The Seva Dal has been the Congress’s grassroots organisation since the 1930s, but the party’s failure to promote the Dal is costing it dearly in its battle against the BJP and RSS.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has questioned whether the BJP is attempting to marginalise the minority Christian community.
Vote counting for ten assembly constituencies in eight states – Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh – is currently underway.
“The future challenge (for the RSS) would be to create a meta-narrative which can end all sectarian and narrow divisions,” Rakesh Sinha told The Wire.
There is one basic question no one is asking – where does the money come from?
The introduction of a cow surcharge in Rajasthan means that anyone who makes a lease agreement, loans money or rents property, will have to pay an additional surcharge of 10% on stamp duty.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
India has said it will go “out of way” to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav, warning Pakistan that his execution will have consequences on bilateral ties.
The commission shared the results of its investigation into claims that EVMs were giving out BJP slips regardless of which button was pressed during a demonstration in Bhind, MP
What we are seeing now in the proscription of words does not aim at establishing an unquestionable nation-state, but rather its exact opposite – a provisional nation-state.
The so-called ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses are public municipal slaughterhouses across UP, which have been allowed to sink into abysmal conditions due to utter negligence.
Inconsequential to the state government yet fought fiercely – the effort of many aspirants to establish themselves as the late Jayalalithaa’s ‘true political heir’ makes R.K. Nagar a key by-poll.
The BJP is gradually pushing its Hindutva agenda in Assam and this could have a troubling fallout.
Some may see Abdullah’s statement in support of the stone-pelters as a departure from mainstream politics, but it is a familiar game that every political party has played in Kashmir when in opposition.
The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
Trying to separate the Bengali from fish will boomerang badly on the Hindutva advocates.
There is no dearth of ideas and claimants for Jinnah House in Mumbai.
Despite Hindi being the language of the UP legislative assembly, BJP members have been allowed to take their oath in Sanskrit, while doing so in Urdu has been disallowed.
There has been much speculation that India might be reconsidering its no first use strategy, but such talk has found few takers in the government. For India, the only true purpose of nuclear weapons are as deterrents.
The Election Commission has defended its voting machines, insisting there is no credible evidence to back claims of tampering.
Pfutsero resident Neingupe Marhu uses his minivan to pick up garbage the local administration has failed to clear.
While Arvind Kejriwal sought a meeting with the chief election commissioner over the issue, the Congress has demanded that the by-elections in the state be conducted using ballot papers.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
Global experience shows that implementing GST caused severe short to medium term disruption in countries’ economies – we shouldn’t expect better from India’s half-baked version either.
Policemen who didn’t file FIRs, journalists who didn’t write questioning reports and former CMs who didn’t push investigations should all get a share of the credit for making Adityanath UP’s chief minister.
It was colour and music to celebrate Gudi Padva, the beginning of the new year but also floats with Shivaji, cannons and men dressed as Indian army soldiers
With his elevation to the Congress top post imminent, many feel Rahul Gandhi will fail as successive debacles have shown he is not fit for the job.
The arrival of Adityanath as chief minister is the clearest sign that the BJP as well as its parent, the RSS are thinking of an agenda that goes far beyond just winning elections.
While there are some striking similarities, the Netherlands’ participatory representative democracy highlights what’s missing in India, especially when the space for debate and discussion is increasingly under siege.
For the first time, the Nehruvian order is facing an existential challenge. It can be met – as it must be – but only by a morally superior politics.
In the current Lok Sabha, 18% of Adityanath’s debates have focussed on Hindu issues, including cow slaughter, enforcing a uniform civil code and protection of Hindu pilgrims.
The fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.
Modi wants to conquer India by hook or by crook. His governors are his co-conspirators. He has put the constitution on a slippery slope.
Across the country, the BJP has fought elections by giving tickets to rebel Congress leaders rather than its own party cadre.
The sting against several Trinamool Congress leaders, showing them allegedly accepting cash, is now beginning to bite the party
A bench headed by Chief Justice J. S. Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
For the RSS, Adityanath’s elevation sends a subtle signal that no one is above the organisation and nobody is indispensable.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
The state BJP unit has remained silent on the allegations made by Mmhonlumo Kikon on social media.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.