articles by Vandana Agrawal

Politics

Women in Chhattisgarh helped sway poll mandate from BJP to Congress; anger palpable in seats when fewer men voted

Of the 21 constituencies in Chhattisgarh where more women voted than men, the Congress won 17 seats, while the BJP bagged only two and the other two went to the BSP and JCC.

Politics

Chhattisgarh polls: EC rejects claims of inconsistent voting percentage, but widely differing figures cause concern, require inquiry

While the State Election Commission declared the final polling percentage the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections as 76.35 percent, the Directorate of Public Relations pegged the figure at 76.60 percent.

Politics

Chhattisgarh polls: Not rivals, candidates fear NOTA may emerge biggest slayer in repeat of 2013 nightmare

In 2013, NOTA was at the third position in 35 of the 90 Assembly seats of Chhattisgarh.

Politics

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election phase one sees 70% turnout; voting takes place for first time in several places

Authorities in Chhattisgarh succeeded in bringing more tribals into the democratic process, with the first phase of Assembly elections recording a 56.58 percent turnout.

India

Chhattisgarh polls: Realms long gone, but royals' undiminished popularity keeps them in hunt for power

While Chhattisgarh's royal families may have lost their realms, the power they exert in these regions is still formidable

India

Protests at HNLU enters second week as law students await concrete decision from interim vice-chancellor

HNLU students have been demanding withdrawal of hostel curfews as well as a host of changes to administrative rules.

India

Bhima Koregaon raids: Chhattisgarh workers' unions warn of protests if Sudha Bharadwaj isn't released soon

Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon raids, has worked with the Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha and fought for workers' rights for decades.

India

BJP govt in Chhattisgarh increases MSP of rice by Rs 200; paddy farmers decry 'pointless' hike as inadequate

Despite a hike of Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 1750 in the minimum support price (MSP) of rice by BJP govt, paddy farmers in Chhattisgarh are an unhappy lot.

India

Ahead of Chhattisgarh election, privatisation of Shivnath river looms large for Raman Singh govt

Chhattisgarh goes to the polls this December and, considering the RWL contract is up for renewal in October 2020, the Shivnath issue is bound to loom large once again.

India

Chhattisgarh govt's decision to reduce MSP on forest produce threatens livelihood of 14 lakh tribal families

Tribals across Chhattisgarh face a threat to their livelihoods ever since the state government drastically reduced the MSP of minor forest produce.