The Congress nominee talks about being a young politician in Uttar Pradesh, her father’s legacy and more.
Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta
The Unchahar seat can be seen as a microcosm of the rest of UP, where conventional electoral formulas may not work for the parties involved.
A whole lot of issues that differ from region to region will dictate the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh, not leadership in political parties.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
The government has not addressed the real issues of delayed payments and low prices in sugarcane farming in Uttar Pradesh.
Discontent among sugarcane farmers, who are caught in a battle with mill owners and upset with government inaction, will impact caste dynamics in the region, which in turn will determine the voting pattern.
Given the scale of rights violations in Bastar, the government’s decision to send Kalluri on leave looks more like a way of avoiding effective action against lawlessness there.
Dalits have become a bargaining force in Punjab politics but they have failed as a credible political front. Jat Sikh dominance is unlikely to be impacted in the upcoming polls.
Several villagers’ agricultural land lies beyond a fence near the border, limiting access to it and inflicting adversity.
Ramachandran says he was illegally picked up by central intelligence officers in Kolkata and that his “kidnapping” will only add fuel to people’s anger in Bhangar.
In conversation with prominent AAP leader, and likely chief ministerial candidate, Harvinder Singh Phoolka.
The attack comes days after the researcher accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors who have filed FIRs against police personnel.
As the agrarian distress mounts in Punjab, political parties have failed to address the issue in their campaigns even as they trade blame.
A not-so-important political figure in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu has tried every trick in the book in the last few months.
The 2015 petition from Common Cause questioning the appointment of the current CVC is still being heard, but the appeal to look into the Sahara-Birla groups’ alleged bribes has been dismissed.
The Citizens Whistleblower Forum has demanded that the IT department’s records on the Sahara and Birla groups be forwarded to the CBI for a “thorough criminal investigation”
The commission held the government “vicariously responsible” for 16 counts of sexual assault, ranging from rape to physical violence, allegedly committed by police personnel.
Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries case, the fallout of the Income Tax Settlement Commission’s decision to absolve Sahara and what measures he will take in the Supreme Court as the counsel of Common Cause – the petitioner in the case.
Income tax investigators also comprehensively refuted the company’s theory that a ‘disgruntled employee’ was behind incriminating diary entries recording payments to politicians.
The state elections in 2017 will indicate which way the winds are blowing and will also chart Modi’s rise or fall.
2016 will be remembered in history as a year of unprecedented student uprisings across universities – asking uncomfortable questions and challenging the establishment.
All eyes will now be on which Yadav faction comes out on top – the ‘clean politics’ of Akhilesh or the ‘status-quo’ politics of Shivpal.
Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group’s Shalini Gera has been charged with being a Maoist cash conduit despite the police having little evidence to back the claim.
There are suspicions that these activists were arrested in Telangana by the state police first, but were surreptitiously handed over to the Chhattisgarh police later.
While those in the villages cannot afford the bus trip that takes in the city, people who had migrated earlier are coming back to the village after being unable to work.
In the region marked by class and caste inequalities, where a cashless economy is a distant dream, there is some doubtful support for Modi’s move, but mostly concrete hostility.
Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan discusses the recent Sahara-Birla diaries, over-invoicing of coal imports by Reliance and Adani groups, and the Essar tapes.
The results of the November 19 by-polls to 10 assembly and four parliamentary constituencies shows that people have generally voted for the ruling parties in their respective states.
The Confederation of All India Traders said small and medium businesses were severely impacted, and appealed that they be authorised to accept at least one higher denomination note from consumers with KYC details.
FIR Against Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad a Clear Case of Vendetta Politics, Say Civil Society Members
Eminent citizens have unequivocally condemned the Bastar police’s efforts to frame academics and political activists in the murder of a tribal villager.
The government’s changing stance on some of the concerns of the military, like the implementation of OROP, has fuelled opposition against the saffron party.
The meeting, called ‘The idea of a university’, was hosted by the left-wing student group All India Students Association (AISA) at the arts faculty at Delhi University’s north campus.
Attacks by state-sponsored vigilante groups have increased in the last week after the CBI reported to the Supreme Court about police excesses in Chhattisgarh.
The organisers claim that they were instructed to either cancel the event or disinvite Ayyub, who was meant to be the chief guest.
The alliance could disrupt the existing political equations and force the BJP and BSP to draw alternative strategies.
An insignificant leader even among the Brahmins and with hardly any mass support, Bahuguna might end up being the biggest loser in the game of political soccer ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election early next year.
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
While the Centre has praised Chhattisgarh for its implementation of MGNREGS, Khushwaha has exposed how the state government glosses over evident failures.
As the BJP’s attempts to forge caste coalitions in poll-bound states seem to be failing, it has gone back to its age-old Hindutva campaign by whipping up a military frenzy.
“What RSS promotes is fantasy not history….There is nothing common between history and such mythology.”