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Removal of loudspeakers from religious places: Delhi HC raps petitioner for non-filing of rejoinder

Another Setback for WB BJP As SC says No To Loudspeakers at Rallies

In yet another setback for the BJP, the Supreme Court has rejected the party’s plea for permission to use loudspeakers and microphones for public...

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Foreign Kudos for Priyanka Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into national politics from the Congress party has not only made national headlines but also caught the...
(L-R) BJP president Amit Shah and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Supreme Court Deflates BJP Rath, No Yatra For Shah And Party Through West Bengal

In a major setback for the BJP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday did not give any relief to the BJP in its quest to...
Amit Shah

Calcutta HC Waves the Green Flag for Amit Shah’s Rath Yatra In West Bengal

The BJP received a shot in the arm on Thursday as the Calcutta High Court allowed the party to hold three rath yatras in...

MEDIA WATCH

Scoop-master’s Voice His Master’s Voice, which is now the commonly used nickname to describe Arnab Goswami’s  Republic TV which out-foxes America’s  Fox TV in its ...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

Above: Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi with farmers from Tamil Nadu during a protest demonstration seeking loan waivers in New Delhi in March this...

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...

Score 3-0 as MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh reject BJP and opt for Congress

If the results that were out on Tuesday of the elections to the five state assemblies are taken a barometer for the 2019 Lok...
Modi’s decision to go in for a desperate remedy of pulling out 86 per cent of cash from the hands of the people was bound to set off a fierce debate. Photo: UNI

PM Modi Is Mum As BJP Takes A Battering In Assembly Polls

As early trends indicated a battering for the BJP led NDA in the elections to five state assemblies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi withheld comment...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

Huge Setback For BJP in Curtain Raiser to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

If the initial trends in the results of the elections to the five state assemblies are a barometer for the 2019 Lok Sabha, the...

Delhi Durbar

The Kashmir Conundrum For once, the BJP seems to have been caught flat footed. Mehbooba Mufti, traditional rival Omar Abdullah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi...

Delhi Durbar

The Other Ananth The death of BJP leader Ananth Kumar elicited a flood of tributes to his personality and contribution to public life, except for...

Centre submits affidavit on the Rafale aircraft deal in Supreme Court

Responding to the Supreme Court’s direction during the last hearing on the controversial issue, the Centre has submitted an affidavit on the Rafale aircraft...

Outdated Laws: Old is Not Gold

Above: AISA activists raising slogans during their march to Parliament for the release of then JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in New Delhi (file pic)/Photo:UNI The...

DELHI DURBAR

Uncaged Parrot The chaos that the government has sunk the CBI into is likely to aggravate in the coming months. The Supreme Court, on November...

DESPERATELY SEEKING CONGRESS

By Inderjit Badhwar Actually, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political party needs no external icon in order to give itself more credibility or acceptability. The Bharatiya...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Above: Prime Minister Modi with prominent Lingayat leaders at a function in Belagavi, Karnataka The demand for a religious minority tag by Lingayats caste is...
National Register of Citizens: Foreign Hand

National Register of Citizens: Foreign Hand

Above: The influx of outsiders threatens the Tripuri way of life and culture/Photo: UNI After Assam, many in Tripura are asking the apex court to...
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DELHI DURBAR

INTERNAL RELATIONS Despite his aggressive approach and filing of a defamation suit ag­ainst one of his many accusers, Mobashar Jawed Akbar, the external affairs minister...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Cross-border Strategy When in doubt, attack Pakistan. The BJP, faced with rising anger from farmers, the unemployed and other sections, has adoped that fail-safe strategy...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

THE RAJAN HIT LIST The BJP has made its fight against corruption the cornerstone of its poll campaign and outreach to the voting public. That...
The 50 Year Itch

The 50 Year Itch

~By Dilip Bobb Amit Shah has caused serious birthing pangs in political circles with his boastful promise that the BJP will rule for the next...
Passing the Buck

Passing the Buck

Two days after the landmark Supreme Court judgment that decriminalised homosexuality, one of the more eloquent judges on that bench, Justice DY Chandrachud, expressed...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
When Democracy Dies an Easy Death...

When Democracy Dies an Easy Death…

The BJP’s art of labelling has termed dissent anti-national, pro-communist, terrorist and Maoist. Patriotism is a uniform that only the BJP can don with...
What’s the Hurry?

What’s the Hurry?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies continues to hog the headlines as India inches closer...
Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Stating there are hindrances to any endeavours to institute a uniform civil code, Law Commission favours reforms within existing personal and...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

The Axeman Cometh The Chandigarh-based newspaper, The Tribune, is currently witnessing an unprecedented bloodbath with over a dozen editorial employees sacked and some more on...
Riots Cases: The Caste Card Again

Riots Cases: The Caste Card Again

Above: With the opposition likely to unite, Yogi Adityanath will have to depend on vote polarisation to turn the tide in the BJP’s favour/Photo:...
VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

~By Inderjit Badhwar To run this vast and diverse land, its leaders need not have 56-inch chests, but hearts as large as the universe. In their...
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Former Indian Prime Minister and the most admired Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical...
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West Bengal elections case hearing adjourned to Aug 16

The hearing on the case about the recent West Bengal panchayat elections in which the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the BJP have...
NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

Above: The Khir Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal, J&K, was completely safe even though the BJP had claimed that it was "completely burnt" ~By Inderjit Badhwar That...
Hearing on Article 35A: Justice Chandrachud unavailable, SC adjourns matter to August 27

Hearing on Article 35A: Justice Chandrachud unavailable, SC adjourns matter to August 27

The apex court on Monday (August 6) adjourned the hearing of the plea challenging the validity of Article 35A in Jammu & Kashmir to...
Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Above: Members of Dalit organisations have staged nationwide protests against the apex court’s verdict diluting the SC/ST Act/Photo: UNI Relentless protests by Dalit groups and...
INDIA ON TEST

INDIA ON TEST

~By Inderjit Badhwar Our cover story focuses this week on what could be the biggest human rights issue the nation has faced since it gained...
Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Above: Kerala BJP Mahila Morcha protesting against S Hareesh’s novel/Photo: twitter Rightwingers force a major Malayalam magazine to withdraw the serialisation of a novel...
Satire: The Great Indian TV Debate on Pakistan Elections

Officer’s Choice

By Dilip Bobb At some easily identifiable Indian television channels, coverage of Pakistan always ranges between hysterical and hyper-national, and oftentimes incoherent. Which is why...
Hardik Patel

Hardik Patel sent to 2 years in jail for vandalizing MLA office during Patidar...

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samity founder Hardik Patel has finally had to succumb to the law. A Visnagar court in Gujarat has sentenced him to...
The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

Pioneering Spirit The sidelining of party stalwart LK Advani by the Narendra Modi dispensation has its indirect negatives, and one surfaced last week with the...
Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

In an unusual gesture, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday (July 20) hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after slamming BJP-led government during the no...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

As the Supreme Court re-opened, on Monday (July 2), following its annual 44-day-long summer vacation, Chief Justice Dipak Misra expressed his displeasure at the...
CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor

Raj Bhavan Row in Tamil Nadu: Governor’s Reign

Above: CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor The constant tussle between TN governor Banwarilal Purohit and the...
Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter

Judges in Politics

Above: Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter Former chief justices and judges have often ventured into...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Two of a kind This is the most bizarre manifestation of the BJP’s Sampark for Samarthan campaign: the party’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra meeting Republic...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

SANGUINE ON SRINAGAR Opposition leaders have been handed an Eid gift in the form of the BJP’s decision to impose Governor’s Rule and break with...
BJP MLA approaches Delhi HC seeking end of strike by Delhi CM Kejriwal

BJP MLA approaches Delhi HC seeking end of strike by Delhi CM Kejriwal

Above: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta BJP MLA Vijender Gupta on Monday (June 18) approached Delhi High Court seeking an order to end strike by...
Bypoll Results: Saffron Singed

Bypoll Results: Saffron Singed

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The BJP’s crushing defeat against a united Opposition in the recent...
“Judges Should Speak Inside the Court Not Outside”

“Judges Should Speak Inside the Court Not Outside”

Above: Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde (centre) flanked by Pradeep Rai, senior advocate, Supreme Court (second from left); Rajshri Rai, editor-in-chief, APN News...
A PUNCH IN THE SNOUT

A PUNCH IN THE SNOUT

~By Inderjit Badhwar On June 1, 2018, a day after the BJP received a political drubbing in the bypolls across India, The Indian Express carried...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Media: Manufacturing Consent

~By Dilip Bobb Back in 1988, Noam Chomsky co-authored a book titled Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.  The book laid down five filters...
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala (right) administering the oath to HD Kumaraswamy at the swearing-in ceremony

Karnataka: Rocky Road Ahead

Above: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala (right) administering the oath to HD Kumaraswamy at the swearing-in ceremony Considering that the JD(S) and the Congress fought each...
THANK YOU, FATHER

THANK YOU, FATHER

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Reliance on Media With his acquisition of the Network 18 group in 2014 from Raghav Bahl, which included a bouquet of channels, including CNN-IBN, CNBC...
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s JD (S)-Congress coalition wins floor test as BJP walks out

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s JD (S)-Congress coalition wins floor test as BJP walks out

After Yeddyurappa’s resignation, another embarrassment for BJP as its candidate for Speaker’s post withdraws nomination, Congress nominee elected unanimously Amid fears of cross-voting and poaching...
Failing to shore up majority, Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of floor test

Failing to shore up majority, Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of floor test

After days of vociferous claims that the BJP would prove its majority on the floor of the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha, chief minister BS Yeddyurappa...
Jethmalani comes out of retirement, seeks CJI’s nod to appear in Karnataka poll case

Jethmalani comes out of retirement, seeks CJI’s nod to appear in Karnataka poll case

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani terms Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form a government a gross abuse of power There’s no...
BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM after SC refuses to stay his swearing-in

BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM after SC refuses to stay his swearing-in

BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa took oath at 9 am on Thursday, May 17, just as he had claimed. The decks for Yeddyurappa  were cleared after an unexpected hearing at...
Karnataka Natak: The Game Has Only Begun

Karnataka Natak: The Game Has Only Begun

By swearing-in BS Yeddyurappa as chief minister, Governor Vajubhai Vala has given the BJP a chance for rampant horse trading but is a larger...
CHANGING TIMES - India Legal

CHANGING TIMES

~By Inderjit Badhwar That the invocation of Karnataka Pride should have become a focal point during the surcharged election campaign should hardly come as a...
Rajasthan government employees at a workshop on education/Photo: UNI

Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act: Sluggish Sarkar

Above: Rajasthan government employees at a workshop on education/Photo: UNI Though Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act was enacted in 2011 to make governance...
Centre removes AFSPA from Meghalaya, some regions of Arunachal

Centre removes AFSPA from Meghalaya, some regions of Arunachal

A month and-a-half after a BJP-backed alliance took over the rule of Meghalaya with Conrad Sangma as chief minister, and 27 years after it...

