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Tamil Nadu Results | A victorious MK Stalin has many challenges ahead

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Tamil Nadu Results | A victorious MK Stalin has many challenges ahead

MK Stalin has already indicated that his government will ‘slowly’ implement the DMK's promises. The DMK’s manifesto is filled with promises that will economically test the financial prudence, or even wizardry, of the new government 

West Bengal Elections | Fourth phase polls will be no cakewalk for TMC

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West Bengal Elections | Fourth phase polls will be no cakewalk for TMC

It is apparent that the growing restlessness and uncertainty dogging Trinamool Congress leaders in the face of the BJP’s aggressive campaign is lending uncertainty to the outcomes of the remaining five phases of the election

Tamil Nadu’s infamous tryst with cash-for-votes continues

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Tamil Nadu’s infamous tryst with cash-for-votes continues

Political parties level allegations and even file complaints, but, even when cases are registered, rarely are charge-sheets prepared. Once the elections are over, everybody forgets about the offences with virtually no conviction happening 

Fear of women voters' wrath keeps Tamil Nadu parties on the edge

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Fear of women voters' wrath keeps Tamil Nadu parties on the edge

The reason why major political parties are concerned about how their messaging is accepted by women is Tamil Nadu has more women voters than male ones 

Has Mamata Banerjee erred by choosing Nandigram?

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Has Mamata Banerjee erred by choosing Nandigram?

By contesting from Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee thought she would be able to pin down Suvendu Adhikari to the constituency and prevent his forays in other areas, but has ended up being pinned down 

Tamil Nadu Elections | DMK won’t have it easy as AIADMK won’t give up without a fight

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Tamil Nadu Elections | DMK won’t have it easy as AIADMK won’t give up without a fight

All through his campaign, Chief Minister Edappdi K Palaniswami exudes confidence of ensuring a close contest between the AIADMK and the DMK, no matter what pre-poll surveys say

Will BJP’s CAA promise in Bengal mar its chances in Assam?

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Will BJP’s CAA promise in Bengal mar its chances in Assam?

Contrary to its stand in Assam, the BJP in West Bengal has promised implementation of the CAA, which Home Minister Amit Shah declared would be its decision in its first Cabinet meeting if it wins the seat of power in Kolkata 

Stalin vs EPS | Tamil Nadu’s ‘presidential’ elections

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Stalin vs EPS | Tamil Nadu’s ‘presidential’ elections

The Stalin vs EPS battle is dominating the political narratives across Tamil Nadu, giving the perception that the DMK and the AIADMK have predominantly converted the elections into a battle of two personalities 

An unresponsive bureaucracy is weighing down Modi’s push for reforms

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An unresponsive bureaucracy is weighing down Modi’s push for reforms

Modi has reasserted that he wishes to go down in history as the harbinger of change. The bureaucracy needs to align its focus with that of the government’s agenda for change

Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics

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Republic Day violence raises questions about right to protest and agitational politics

Mass movements are known to go off course because of the inability of its authors to always be in control of circumstances and forces at play 

2020 was a successful electoral year for BJP. What will 2021 hold?

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2020 was a successful electoral year for BJP. What will 2021 hold?

2021 will see elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. In Assam, the BJP is the fancied party. In other states, it will look to make major inroads

Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

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Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

Agriculture has remained a sensitive subject to tinker with because any well-intentioned move is fraught with huge political risks. However, the Narendra Modi-led government is walking the talk when it comes to agrarian reforms

Hyderabad Local Polls | Why BJP smells big opportunity in it

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Hyderabad Local Polls | Why BJP smells big opportunity in it

One thing that needs to be appreciated of the BJP’s approach towards elections is that no matter its performance in previous polls, the BJP is constantly working towards improving its chances in the south and increasing its footprint in the 130 Lok Sabha seats

BJP, for its own good, must not disturb Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

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BJP, for its own good, must not disturb Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Narendra Modi and the BJP may have to ensure that the support for Nitish Kumar and his JD(U) is steady and continuous like in the previous term. Any change of strategy may be tempting, but fraught with uncertainty, given the numbers in the new Bihar Assembly

Yogi Adityanath’s Big Gamble | Chase conspiracies or address systemic flaws

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Yogi Adityanath’s Big Gamble | Chase conspiracies or address systemic flaws

By over focusing on the ‘international conspiracies’, Adityanath invites a larger risk of not just global ridicule but failing to use an opportunity to reform the system from within with correctives — if he wishes to be remembered as an able deliverer of social and economic welfare

The challenges of holding a Parliament session now

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The challenges of holding a Parliament session now

Adhering to COVID-19 protocols would mean that the Parliament session will have many firsts. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will sit on alternate days so that members can maintain physical distancing by being spread over both chambers. Even the visitor galleries will be occupied by the MPs

Pranab Mukherjee | A seasoned politician and a refined statesman

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Pranab Mukherjee | A seasoned politician and a refined statesman

With the death of Pranab Mukherjee, India has lost not only a seasoned politician and refined statesman, but also someone who had a first-hand account of India’s growth story for more than five decades

Is the Congress too late in trying to reclaim Narasimha Rao’s legacy?

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Is the Congress too late in trying to reclaim Narasimha Rao’s legacy?

Statements by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in praise of Narasimha Rao do not give the impression of a change of heart. It’s more like water off a duck’s back

Gehlot vs Pilot | Congress yet again lets down its young leaders

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Gehlot vs Pilot | Congress yet again lets down its young leaders

Unlike Jyotiraditya Scindia who decided the timing to pull down Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot feels Ashok Gehlot has limited his options, knowing well that the numbers in the Rajasthan Assembly favour Gehlot and do not allow a repeat of the Madhya Pradesh-style revolt

All knives are out for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections

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All knives are out for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections

Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat will see a second round of the Amit Shah vs Ahmed Patel bout. BJP has the upper hand in MP, in Rajasthan it is the Congress

Modi Govt 2.0 | India at the cusp of a new growth story

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Modi Govt 2.0 | India at the cusp of a new growth story

PM Narendra Modi’s focus remains on big reforms, structural changes and in the ease of doing business. This will help India in the post-COVID-19 world

COVID-19 | Politics over migrant labours must stop

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COVID-19 | Politics over migrant labours must stop

The Opposition must leave the Railways out of its efforts to politicise the migrant workers’ problems

Politics | It’s time to debate on post-retirement sinecures for judges

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Politics | It’s time to debate on post-retirement sinecures for judges

In 1958, the law commission recommended banning post-retirement government employment for Supreme Court judges because the government was a large litigant in the courts. Perhaps, we should reopen the old debate on this issue.

Politics | Jyotiraditya Scindia was left with no option in the Congress

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Politics | Jyotiraditya Scindia was left with no option in the Congress

Shouldn’t have Sonia Gandhi intervened to prevent Jyotiraditya Scindia from quitting the party? Should not have Rahul Gandhi stepped in to settle the crisis brewing in Madhya Pradesh?

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