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Jay Mazoomdaar

Recipient of a number of journalism awards and prizes, including those from International Press Institute, Commonwealth Press Union and Prem Bhatia Trust, for his investigative reports, Jay Mazoomdaar’s focus is on environment, development, community and conflict. An independent journalist based in Delhi, he also dabbles in political and sports writing and films occasional documentaries.

May 5, 2014

The many Narendra Modis Bengal will vote for or against

They follow little Hindi and know nothing of the Gujarat model. But voters in rural Bengal have their own reasons to back or reject Narendra Modi. #BJP #CPM #FromTheGround #Left Front #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Politics #Trinamool Congress #West Bengal

Apr 27, 2014

Decoder: How to win Lok Sabha polls the classical Italian way

What is the secret Italian connection to Election 2014? No, don’t resurrect the ghost of Quattrocchi. And don’t even think of some mysterious Maino you have never heard of. #India #italian #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Marcus Cicero #Philip Freeman #Politics

Apr 21, 2014

How both Modi and Rahul are likely to lose their 2014 battles

RaGa may not stay relevant in politics or in his party to lead a comeback. NaMo may not get to become the super-PM he so promises to be. #2014 battles #Allies #BJP #Centre #Congress #Corruption #Gujarat #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Polling #Primaries #Rahul Gandhi #RSS #Voting

Apr 10, 2014

TMC workers manhandle EC staff as Mamata plays victim

A constitutional crisis have been averted in Bengal but the chief minister is not done with attacking the Commission. #Election Commission #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mamata Banerjee #NewsTracker #PoliticsDecoder #Trinamool Congress

Mar 15, 2014

Will it be Mayawati who makes or mars a Third Front this summer?

BSP insiders say Behenji is eyeing a 40-plus tally in UP. Such a show by Maya may limit the BJP's national count to 160, and throw the gates open to the possibilities of a third front government. #AIADMK #BJP #BSP #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Deve Gowda #Janata Dal United #Jayalalithaa #Mayawati #Mulayam Singh Yadav #NCP #NDA #Nitish Kumar #Samajwadi Party #Third Front

Mar 10, 2014

India’s latest conservation fix: dehorn rhinos, deport leopards

Assam minister mulls cutting off rhino horns to save them from poachers. Maharashtra lawmakers seek removal of all leopards from Mumbai's Aarey colony to resolve conflict. #Aarey Colony #Assam #Conservation #Environment #India #NewsTracker #ULFA #Wildlife

Mar 2, 2014

Green clearance: PMO can always step in but not to mess it up further

Our weak and complicated green clearance norms help neither development nor environment. But instead of making the process simple and robust, the UPA has been busy undercutting it. #Environment #Green clearance #Lok Sabha polls #Manmohan Singh #POSCO #Veerappa Moily #Wildlife Trust of India

Feb 23, 2014

The curious case of Moily, Essar, Hindalco and Mahan coal block

Why the UPA is desperate to sidestep the Forest Rights Act, one of its flagship achievements, and why a private company moves court to safeguard a sitting union minister #Coal Blocks #Essar Energy #Hindalco #Mahan #Moily #TheExplainer

Feb 17, 2014

Why voters should back AAP now, if only to fight it later

If Delhi was Arvind Kejriwal's stepping stone to national politics, Kejriwal can be India's stepping stone to change. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Congress #Jayalalithaa #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Mamata Banerjee #Mayawati #Politics #PoliticsDecoder

Feb 3, 2014

Bill Gates is wrong, the rich-poor divide is only getting wider

The former Microsoft boss’s faith in the system that gave him all the money he now spends to fight inequality is perhaps instinctive. But there is ample evidence now that inequality is inbuilt in the capitalist system. #Bill Gates #Economy #poor #Poverty #ToTheContrary