Case withdrawals by UP government: Hall of Infamy

Above: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati/Photo: UNI The UP government’s attempt to withdraw criminal cases against its politicians has revealed the moral vacuum and lawlessness prevalent in...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

NO, Sarkar! The news and current affairs channel NDTV 24X7, run by Prannoy and Radhika Roy, has never been a favourite watch for the...
Former BJP Minister Sinha

Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Former Finance Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has had a running battle with his party over several issues – his battle with...
AMBEDKAR'S DIRE WARNING

AMBEDKAR’S DIRE WARNING

~By Inderjit Badhwar BhimRao Ambedkar is once again the political flavour of the season. As Dalit agitations flare up across the nation, highlighting the dilution...
Unnao rape case: Allahabad HC reserves verdict; final judgment tomorrow

Unnao rape case: Allahabad HC reserves verdict; final judgment tomorrow

Above: BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, facing rape charges,arrived at the Chief Ministers office,  in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI The Allahabad High...
Calcutta High Court

Calcutta HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

While the Calcutta High Court on Thursday (April 12) ordered that the violence-torn panchayat poll process in West Bengal be stayed till further orders, it also...
Supreme Court throws out West Bengal BJP demand to oversee state panchayat elections

Supreme Court throws out West Bengal BJP demand to oversee state panchayat elections

Above: BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha, BJP leader and party's panchayat  election committee convenor Mukul Roy with the supporters sit in demonstration in front of...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Bengal panchayat elections: SC to hear BJP complaint on nominees not allowed to file...

The matter of panchayat elections in West Bengal, the BJP has reached the Supreme Court with allegations that their candidates are not being allowed...
TDP MPs demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh at Parliament House in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo: UNI

THE WISDOM OF FLEXIBILITY

~By Inderjit Badhwar Andhra Pradesh supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has all but called it quits with his alliance partner, the BJP, over the issue of...
PostCard News founder M V Hegde arrested for spreading fake news that instigates communal flare-ups - India Legal

PostCard News founder M V Hegde arrested for spreading fake news that instigates communal...

The founder of online news portal, PostCard News Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested on Thursday (March 29) on charges of spreading spurious and communally...
(Clockwise from top left) Renowned historian Romila Thapar, British archaeologist the late Mortimer Wheeler and renowned historian Irfan Habib

HISTORY AT YOUR SERVICE?

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Renowned historian Romila Thapar, British archaeologist the late Mortimer Wheeler and renowned historian Irfan Habib   ~By Inderjit Badhwar Ever since...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Political Funding: The Foreign Hand

An amendment to the FCRA Act, 2010 will allow political parties to receive foreign funds without scrutiny. Is it another step towards the opacity...
The Delhi High Court

BJP MLA asks why AAP’s Gahlot is still in Assembly despite being disqualified; Delhi...

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta has moved the Delhi High Court against the ruling Aam Aadmi Party for allowing disqualified member Kailash Gahlot to attend...
Yogi Adityanath

Adityanath govt initiates process to withdraw 131 Muzaffarnagar riots cases: Reports

Communal riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli towns of UP in 2013 leading to the murder of 60 Muslims, at least four BJP...
Sushma Swaraj

Held hostage by ISIS in Iraq, all 39 Indians killed: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs Parliament that 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq in 2014 have been killed, mass grave found...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in traditional Naga gear at the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland/Photo: UNI

Cultural Challenge

The Indian Constitution has special provisions for the protection of the cultural identities, customs, and economic and political interests of the original inhabitants of...
Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies CJI

Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies...

Swamy moves in with a petition, sits despite protests The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul...
IT’S RAINING LENINS ALL THE TIME

IT’S RAINING LENINS ALL THE TIME

~By Inderjit Badhwar It is ironical indeed that Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Bolshevik-ruled state of the erstwhile Soviet Union, should meet his...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Deal with the Dragon For the Indian government to take the unprecedented step of putting pressure on the Dalai Lama to cancel multiple events connected...
attacks on cpi(m) cadres in Tripura after BJP voted to power

Attacks on CPI(M) cadres in Tripura after BJP voted to power

Soon after the BJP snatched a poll victory bringing to an end the 25-year CPI(M) rule in Tripura, the state erupted in violence with...
Conrad Sangma to be Meghalaya CM, BJP to join ruling alliance

Conrad Sangma to be Meghalaya CM, BJP to join ruling alliance

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav In scenario reminiscent of Manipur and Goa elections, despite emerging as the single largest party, Congress loses the number game for...
Live-Stream Proposal: An Attempt at Transparency?

An Attempt at Transparency?

Above: Delhi’s L-G Anil Baijal has written to CM Arvind Kejriwal, saying the alleged assault has hurt bureaucracy’s morale/Photo: UNI The Kejriwal government’s tussle with...
Punjab CM’s Son-in-Law: A Case of Vendetta Politics

A Case of Vendetta Politics?

Above: The CBI has filed a case against Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd whose deputy general manager is the CM Amarinder Singh’s son-in-law/Photo: newsheads.in In a shocking...

Television Noose

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The tyranny of TRPs had changed the entire edifice on which television news was built on. It...
Hung assemblies in Nagaland and Meghalaya hold out hopes for a BJP on the upswing

Hung assemblies in Nagaland and Meghalaya hold out hopes for a BJP on the...

Having swept Tripura, the BJP had made significant gains in Nagaland and Meghalaya, the other two states where assembly elections were held last month...
Karti Chidambaram arrested by CBI at Chennai airport, produced before magistrate at Patiala House Court

Karti Chidambaram arrested by CBI at Chennai airport, produced before magistrate at Patiala House...

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's Son Karti Chidambaram, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai on Wednesday (February...

The Big Fight

The Congress is battling to retain power in the last big state under its rule even as the BJP tries to revive its victory...
Supreme Court cancels all mining and fishing leases in Goa; calls for fresh auction

Supreme Court annuls all mining and fishing leases in Goa

Top court says no more work after March 15; fresh auctions, leases have to be made with environment in mind Decreeing on a writ petition by...
BJP president Amit Shah leads a public meeting at Ambasa, 70 km east of Agartala/Photo: UNI

Uphill Challenge

Above: BJP president Amit Shah leads a public meeting at Ambasa, 70 km east of Agartala/Photo: UNI With polls due in three states in the...
Self-styled cow vigilantes have claimed nearly 30 lives in the past four years of BJP rule/Photo: UNI

On the Horns of a Dilemma

Above: Self-styled cow vigilantes have claimed nearly 30 lives in the past four years of BJP rule/Photo: UNI Though the apex court has issued contempt...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Friendly Faces After much criticism of his reluctance to have any press conferences or interviews with the media in the last three years, the Prime...
Aam Aadmi Party: Election Commission of India’s thunderbolt

AAP: EC’s Thunderbolt

In a shocking development, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, who retires on January 23, recommended the disqualification of 20 MLAs of this party for...
Narendra Modi

Modi govt relaxes FDI rules, will allow foreign airlines to invest in Air India

Union Cabinet grants it nod to proposal for allowing 100 per cent FDI through automatic route in single brand retail trade sector, caps FDI...
Pragya Singh Thakur will now face less stringent charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case

Protecting the Lawless

Above: Pragya Singh Thakur will now face less stringent charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case Ordering the dropping of charges against Yogi Adityanath...
Muslim women protesting against the controversial provisions of the triple talaq Bill in New Delhi on Jan 4, 2018. Photo: UNI

The Politics of Triple Talaq Bill

The slug-fest over Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill ended temporarily with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned but the battle-lines are firmly...
RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

With consensus evading on the passage of the Bill, Opposition likely to force Centre on sending the legislation to a Rajya Sabha select panel For...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid Opposition protests With...
Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

The Bill, which seeks to make talaq-e-biddat a cognisable offence punishable with a three year jail term for the husband was passed by a...
Ban on display of non-vegetarian food: Not for sentiments, but hygiene, says BJP Councilor

Ban on display of non-vegetarian food: Not for sentiments, but hygiene, says BJP Councilor

The juicy chicken and mutton kebabs, shawarmas, tikkas and other meat delicacies hanging outside eateries beside the roads of Hauz Khas, New Friend’s Colony,...
Govt introduces Bil to ban instant triple talaq in Lok Sabha, Owaisi protests

Govt introduces Bil to ban instant triple talaq in Lok Sabha, Owaisi protests

While PM Narendra Modi has appealed to Opposition parties to support the Bill, Congress party, Asaduddin Owaisi oppose the move to criminalise talaq-e-biddat Union minister...
Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, inducts 19 ministers

Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, inducts 19 ministers

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, central ministers and chief ministers of all NDA ruled states  Days after his re-nomination was...
Virbhadra

Virbhadra’s LIC agent’s bail plea to be decided on December 23

Above: Virbhadra Singh In the disproportionate assets case the Patiala House Court of Delhi has reserved its verdict on the bail application of Himachal...
Amit Shah

Defeat for politics of appeasement, says Shah

It was a decision that had already been made. Around 4pm on Monday (December 18), with the BJP having already won 68 seats and leading in 31...
Election trends BJP leads

Victory margins of BJP candidates in Gujarat show sharp decline

Although the BJP is set to retain hold of Gujarat, the victory margin of a majority of BJP heavyweights has shrunk while the...
Father-son pair of Virbhadra and Vikramaditya leading, Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing

Father-son pair of Virbhadra and Vikramaditya leading, Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is leading from the Arki constituency. Virbhadra had left his traditional Shimla (Rural) seat in favour of his...
Rahul Gandhi

In maiden speech as Congress president, Rahul hits out at Modi, BJP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi says Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking India back to medieval ages; BJP spreading fire of violence across India  Two days ahead...
Will Modi declare how Amit Shah became BJP president, asks Congress

Will Modi declare how Amit Shah became BJP president, asks Congress

Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for criticising election of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president With Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
BJP emerges clear winner in UP civic polls but there are warning signs

BJP emerges clear winner in UP civic polls but there are warning signs

Above: BJP workers celebrating the landslide victory of the party in civic polls, at the party office in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In the noise about...
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI

BJP member’s PIL against Rahul Gandhi and his SPG protection thrown out by Delhi...

