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High Voter Turnout in Punjab, Goa Elections

Understanding Indian public mood is not easy, nor is it easier to concretely predict any parliamentary or assembly polls in the country. Trends in the past have shown that whenever there has been larger turnout of voters in an election, it has not correlated with a change. This narrative has yet again become a part of discussion on television channels, print media and also digital media following the upsurge in voters’ participation in Goa and [...]

Electoral Battlefields of Punjab And Goa

Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 Punjab Assembly elections were held today for 117 seats in a single phase. The results is due to be announced on 11 March 2017. This elections is unique for being a three-way contest between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – BJP Alliance; Indian National Congress (INC); and AAP. Major issues which will determine poll outcomes: High unemployment rate, drug abuse, rising crime, desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, water sharing dispute with [...]

Opinion Polls on Uttar Pradesh & Punjab

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 [...]

Commercialisation in Lohri

Lohri, the bonfire harvest festival of Punjab celebrated in the month of Magh, is symbolic of new beginnings. While as per popular belief Lohri marks the end of peak winters, and the beginning of the Sun’s journey towards Northern Hemisphere on the celestial sphere, the festival is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crops and is celebrated on January 13 each year. The Authentic Lohri – Promoting National Integration  Lohri is indeed a [...]

Justice J.S.Khehar New Chief Justice

  Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar was appointed as the 44th Chief Justice of India on Monday, December 19, 2016. He will be sworn in, on January 4, 2017 when incumbent Chief Justice T. S. Thakur will retire. Here’s what you must know about Justice J. S. Khehar - 64 year old Justice J. S. Khehar is now set to be the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community. He is likely to stay [...]

nabha jailbreak

Harminder Singh Mantoo, the chief of Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF), had escaped from Nabha Jail on November 27, 2016, but was arrested the very next day at the border of Delhi and Haryana. It was a joint operation done by the police forces of Punjab and Delhi. The arrest was made at the Delhi Railway Station by Delhi Police, who were aided significantly by the inputs provided by Punjab Police. Incidentally, the head of KLF [...]

Note Ban Impact on Assembly Elections

  In poll bound states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Central government’s announcement for demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes seems to have caught political parties and their leaders off guard. A few months away from assembly polls, the announcement has come with imponderable negative meanings to them. While it may adversely affect electioneering campaign, involving huge money power, it may deeply hurt them where it matters: Donations. Drug smugglers, liquor barons, [...]

Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal Controversy

The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana are presently in a condition of heightened mutual animosity over the canal linking rivers, Sutlej and Yamuna. The states have always been bickering because of sharing the waters of rivers Ravi and Beas for decades and it seems that things have reached a new head, thanks to the latest issue to have cropped up between the two states in question. When Haryana was created from Punjab in 1966, [...]

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  Punjab Opinion Poll 2017   2017 Assembly Elections – Setting The Trend 2017 is an important year for those interested in Indian political developments. This year shall witness the state assembly elections of a number of 7 states in the country – Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Of these, the assembly elections of Gujarat, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh are important since they shall be indicative of the trends that [...]

Operation Bluestar

6 June 2016 marked the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar, a black day marking one of the darkest moments in the history of post-independence India. It was on this hot summer day when the Indian Army launched an attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar to flush out armed militants who had taken over the temple and amassed arms and ammunition for what they believed was a fight for an independent Khalistan. In the action that [...]