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Women workers in the Gurgaon industrial belt fight increasing casualisation

|By Tom Cowan| In the past few years thousands of workers in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt 20km southwest of the capital have been engaging in near continuous struggle against exploitation, unequal employment practices and the right to collective assembly.

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What do the elections in Haryana mean?

|By Narendra Kaushik| The recently concluded 2014 assembly elections in Haryana State have fashioned history in several ways. This was the first election in last half a decade where there was no Lal – Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal- on the horizon.  The assembly polls in 2009 had Bhajan Lal’s Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) vying against the Congress and ...

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Pre-poll divorces to add zing to Maharashtra Elections

|By Narendra Kaushik| Vidarbha, the perennially parched eastern region of Maharashtra which finds a mention every time the media writes on farmer suicides, is definitely a place where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be celebrating its separation from Shiv Sena. With Sena, the diehard proponent of united Maharashtra, gone out of Mahayuti, the coalition of BJP and three other small ...

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Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way. In the world’s largest ...

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Why BJP is wary of Delhi Elections

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Dharam Dev Solanki, veteran BJP MLA from Palam Assembly Constituency, spends bulk of his day hours in redressing complaints of his constituents about drinking water even in late August. His constituency is parched during major part of the year. Dry ponds in and around Palam Village are an evidence of acute water scarcity in the ...

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Why is China trying to woo the new regime in Delhi?

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Three high-level government interactions – – Chinese Premier Li Kiqiang and President Xi Jingping spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which Jingping sent his special envoy, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, to New Delhi – a meeting between top honchos of Communist Party of China (CPC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and around ...

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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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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; achieving success through sheer grit, determination, dedication and unflinching focus while telling the story of how a boy selling tea on trains became the Prime ...

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Nitish scores multi-goals with resignation

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi, May 20: Nitish Kumar appears to have killed several birds with a single stone by putting in his resignation from Chief Minister’s post and nominating an MLA from poorest section of the society Jitan Ram Manjhi as his replacement. Firstly he has pre-empted any poaching strike the BJP must have been planning to launch by ...

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What BJP Majority means for Modi

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: The breach of majority mark by Bharatiya Janata Party in the 16thgeneral elections is expected to ensure that Narendra Modi, the possible new prime minister of the country, does not end up following trajectory of careers of his predecessors Manmohan Singh, H D Deve Gowda and Inder Kumar Gujral in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). ...

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