Above: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI   Yet another politically motivated PIL was been thrown out by the court...
Former Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy meeting BJP leaders after joining BJP, in New Delhi (file picture).Photo: UNI

Mukul Roy phone tapping: Delhi HC asks govt to file reply in sealed cover

Above: Former Trinamool Congress MP  Mukul Roy  meeting BJP leaders  after joining BJP, in New Delhi (file picture).Photo: UNI Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the...
(L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing an election rally at Kosamba Village Ground, in Valsad district. Photo: UNI

EC finds the use of word ‘Pappu’ in BJP media campaign derogatory, blocks it

Above: (L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing  an election rally at...
Voter turnout crosses 70 % in Himachal, fate of Virbhadra, Dhumal hangs in balance

Voter turnout crosses 70 % in Himachal, fate of Virbhadra, Dhumal hangs in balance

Assembly poll result to be declared on December 18 along with those for the Gujarat Assembly Over 70 per cent voter turnout was reported from Himachal Pradesh...
Kamal Haasan

Right wing radicals call for Kamal Haasan’s head

Soon after Tamil film star Kamal Haasan said that there were Hindu terrorists as well, a right wing extremist group has asked for his...
A grab of the website of People’s democracy

BJP protecting the corrupt, promoting black money, says CPI(M)

Above: A grab of the website of People’s democracy Contrary to the BJP’s claim of being anti-black money, the CPM has accused the saffron...
Vinod Verma

Journalist Vinod Verma’s arrest evokes sharp criticism

Above: Vinod Verma The arrest of veteran journalist Vinod Verma on Friday from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on charges of attempted extortion and blackmail...
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC puts on hold Swamy plea against air services deal with UAE

Above: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy (file picture). Photo: UNI Subramanian Swamy’s petition to cancel India’s air services agreement with the UAE was, on Friday...
Vasundhra Raje

Raje’s controversial Bill faces flak even by BJP MLAs; PIL filed in Rajasthan HC

Above: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje   The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan on Monday tabled the controversial Bill for passage in the state Assembly....
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

The Piyush Push Governments usually appoint a cabinet minister to interact with the media. Venkaiah Naidu had a good equation with the media but now...
A YouTube greb showing horse Shaktiman (file picture)

Killing of police horse Shaktiman: Now state BJP Govt wants case against MLA withdrawn

Above: A YouTube grab showing horse Shaktiman (file picture) In a completely one-sided and insensitive move, the BJP government of Uttarakhand has recommended that a...
Jay Shah says he will sue portal for Rs 100 crore

Jay Shah says he will sue portal for Rs 100 crore

Above: Jay Amit Shah with his father Amit Shah at his marriage reception. Photo: UNI BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Amit Shah has released...
Delhi High Court

Delhi HC gives 6 more months to BJP, Cong to come clear on foreign...

The Delhi High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar on Monday (October 9) granted six more months to the...
Girl students of BHU confront the police force following an incident of molestation on the campus. Photo: Getty Images

Campus unrest in BHU: Hard Lessons

Above: Girl students of BHU confront the police force following an incident of molestation on the campus. Photo: Getty Images How did one of India’s...
Mukul Roy has said that he will wait till the Durga Puja festivals are over in West Bengal before resigning as a TMC Rajya Sabha member as well. Photo: courtesy Photo Division, Government of India

Mukul Roy declares he is quitting TMC; BJP to gain, say rumours

Above: Mukul Roy has said that he will wait till the Durga Puja festivals are over in West Bengal before resigning as a TMC...
Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta speaking at a protest/condolence function for slain Editor Gauri Lankesh at the Press Club in Delhi on September 6. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Brave journalist gets fitting sendoff

Above: Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta speaking at a protest/condolence function for slain Editor Gauri Lankesh at the Press Club in Delhi on September 6....
Janardhana Reddy

SC: No bail now for mining scam accused Janardhana Reddy

Above: Janardhana Reddy Former BJP leader Janardhana Reddy, who was arrested on September 5, 2011 by the CBI and taken to Hyderabad, is charged...
Mamata Banerjee

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act: Mamata’s Masterstroke?

Above: With the Darjeeling test a success, Mamata Banerjee can use the Act across the troubled zones of West Bengal. Photo: UNI The TMC may...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

There is a plan

~By Dilip Bobb   This government has a unique way of creating a feel-good atmosphere. In Chinese military schools, it is described as the art of...
The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE Systems

Supreme Court may agree to reopen Bofors payoffs case, says BJP leader

Above: The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE...
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar wins trust vote, seals his position

Above: Nitish Kumar being greeted by JD(U) and BJP legislators on his arrival at the Bihar assembly to attend the special session on Friday As...
Nitish Kumar resign as bihar CM

Nitish resigns as Bihar CM

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar quit as Bihar Chief Minister on Wednesday evening following a weeks-long tussle with alliance partner Lalu Prasad-led RJD over corruption...
Kiran Bedi administering the oath to three MLAs nominated by the BJP

Tug-of-War Tightens!

Above: L-G of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi administering the oath to three MLAs nominated by the BJP, upsetting the chief minister and the Speaker. Photo:...

Inciting hate: After its natl spokesperson, BJP’s IT cell secy in WB held for...

Above: Photo Courtesy Twitter The long arm of law has finally started reaching out to the instigators of communal violence in West Bengal.  A...
Are EVMs Sitting Ducks?

Are EVMs Sitting Ducks?

Above: Under the paper-ballot system, voters could check the accuracy of the ballot paper, candidate’s name and symbol. Under the electronic voting system, they...
Non-Performing Assets: Naming and Shaming

Non-Performing Assets: Naming and Shaming

Above Illustration: Anthony Lawrence The government has decided to use the 2016 Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to tackle the bad debt of banks and declare...
Vice-Presidential election on August 5

Vice-Presidential election on August 5

Above: The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr Nasim Zaidi along with the Election Commissioners, AK Joti and OP Rawat addressing the press conference to announce...
Meira Kumar files nomination papers

Meira Kumar files nomination papers

Above: Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar filing her nomination to Lok Sabha Secretary General at Parliament house, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: UNI...
Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

With the Gandhi scion likely to take over the presidentship in October, it waits to be seen if he can enthuse party workers and...
GST: Taxing Times Ahead

GST: Taxing Times Ahead

Above: Many people think GST is good in theory but will be chaotic in practice Is the new tax regime introduced by the government a...
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind. Photo: UNI

BJP names rank outsider Kovind as its Presidential candidate

The NDA has selected a rank outsider, so to say, to be its Presidential candidate. BJP president Amit Shah named Bihar governor Ram Nath...
Picture Courtesy: UNI

Lalu’s Son in Dock: IT Issues Notice to Attach Property of Tejaswi Yadav

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar probably made the right political move by sending out positive vibes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP....
Press Club to hold Protest Meet on June 9 on the Recent Raids at NDTV

Press Club to hold Protest Meet on June 9 on the Recent Raids at...

Journalists from the entire spectrum of media have been angered by the sudden CBI raids at the NDTV holding company office and at the...
Tamil Nadu’s Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan inaugurates a cleanliness drive organised by the RSS in Dharmapuri. Photo: dailythanthi.com

Will the Lotus Bloom in TN?

BJP is slowly and surely making its moves in Tamil Nadu, and the release of Dinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, recently will only add to the...
Prannoy Roy

NDTV proves loan repaid in full, while Naidu, Swamy barely hide their glee at...

The BJP is coming up with comments regarding the raids on the NDTV promoters’ house and office that, read in the right perspective, are...
BJP leader LK Advani, flanked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, at a VVIP guest house in Lucknow before appearing in the special CBI court in the Babri case. Photo: UNI

What are the charges against Babri accused?

The special CBI court in Lucknow framed charges against BJP stalwarts LK Advani, MM Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and a host of other...
Outrageous Demand

Outrageous Demand

The BJP-RSS push to impose the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in violence-prone Kannur is more a strategic move to put the...
IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

A “major setback” for Congress claim BJP leaders The Delhi High Court on May 12 ruled that income tax officials can investigate the documents of The National Herald newspaper. The...
Mistrust and despair have pushed schoolgirls to protest on the streets. Photo: UNI

The Witches’ Brew

As the Valley goes up in flames and teeters on the edge of a precipice, experts are urging a reluctant centre to hold talks...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Journalists as Spies There’s a new spy versus spy game in town and the main beneficiaries are not spooks but scoops, or at least those...
The new population policy in Assam wants to ensure a two-child norm across the state. Photo: UNI

Assam: Two is the New Norm

The state government’s attempt to curb the number of children its citizens can have is being seen as a move to reduce Bangladeshi settlers...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Peter Mukerjea, one of the prime accused in the murder of his step-daughter, Sheena Bora, holds anchor Arnab Goswami responsible for his current woes....

BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION CASE: INDIA LEGAL LEADS AGAIN

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal was a step ahead of the curve in the denouement of the Babri Masjid demolition case in the Supreme Court...
Babri Masjid

Babri demolition: Advani, Joshi, Bharati ordered back in the dock by SC

Kalyan Singh will be tried as soon as he loses immunity as governor ~By Sujit BharThe Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 19) struck a major...
(L-R) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath feeds cows; VHP activists in a buoyant and strident mood in Kolkata. Photos: UNI

The Cow Card

A petition on increasing communal vigilantism led the Supreme Court to issue notices to six states. Can the government afford to turn a blind...
(L-R) A TV grab shows a Kashmiri youth assaulting a CRPF Jawan; a Kashmiri man tied to the hood of an army jeep as ‘protection’

Unfrozen Turbulence

Only someone who has travelled in Kashmir can understand the enormity of the disaster unfolding in the Valley  ~By Dilip Bobb Two videos that have gone...
VHP International’s working president Pravin Togadia performing Gau puja. Photo: UNI

Cow slaughter: Legal Labyrinth

Most states have legislation in place to tackle cow slaughter and they were all made before the BJP came to power in 2014   ~By Parsa...
Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

~By Sujit Bhar As the CBI ended its submission on the high profile December 6, 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case on March 6, the Supreme...
The slaughterhouse controversy was given to the new government on a platter. The UP CM gave it a political spin. Photo: UNI

Meatless in BJP’s UP

The problem of slaughterhouses was simmering long before the new government acted peremptorily in the matter. Now that it has dirtied its hands, it...
Firebrand Adityanath emerges UP CM

Firebrand Adityanath emerges UP CM

In what seems a victory for the RSS over the BJP in a post-poll victory tussle, the firebrand Yogi Adityanath was on March 18...
Manohar Parrikar with Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari at his oath-taking as Goa’s CM. Photo: www.BJP.org

Farcical Play

The Supreme Court refuses to accept the Congress’ plea that the governor of a state is bound to invite the single largest party in...
Prime Minister Modi will use the assembly election victory to fulfil the promises he made in 2014. Photo: UNI

BJP Sweep, Now What?

