articles by Pragya Singh

Entertainment

Author Tanuj Solanki on why Punjabi has become passé and UP's Khadi boli is the ‘in’ thing’ in Bollywood

Khadi boli, lingua franca of western Uttar Pradesh, has been mainstreamed by Bollywood.

Entertainment

India Dances to the Tunes of the ‘Jatland’

Though the folk music was always an important part of the state’s culture, caste threw up few performers. Young Jats — motivated by the hunt for fame — are making India dance to their tunes

India

News18 Rising India Summit: Ramdev calls for 'big steps' after Pulwama attack; Jaggi Vasudev cautions against war-mongering

Baba Ramdev and Jaggi Vasudev took diametrically opposite positions on how India should respond to the Pulwama attack.

Politics

Modi should remember despite Kargil, BJP didn't sweep 1999 polls; Pulwama sympathy may not turn into votes

The war-mongering has political pundits mulling its possible impact on the impending 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Politics

In another dynasty war, younger son comes on top

Jind results offer other clues to these changes. In 2014, INLD got around 31,000 votes, of which 23,000 were in villages, neatly conforming to the party’s identification with the Jat community and farmers.

India

The many reservations about the 'upper caste' quota

Regional outfits favour expansion of the reservation pool because they view quota as a battle for hegemony between elite and non-elite social groups.

India

Shyam Saran Negi prepares to vote in Lok Sabha polls for 17th time: India's oldest voter seeks strong leader as PM

In October 1951, Shyam Saran Negi became the first person to vote in Independent India. Now, over 67 years on, Negi has not missed voting in a single election

Politics

Madhya Pradesh Election Results: BSP holds key in govt formation; Mayawati may pick Congress over BJP with eye on 2019

In the previous Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh held in 2013, the BSP’s vote share had declined significantly, as had the number of seats it won.

Politics

Yogi Adityanath's description of Hanuman as 'Dalit' boomeranged on him; comparison seen to reinforce 'subordinate' status

The propensity of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to play the religious card is known, but this time, it seems to have turned back on him.

Politics

Tej Pratap Yadav scripts tale of thwarted ambition, but can he rock brother Tejashwi's boat in Bihar politics?

The recent averments of Tej Pratap manifest the fury of one who feels rejected by his own. They also indicate his refusal to play an understudy to Tejashwi.

Politics

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, experts say Opposition must show unity, develop counter-narrative against NDA

In the little over four years that the NDA has been in power, the Congress party and the Opposition have been charged with lacking a coherent narrative.

Politics

Hiralal Alawa's Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti poised to take on BJP, Congress in Madhya Pradesh polls

Adivasis make up one in every five voters in Madhya Pradesh, which distinguishes Hiralal Alawa's JAYS from other parites. It is now akin to a wild card in the Assembly election — either poised to flop miserably, or dictate terms after the polls are over.

India

Debate rages over engine driver's role in Amritsar train accident: A look at the life of driver on railway tracks

The Indian Railways are a hot topic of discussion ever since the train accident that killed 60 people on Friday in Amritsar. Perhaps no engine driver has ever been so ardently discussed as the one who was driving that train.

India

Kuriakose Kattuthara's death: Cops were oblivious to Kerala nun rape witness living 3 kms from police station

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara’s sudden death in the premises of a school run by the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Punjab caught the police by surprise.

India

Amritsar tragedy: Used to crossing tracks at will, Joda Phatak locals say 'we're victims, why treat us as criminals'

For, living right next to the railway tracks, the locals of Joda Phatak in Amritsar have become accustomed to crossing them at will. They are also angry because they feel that no government agency - the railways, police or administration - has accepted any responsibility for the incident.

India

Amritsar train tragedy: How poor crowd management, official apathy and overcrowding led to Dussehra disaster

The Ram Lila was staged this week—like it has been for at least 14 years—not on an open ground but within the four-walled compound of a rustic dhobhi ghat.

Politics

Congress' inability to name CM candidates for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan polls may cost it dearly

Failure to name CM candidates could leave the Congress defeated even before the whistle blows on the race for power in three states going to the polls.

India

No MeToo or CCTV in our time, but we found ways to ward off sexual predators, say veteran women journalists

Journalism in the 1970s and 1980s was nothing like today's media industry. There were no legal guidelines to identify and prevent sexual harassment at workplaces

India

Gujarat migrants' exodus: India's Iron Man set to be honoured by PM as immigrants threatened and chased out

Against this backdrop is the irony of what is occurring in the prime minister's home state: the exodus of migrant workers, who are being systematically targeted, beaten, threatened and chased out.

long-reads

Chandrashekhar Azad: The politics of a non-politician in Uttar Pradesh

Chandrashekhar Azad, the 'great Dalit hope', says that he will not contest polls. But he continues to be seen as a threat by political parties