articles by Kavitha Iyer


PM Modi's maiden I-Day: 5 reasons why he bowled over the nation

From toilets to technology, from Make in India to a new planning body, here's everything Prime Minister spoke about on Independence Day.


LIVE: PM Modi coins Make In India mantra, scraps Planning Commission

Live updates from Prime Minister Narendra Modis historic speech at the Red Fort today.


Congress to pit Priyanka Gandhi against Amit Shah in UP?

The clamour for a bigger role for Priyanka Gandhi in the Congress has begun again. Will she be able to save the party from Rahul's failures and the multiple rebellions?


Bugging in Nitin Gadkari's home: Here's why Modi govt must institute a probe

If there is indeed no tension between the party and government or among ministers, then the needle of suspicion rests on the NSA. And that cannot be good news for the Modi government seeking to rebuild ties with the US.


Shiv Sena force-feeding: How chapati-gate threatens Modi sarkar's image

Coalition dharma cannot be cause for the BJP to seek refuge in a diplomatic silence over the Rajan Vichare episode. It must speak out against the Shiv Sena's hooliganism loud and clear.


Coming soon from Modi sarkar: RSS takeover of top research, cultural bodies

Rao's elevation is the first of the many NDA decisions that will determine who will lead India's top research, educational and cultural institutions.


All sound and fury: The Campa Cola row is a farce

Nobody expected the BMC to even enter the gates to the buildings that have between them 96 unauthorised flats, leave alone actually disconnect utilities. Why not?


Too much negativity: Anjali Damania on why she wanted to quit AAP

The Maharashtra state unit convenor withdrew her resignation after it was decided to dissolve the state executive committee, hold fresh elections and make party processes completely transparent.


Why Gopinath Munde's death spells gloom for BJP in Maharashtra

Munde was the only BJP leader in Maharashtra with a skill for building coalitions, drawing out consensus from conflict and placating angry Shiv Sena leaders. The ramifications of his demise will last longer than the coming Assembly elections.


Sena-BJP battle heats up: Uddhav launches Modi sarkar-style campaign

The Cong-NCP Vs Sena-BJP battle just does not have the power to grab eyeballs any more. But, with the Sena launching an aggressive campaign for Assembly polls, the BJP Vs Sena faceoff in Maharashtra is worth studying.


Election results 2014: Why Maharashtra Congress went from 17 MPs to 2

Five sins of omission and commission by the Congress in Maharashtra, causing the implosion of the party in the state.


Four numbers that explain BJP's stunning UP comeback

Four statistics you should know if you want to understand just how the Bharatiya Janata Party managed to pull off the near-impossible result of 73 out of 80 seats.


5 numbers to look for: Cheat sheet for election results 2014

How much for BJP in UP? How damning a vanquishment for AAP? A quick look at the numbers that will put the election into perspective.


Elections 2014: Five trends to look for once exit polls are out

Later this evening, television channels will release their calls on the likely outcome of election 2014, with the last phase of polling ending at 6 pm today.


Double standard: Why doesn't Narendra Modi answer RTIs?

The Gujarat govt has ducked an RTI query on Modi's attendance in the CMO, his Cabinet meetings and other meetings. If the Gujarat CM thinks RTI activists will slow down for a new government, he's far off the mark.


Why today's polls in Bihar are crucial for BJP, Lalu

There is certainly a deep Modi wave in Bihar, but how the old caste equations, the new resurgence of Lalu and the travails of Paswan will play out could affect the NDA's tally in BIhar's 40 seats.


Voices of massacres past: Naroda, Gulberg society victims on Modi

Gulberg Society has come to symbolise the sharply polarised state, question its claims of inclusive growth and a reminder that the tales of 2002 will not suddenly vanish after May 16.


How a Gujarat heat wave could hit Modi's hopes of record margin

It is one thing to gather 15,000 supporters for a rally in the city, another to get lakhs of voters out of their homes on polling day to vote despite the oppressive heat.


Elections 2014: In Vadodara, a human chain for voter awareness

Seen in the light of the BJP gunning for a record-smashing victory for Modi in Vadodara, the voter awareness drive in the city makes ample sense.


In Vadodara, Modi posters dominate landscape ahead of poll

In Vadodara it's difficult to miss who the most advertised candidate is. Here are some images of the town.