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Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Once again, the absence of a Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha ignites a debate and raises many questions. What is the...
Yoga

SC tells rebel Karnataka MLAs to meet state governor by 6 pm today and...

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 rebel MLAs of Karnataka to meet the state governor Vajubhai Vala and tender their resignation if they...
Rahul Gandhi

RAHUL’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Rahul Gandhi has issued a letter where he makes it clear that his decision to quit as party president is final. The designation of...
Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of the road for the Congress

SHOULD THE CONGRESS DIE?

Above: Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of...
U.S. President Donald Trump

Hemmed In, President Trump Decides Offense Is The Best Form Of Defence

By Kenneth Tiven U.S. President Donald Trump has once again maneuvered himself into very familiar territory: surrounded by angry people,  he is using the threat...
Priyanka Chaturvedi

Congress’ Other Priyanka Quits Party, Says ‘Lumpen Goons’ Get Preference in INC, hours later...

A day after quitting Congress as an official spokesperson on the grounds that the party reinstated those who misbehaved with her, Priyanka Chaturvedi joined...
The Voter’s Dilemma

The Voter’s Dilemma

By Dilip Bobb The world’s biggest electoral exercise kicked off last week revealing the giant circus it actually is—from lion tamers to trapeze artists switching...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
PM Modi Biopic

SC will hear plea seeking ban on release of biopic on PM Modi on...

The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking ban on release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8. The bench comprising...
Hardik Patel

Blow to Hardik Patel’s MP dreams as SC refuses to accord urgent hearing

Congress leader Hardik Patel’s dream of becoming a MP was dashed on Tuesday (April 2) when Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing to...
The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com

Urban Job Guarantee Scheme: Hope Kindles, At Last

Above: The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com Urban Job Guarantee Scheme...
Kerala High Court

Ignorance Of Law Is No Defence, Kerala HC Tells Congress Leaders

The Kerala High Court has told prominent Congress leaders in the state that ignorance of the law is no defence while rejecting their contention...
Photo: Twitter/@INCMP

Singing A New Tune

 By Rakesh Dixit The opening of cowsheds and singing of Vande matram are not the only issue on which the Congress government led by Kamalnath...
SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud

Staying Power

Above: SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud The blue-eyed boy of the Congress...
Supreme court

SC won’t interfere to quash Modi Govt’s media advisory for not using the word...

In August last year, the Union I&B Ministry had issued an advisory to media houses asking them to refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’...
Priyanka Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi

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...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Government bought Only 36 Planes For Quick Delivery

R Madhavan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) waded into the Rafale controversy saying that the public sector owned plane maker was capable of...

1984 riots: Delhi HC dismisses Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition which sought more time to surrender. Yesterday, Kumar had filed plea seeking...

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...

Rahul Brokers Peace In Rajasthan, Gehlot To Be CM, Pilot His Deputy

The tussle is finally over in Rajasthan. Two time chief minister Ashok Gehlot will once again occupy the chair while Sachin Pilot, the young...
Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath is MP CM, Rahul To Take Today On Contentious Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh

Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Kamalnath will be the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. His appointment was announced late on Thursday...

Congress CMs for Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh To Be Named Shortly

Chief Ministerial hopefuls from the three states that the Congress bagged in the recent assembly elections are in Delhi  for meeting with the party...
Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

A Congress delegation led by the Madhya Pradesh party chief Kamal Nath met the state governor Anandiben Patel and staked claim to form the...

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...
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...

Congress Sacks Lawyer Who Represented Chopper Scam Middleman Michel From Party

The Congress late on Wednesday fired a Delhi  based lawyer from  the party after a controversy erupted over him representing Augusta Westland chopper deal...

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...
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...
Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

From Vyapam To E-Tender

Above: Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan As the din over e-bid tampering threatens to engulf Shivraj Singh Chouhan,...
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI

Rajiv Gandhi Assassins: Clemency Dilemma

Above: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to recommend the release of...
Delhi Durbar

Delhi Durbar

Government Housing Party Some official venues in the capital are reserved strictly for high-profile government functions. These include Vigyan Bhawan and Ambedkar Bhawan, two of...
A Question of Timing

A Question of Timing

Above: Robert Vadra In an effort to put the Congress on the back foot in the run-up to elections to the Lok Sabha and Haryana...
Tharoor allowed to visit Geneva to visit Kofi Annan’s family

Tharoor allowed to visit Geneva to visit Kofi Annan’s family

Patiala House Court on Monday (August 20) allowed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to visit Geneva, Switzerland, to meet the family of former United Nations...
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...
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...
Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

The apex court verdict paves the way for an aggressive political slugfest between the AAP and the BJP in the run-up to the 2019...
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...
Photo Courtesy The Hindu

