articles by Pallavi Rebbapragada

India

BJP mulling defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi over claim that Narendra Modi govt passed a law allowing 'shooting of tribals'

Rahul Gandhi was seemingly referring to the draft of the Indian Forest Act, 2019, that proposes an overhaul of the Indian Forest Act, 1927

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Lok Sabha polls: Gautam Gambhir, Vijender Singh’s half-baked campaigns reveal the ills of choosing star power over governance

The failure of Gautam Gambhir and Vijender Singh to raise important issues to corner their opponents in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election in Delhi show how celebrity politicians are not suited to meet the complex governance challenges facing the national capital

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By keeping Mahabal Mishra out of campaigns, Congress missed chance to counter AAP, BJP’s Purvanchali outreach in Delhi

Congress made a wrong move by keeping Purvanchali leader Mahabal Mishra out of campaigning in Delhi, and relying solely on Sheila Dikshit’s Uttar Pradesh connect

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Lack of coherent strategy and celebrity faces joining BJP, Congress likely to cost AAP dear in Lok Sabha polls

With the BJP and Congress fielding the two celebrated sportsmen, AAP's vote share might take a hit. But this could have been avoided had the party strategised cleverly.

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In Rajasthan’s Chita Mehrat community, Narendra Modi’s schemes on toilets, bank accounts leave an impact on voters

Access to toilets, gas stoves and direct benefit transfer under Modi govt's flagship schemes is likely to make a dent in the winning prospects of the Congress in Pushkar constituency in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan's nomadic tribes suffer neglect as lack of unity, political apathy leave them on fringes of society

Successive state government in Rajasthan have failed to do justice to the nomadic communities, or the ghumantu jaatis.

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In Rajasthan's Alwar, cow-related violence and poorly drafted laws aggravate historic roots of local economic crisis

Convoluted and archaic laws shrouding cattle trade in Rajasthan increase the chances of Hindu and Muslim communities turning against each other — exactly what's happening in Mewat.

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Despite demonetisation, Jaipur traders favour Narendra Modi at Centre, express satisfaction with recent changes in GST

Lack of alternative to Narendra Modi and consistent efforts to rectify complex GST norms seem to have helped the BJP find favour with traders in Rajasthan's Jaipur City

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Abysmal women's representation in Lok Sabha election proof of failure to eliminate gender disparity from Rajasthan politics

Rajasthan must bring in more skilled and well-meaning women into public service and hand them actual power to work for change.

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By pushing for alliance with Congress, AAP risks upsetting its own chances in Haryana; should focus on partnering with JJP

JJP could also have benefited from AAP's young faces and its issue-centric politics, but the push to ally with the Congress raised doubts over its intent. Has it become just another small party seeking political expansion?

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AAP's Punjab unit in disarray because Delhi leaders undermined local politicians, failed to nurture credible Sikh face

AAP failed to build a loyal voter base and a credible Sikh leadership in the state, after it managed to make a small impact in past elections

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Arun Jaitley questions if Congress added DS Hooda's national security advice in manifesto, 2016 surgical strikes architect stays mum

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has cast doubts on whether the Congress had incorporated in its election manifesto the suggestions on national security put forth by Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda, the architect of the 2016 surgical strikes.

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Miffed with BJP’s Delhi unit, trader voters in national capital might give in to AAP's constant politicisation of sealing drives

BJP Delhi unit's reluctance to rectify the party's stand on sealing of commercial establishments in residential areas in the national capital is making it easier for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to turn the issue into a poll agenda

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AAP walking tightrope by pushing for locals in Delhi colleges and jobs while trying to get the support of Purvanchalis

Next year’s state elections will be a referendum for AAP’s decentralised public policy efforts.

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BJP and Congress alone cannot represent entire country, says Jayaprakash Narayan; calls for 'healthy' federalism

Jayaprakash Narayan, who is founder-president of the Lok Satta Party and former MLA from Kukatpally, Andhra Pradesh, spoke to Firstpost about the need to strengthen federalism without upsetting the unity of the country

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Rahul Gandhi says Congress 'open to more alliances', but uncertainty with AAP in Delhi exposes ideological friction between parties

Delhi goes to polls on 12 May, and the lack of clarity on the AAP-Congress alliance is a testament to the ideological bifurcations within the political narratives adopted by both parties.

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP's inclusion of youths from non-political backgrounds is a good start ahead of polls

BJP feels it can benefit from the agility, skill and acumen of those from non-political backgrounds.

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No word on Congress-AAP alliance in Delhi as rumours of Sheila Dikshit's resignation do the rounds

An alliance will no doubt upset Sheila Dikshit, the former three-time chief minister, whose government Kejriwal built the anti-incumbency wave.

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Divisions in Congress-led alliance in Jharkhand could hurt people's movements for land rights, says Hemant Soren

An internal contest over seat-sharing in the Congress-led grand alliance in Jharkhand can throw a cordon of doubt over the opposition’s ability and intention to rewrite the land rights acts that it has formed as part of the political narrative to challenge the BJP in the state

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Investigation in election-related matters purview of Election Commission: AAP-BJP friction exposes lack of faith in autonomous body

A delegation led by Union Minister Vijay Goel called on the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and submitted a memorandum alleging that the Aam Aadmi Party's government was misusing its official position. The delegation accused AAP workers of making phone calls to voters stating that their names had been deleted from the voter's list and that they (AAP) can help voters get their names restored.