A minor change in the secretariat manual means that only ‘VIPs’ have access to communication within a stipulated timeline.
Demonising Muslim men has been an important political plank for the Modi government. The triple talaq Bill fits in perfectly with it.
Contrary to what the prime minister said, women from India have long been going to Haj without a male guardian.
In one particularly scathing section of his judgement, Saini slams the quality of prosecution under special public prosecutor Anand Grover and the CBI.
Even in the seats that the saffron party retained in the region, its victory margin has fallen considerably.
The less-than-impressive show in Gujarat indicates that the BJP is no longer invincible and that the opposition is very much in the game.
Several MLAs are now in the running for the post including Union health minister J.P. Nadda.
The opaqueness with which the government has gone after shell companies and their directors, and its failure to go after the true beneficiaries of those companies, has undermined faith in regulatory institutions.
After 22 years of BJP rule in the state, two fears have become evident – of going against it and of the ‘other’.
By extending the epidemic of political correctness to words and their usage, the BJP is emptying politics of its meaning.
Developed countries claim that India’s price support for crops such as paddy and wheat have breached the cap prescribed by the WTO.
Vinod Dua discusses how PM Modi has brought down the level of political discourse during his Gujarat election campaign and the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill 2017.
While BJP leaders are going all out to arrest the erosion of Patidar support in the state, they are unlikely to sway those members of the community who have resolved to desert the saffron party.
The move comes after the environment ministry sought feedback from several states on the notification.
The senior leader heading a faction of the JD(U) talks about how the Gujarat elections are likely to set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Nitish Kumar’s demand for quota for backward classes in the private sector and more.
Vinod Dua discusses the failure of the ‘Gujarat Model’ of development and PM Modi’s Gujarat election campaign.
The Congress vice president’s comments came in light of a report claiming the average daily production of Nano cars at the Tata Motor’s Sanand plant was down to ‘just two’.
An examination of complaints received by the telecom department shows how thousands of Indians struggle with basic connectivity, especially while making digital transactions, due to poor network quality.
Decrying the Modi government’s policies is not enough. Rahul Gandhi must also build an alternative development agenda and revamp his role as a leader along with Congress party structures.
The recent workers’ protest in the capital demanding critical reforms, especially in the informal sector, has been largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Senior leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday alleged that the work IFGE had done for ministries and departments under Gadkari’s control was a violation of rules that govern the conduct of civil servants.
There is some evidence to show that issues such as caste may have been overlooked or oversimplified while designing government programmes like Digital India.
A new ordinance will stop a majority of promoters from bidding for their own stressed assets, but may result in lower revenue for lenders.
Despite sanitation experts and studies pointing out that a majority of these toilets are ineffective or ill maintained, an approximate Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated for fitting additional coaches with bio-toilets.
Vinod Dua discusses dynastic politics across parties in India and protests by workers and farmers against the Modi government.
A recent article claimed that the Modi government has significantly improved or tweaked the implementation of various schemes started by the UPA-II administration. But the numbers quoted need to be questioned.
The note ban followed soon after by the new tax regime have hit the predominantly mercantile state hard, but the urban voters still cannot see themselves siding with the opposition.
Contrary to what a recent New York Times article claims, the sari is not limited to a particular ideological group, religion or class and is, in fact, representative of India’s multiplicity.
While government is of the view that the nature of the tax reform required it to be a shock, implementing it in a phased manner could have helped avoid much of the disruptions being experienced.
A simpler and lower rate of tax is what was needed to widen the country’s tax base substantially. This was totally missing in GST’s initial design.
While many say that GST and demonetisation have dealt a severe blow to their livelihoods, some still remain hopeful that the Modi government will take steps to address the fast deteriorating conditions.
The decision taken by the GST Council will have a revenue implication of Rs 20,000 crore annually.
We must have an exhaustive investigation of every minute aspect of this whole disastrous experience. This includes a government-led comprehensive one, resulting in a white paper or report tabled in Parliament.
The ruling party’s embrace of Vallabhbhai Patel, who openly opposed the RSS’s subversive activities, indicates the lengths to which it will go to win back the support of Gujarat’s Patel community.
The first step towards reviving political dialogue and ending the rule of the gun in Kashmir is for New Delhi to announce that it is committed to restoring full autonomy within the constitution to the entire state.
Former finance minister P. Chidambaram talks about the Modi government’s handling of the GST, Robert Vadra, Karti Chidambaram, attacks on the opposition, Gujarat elections and more in an interview with journalist Swati Chaturvedi.
Maya Mirchandani interviews the former Intelligence Bureau director, recently appointed point-person for the government’s Jammu and Kashmir dialogue.
The West Bengal chief minister also asked her party leaders to begin a ‘black day’ campaign condemning demonetisation from November 8.
Successive governments have for decades discriminated against and neglected the handloom sector to favour mills and mechanised powerlooms.
Asked why he had referred to Vijay’s rarely used Christian name in his tweet, BJP leader H. Raja said the Tamil actor was a practicing Christian, which was reflected in his “hate campaign”.