Free electricity connections for the poor have been part of the Centre’s electrification programme since the UPA regime, though the prime minister has tried to sell it as new.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The TOI report was not only embarrassing for the Modi government at the Centre, but also for Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
What India is witnessing today is not about cow protection, but a devious convergence of the interests of the state, religion and big business.
Terms of reference of the EAC would be to “analyse any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the prime minister and advising him thereon,” an official statement said.
Political families exist across the country and in many parties. And until Indian democracy matures, the people will have to put up with such dynasties.
An internal email also shows Hindustan Times is distancing itself from the ‘Hate Tracker’, a key initiative of Bobby Ghosh’s that the BJP and its supporters were unhappy with.
The chief proctor allegedly told students to “keep quiet” until the prime minister’s two-day visit to Varanasi, beginning the day of the protest, was over.
Opposition parties and leaders may or may not be able to cobble together a coherent counter-narrative, but citizens are beginning to take note of the abuse of public confidence and poll promises.
“I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the women’s reservation bill passed in the Lower House as well,” Gandhi said in the letter.
Young Indians need jobs and the Modi government’s record of creating them is worse than ours, said the Congress vice president.
Rahul Gandhi’s speech at Berkeley has given the Congress a reason to cheer, but there’s much to be done if it wants to capitalise on the growing dissatisfaction with the BJP.
The Centre said convicted MPs or MLAs need not be automatically disqualified from parliament or state legislatures since they can appeal convictions.
Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss the Gujarat 2002 riots and Amit Shah’s testimony.
A Rajya Sabha committee led by Sushma Swaraj in 1997 first recommended that these refugees from Bangladesh be granted Indian citizenship.
Affected people who owned property are still awaiting proper rehabilitation, while others are not even being recognised as affected.
New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.
Y.C. Modi’s probe into the murder of a BJP leader was slammed by the Gujarat high court for “ineptitude resulting into injustice”. He will be next director of the National Investigation Agency.
India’s crowded digital payments market is expected to grow ten-fold to $500 billion by 2020.
Water is still not reaching those who need it, while people are being forced to give up their homes and livelihoods linked to the Narmada.
For people living by the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh’s Nimar, Modi’s birthday is being seen as a death day for their homes and livelihoods.
The first phase of the UP government’s much-hyped crop loan waiver has turned into another farce for farmers.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
Over 50 years, the loan repayment value will be much higher based on the inflation differential, which is bound to persist between Japan and India.
The trade deficit and market access question could potentially become a problem between the two countries and start seeping into other better-managed bilateral issues.
Financial inclusion, when executed on a massive and essentially rushed scale, comes with two major issues.
The corrosion of institutions and mechanisms to create democracy are so decayed that it is perhaps not even possible now for the best-intentioned governments to deliver democracy.
Vinod Dua discusses why Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs an efficient team of ministers for governance and BJP’s doublespeak on Kashmir.
According to NGO Common Cause, Modi missed an opportunity to to set a high benchmark to fight systemic corruption by not putting in place an accountable system to appoint the new Comptroller and Auditor General.
Each killing — whether of an RSS man or of someone of an opposite ideology — is condemnable and the condemnation should be unqualified.
The pledge also says, “from today, I will throw garbage and dirt in the dustbin, will not dirty my country and not let anyone dirty the country”.
The Narendra Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India.
Enforcing the laws in the case of illegal migrants should not be mistaken for lack of compassion, India’s envoy said.
The Gandhi scion will first have to find complete acceptability within his party before he takes over from his mother.
Journalists disturbed by Gauri Lankesh’s killing must introspect on the nature and character of the news media today, and publicly and collectively condemn the rabble-rousers and instigators.
In an interview, Adityanath also denied any incidents of cow-related violence in UP since his government came to power.
In the 2014 general elections, the BJP and its allies were able to form the largest majority government since 1984. The NDA’s combined vote share was at 38.5%.
The manner in which the state machinery, including the police, intimidates family members of whistleblowers or those who report scandals, has become a recurring pattern, one that should not go unpunished.
Low budget, poor pay, delays in payment are being used as tools to lower the interest of people in the scheme, say activists.
There a growing chasm between corporate India’s hiring strategy and the aspirations of India’s young workers