With the saffron tsunami taking a firm hold after the UP polls, what is the way ahead for the party? Will it push agendas...
WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

By Inderjit Badhwar Even though I travelled extensively in several parts of UP’s bellwether constituencies during the state elections, I got it mostly wrong because...
Verdict 2017

BJP crosses 300 in UP; Congress grabs Punjab

The BJP wave grew into a tsunami and threw all calculations awry. Once considered a small challenger, the saffron party emerged the biggest victor...
Sometimes, misinformation works better than facts: Akhilesh

Misinformation works better than facts: Akhilesh Yadav

A despondent UP chief minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav held a press conference around 5pm on March 11. Yadav seemed to have been hit hard...
Celebrations at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

BJP virtually sure of 300 in UP; Congress sure of Punjab

Even as the BJP tsunami swept over Uttar Pradesh and leading in Manipur even, with Goa still in the balance as the clock struck 2:10pm on...
(L-R) Anila Singh, Mohsin Raza

“A Vote for change”

BJP spokespersons articulated the party’s position vis-a-vis the huge victory it is heading towards. Talking as guests at APN News, UP’s top news channel,...
Verdict 2017

Saffron wave in UP, Hand wave in Punjab

UTTAR PRADESH The colour of Holi this year is just one: saffron. So it seems as the Uttar Pradesh results started coming in. all exit...
Verdict 2017

BJP sweeps UP assembly polls 2017

Uttar Pradesh The wave was not expected. Or maybe it was. Uttar Pradesh has been saffronised. In the latest update, as of six minutes to...
There are no protocols on the social media. There is a perverse sense of a level-playing field, where it is not necessary to argue

The New Enforcers

Hecklers turn into troll terrorists in a free-for-all war in cyberspace that occupied excessive media attention ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao JrTwenty-year-old Gurmehar has had enough...
(L-R) With Narendra Modi as PM, ABVP is feeling empowered; FM Arun Jaitley’s recent comments on campus protests show that the government is supporting ABVP

Regaining Lost Ground

With the BJP’s massive victory in the 2014 general elections, right-wing forces have emerged stronger than ever before and are pushing contrarian views ~By...
Jawaharlal Nehru speaking in parliament. Photo: Wikimedia

Fear of freedom

The first constitutional amendment in 1951 placed restrictions on freedom of speech but India as a mature democracy should be able to face up...
India Legal Show

India Legal show debates poll promises

As political parties talk about freebies during election speeches, India Legal show takes a call on whether such practices are legal With assembly elections in...
Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Should Budget be postponed?

Political parties opposed to the BJP fear that the sops announced may favour the party in the assembly polls commencing from February 4. But...
The charred remains of a living room of a house in Dhulagarh after the December 12 riots. Photo: YouTube

Dhulagarh in a ‘Storm’

Is dirty politics muddying waters in this so far insignificant Bengal town?  By Sujit BharBarely 28 km from Kolkata is the town of Dhulagarh...
A facebook post by BJP publicising the party’s victory in recent Chandigarh municipal polls. Photo: Facebook

Decoding BJP’s surprise sweep in Chandigarh

Was the Municipal Corporation victory an endorsement of demonetization as BJP claims? By Vipin Pubby in ChandigarhThe BJP, which registered an emphatic victory in the elections...
Hardik Patel being welcomed by supporters on arrival at his hometown Viramgam, after his release from Lajpore Central Jail in Surat, this year

Gujarat: BJP Blunders On

A new political axis has emerged in this state as OBCs, Dalits, Muslims and Patidars join hands to take on a government that seems...
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav at a rath yatra in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

UP’s Modern Kurukshetra

As this crucial state goes to the polls next year, political parties gear up for a royal fight in the face of demonetization, caste...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...
The dilapidated SYL Canal at Ropar, Punjab. Photo: The Indian Express

SYL’s Choppy Waters

While the apex court has ruled in favor of Haryana and not Punjab in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute, it is sure to...
Illustration: UdayShankar

The Arnab Effect

  By Dilip Bobb   He’s still around but that foppish new hairstyle says that he’s parting ways with Times Now. As he told his colleagues in...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, at Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak ties: Handling a Hot Potato

Despite strident calls for action against our belligerent neighbour, Modi has realized that this is easier said than done. Deft handling and tightening security...
Men load a cow onto a truck in the Jantar Mantar area of New Delhi

Milking the Cow

Way back in the fifties, the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on cattle slaughter would seriously affect some occupations. But today, we are...
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore (photo: UNI); The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh showcases the architecture designed by Le Corbusier

Chandigarh: Back to Governor’s Rule

The center’s decision to appoint an independent administrator for Chandigarh saw political parties up in arms as they demanded control be restored with Raj...
BSP activists protesting against the derogatory remarks made by BJP leader Dayashankar Singh. Photo: UNI

Dalits fighting for rights

While Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel was the first casualty of their anger, the next year’s polls in Uttar Pradesh will prove the final clincher By...
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Losing The West

The Mamata Banerjee government recently decided to change the name of West Bengal to only “Bengal” in English and calling it only “Bangla” or...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa; Photo credit: Lovely Professional University

Do We Need Governors?

Should this gubernatorial post be abolished considering how Article 356 was misused in Arunachal and Uttarakhandc, so much so that the Supreme Court had...
Supreme-Court

SC sets the record straight on defamation

Upset over the wrong interpretation of its verdict on criminal defamation, the Supreme Court has clarified that it would have no bearing on the...
AS Dulast I

“Money Has Been There In The Kashmiri DNA”

Amarjit Singh Dulat provoked a hornet’s nest both within the ruling BJP and the Opposition with his book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years. He is...
Babri Masjid

Was Narasimha Rao responsible for Babri masjid?

Vinay Sitapati recounts the events leading up December 6, 1992, and tries to absolve Prime Minister Narasimha Rao of complicity with right-wing parties in...

A Thunderbolt from the Supreme Court

Chief Justice Thakur should rightly be proud of his brothers who, despite attacks on “judicial activism”, are safeguarding this republic from the dangers of becoming...

Cult of Violence

The June 2 mayhem which left 29 dead shows how political patronage can embolden a self-proclaimed cult and its leaders to occupy public property,...

RSS-affiliation rule likely to be scrapped by govt

By India Legal Bureau It will perhaps be no longer mandatory for those taking up government jobs to give it in writing that they are...

SC reserves its judgment in Jaya case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgement in the disproportionate assets case related to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and others. The Karnataka...

Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has...

New Delhi/ Imphal: Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has now shifted from Imphal to the national...

Gulbarg massacre verdict after 14 years… 24 convicted, 36 acquitted

A Special SIT court in Ahmedabad convicted 24 people and acquitted 36 others on Thursday in the Gulbarg Society massacre case of 2002 that...

Sonowal takes oath as first BJP CM: His list of to-do’s a daunting one

Sarbananda Sonowal’s swearing in ceremony was a grand affair with BJP supporters coming in from different parts of the state. Sonowal is the first...

Mahanta as Governor/Speaker?

Accommodating alliance partners is always a major problem following an election, particularly is those are someone like former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Mahanta. To discuss these...

Letter From The Editor:- Uttarakhand: JUDICIAL SHOCK AND AWE

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the ruling party’s most prominent national face after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Amit Shah, and arguably also its...

The Slippery Ground of Quotas

On April 30, the High Court struck down the MP Public Service Promotion Rules, 2002, thereby annulling promotions based on reservations. This has struck...

Harish Rawat Wins Uttarakhand Assembly Floor Test; Centre Announces Rollback of President’s Rule

At sharp 10 AM, a sealed packet with the results of yesterday’s floor test reached Supreme Court, and the Judge was presented with the...

Supreme Court Suggests Floor Test In Uttarakhand Assembly; Centre To Respond On May 4th

The Supreme Court of India has suggested floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly while posting the matter for further hearings to May 4. A division bench...

BJP not to set up candidate for Tura By-poll

By our special correspondent Shillong: The BJP has decided to support the Nationalist Poeples’ Party (NPP) candidate, Conrad Sangma (son of late PA Sangma) to...

MC Mary Kom to replace Prof Mrinal Miri in Rajya Sabha

By our special correspondent Shillong: MC Mary Kom, India’s best known woman pugilist and Olympic bronze medal winner has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha...

President’s Rule To Continue In Uttarakhand Till April 27th As Supreme Court Stays High...

In a huge blow To Congress and a big relief for BJP, Supreme Court bench headed by Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh...

Kerala’s Deadly Inferno

With more than 110 dead in the Putingal fireworks explosion and scores injured, will these illegal festivities be stopped or continue to pander to...

Youngsters’ security at stake while playing Dahi Handi competition: SC

The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition arguing setting of height limit for Dahi Handi ritual during Janamashtmi to 20 feet, saying that there...

Stinging the Trinamool Congress

A video of a sting operation showing some TMC leaders accepting bribes has led to three PILs being filed in Calcutta High Court and...
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Delhi HC asks MCD to release February salary of sanitation workers

With the previous deadline of March 21 drawing to a close, the Delhi High Court today asked the MCD to ensure that sanitation workers...

UDF’s Waterloo

The unfolding solar scam in Kerala has put the ruling UDF and chief minister Oommen Chandy on the defensive. With assembly polls in May,...

Gaining by Default?

With the SP’s administrative inefficiency in UP and the Modi magic fading at the center, will low-profile Mayawati be the ultimate gainer in UP’s...

Anatomy of a Suicide

The death of Dalit PhD student, Rohith Vemula, has shown how the HRD ministry under the stewardship of Smriti Irani has interfered in minor...

Mamma Mia!

While the proposed amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act have been welcomed, will the private sector find them financially viable or will it be...

Dark Clouds

The BJP-led center’s move to impose President’s rule in Congress-led Arunachal Pradesh may derail the upcoming Budget Session with the opposition rallying behind the...

No More BULL

The recent stay by the Supreme Court on the center’s notification lifting the ban on Jallikattu has given a breather to bulls. But for...

Dynasty’s Roulette

With the Congress ruling in just nine states, it would seem that the might of the Gandhi family is over. But in politics, one...

Another One Bites the Dust

After the Delhi and Bihar poll debacles, the BJP had to contend with a poor showing in Gujarat’s local elections. Not only did it...
Narendra Modi In Parliament

Salve after Mindless Salvos

Home Minister Rajnath Singh set the tone and tenor of the debate on day one. He paid tributes to Ambedkar, Patel and Nehru but soon strayed into familiar Hindutva-RSS territory.

Is Modi’s El Dorado at hand?

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]The Delhi elections make the union budget even more crucial. It’ll test whether Modi can keep his promise of a new...

Capital challenge

The BJP’s strategy for national and state polls might not succeed in the national capital. Neither caste nor anti-incumbency work here By Mantosh Sharma After...

Goa’s common man

This tiny state’s first-ever cabinet minister has many similarities with Modi. His performance as CM provides a salutary lesson in what to expect from...

