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Fall of Mahagathbandhan in Bihar

The Grand Alliance in Bihar was perhaps always meant to run into the ground one day or the other. There were problems in it right from the outset. There were far too many contradictions and the alliance was being headed by a chief minister – Nitish Kumar in this case – who was not exactly pleased with the restrictions that had been placed on him by the other members of the alliance. Still then, the [...]

Golden Spoon Vs. Leadership Skills

A few days ago news reports across the country triumphantly announced that the Indian Prime Minister, who was on an official visit to the United States, was the first (PM of our country) to dine in the White House. This show of cordiality and strengthening ties between the world’s largest democracy (India, of course) and the world’s oldest democracy (let’s ignore the debate surrounding that claim for the moment) brought a great deal of joy [...]

three years of modi government

On 16 May, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government completed three years in office. With just two more years left before the party returns to the people seeking re-election, it is a good time to take stock of what the government promised and how much has been fulfilled. Towards that end, an organization called LocalCircles organised a 3 year governance assessment poll conducted over a three week period and covering 40,000 respondents, who collectively sent in [...]

next president of india

The forthcoming Presidential elections to elect India’s 14th President is expected to be a fierce contest between the ruling NDA and a fragmented opposition. There is a lot at stake as President Pranab Mukherjee retires on 25 July and the next President has to be elected before that date. Hectic political parleys are already underway with the Congress trying to come out of its political wilderness in trying to motivate a divided opposition to put [...]

delhi mcd election results 2017

MCD Elections Results Party Name 2017 – Seats Won 2012 – Seats Won BJP 184 138 AAP 46 Did not contest Congress 30 77 Others 10 57   Beating about 10 years of anti-incumbency, the Bharatiya Janata Party has made a clean sweep of the MCD elections in Delhi. Three of the five civic bodies in the state – East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation – went to [...]

Arunachal Pradesh Conflict

Over reaction to anything backfires and China knows this truth very well. The manner in which Beijing has angrily reacted to the Dalai Lama’s recent week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India’s Northeastern state, it doesn’t appear China believes in patience or diplomatic negotiations to iron out problems. First, it threatened India through its mouth piece China Daily newspaper that “if New Delhi Chooses to play dirty… Beijing should not hesitate to answer blows with blows.” [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017 Main Issues

The upcoming Delhi MCD election on 23 April 2017 promises to be one of the most keenly contested and closely watched political events of the month. With 272 seats up for grabs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the newly formed Swaraj India will be locked in a tight contest. The National Capital Territory of Delhi is spread over an area of 1,484 square kilometres [...]

kulbhushan jadhav death sentence

The plot is thickening over the death penalty awarded to former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a military court in Pakistan. In fact, India for the 14th time was denied consular access to meet Jadhav in Pakistan. Experts have started suspecting that Pakistan military personnel might have tortured and killed the 46-year old ex-navy officer. External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s statement that India has no idea about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or condition gives [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017

No one remembers municipal polls in Delhi witnessing such high-voltage campaigning. These polls used to be the off-the-block kinds, where mainstream political parties hardly invested so much money, energy and enthusiasm as they are doing now to win municipal wards. Buoyed by its performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the BJP is sparing no effort to have the same kind of performance in Delhi municipal polls also. To regain control [...]

Arun Jaitley Defamation case

The Delhi MCD elections are slated to be held on April 23, 2017. The Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are locked in a close contest, on all 272 seats. With an important political battle looming ahead, things look rather gloomy for the AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Following a media exposé that Kejriwal was attempting to use public funds to foot his legal [...]