In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.
In addition to “launching” a scheme that basically already existed, the prime minister’s claim that his government has a good record on rural electrification contradicts the data.
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.
The Narendra Modi government has addressed systemic issues that have traditionally plagued development schemes in India.
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 recent cabinet reshuffle has exposed the fault lines within the ruling alliance. With the BJP now calling all the shots and its allies increasingly sidelined, does this sound the death knell for the NDA?
Three almost simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the government’s image in only minor ways, show how Modi’s image is beginning to lose its shine.
The merger of the NCRB and the Bureau of Police Research and Development seems like an attempt to gain more control over security-related data.
The West Bengal chief minister blamed the Centre for threatening the opposition and hampering the country’s economy by introducing demonetisation and alleged that education was being saffronised in the country.
Former Union minister and National Democratic Alliance candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Meira Kumar polled 34.35% of valid votes, making her’s the best performance by a losing candidate in the presidential poll in nearly 50 years.
Kovind polled a total of 2,930 votes with the value of 7,02,044 (a total of 65.65% votes) while Kumar got 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.
The decision to nominate Venkaiah Naidu was taken at today’s parliamentary board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In conversation with the former Union minister on Narendra Modi’s rule, the future of the BJP and a possible alternative alliance.
The decision to support the former Lok Sabha Speaker was taken in a meeting of 17 opposition parties at the Parliament Library today.
In the seventy-first episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the NDA nominee for president, Ram Nath Kovind, and discusses the renewed movement demanding a separate Gorkhaland.
The newly formed committee by Amit Shah will carry out consultations with the NDA and the opposition on the matter and try to come to a consensus.
An RSS man at heart and in mind, Dave had replaced Prakash Javadekar as environment minister at the Centre in July 2016.
If we assume no major changes in the state elections held in 2018 and 2019 (a strong but unavoidable assumption since we can’t predict the future), the NDA approaches a Rajya Sabha majority only in 2020.
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The BJP Manipur chief discusses the core issues the party is raising in the elections, why the party hasn’t declared a chief ministerial candidate for the state and more.
There’s very little sensitivity being shown in forcefully shoving India’s small traders and producers into the formal economy. To what extent will this affect the BJP’s support base?
The Budget appears to be pro-poor and pro-business, but it fails to address the reforms actually needed to structurally transform the economy.
Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.
There are many inconsistencies in what is officially said and what is actually happening.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
Automation is deindustrialising India, which is not sufficiently innovative to face up to the threats posed by artificial intelligence, nor equipped to build on its mainstay capabilities in agriculture and other traditional industries.
The biggest black money case that has come up so far is that of the Adani group, promoted by Gautam Adani, one of Modi’s closest associates, writes Josy Joseph in his book A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. Here’s an excerpt.
The government’s IPR policy seems to lack a holistic understanding of the complexities attached with “traditional” knowledge (to be free and open for public access) vs. some kind of privately locked knowledge capital.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
According to members of the J&K Interlocutors Group, recommendations made after the unrest in 2010 could have prevented the current spell on violence in the state, had they been implemented.
Senior ministry officials who had earlier recommended the fine now say the blame for environmental damage cannot be put on Adani.
The cabinet expansion reflects caste calculations to fix emerging weaknesses in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It hardly has anything to do with merit even as there is consensus that the cabinet suffers from a considerable talent deficit.
Narendra Modi seems to have developed a flair for presenting evolutionary policy steps built on his predecessors’ work as revolutionary and original contributions to national development.
As a society, we should be ashamed that year after year, farmers beg for a decent livelihood and are forced to take their lives.
The citizen’s collective Wada Na Todo Abhiyan has painstakingly documented the systematic budgetary cuts in social welfare programmes over the last two years and has called out the government’s pro-corporate policies that have marginalised the poor further.
Elections are not merely about victories and defeats; they’re also about the growth and decay of political parties.
The 2014 petition of the Naga human rights activist “in exile” Luingam Luithui in the Delhi High Court to restore his and his wife’s Indian citizenship is slated for a hearing tomorrow
The LDF, as predicted by most of the pre-poll and exit poll surveys, won 91 out of the 139 seats declared in the 140-strong assembly.
India lags behind on developing its waterways and the government has moved swiftly to overcome the first legal hurdle before it.