Najma Muslimatics

The minister’s statement shows an abysmal misreadings not only of the constitution but also of own party’s manifesto.  By Jagdish Sagar   Najma Heptullah, the new minister...

India’s Hour of Shame

Ultimately, the rape and hanging of two minor girls in Katra, Badaun, that has provoked worldwide outrage, is the result of a systemic rot....

'BJP' - 222 News Results

Removal of loudspeakers from religious places: Delhi HC raps petitioner for non-filing of rejoinder

Another Setback for WB BJP As SC says No To Loudspeakers at Rallies

In yet another setback for the BJP, the Supreme Court has rejected the party’s plea for permission to use loudspeakers and microphones for public...

DURBAR

Foreign Kudos for Priyanka Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into national politics from the Congress party has not only made national headlines but also caught the...
(L-R) BJP president Amit Shah and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Supreme Court Deflates BJP Rath, No Yatra For Shah And Party Through West Bengal

In a major setback for the BJP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday did not give any relief to the BJP in its quest to...
Amit Shah

Calcutta HC Waves the Green Flag for Amit Shah’s Rath Yatra In West Bengal

The BJP received a shot in the arm on Thursday as the Calcutta High Court allowed the party to hold three rath yatras in...

MEDIA WATCH

Scoop-master’s Voice His Master’s Voice, which is now the commonly used nickname to describe Arnab Goswami’s  Republic TV which out-foxes America’s  Fox TV in its ...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

Above: Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi with farmers from Tamil Nadu during a protest demonstration seeking loan waivers in New Delhi in March this...

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...

Score 3-0 as MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh reject BJP and opt for Congress

If the results that were out on Tuesday of the elections to the five state assemblies are taken a barometer for the 2019 Lok...
Modi’s decision to go in for a desperate remedy of pulling out 86 per cent of cash from the hands of the people was bound to set off a fierce debate. Photo: UNI

PM Modi Is Mum As BJP Takes A Battering In Assembly Polls

As early trends indicated a battering for the BJP led NDA in the elections to five state assemblies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi withheld comment...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

Huge Setback For BJP in Curtain Raiser to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

If the initial trends in the results of the elections to the five state assemblies are a barometer for the 2019 Lok Sabha, the...

Delhi Durbar

The Kashmir Conundrum For once, the BJP seems to have been caught flat footed. Mehbooba Mufti, traditional rival Omar Abdullah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi...

Delhi Durbar

The Other Ananth The death of BJP leader Ananth Kumar elicited a flood of tributes to his personality and contribution to public life, except for...

Centre submits affidavit on the Rafale aircraft deal in Supreme Court

Responding to the Supreme Court’s direction during the last hearing on the controversial issue, the Centre has submitted an affidavit on the Rafale aircraft...

Outdated Laws: Old is Not Gold

Above: AISA activists raising slogans during their march to Parliament for the release of then JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in New Delhi (file pic)/Photo:UNI The...

DELHI DURBAR

Uncaged Parrot The chaos that the government has sunk the CBI into is likely to aggravate in the coming months. The Supreme Court, on November...

DESPERATELY SEEKING CONGRESS

By Inderjit Badhwar Actually, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political party needs no external icon in order to give itself more credibility or acceptability. The Bharatiya...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Above: Prime Minister Modi with prominent Lingayat leaders at a function in Belagavi, Karnataka The demand for a religious minority tag by Lingayats caste is...
National Register of Citizens: Foreign Hand

National Register of Citizens: Foreign Hand

Above: The influx of outsiders threatens the Tripuri way of life and culture/Photo: UNI After Assam, many in Tripura are asking the apex court to...
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DELHI DURBAR

INTERNAL RELATIONS Despite his aggressive approach and filing of a defamation suit ag­ainst one of his many accusers, Mobashar Jawed Akbar, the external affairs minister...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Cross-border Strategy When in doubt, attack Pakistan. The BJP, faced with rising anger from farmers, the unemployed and other sections, has adoped that fail-safe strategy...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

THE RAJAN HIT LIST The BJP has made its fight against corruption the cornerstone of its poll campaign and outreach to the voting public. That...
The 50 Year Itch

The 50 Year Itch

~By Dilip Bobb Amit Shah has caused serious birthing pangs in political circles with his boastful promise that the BJP will rule for the next...
Passing the Buck

Passing the Buck

Two days after the landmark Supreme Court judgment that decriminalised homosexuality, one of the more eloquent judges on that bench, Justice DY Chandrachud, expressed...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
When Democracy Dies an Easy Death...

When Democracy Dies an Easy Death…

The BJP’s art of labelling has termed dissent anti-national, pro-communist, terrorist and Maoist. Patriotism is a uniform that only the BJP can don with...
What’s the Hurry?

What’s the Hurry?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies continues to hog the headlines as India inches closer...
Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Stating there are hindrances to any endeavours to institute a uniform civil code, Law Commission favours reforms within existing personal and...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

The Axeman Cometh The Chandigarh-based newspaper, The Tribune, is currently witnessing an unprecedented bloodbath with over a dozen editorial employees sacked and some more on...
Riots Cases: The Caste Card Again

Riots Cases: The Caste Card Again

Above: With the opposition likely to unite, Yogi Adityanath will have to depend on vote polarisation to turn the tide in the BJP’s favour/Photo:...
VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

~By Inderjit Badhwar To run this vast and diverse land, its leaders need not have 56-inch chests, but hearts as large as the universe. In their...
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Former Indian Prime Minister and the most admired Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical...
supreme court

West Bengal elections case hearing adjourned to Aug 16

The hearing on the case about the recent West Bengal panchayat elections in which the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the BJP have...
NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

Above: The Khir Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal, J&K, was completely safe even though the BJP had claimed that it was "completely burnt" ~By Inderjit Badhwar That...
Hearing on Article 35A: Justice Chandrachud unavailable, SC adjourns matter to August 27

Hearing on Article 35A: Justice Chandrachud unavailable, SC adjourns matter to August 27

The apex court on Monday (August 6) adjourned the hearing of the plea challenging the validity of Article 35A in Jammu & Kashmir to...
Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Above: Members of Dalit organisations have staged nationwide protests against the apex court’s verdict diluting the SC/ST Act/Photo: UNI Relentless protests by Dalit groups and...
INDIA ON TEST

INDIA ON TEST

~By Inderjit Badhwar Our cover story focuses this week on what could be the biggest human rights issue the nation has faced since it gained...
Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Above: Kerala BJP Mahila Morcha protesting against S Hareesh’s novel/Photo: twitter Rightwingers force a major Malayalam magazine to withdraw the serialisation of a novel...
Satire: The Great Indian TV Debate on Pakistan Elections

Officer’s Choice

By Dilip Bobb At some easily identifiable Indian television channels, coverage of Pakistan always ranges between hysterical and hyper-national, and oftentimes incoherent. Which is why...
Hardik Patel

Hardik Patel sent to 2 years in jail for vandalizing MLA office during Patidar...

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samity founder Hardik Patel has finally had to succumb to the law. A Visnagar court in Gujarat has sentenced him to...
The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

Pioneering Spirit The sidelining of party stalwart LK Advani by the Narendra Modi dispensation has its indirect negatives, and one surfaced last week with the...
Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

In an unusual gesture, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday (July 20) hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after slamming BJP-led government during the no...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

As the Supreme Court re-opened, on Monday (July 2), following its annual 44-day-long summer vacation, Chief Justice Dipak Misra expressed his displeasure at the...
CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor

Raj Bhavan Row in Tamil Nadu: Governor’s Reign

Above: CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor The constant tussle between TN governor Banwarilal Purohit and the...
Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter

Judges in Politics

Above: Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter Former chief justices and judges have often ventured into...
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Media Watch

Two of a kind This is the most bizarre manifestation of the BJP’s Sampark for Samarthan campaign: the party’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra meeting Republic...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

SANGUINE ON SRINAGAR Opposition leaders have been handed an Eid gift in the form of the BJP’s decision to impose Governor’s Rule and break with...
BJP MLA approaches Delhi HC seeking end of strike by Delhi CM Kejriwal

BJP MLA approaches Delhi HC seeking end of strike by Delhi CM Kejriwal

Above: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta BJP MLA Vijender Gupta on Monday (June 18) approached Delhi High Court seeking an order to end strike by...
Bypoll Results: Saffron Singed

Bypoll Results: Saffron Singed

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The BJP’s crushing defeat against a united Opposition in the recent...
“Judges Should Speak Inside the Court Not Outside”

“Judges Should Speak Inside the Court Not Outside”

Above: Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde (centre) flanked by Pradeep Rai, senior advocate, Supreme Court (second from left); Rajshri Rai, editor-in-chief, APN News...
A PUNCH IN THE SNOUT

A PUNCH IN THE SNOUT

~By Inderjit Badhwar On June 1, 2018, a day after the BJP received a political drubbing in the bypolls across India, The Indian Express carried...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Media: Manufacturing Consent

~By Dilip Bobb Back in 1988, Noam Chomsky co-authored a book titled Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.  The book laid down five filters...
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala (right) administering the oath to HD Kumaraswamy at the swearing-in ceremony

Karnataka: Rocky Road Ahead

Above: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala (right) administering the oath to HD Kumaraswamy at the swearing-in ceremony Considering that the JD(S) and the Congress fought each...
THANK YOU, FATHER

THANK YOU, FATHER

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Reliance on Media With his acquisition of the Network 18 group in 2014 from Raghav Bahl, which included a bouquet of channels, including CNN-IBN, CNBC...
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s JD (S)-Congress coalition wins floor test as BJP walks out

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s JD (S)-Congress coalition wins floor test as BJP walks out

After Yeddyurappa’s resignation, another embarrassment for BJP as its candidate for Speaker’s post withdraws nomination, Congress nominee elected unanimously Amid fears of cross-voting and poaching...
Failing to shore up majority, Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of floor test

Failing to shore up majority, Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of floor test

After days of vociferous claims that the BJP would prove its majority on the floor of the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha, chief minister BS Yeddyurappa...
Jethmalani comes out of retirement, seeks CJI’s nod to appear in Karnataka poll case

Jethmalani comes out of retirement, seeks CJI’s nod to appear in Karnataka poll case

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani terms Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form a government a gross abuse of power There’s no...
BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM after SC refuses to stay his swearing-in

BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM after SC refuses to stay his swearing-in

BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa took oath at 9 am on Thursday, May 17, just as he had claimed. The decks for Yeddyurappa  were cleared after an unexpected hearing at...
Karnataka Natak: The Game Has Only Begun

Karnataka Natak: The Game Has Only Begun

By swearing-in BS Yeddyurappa as chief minister, Governor Vajubhai Vala has given the BJP a chance for rampant horse trading but is a larger...
CHANGING TIMES - India Legal

CHANGING TIMES

~By Inderjit Badhwar That the invocation of Karnataka Pride should have become a focal point during the surcharged election campaign should hardly come as a...
Rajasthan government employees at a workshop on education/Photo: UNI

Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act: Sluggish Sarkar

Above: Rajasthan government employees at a workshop on education/Photo: UNI Though Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act was enacted in 2011 to make governance...
Centre removes AFSPA from Meghalaya, some regions of Arunachal

Centre removes AFSPA from Meghalaya, some regions of Arunachal

A month and-a-half after a BJP-backed alliance took over the rule of Meghalaya with Conrad Sangma as chief minister, and 27 years after it...

