic.twitter.com/meNaHqDnd5 — Sanatan Dharmic ॐ (@Fascist4) February 10, 2015 “Free water & power from tomorrow; WiFi, too” ...

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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 to fight each other but through the course of the election campaigning it became #cabinetvsKejriwal just after ...

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Innocence lost – A story of Delhi’s child campaigners

It was the last day of the political campaigning. Road shows and rallies galore, the National Capital was charged up and chaotic; scenes of traffic jams, processions, and policemen all over set the tone for the elections. After all, what else do you expected to see two days before the Delhi elections? But what caught the attention of our young ...

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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 nuns, priests and children who were protesting the lack of action against the repeated attacks on churches in New Delhi. The incident in ...

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Negative campaigning gets aggressive as Delhi elections draw closer

|By Shreeshan Venkatesh| New Delhi : While political parties spend crores in promoting their candidates in run-up to elections, most rely heavily on negative campaigning and slinging mud at the opposition. And this only increases with each passing election season. According to Observer Foundation senior fellow Dr. Satish Misra: Mudslinging in elections has been increasing with every passing election and ...

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