articles by Shraddha Chowdhury

Politics

BJP's inroads in Bengal, trifurcation of votes means Mamata Banerjee may not get desired result from Muslim vote bank

With the support of even Muslim voters uncertain in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee and her TMC have their work cut out for them ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls to keep the flock together.

Politics

Rajasthan Congress in disarray; all guns trained on Ashok Gehlot for focussing on son's campaign, neglecting other seats

Rajasthan Congress, which faced an embarrassing defeat in the state in the Lok Sabha elections only months after winning the mandate in the Assembly polls, appears to be lacking leadership, with all guns trained on Ashok Gehlot.

India

Resident doctor's suicide in Mumbai a grim reminder of how caste bias plagues India's educational institutes even today

While Dr Pragya Tadvi's suicide in Mumbai following caste harassment is a grim reminder of how classrooms are not free from the social evil, it is also an indicator of the sorry state of the education system in India.

Politics

Vote-bank politics or not, Kamal Haasan's 'Hindu terrorist' remark shows politicians are incapable of severing terror-religion link

Kamal Haasan's "India's first Hindu terrorist' remark: Politicians have their sights set on ultimate political gains, and labeling an entire religion as one of terrorists for the acts of a few couldn't matter less to them.

Politics

Chronic political violence in West Bengal paints democracy in blood with Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls a case in point

Going by the current trend in West Bengal politics, it appears violence is the only solution that parties, including the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP see to establish power.

Politics

Cash-for-votes reality of Tamil Nadu politics: Well-oiled system makes curbing cash handouts near-impossible for EC

Cash distribution is no new phenomenon in Tamil Nadu, where voters now expect money exchange for their ballot for a particular party or candidate.

World

Women's Day 2019: Achievements unlocked, skills proven, but women's representation in Indian politics embarrassingly low

On International Women's day, a look at women in politics in India and their low representation in parliaments and decision-making roles.

World

Pakistan govt, army must get their stories straight to prove they are serious about acting against terrorist groups

The first and foremost step Pakistan — and we mean both the army and government — must take is acknowledge together the presence of terrorist groups in the country and not feign innocence when the world blames it for the attacks in Kashmir.

Politics

Balakot air strikes shouldn't be politicised amid India-Pakistan hostilities; national interest needs precedence

Amid the India-Pakistan tensions, the need of the hour is for both BJP and the Opposition to set aside their political motives in national interest. Careful thought and diplomacy needs to pave the forward, not a political blame game.

World

Saudi Arabia may believe in terror threat, but its roots in Wahhabi extremism is a danger India can't ignore

It is imperative that New Delhi take notice of this threat of Wahhabi extremism from Saudi Arabia and not sweep the menace under the rug, as governments at the Centre often have when it comes to its policies concerning the Muslim community.

Politics

Investigative agencies like CBI have been turned into political instruments courtesy vendetta politics, no matter who's in power

The popular opinion now is that investigative agencies like the CBI and Enforcement Directorate are nothing more than instruments in political battles between the party in power and whoever is in the Opposition.

Politics

Mamata's dharna proves interference in bureaucracy has become integral to Indian politics, sets unhealthy precedent

The situation in West Bengal right now, with Mamata Banerjee's dharna against CBI action, raises the question of how politics and bureaucracy are intertwined today.

Business

Political bickering over unemployment ignores real crisis; lack of jobs and counter-measures should be focus, not barbs

Why is the Centre hesitant to release the NSSO report officially when it has maintained that there is job growth in the country, and schemes such as 'Skill India' and 'Make in India' were working to this end?

Politics

Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka on the rocks: Rift between coalition partners may be at heart of BJP poaching allegations

The Congress was buoyant in May 2018 when it pulled a BJP and formed a coalition government in Karnataka with the Janata Dal (Secular). Such was its drive to keep the saffron party away from office that it even gave up the chief minister's seat to the partner. But not all (read, former chief minister Siddaramaiah) were happy about ceding power to the coalition partner.

India

Bill proposing 10% quota for the general category's poor may finally douse anger against Mandal Commission

Unlike the Mandal Commission's report, the 10% quota move is unlikely to see protests as it includes benefits for the general category poor, including Jats, Marathas, Gujjars, Banias, Thakurs and Kammas, as well Muslims and Christians.

Politics

Mehbooba Mufti needs to keep PDP flock together; cracks in party could turn fighting J&K polls into distant dream

With the Jammu and Kashmir elections approaching, Mehbooba Mufti not only has to win back the trust of her disgruntled PDP MLAs, but also prove worth being re-elected.

India

Armed forces globally reek of misogyny; General Bipin Rawat's remarks on women in combat roles cements theory

The real question is whether the hypermasculinity in the global military can adjust to women rising up the ranks in what has been male-dominated terrain for generations. But when servicemen like Rawat high up in the ranks pass such distasteful comments, how can we expect to combat (pun intended) the disrespect women in the military face?

Politics

Assembly Election Results: Sticking with Hindutva politics and not local issues cost BJP Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan

If BJP strategists believed that Assembly elections were fought on local issues, why then did the party focus on national issues, like the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which matter little to farmers in remote corners of Chhattisgarh?

India

With eye on elections, Narendra Modi to focus on jobs, agriculture and development at G20 Summit in Argentina

The G20 2018 agenda holds significance for India, given that the subjects of job creation, infrastructure development and the use of sustainable methods in agriculture are perennially debated.

Politics

Did Rahul Gandhi say 'Congress is a Muslim party' to Urdu daily? Inquilab editor insists he made no such remark

The editor of The Inquilab said it would have been an argument if the newspaper quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that Congress was a party only for Muslims.