Case withdrawals by UP government: Hall of Infamy

Above: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati/Photo: UNI The UP government’s attempt to withdraw criminal cases against its politicians has revealed the moral vacuum and lawlessness prevalent in...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

NO, Sarkar! The news and current affairs channel NDTV 24X7, run by Prannoy and Radhika Roy, has never been a favourite watch for the...
Former BJP Minister Sinha

Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Former Finance Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has had a running battle with his party over several issues – his battle with...
AMBEDKAR'S DIRE WARNING

AMBEDKAR’S DIRE WARNING

~By Inderjit Badhwar BhimRao Ambedkar is once again the political flavour of the season. As Dalit agitations flare up across the nation, highlighting the dilution...
Unnao rape case: Allahabad HC reserves verdict; final judgment tomorrow

Unnao rape case: Allahabad HC reserves verdict; final judgment tomorrow

Above: BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, facing rape charges,arrived at the Chief Ministers office,  in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI The Allahabad High...
Calcutta High Court

Calcutta HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

While the Calcutta High Court on Thursday (April 12) ordered that the violence-torn panchayat poll process in West Bengal be stayed till further orders, it also...
Supreme Court throws out West Bengal BJP demand to oversee state panchayat elections

Supreme Court throws out West Bengal BJP demand to oversee state panchayat elections

Above: BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha, BJP leader and party's panchayat  election committee convenor Mukul Roy with the supporters sit in demonstration in front of...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Bengal panchayat elections: SC to hear BJP complaint on nominees not allowed to file...

The matter of panchayat elections in West Bengal, the BJP has reached the Supreme Court with allegations that their candidates are not being allowed...
TDP MPs demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh at Parliament House in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo: UNI

THE WISDOM OF FLEXIBILITY

~By Inderjit Badhwar Andhra Pradesh supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has all but called it quits with his alliance partner, the BJP, over the issue of...
PostCard News founder M V Hegde arrested for spreading fake news that instigates communal flare-ups - India Legal

PostCard News founder M V Hegde arrested for spreading fake news that instigates communal...

The founder of online news portal, PostCard News Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested on Thursday (March 29) on charges of spreading spurious and communally...
(Clockwise from top left) Renowned historian Romila Thapar, British archaeologist the late Mortimer Wheeler and renowned historian Irfan Habib

HISTORY AT YOUR SERVICE?

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Renowned historian Romila Thapar, British archaeologist the late Mortimer Wheeler and renowned historian Irfan Habib   ~By Inderjit Badhwar Ever since...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Political Funding: The Foreign Hand

An amendment to the FCRA Act, 2010 will allow political parties to receive foreign funds without scrutiny. Is it another step towards the opacity...
The Delhi High Court

BJP MLA asks why AAP’s Gahlot is still in Assembly despite being disqualified; Delhi...

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta has moved the Delhi High Court against the ruling Aam Aadmi Party for allowing disqualified member Kailash Gahlot to attend...
Yogi Adityanath

Adityanath govt initiates process to withdraw 131 Muzaffarnagar riots cases: Reports

Communal riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli towns of UP in 2013 leading to the murder of 60 Muslims, at least four BJP...
Sushma Swaraj

Held hostage by ISIS in Iraq, all 39 Indians killed: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informs Parliament that 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq in 2014 have been killed, mass grave found...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in traditional Naga gear at the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland/Photo: UNI

Cultural Challenge

The Indian Constitution has special provisions for the protection of the cultural identities, customs, and economic and political interests of the original inhabitants of...
Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies CJI

Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies...

Swamy moves in with a petition, sits despite protests The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul...
IT’S RAINING LENINS ALL THE TIME

IT’S RAINING LENINS ALL THE TIME

~By Inderjit Badhwar It is ironical indeed that Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Bolshevik-ruled state of the erstwhile Soviet Union, should meet his...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Deal with the Dragon For the Indian government to take the unprecedented step of putting pressure on the Dalai Lama to cancel multiple events connected...
attacks on cpi(m) cadres in Tripura after BJP voted to power

Attacks on CPI(M) cadres in Tripura after BJP voted to power

Soon after the BJP snatched a poll victory bringing to an end the 25-year CPI(M) rule in Tripura, the state erupted in violence with...
Conrad Sangma to be Meghalaya CM, BJP to join ruling alliance

Conrad Sangma to be Meghalaya CM, BJP to join ruling alliance

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav In scenario reminiscent of Manipur and Goa elections, despite emerging as the single largest party, Congress loses the number game for...
Live-Stream Proposal: An Attempt at Transparency?

An Attempt at Transparency?

Above: Delhi’s L-G Anil Baijal has written to CM Arvind Kejriwal, saying the alleged assault has hurt bureaucracy’s morale/Photo: UNI The Kejriwal government’s tussle with...
Punjab CM’s Son-in-Law: A Case of Vendetta Politics

A Case of Vendetta Politics?

Above: The CBI has filed a case against Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd whose deputy general manager is the CM Amarinder Singh’s son-in-law/Photo: newsheads.in In a shocking...

Television Noose

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The tyranny of TRPs had changed the entire edifice on which television news was built on. It...
Hung assemblies in Nagaland and Meghalaya hold out hopes for a BJP on the upswing

Hung assemblies in Nagaland and Meghalaya hold out hopes for a BJP on the...

Having swept Tripura, the BJP had made significant gains in Nagaland and Meghalaya, the other two states where assembly elections were held last month...
Karti Chidambaram arrested by CBI at Chennai airport, produced before magistrate at Patiala House Court

Karti Chidambaram arrested by CBI at Chennai airport, produced before magistrate at Patiala House...

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's Son Karti Chidambaram, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai on Wednesday (February...

The Big Fight

The Congress is battling to retain power in the last big state under its rule even as the BJP tries to revive its victory...
Supreme Court cancels all mining and fishing leases in Goa; calls for fresh auction

Supreme Court annuls all mining and fishing leases in Goa

Top court says no more work after March 15; fresh auctions, leases have to be made with environment in mind Decreeing on a writ petition by...
BJP president Amit Shah leads a public meeting at Ambasa, 70 km east of Agartala/Photo: UNI

Uphill Challenge

Above: BJP president Amit Shah leads a public meeting at Ambasa, 70 km east of Agartala/Photo: UNI With polls due in three states in the...
Self-styled cow vigilantes have claimed nearly 30 lives in the past four years of BJP rule/Photo: UNI

On the Horns of a Dilemma

Above: Self-styled cow vigilantes have claimed nearly 30 lives in the past four years of BJP rule/Photo: UNI Though the apex court has issued contempt...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Friendly Faces After much criticism of his reluctance to have any press conferences or interviews with the media in the last three years, the Prime...
Aam Aadmi Party: Election Commission of India’s thunderbolt

AAP: EC’s Thunderbolt

In a shocking development, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, who retires on January 23, recommended the disqualification of 20 MLAs of this party for...
Narendra Modi

Modi govt relaxes FDI rules, will allow foreign airlines to invest in Air India

Union Cabinet grants it nod to proposal for allowing 100 per cent FDI through automatic route in single brand retail trade sector, caps FDI...
Pragya Singh Thakur will now face less stringent charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case

Protecting the Lawless

Above: Pragya Singh Thakur will now face less stringent charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case Ordering the dropping of charges against Yogi Adityanath...
Muslim women protesting against the controversial provisions of the triple talaq Bill in New Delhi on Jan 4, 2018. Photo: UNI

The Politics of Triple Talaq Bill

The slug-fest over Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill ended temporarily with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned but the battle-lines are firmly...
RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

RS adjourned again without discussion on anti-triple talaq Bill

With consensus evading on the passage of the Bill, Opposition likely to force Centre on sending the legislation to a Rajya Sabha select panel For...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid Opposition protests With...
Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

The Bill, which seeks to make talaq-e-biddat a cognisable offence punishable with a three year jail term for the husband was passed by a...
Ban on display of non-vegetarian food: Not for sentiments, but hygiene, says BJP Councilor

Ban on display of non-vegetarian food: Not for sentiments, but hygiene, says BJP Councilor

The juicy chicken and mutton kebabs, shawarmas, tikkas and other meat delicacies hanging outside eateries beside the roads of Hauz Khas, New Friend’s Colony,...
Govt introduces Bil to ban instant triple talaq in Lok Sabha, Owaisi protests

Govt introduces Bil to ban instant triple talaq in Lok Sabha, Owaisi protests

While PM Narendra Modi has appealed to Opposition parties to support the Bill, Congress party, Asaduddin Owaisi oppose the move to criminalise talaq-e-biddat Union minister...
Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, inducts 19 ministers

Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM, inducts 19 ministers

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, central ministers and chief ministers of all NDA ruled states  Days after his re-nomination was...
Virbhadra

Virbhadra’s LIC agent’s bail plea to be decided on December 23

Above: Virbhadra Singh In the disproportionate assets case the Patiala House Court of Delhi has reserved its verdict on the bail application of Himachal...
Amit Shah

Defeat for politics of appeasement, says Shah

It was a decision that had already been made. Around 4pm on Monday (December 18), with the BJP having already won 68 seats and leading in 31...
Election trends BJP leads

Victory margins of BJP candidates in Gujarat show sharp decline

Although the BJP is set to retain hold of Gujarat, the victory margin of a majority of BJP heavyweights has shrunk while the...
Father-son pair of Virbhadra and Vikramaditya leading, Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing

Father-son pair of Virbhadra and Vikramaditya leading, Prem Kumar Dhumal trailing

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is leading from the Arki constituency. Virbhadra had left his traditional Shimla (Rural) seat in favour of his...
Rahul Gandhi

In maiden speech as Congress president, Rahul hits out at Modi, BJP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi says Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking India back to medieval ages; BJP spreading fire of violence across India  Two days ahead...
Will Modi declare how Amit Shah became BJP president, asks Congress

Will Modi declare how Amit Shah became BJP president, asks Congress

Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for criticising election of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president With Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
BJP emerges clear winner in UP civic polls but there are warning signs

BJP emerges clear winner in UP civic polls but there are warning signs

Above: BJP workers celebrating the landslide victory of the party in civic polls, at the party office in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In the noise about...
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI

BJP member’s PIL against Rahul Gandhi and his SPG protection thrown out by Delhi...

