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Why an Early Election Has Become a Political Compulsion for Narendra Modi?

The “secular” realm – jobs, prices, the economy, living conditions – is trumping the world of perverse ideas delivered slickly through clever propaganda disseminated by fanatical Hindutva outfits and a section of the fawning media. Rulers seldom know what’s happening, do they? They have the intelligence apparatus and their party …

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As Elections Near, Rattled Sangh Parivar Plays Polarisation Game to Recover Lost Ground

There is no mistaking a new sense of urgency in the BJP and the larger Sangh parivar. The results in the Gujarat elections and Rajasthan bypolls point to rising popular dissatisfaction with the party. Eight state-level elections, including in Rajasthan and Karnataka, are on the way and by May next …

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With New Cracks In The Judiciary, Will Politics Reclaim Its Hold On Ayodhya Issue?

The apex court, by directing the case to come up as a title dispute, which is a narrow legal facet of this case, has thus continued to manage the conflict. The Supreme Court is all set to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi matter Thursday. The 130-year old title dispute poses …

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BJP Will Mollify NDA Allies Closer To 2019, When It Risks Getting A Reduced Majority

Nineteen states have NDA governments, but the partners have lost their bargaining power because the survival of Modi government does not depend on them. In 1989, when the BJP won 85 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, there were expectations in political circles that perhaps the country was moving towards …

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Despair Looms Large In Kashmir As Civilians Continue To Face ‘Targeted Killings’

Locals claim that contrary to official statements, the deaths near encounter sites are not necessarily a result of cross firing or “collateral damage”, but are “targeted killings” that occur a considerable distance away. The year has begun on an ominous note in Kashmir with more killings of unarmed civilians. On …

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Is Mamata Banerjee Willing To Do What It Takes To Keep BJP Out Of West Bengal?

In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is a low-hanging ripe fruit ready for plucking. Not a bus was burnt, not a morcha was organised, nobody donned colourful headgear to prevent viewers from watching Padmaavat in West Bengal. Albeit, some students of Jadavpur University sat on a …

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Flouts Govt Order, Hoists Tricolour In Kerala

The CPI(M)-led LDF government issued a circular to all state-run and aided schools two days ago insisting that only headmasters or principals of institutions should unfurl the national flag on the Republic Day. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the tricolour on Republic Day at a school in …

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BJP Vs Congress: Who Will Get The Beef Recipe In Karnataka Elections This Year?

The intention of BJP is to provoke Muslim voices in the Congress to speak up and then say the ruling party speaks solely for the minorities. The electoral battle for Karnataka could well be mistaken for the latest season of “MasterChef Karnataka”. What else explains the obsession of both the …

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No Direct Benefits Bank Transfer For Poor In Jharkhand

The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded. The introduction of any new system is bound to have some …

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Why Are India’s Strategic Thinkers Silent About the Country’s Decline Under Modi?

The country’s national interest would be better served if foreign policy analysts think of their vocation more broadly than merely paying attention to the nuances of inter-governmental ties. The Twitter handle of India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon makes for interesting viewing. In December, he had a tongue-in-cheek response …

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