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  • Opinion: BJP banks on welfare and infra record in Assam to offset NRC, CAA backlash Apr 01, 2021 09:10 AM IST

    Opinion: BJP banks on welfare and infra record in Assam to offset NRC, CAA backlash

    State GDP growth matches national trend line, but high unemployment rates stand out as big worry

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | India at the cusp of a new growth story May 27, 2020 12:44 PM IST

    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

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | Centre-state ties go downhill May 27, 2020 09:52 AM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | Centre-state ties go downhill

    COVID-19 was a good opportunity for the Centre to repair relations with the states and rebuild trust. Instead, it seemed keener to use the crisis to emphasise its dominance, and show who the boss was

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | A tumultuous year for India May 26, 2020 01:12 PM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | A tumultuous year for India

    For the past 12 months the BJP-led NDA government’s actions have been bold, and have seen strong and polarising reactions. Its response to the Coronavirus crisis has left a lot to be desired

  • Legal Matters | Pluralism, dissent, and praise in a changing world Mar 06, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Legal Matters | Pluralism, dissent, and praise in a changing world

    It is not uncommon for courts at different levels, going right up to the Supreme Court, to observe in quite a few cases that they pay heed to the ‘collective conscience’. Whether such subscription is called for or the accent has to be on purely legal matters is highly debatable.

  • Politics | The Centre digs in its heels as the states unite in opposition Mar 06, 2020 08:14 AM IST

    Politics | The Centre digs in its heels as the states unite in opposition

    The Centre, should it choose to end the crisis, can agree to the 2010 NPR form and put out a list of NRC documents. That in itself will go a long way towards ending the protests. It will still be seen to be firm on the CAA and can claim that as a victory.

  • Politics | Nitish Kumar gives a sneak peek into his election strategy Mar 03, 2020 11:10 AM IST

    Politics | Nitish Kumar gives a sneak peek into his election strategy

    The JD(U) leader’s strategy appears to be to retain the Hindu votes by riding piggyback on the BJP and, at the same time, winning over the minorities by passing the resolution against the NRC.

  • Politics | Two issues testing the Thackeray government’s strength Feb 28, 2020 02:59 PM IST

    Politics | Two issues testing the Thackeray government’s strength

    Other than the Bhima Koregaon case, the more crucial difference in the Maharashtra coalition is over the triple issues of the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens, and the National Population Register.

  • Politics | Why criminalising black flag protests is outlandish in a democracy Feb 28, 2020 09:09 AM IST

    Politics | Why criminalising black flag protests is outlandish in a democracy

    The British never liked the idea of being shown black flags in India when they were ruling the subcontinent. Their bias against black flags in India was passed on to the new rulers, who lapped up some of these unreasonable rules without giving them a thought.

  • Politics | Why delimitation could finally be a reality in Assam Feb 28, 2020 08:43 AM IST

    Politics | Why delimitation could finally be a reality in Assam

    A section of government officials and functionaries cutting across party lines and civil society groups feel that delimitation can be a tool to check the debilitating impact of the rapid demographic change in Assam.

  • Politics | Does the Delhi violence point to a deeper malaise? Feb 26, 2020 01:25 PM IST

    Politics | Does the Delhi violence point to a deeper malaise?

    On the face of it, the riots could be attributed to the total collapse of proper policing, lack of intelligence on local ferment and even reckless and irresponsible posturing by some politicians.

  • Politics | Delhi violence is a sordid reflection of our collective failure Feb 26, 2020 08:55 AM IST

    Politics | Delhi violence is a sordid reflection of our collective failure

    The ongoing violence in Delhi show that despite our history being scattered with riots at a nauseating frequency, we seem to repeat the same mistakes, again and again.

  • Politics | Reinventing the BJP in Delhi Feb 13, 2020 01:39 PM IST

    Politics | Reinventing the BJP in Delhi

    In retrospect, the BJP suffered for a host of reasons which it knew all along, but has done little to redress since its defeat in Delhi in 1998.

  • Delhi Results | BJP unlikely to dump its polarising campaign style Feb 12, 2020 11:18 AM IST

    Delhi Results | BJP unlikely to dump its polarising campaign style

    If the BJP feels that its campaign style in Delhi has worked for it, the party is unlikely to change it. It will further perfect the model in Bihar, and later use it in West Bengal for the 2021 state polls.

  • Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead Feb 12, 2020 10:34 AM IST

    Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead

    Now that the results are out, Arvind Kejriwal and AAP must unambiguously state their position on the CAA. Riding on a historic mandate, Kejriwal’s decision will crucially influence the future course of the anti-CAA protests.

  • Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank Feb 11, 2020 03:10 PM IST

    Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank

    The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP will have to continue to deliver, the BJP will have to reassess its strategies and the Congress will have to wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Politics | The stalemate over CAA must come to an end Feb 10, 2020 04:17 PM IST

    Politics | The stalemate over CAA must come to an end

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly sought to allay the apprehensions of Indian Muslims that they could face deportation under the new law. However, apprehensions continue.

  • Politics | How far is the Inner Line Permit in Assam feasible? Feb 06, 2020 05:04 PM IST

    Politics | How far is the Inner Line Permit in Assam feasible?

    Being centrally located and connected to the mainland and the rest of the six states, Assam has too many entry and exit points. In most likelihood, the law would be rendered redundant and difficult to implement.

  • Delhi Elections | Will Congress’ strategy in Delhi pay off? Feb 05, 2020 12:23 PM IST

    Delhi Elections | Will Congress’ strategy in Delhi pay off?

    The Congress has taken a massive and perhaps fatal gamble by sitting out the Delhi elections in the interest of ensuring that the AAP returns to power.

  • Delhi Elections | Election campaigns tell the tale Feb 04, 2020 03:00 PM IST

    Delhi Elections | Election campaigns tell the tale

    While the AAP appears to be the favourite, the BJP is giving the AAP a tough fight by unleashing a full-blown election campaign.

  • Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP? Feb 04, 2020 09:39 AM IST

    Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?

    The BJP’s campaign messaging seems obsessively focused on Shaheen Bagh, and the unsubstantiated theories that it is orchestrated by the AAP and the Congress.

  • CAA Debate | India needs to expand its engagement with European parliament Feb 03, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    CAA Debate | India needs to expand its engagement with European parliament

    The government earlier brought a few selected Right-wing MEPs to Kashmir and tried to project their opinion as the EU position. This could also be one reason why so many political groups in the EU parliament have reacted strongly against the CAA.

  • Politics | Will Raj Thackeray rise at the expense of his cousin? Jan 30, 2020 03:56 PM IST

    Politics | Will Raj Thackeray rise at the expense of his cousin?

    Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray is doing a fine balance between retaining his Hindutva credentials and managing a coalition government. MNS’ Raj Thackeray could sense an opportunity here and occupy the hardline space ceded by his cousin.

  • Politics | Padma Shri Sharif Chacha’s life is a lesson in communal harmony Jan 28, 2020 04:03 PM IST

    Politics | Padma Shri Sharif Chacha’s life is a lesson in communal harmony

    The government’s decision to honour Sharif Chacha with a Padma Shri is commendable and needs to be lauded by all those who believe in kindness and humanity.

  • Politics | Can Azad’s Bhim Army forge Dalit-Muslim unity across India? Jan 28, 2020 10:44 AM IST

    Politics | Can Azad’s Bhim Army forge Dalit-Muslim unity across India?

    For those working on a pan-India unity of the Dalits and the Muslims, Chandrashekhar Azad is someone who will take head-on the BJP’s Hindu vs Muslim binary.

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