Above: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI   Yet another politically motivated PIL was been thrown out by the court...
Former Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy meeting BJP leaders after joining BJP, in New Delhi (file picture).Photo: UNI

Mukul Roy phone tapping: Delhi HC asks govt to file reply in sealed cover

Above: Former Trinamool Congress MP  Mukul Roy  meeting BJP leaders  after joining BJP, in New Delhi (file picture).Photo: UNI Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the...
(L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing an election rally at Kosamba Village Ground, in Valsad district. Photo: UNI

EC finds the use of word ‘Pappu’ in BJP media campaign derogatory, blocks it

Above: (L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing  an election rally at...
Voter turnout crosses 70 % in Himachal, fate of Virbhadra, Dhumal hangs in balance

Voter turnout crosses 70 % in Himachal, fate of Virbhadra, Dhumal hangs in balance

Assembly poll result to be declared on December 18 along with those for the Gujarat Assembly Over 70 per cent voter turnout was reported from Himachal Pradesh...
Kamal Haasan

Right wing radicals call for Kamal Haasan’s head

Soon after Tamil film star Kamal Haasan said that there were Hindu terrorists as well, a right wing extremist group has asked for his...
A grab of the website of People’s democracy

BJP protecting the corrupt, promoting black money, says CPI(M)

Above: A grab of the website of People’s democracy Contrary to the BJP’s claim of being anti-black money, the CPM has accused the saffron...
Vinod Verma

Journalist Vinod Verma’s arrest evokes sharp criticism

Above: Vinod Verma The arrest of veteran journalist Vinod Verma on Friday from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on charges of attempted extortion and blackmail...
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC puts on hold Swamy plea against air services deal with UAE

Above: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy (file picture). Photo: UNI Subramanian Swamy’s petition to cancel India’s air services agreement with the UAE was, on Friday...
Vasundhra Raje

Raje’s controversial Bill faces flak even by BJP MLAs; PIL filed in Rajasthan HC

Above: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje   The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan on Monday tabled the controversial Bill for passage in the state Assembly....
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

The Piyush Push Governments usually appoint a cabinet minister to interact with the media. Venkaiah Naidu had a good equation with the media but now...
A YouTube greb showing horse Shaktiman (file picture)

Killing of police horse Shaktiman: Now state BJP Govt wants case against MLA withdrawn

Above: A YouTube grab showing horse Shaktiman (file picture) In a completely one-sided and insensitive move, the BJP government of Uttarakhand has recommended that a...
Jay Shah says he will sue portal for Rs 100 crore

Jay Shah says he will sue portal for Rs 100 crore

Above: Jay Amit Shah with his father Amit Shah at his marriage reception. Photo: UNI BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay Amit Shah has released...
Delhi High Court

Delhi HC gives 6 more months to BJP, Cong to come clear on foreign...

The Delhi High Court bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar on Monday (October 9) granted six more months to the...
Girl students of BHU confront the police force following an incident of molestation on the campus. Photo: Getty Images

Campus unrest in BHU: Hard Lessons

Above: Girl students of BHU confront the police force following an incident of molestation on the campus. Photo: Getty Images How did one of India’s...
Mukul Roy has said that he will wait till the Durga Puja festivals are over in West Bengal before resigning as a TMC Rajya Sabha member as well. Photo: courtesy Photo Division, Government of India

Mukul Roy declares he is quitting TMC; BJP to gain, say rumours

Above: Mukul Roy has said that he will wait till the Durga Puja festivals are over in West Bengal before resigning as a TMC...
Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta speaking at a protest/condolence function for slain Editor Gauri Lankesh at the Press Club in Delhi on September 6. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Brave journalist gets fitting sendoff

Above: Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta speaking at a protest/condolence function for slain Editor Gauri Lankesh at the Press Club in Delhi on September 6....
Janardhana Reddy

SC: No bail now for mining scam accused Janardhana Reddy

Above: Janardhana Reddy Former BJP leader Janardhana Reddy, who was arrested on September 5, 2011 by the CBI and taken to Hyderabad, is charged...
Mamata Banerjee

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act: Mamata’s Masterstroke?

Above: With the Darjeeling test a success, Mamata Banerjee can use the Act across the troubled zones of West Bengal. Photo: UNI The TMC may...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

There is a plan

~By Dilip Bobb   This government has a unique way of creating a feel-good atmosphere. In Chinese military schools, it is described as the art of...
The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE Systems

Supreme Court may agree to reopen Bofors payoffs case, says BJP leader

Above: The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE...
Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar wins trust vote, seals his position

Above: Nitish Kumar being greeted by JD(U) and BJP legislators on his arrival at the Bihar assembly to attend the special session on Friday As...
Nitish Kumar resign as bihar CM

Nitish resigns as Bihar CM

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar quit as Bihar Chief Minister on Wednesday evening following a weeks-long tussle with alliance partner Lalu Prasad-led RJD over corruption...
Kiran Bedi administering the oath to three MLAs nominated by the BJP

Tug-of-War Tightens!

Above: L-G of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi administering the oath to three MLAs nominated by the BJP, upsetting the chief minister and the Speaker. Photo:...

Inciting hate: After its natl spokesperson, BJP’s IT cell secy in WB held for...

Above: Photo Courtesy Twitter The long arm of law has finally started reaching out to the instigators of communal violence in West Bengal.  A...
Are EVMs Sitting Ducks?

Are EVMs Sitting Ducks?

Above: Under the paper-ballot system, voters could check the accuracy of the ballot paper, candidate’s name and symbol. Under the electronic voting system, they...
Non-Performing Assets: Naming and Shaming

Non-Performing Assets: Naming and Shaming

Above Illustration: Anthony Lawrence The government has decided to use the 2016 Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to tackle the bad debt of banks and declare...
Vice-Presidential election on August 5

Vice-Presidential election on August 5

Above: The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr Nasim Zaidi along with the Election Commissioners, AK Joti and OP Rawat addressing the press conference to announce...
Meira Kumar files nomination papers

Meira Kumar files nomination papers

Above: Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar filing her nomination to Lok Sabha Secretary General at Parliament house, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: UNI...
Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

With the Gandhi scion likely to take over the presidentship in October, it waits to be seen if he can enthuse party workers and...
GST: Taxing Times Ahead

GST: Taxing Times Ahead

Above: Many people think GST is good in theory but will be chaotic in practice Is the new tax regime introduced by the government a...
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind. Photo: UNI

BJP names rank outsider Kovind as its Presidential candidate

The NDA has selected a rank outsider, so to say, to be its Presidential candidate. BJP president Amit Shah named Bihar governor Ram Nath...
Picture Courtesy: UNI

Lalu’s Son in Dock: IT Issues Notice to Attach Property of Tejaswi Yadav

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar probably made the right political move by sending out positive vibes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP....
Press Club to hold Protest Meet on June 9 on the Recent Raids at NDTV

Press Club to hold Protest Meet on June 9 on the Recent Raids at...

Journalists from the entire spectrum of media have been angered by the sudden CBI raids at the NDTV holding company office and at the...
Tamil Nadu’s Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan inaugurates a cleanliness drive organised by the RSS in Dharmapuri. Photo: dailythanthi.com

Will the Lotus Bloom in TN?

BJP is slowly and surely making its moves in Tamil Nadu, and the release of Dinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, recently will only add to the...
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NDTV proves loan repaid in full, while Naidu, Swamy barely hide their glee at...

The BJP is coming up with comments regarding the raids on the NDTV promoters’ house and office that, read in the right perspective, are...
BJP leader LK Advani, flanked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, at a VVIP guest house in Lucknow before appearing in the special CBI court in the Babri case. Photo: UNI

What are the charges against Babri accused?

The special CBI court in Lucknow framed charges against BJP stalwarts LK Advani, MM Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and a host of other...
Outrageous Demand

Outrageous Demand

The BJP-RSS push to impose the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in violence-prone Kannur is more a strategic move to put the...
IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

A “major setback” for Congress claim BJP leaders The Delhi High Court on May 12 ruled that income tax officials can investigate the documents of The National Herald newspaper. The...
Mistrust and despair have pushed schoolgirls to protest on the streets. Photo: UNI

The Witches’ Brew

As the Valley goes up in flames and teeters on the edge of a precipice, experts are urging a reluctant centre to hold talks...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Journalists as Spies There’s a new spy versus spy game in town and the main beneficiaries are not spooks but scoops, or at least those...
The new population policy in Assam wants to ensure a two-child norm across the state. Photo: UNI

Assam: Two is the New Norm

The state government’s attempt to curb the number of children its citizens can have is being seen as a move to reduce Bangladeshi settlers...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Peter Mukerjea, one of the prime accused in the murder of his step-daughter, Sheena Bora, holds anchor Arnab Goswami responsible for his current woes....

BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION CASE: INDIA LEGAL LEADS AGAIN

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal was a step ahead of the curve in the denouement of the Babri Masjid demolition case in the Supreme Court...
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Babri demolition: Advani, Joshi, Bharati ordered back in the dock by SC

Kalyan Singh will be tried as soon as he loses immunity as governor ~By Sujit BharThe Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 19) struck a major...
(L-R) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath feeds cows; VHP activists in a buoyant and strident mood in Kolkata. Photos: UNI

The Cow Card

A petition on increasing communal vigilantism led the Supreme Court to issue notices to six states. Can the government afford to turn a blind...
(L-R) A TV grab shows a Kashmiri youth assaulting a CRPF Jawan; a Kashmiri man tied to the hood of an army jeep as ‘protection’

Unfrozen Turbulence

Only someone who has travelled in Kashmir can understand the enormity of the disaster unfolding in the Valley  ~By Dilip Bobb Two videos that have gone...
VHP International’s working president Pravin Togadia performing Gau puja. Photo: UNI

Cow slaughter: Legal Labyrinth

Most states have legislation in place to tackle cow slaughter and they were all made before the BJP came to power in 2014   ~By Parsa...
Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

~By Sujit Bhar As the CBI ended its submission on the high profile December 6, 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case on March 6, the Supreme...
The slaughterhouse controversy was given to the new government on a platter. The UP CM gave it a political spin. Photo: UNI

Meatless in BJP’s UP

The problem of slaughterhouses was simmering long before the new government acted peremptorily in the matter. Now that it has dirtied its hands, it...
Firebrand Adityanath emerges UP CM

Firebrand Adityanath emerges UP CM

In what seems a victory for the RSS over the BJP in a post-poll victory tussle, the firebrand Yogi Adityanath was on March 18...
Manohar Parrikar with Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari at his oath-taking as Goa’s CM. Photo: www.BJP.org

Farcical Play

The Supreme Court refuses to accept the Congress’ plea that the governor of a state is bound to invite the single largest party in...
Prime Minister Modi will use the assembly election victory to fulfil the promises he made in 2014. Photo: UNI

BJP Sweep, Now What?

