India and the Indian: At the heart of resistance to Vande Mataram is the context of its writer's opinions, writes Pragya Singh
Demands that Indian Muslims should chant Vande Mataram put them in exactly the same situation as Indians who'd be asked to consider awarding Rudyard Kipling, the man who wrote The White Man’s Burden, a poem advocating racial superiority as the justification for colonialism.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has kick-started its second term by setting the ball rolling for “structural” reforms in agriculture, by announcing a task force under the NITI Aayog.
'Collective leadership' for Congress? Rahul's inability to lead, rising regional satraps pose serious challenges for party chief
After the latest crisis, Rahul's ability to transform his leadership into a diktat-issuing authority, as his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi once personified, is in doubt. The assertion within the Congress, this time around, is not coming from a Gandhi family member, but from regional satraps whom Rahul has not been able to control.
Heavy Lok Sabha election defeat must force Congress to re-examine the sort of candidates fielded in Uttar Pradesh
After heavy losses in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are being asked to introspect on how to revive the party
Naveen Patnaik's thumping return in Odisha is proof that refashioning of a veteran leader's image can bear electoral dividends
Naveen Patnaik did not appear to follow the agenda set by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nationally or in the state. Instead, he launched a glitzy campaign which saw his photos plastered all over newspapers.
Gurdaspur Lok Sabha election results: Sunny Deol leads on strength of urban votes, Akali support and star power
The BJP candidate from Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency, Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, is leading his nearest rival, Congress’ Sunil Jhakhar, by a margin of 50,000 votes
Lok Sabha Election 2019: Shifting voter loyalties in Nitish Kumar's pocket boroughs likely to increase JD(U)’s dependence on BJP
Nitish is Bihar’s tallest Kurmi leader but his voters are being swayed by the prime minister’s tough-on-corruption and nationalistic image as much as him
Lok Sabha polls: In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi's adopted village may become his undoing as many rue neglect
When expectations are sky high, the fall is equally steep. When Amethi votes on 6 May, a large section of its residents will go to polling booths in a bad mood.
Muslim voters in Amethi's Jais rue lack of development, but baulk at idea of voting for BJP; blame party's polarised campaign
The BJP offers development to Muslim voters in Amethi, but the saffron party's Hindutva politics is likely to force them to vote for Congress as for them survival and honour trump development
In Rajasthan, Congress faces farmers' ire over delay in loan waivers; risks conceding ground to BJP earned in 2018
Every five years then, anger and frustration determine Rajasthan’s voting behaviour–the incumbent is voted out, the Opposition is voted in.
Videos tom-tom the Balakot strikes even as BJP workers move door-to-door verifying implementation of welfare schemes
The Mulayam Singh Yadav clan and Ajit Singh’s RLD have both gone in for partnerships as the old order changes and voter expectations rise. Lineage does help young politicians get a leg past the door, but daddy alone cannot get them elected
Amit Shah replaces LK Advani: BJP chief's Lok Sabha poll debut shows party's desire to consolidate hold over North Gujarat
Advani's career and that of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi were inextricably linked, right up to the early 2000s. It is Modi who had encouraged Advani to contest from Gandhinagar.
With a sharp decline in regular salaried jobs and self-employment opportunities, defending Hinduism has become a major ‘occupation’ of men in western UP
The Congress' predicament is that it must improve its abysmal 44-seat Lok Sabha tally to about 120-130 if it wants to head any coalition government