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odd-even car scheme

Grandiose plans without adequate planning and public support never really take off. Let’s take the example of Akbar, who tried to build Fatehpur Sikri near Agra as the capital of the Mughal Empire but failed due to lack of adequate water in the region. After 13 years of living there, he shifted back to Agra. Tughlaq tried a similar move to build Tughlakabad as the new capital, only to abandon it later. And more recently, [...]

up-assembly

Amidst the intense power struggle within the Samajwadi party (SP) —between party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother, Shivpal Yadav on one side and Mulayam’s son, Akhilesh and cousin, Ramgopal Yadav on the other — comes the news that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is likely to meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. The Samajwadi Party [...]

Opinion Polls 2017

Recently, a number of opinion polls were conducted in order to find out the possible results for the ensuing assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (UP). In a survey done by India Today and Axis, it has been predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be winning by a considerably-big margin in UP, regarded by many as politically the most important state in India. This opinion poll had been conducted from October to [...]

breakthrough

The beginning of a calendar year is celebrated across the globe with much hope and joy. People exchange wishes for growth, happiness, health, and prosperity. Here is our wishlist – a common man’s hopes and aspirations for India’s breakthrough growth in 2017. Impact of Demonetisation Demonetisation of the high value currency notes (Rs 500 and Rs 1000) and the subsequent withdrawal restrictions placed on the masses due to shortage of new currency notes, was one [...]

mulayam

Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has been shown the door from Samajwadi Party (SP) by his father and party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav. This happened on December 30 and has effectively come as a bolt from the blue. The state is supposed to go into elections soon enough and therefore, such a decision was entirely unexpected. Now, the UP CM has been talking to legislators in his party at his Lucknow residence [...]

Anil-Baijal-to-Replace-Najeeb-Jung

Earlier this month, Najeeb Jung ended his tumultuous tenure as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi by tendering his resignation to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The 1973 cadre IAS officer and former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Jung had been sworn in as the 20th Lieutenant Governor of the national capital in July 2013. Ever since Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal assumed office as the Chief Minister of Delhi,  Jung’s confrontations with [...]

najeeb-jung-resigns-as-lieutenant-governor-of-delhi

In an unexpected move Najeeb Jung, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has put in his papers. It now seems the people of Delhi would no longer have to witness the frequent and, at times, extremely bitter fights between the LG and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This new development has taken a lot of people by surprise as Jung still has another one year and eight months left in office. It is unclear at the moment [...]

Opposition-Hits-Out-at-Government-Over-Army-Chief's-Appointment

The Indian political landscape has witnessed more slugfests in about 7 decades of independence than can be imagined. Political outrages have, however, peaked ever since the NaMo led NDA took over the reins of the central government in 2014. The scenario now, continues to deteriorate. The latest controversy surrounds the appointment of Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat as the new Army Chief. On Saturday, 17 December, 2016, the government announced the appointment of two new service [...]

Karunanidhi-Undergoes-Tracheotomy-to-Improve-Breathing

The past few weeks have certainly been tough ones for senior politicians in Tamil Nadu. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo and patriarch M. Karunanidhi, popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was hospitalized late in the night on Thursday, 15 December, 2016. Karunanidhi was diagnosed with throat and lung infection and had complained of difficulty in breathing. He is 93 years old. Kalaignar is the grand old man of Tamil politics, the senior-most leader in the state. [...]

yir-politics

As 2016 draws to a close let us stop and reflect on the politics and political developments that shaped the country this year. The highlights of the political landscape in 2016 was the state Legislative Assembly elections held in important states including Assam, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu. The central government and ruling party BJP drew flak for the imposition of Article 356 in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and later attracted mixed results for its [...]