With the saffron tsunami taking a firm hold after the UP polls, what is the way ahead for the party? Will it push agendas...
WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

By Inderjit Badhwar Even though I travelled extensively in several parts of UP’s bellwether constituencies during the state elections, I got it mostly wrong because...
Verdict 2017

BJP crosses 300 in UP; Congress grabs Punjab

The BJP wave grew into a tsunami and threw all calculations awry. Once considered a small challenger, the saffron party emerged the biggest victor...
Sometimes, misinformation works better than facts: Akhilesh

Misinformation works better than facts: Akhilesh Yadav

A despondent UP chief minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav held a press conference around 5pm on March 11. Yadav seemed to have been hit hard...
Celebrations at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

BJP virtually sure of 300 in UP; Congress sure of Punjab

Even as the BJP tsunami swept over Uttar Pradesh and leading in Manipur even, with Goa still in the balance as the clock struck 2:10pm on...
(L-R) Anila Singh, Mohsin Raza

“A Vote for change”

BJP spokespersons articulated the party’s position vis-a-vis the huge victory it is heading towards. Talking as guests at APN News, UP’s top news channel,...
Verdict 2017

Saffron wave in UP, Hand wave in Punjab

UTTAR PRADESH The colour of Holi this year is just one: saffron. So it seems as the Uttar Pradesh results started coming in. all exit...
Verdict 2017

BJP sweeps UP assembly polls 2017

Uttar Pradesh The wave was not expected. Or maybe it was. Uttar Pradesh has been saffronised. In the latest update, as of six minutes to...
There are no protocols on the social media. There is a perverse sense of a level-playing field, where it is not necessary to argue

The New Enforcers

Hecklers turn into troll terrorists in a free-for-all war in cyberspace that occupied excessive media attention ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao JrTwenty-year-old Gurmehar has had enough...
(L-R) With Narendra Modi as PM, ABVP is feeling empowered; FM Arun Jaitley’s recent comments on campus protests show that the government is supporting ABVP

Regaining Lost Ground

With the BJP’s massive victory in the 2014 general elections, right-wing forces have emerged stronger than ever before and are pushing contrarian views ~By...
Jawaharlal Nehru speaking in parliament. Photo: Wikimedia

Fear of freedom

The first constitutional amendment in 1951 placed restrictions on freedom of speech but India as a mature democracy should be able to face up...
India Legal Show

India Legal show debates poll promises

As political parties talk about freebies during election speeches, India Legal show takes a call on whether such practices are legal With assembly elections in...
Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Should Budget be postponed?

Political parties opposed to the BJP fear that the sops announced may favour the party in the assembly polls commencing from February 4. But...
The charred remains of a living room of a house in Dhulagarh after the December 12 riots. Photo: YouTube

Dhulagarh in a ‘Storm’

Is dirty politics muddying waters in this so far insignificant Bengal town?  By Sujit BharBarely 28 km from Kolkata is the town of Dhulagarh...
A facebook post by BJP publicising the party’s victory in recent Chandigarh municipal polls. Photo: Facebook

Decoding BJP’s surprise sweep in Chandigarh

Was the Municipal Corporation victory an endorsement of demonetization as BJP claims? By Vipin Pubby in ChandigarhThe BJP, which registered an emphatic victory in the elections...
Hardik Patel being welcomed by supporters on arrival at his hometown Viramgam, after his release from Lajpore Central Jail in Surat, this year

Gujarat: BJP Blunders On

A new political axis has emerged in this state as OBCs, Dalits, Muslims and Patidars join hands to take on a government that seems...
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav at a rath yatra in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

UP’s Modern Kurukshetra

As this crucial state goes to the polls next year, political parties gear up for a royal fight in the face of demonetization, caste...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...
The dilapidated SYL Canal at Ropar, Punjab. Photo: The Indian Express

SYL’s Choppy Waters

While the apex court has ruled in favor of Haryana and not Punjab in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute, it is sure to...
Illustration: UdayShankar

The Arnab Effect

  By Dilip Bobb   He’s still around but that foppish new hairstyle says that he’s parting ways with Times Now. As he told his colleagues in...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, at Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak ties: Handling a Hot Potato

Despite strident calls for action against our belligerent neighbour, Modi has realized that this is easier said than done. Deft handling and tightening security...
Men load a cow onto a truck in the Jantar Mantar area of New Delhi

Milking the Cow

Way back in the fifties, the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on cattle slaughter would seriously affect some occupations. But today, we are...
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore (photo: UNI); The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh showcases the architecture designed by Le Corbusier

Chandigarh: Back to Governor’s Rule

The center’s decision to appoint an independent administrator for Chandigarh saw political parties up in arms as they demanded control be restored with Raj...
BSP activists protesting against the derogatory remarks made by BJP leader Dayashankar Singh. Photo: UNI

Dalits fighting for rights

While Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel was the first casualty of their anger, the next year’s polls in Uttar Pradesh will prove the final clincher By...
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Losing The West

The Mamata Banerjee government recently decided to change the name of West Bengal to only “Bengal” in English and calling it only “Bangla” or...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa; Photo credit: Lovely Professional University

Do We Need Governors?

Should this gubernatorial post be abolished considering how Article 356 was misused in Arunachal and Uttarakhandc, so much so that the Supreme Court had...
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SC sets the record straight on defamation

Upset over the wrong interpretation of its verdict on criminal defamation, the Supreme Court has clarified that it would have no bearing on the...
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“Money Has Been There In The Kashmiri DNA”

Amarjit Singh Dulat provoked a hornet’s nest both within the ruling BJP and the Opposition with his book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years. He is...
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Was Narasimha Rao responsible for Babri masjid?

Vinay Sitapati recounts the events leading up December 6, 1992, and tries to absolve Prime Minister Narasimha Rao of complicity with right-wing parties in...

A Thunderbolt from the Supreme Court

Chief Justice Thakur should rightly be proud of his brothers who, despite attacks on “judicial activism”, are safeguarding this republic from the dangers of becoming...

Cult of Violence

The June 2 mayhem which left 29 dead shows how political patronage can embolden a self-proclaimed cult and its leaders to occupy public property,...

RSS-affiliation rule likely to be scrapped by govt

By India Legal Bureau It will perhaps be no longer mandatory for those taking up government jobs to give it in writing that they are...

SC reserves its judgment in Jaya case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgement in the disproportionate assets case related to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and others. The Karnataka...

Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has...

New Delhi/ Imphal: Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has now shifted from Imphal to the national...

Gulbarg massacre verdict after 14 years… 24 convicted, 36 acquitted

A Special SIT court in Ahmedabad convicted 24 people and acquitted 36 others on Thursday in the Gulbarg Society massacre case of 2002 that...

Sonowal takes oath as first BJP CM: His list of to-do’s a daunting one

Sarbananda Sonowal’s swearing in ceremony was a grand affair with BJP supporters coming in from different parts of the state. Sonowal is the first...

Mahanta as Governor/Speaker?

Accommodating alliance partners is always a major problem following an election, particularly is those are someone like former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Mahanta. To discuss these...

Letter From The Editor:- Uttarakhand: JUDICIAL SHOCK AND AWE

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the ruling party’s most prominent national face after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Amit Shah, and arguably also its...

The Slippery Ground of Quotas

On April 30, the High Court struck down the MP Public Service Promotion Rules, 2002, thereby annulling promotions based on reservations. This has struck...

Harish Rawat Wins Uttarakhand Assembly Floor Test; Centre Announces Rollback of President’s Rule

At sharp 10 AM, a sealed packet with the results of yesterday’s floor test reached Supreme Court, and the Judge was presented with the...

Supreme Court Suggests Floor Test In Uttarakhand Assembly; Centre To Respond On May 4th

The Supreme Court of India has suggested floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly while posting the matter for further hearings to May 4. A division bench...

BJP not to set up candidate for Tura By-poll

By our special correspondent Shillong: The BJP has decided to support the Nationalist Poeples’ Party (NPP) candidate, Conrad Sangma (son of late PA Sangma) to...

MC Mary Kom to replace Prof Mrinal Miri in Rajya Sabha

By our special correspondent Shillong: MC Mary Kom, India’s best known woman pugilist and Olympic bronze medal winner has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha...

President’s Rule To Continue In Uttarakhand Till April 27th As Supreme Court Stays High...

In a huge blow To Congress and a big relief for BJP, Supreme Court bench headed by Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh...

Kerala’s Deadly Inferno

With more than 110 dead in the Putingal fireworks explosion and scores injured, will these illegal festivities be stopped or continue to pander to...

Youngsters’ security at stake while playing Dahi Handi competition: SC

The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition arguing setting of height limit for Dahi Handi ritual during Janamashtmi to 20 feet, saying that there...

Stinging the Trinamool Congress

A video of a sting operation showing some TMC leaders accepting bribes has led to three PILs being filed in Calcutta High Court and...
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Delhi HC asks MCD to release February salary of sanitation workers

With the previous deadline of March 21 drawing to a close, the Delhi High Court today asked the MCD to ensure that sanitation workers...

UDF’s Waterloo

The unfolding solar scam in Kerala has put the ruling UDF and chief minister Oommen Chandy on the defensive. With assembly polls in May,...

Gaining by Default?

With the SP’s administrative inefficiency in UP and the Modi magic fading at the center, will low-profile Mayawati be the ultimate gainer in UP’s...

Anatomy of a Suicide

The death of Dalit PhD student, Rohith Vemula, has shown how the HRD ministry under the stewardship of Smriti Irani has interfered in minor...

Mamma Mia!

While the proposed amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act have been welcomed, will the private sector find them financially viable or will it be...

Dark Clouds

The BJP-led center’s move to impose President’s rule in Congress-led Arunachal Pradesh may derail the upcoming Budget Session with the opposition rallying behind the...

Is Modi’s El Dorado at hand?

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]The Delhi elections make the union budget even more crucial. It’ll test whether Modi can keep his promise of a new...

Capital challenge

The BJP’s strategy for national and state polls might not succeed in the national capital. Neither caste nor anti-incumbency work here By Mantosh Sharma After...

Goa’s common man

This tiny state’s first-ever cabinet minister has many similarities with Modi. His performance as CM provides a salutary lesson in what to expect from...

Najma Muslimatics

The minister’s statement shows an abysmal misreadings not only of the constitution but also of own party’s manifesto.  By Jagdish Sagar   Najma Heptullah, the new minister...

India’s Hour of Shame

Ultimately, the rape and hanging of two minor girls in Katra, Badaun, that has provoked worldwide outrage, is the result of a systemic rot....

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