Politics is a numbers game. And if the BJP manages to get within striking distance of forming a government, the JD(U) could once again be back in the NDA fold.
That a politically astute politician like Nitish Kumar should risk near-certain political defeat in Bihar by walking out of an alliance with the BJP unless it rules out Modi as its candidate is astonishing. But posturing is a habit that's hard to break.
Advani's resignation drama was entirely pointless. It is the arithmetic of elections that will determine who will be the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
Sharp declines in currency values in short time-frames, such as we have seen in the Indian rupee in recent weeks, cannot entirely be accounted for by the infirmities in the Indian economy.
it's a good thing that Advani has revealed his now. If a showdown was inevitable within the party, it is better to get it over with, rather than have it drag on until the election season is near at hand.
Michelle Obama is perceived to have "snubbed" Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan by not travelling to a summit of Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, which is all about establishing a personal rapport.
Compared to the egregious levels of corruption we see in every sphere of public life, Dhoni's conflict-of-interest failing may seem a minuscule impropriety. But it’s tragic every time a hero trades enduring fame for tainted fortune.
China has reinvented itself - economically and politically - several times over since the bloody crackdown on the student protest movement of 1989. Yet, many Chinese citizens cling on to the memories for a reason.
This IPL series has shown up the carnival to be a can of worms and India's cricket administration to be rotten at its core. As a first step towards fixing it over the long haul, Srinivasan should be made to resign, and the Chennai Super Kings team disqualified.
The sight of Meiyappan playing hide-and-seek games with the police, when he has so much of his reputation – and that of his father-in-law – riding on clearing his name in the IPL betting scandal makes for deeply incriminating optics.
PepsiCo is threatening to pull out of the title sponsorship of the IPL. The IPL gravy train will derail if it doesn't clean up its act.
The currency of choice for trade transactions is determined by what's called the "network effect". We use it because others use it - and that's not going to change unless the dynamics of trade change.
As UPA 2 completes four years in office, it appears that for the Indian polity and the economy, things will likely get a lot worse before they can get better.
India signalled to visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the border issue is of "core interest", and withheld boilerplate acknowledge of India's commitment to the 'one China' principle. These are not without significance.
The bluntest assessment of S&P's latest message is that the agency disbelieves Chidambaram - or doesn't have adequate faith in his ability to deliver.
India's discourse with China has traditionally been trapped in the Mao-ist maze that defines how "friends" ought to conduct themselves. But Chinese statecraft has evolved, and India too must up its diplomatic game.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins his India visit today. If India plays its cards right, and protects its interests with finesse, the two countries have the capacity to reset their relationship.
Having done exemplary work in the spot-fixing investigation, the Delhi Police has yielded to the temptation to conduct a 'showcase' media trial, which could compromise its case before a court of law.