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 2008 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.
The most vocal campaigner is Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy who has publicly said Raghuram Rajan must be removed
‘The BJP lacks the intellectual resources to offer an alternative view of Indian history that will meet even minimum disciplinary standards of historical research so is attempting to produce a new past by administrative fiat,’ says Gopinath Ravindran, former member secretary of the ICHR.
Panagariya’s claims that the Modi government is responsible for an “infrastructure turnaround” are irrelevant, misleading or simply false.
The Uttarakhand episode is an object lesson for the BJP leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah
Riding the anti-graft wave is a clever strategy that helps the ruling party divert attention from most pressing economic issues, such as the crises in the rural agriculture sector and growing joblessness.
While Sex Offenders Registries in the US or UK are aimed primarily at protecting children from sexual predators, in India the move seems motivated in large part by the wish to erode child protection and juvenile justice laws.
The scam had first come to light in 2012 when the defence ministry had put on hold all prospective deals with Finmeccanica after its subsidiary AgustaWestland had breached the pre-contract integrity pact.
A guarantee for employment presupposes that the money to be paid for the work provided is also guaranteed.
The most damning revelation in the Panama Papers leak is that unprecedented kickbacks of up to 17% of the deal value were paid to a middleman firm for purchases of defence equipment by the Indian navy and air force.
The Narendra Modi-led government has decided to withdraw the appeal filed by the UPA government against an Allahabad high court judgment rejecting minority status to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
There appears to be a deliberate effort to restrict the access to information and move away from transparency in governance.
In response to the bail order granting bail to JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Indira Jaising reminds us that there can be no anticipatory restraint on free speech
Despite the distress signals, Arun Jaitley has chosen to strictly adhere to a conservative fiscal stance in his successive budgets, prioritising deficit reduction over everything else.
Jaitley said he was making a record allocation to NREGA but the increase is a modest one in real terms and is even more suspect if one considers the backlog from previous year, particularly of delayed wages.
The hyper-nationalism being fuelled by the government’s aggressive stand on the JNU issue is proof that the RSS senses waning support for the BJP across the country.
The NDA’s small-mindedness and combative style has led it to make a mess of political relations inside and outside Parliament
Social justice cannot be achieved if only the higher castes get electoral representation and negotiate the terms of the debate
Most of the surveys suggest pure arithmetic has worked in favour of Nitish, who unmistakably had a pan-Bihar appeal as a development icon.