Remembering the Censor’s Blue Pencil

Above: Photo Courtesy The Hindu ~By Dilip Bobb On the anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s emergency, a look back at the 18 months of censorship and...
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...
Police arrest Congress activists demanding opening of roads passing through the cantonment area in Secunderabad/Photo: UNI

Cantonments: The Row over Roads

Above: Police arrest Congress activists demanding opening of roads passing through the cantonment area in Secunderabad/Photo: UNI The recent decision by the defence minister to...
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...
Newly elected Karnataka Congress MLA dies in car crash

Newly elected Karnataka Congress MLA dies in car crash

With the death of Jamkhandi MLA Siddu Bhimappa Nyamgouda, Congress party’s strength in the Vidhan Soudha down to 77 ~By Stephen David Congress minister hopeful and...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
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...
Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh, other Cong leaders write to President about “threatening” language used by Modi

Top Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have written a letter to President  Ram Nath Kovind, complaining about the threatening language used...
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...
Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Above: Pramod Muthalik The apex court on Thursday (May 10) told a petitioner that it was not inclined to hear his plea which sought...
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...

Opposition Move Against CJI: Impeachment Drama

Above: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, CPI’s D Raja and lawyer KTS Tulsi at a press meet on CJI’s impeachment move/Photo:...
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...
Sedition case hearing against Manishankar Aiyar now on May 4

Sedition case hearing against Manishankar Aiyar now on May 4

Above: Manishankar Aiyar The Saket District Court on Saturday (April 7) adjourned the hearing on a complaint which sought the lodging of a sedition case...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

 Jumping the Gun The Election Commission has been left red-faced after some political social media sites and television news channels announced the dates of the...
The Vijayan government’s appeal against the probe plea of murdered Congress worker Shuhaib’s family has left people baffled/Photo: UNI

Courting Controversy

Above: The Vijayan government’s appeal against the probe plea of murdered Congress worker Shuhaib’s  family has left people baffled/Photo: UNI The Left government in Kerala...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet - India Legal

Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet

Mallikarjun Kharge’s decision to skip Lokpal Selection Committee meet comes at a time when the Supreme Court has asked Modi govt to expedite Lokpal...
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...
Immunity ordinance withdrawn but Vasundhara govt’s credibility is at its nadir

Immunity ordinance withdrawn but Vasundhara govt’s credibility is at its nadir

~By Prakash Bhandari Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had to pay a heavy price for issuing an ordinance in September last year; an order that...
Sonia Gandhi

Winds of change are coming, 2014 results an aberration: Sonia Gandhi

Buoyed by her party’s stunning victory in the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls in Rajasthan and its impressive electoral revival in Gujarat, former...
Modi blames Congress for Partition, injustice to Sardar Patel, muzzling democracy

Modi blames Congress for Partition, injustice to Sardar Patel, muzzling democracy

A veiled attack on Mahatma Gandhi without naming him, blaming Nehru for Partition and attributing much of what is wrong in the country to...
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...
Trump Gives Himself A+

Trump Gives Himself A+

Above: The address reflected Trump’s style, with rhetoric about sunny days ahead followed by implied threats/Photo Courtesy: media.abclocal.go.com Donald Trump’s speech was all about himself,...
Karat derails Yechury’s plan for Left-Congress pact in 2019

Karat derails Yechury’s plan for Left-Congress pact in 2019

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav CPM sources say Sitaram Yechury offered to resign as Prakash Karat’s Kerala faction killed his proposal for any pre-poll alliance with...
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...
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...
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...

RS logjam: Jaitley says Modi didn’t question Dr Singh, Ansari’s commitment to nation

With a week of Parliament’s winter session already washed out, BJP goes on the defensive to broker peace with Congress-led Opposition An end to the...
PM Narendra Modi calling on DMK leader M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai. Photo: UNI

2G Verdict: DMK’s Moment in the Sun

This scam scorched the party and the Congress. Both can now look forward to consolidating their electoral fortunes  ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav On December 21,...
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...
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler being taken into police custody during Loktantra Bachao March of Congress party, in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI

1984 riot victims’ lawyer files suit against Tytler

Above: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler being taken into police custody during Loktantra Bachao March of Congress party, in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI...
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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Princess Diaries The Indian government seems to have pulled out all stops to ensure that Ivanka Trump’s Hyderabad sojourn was a success and that she...
Prime Minister Modi bows down in respect at the steps of the Parliament house. Photo: UNI

Winter Session of Parliament: Bleak House?

With no news of whether this session will be called, the Opposition is up in arms. But the ruling BJP does not want to...
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...
Mamata Banerjee (file picture). Photo: UNI

Mamata goes to SC over Aadhaar linkages

Above: Mamata Banerjee (file picture). Photo: UNI In another rebellious move, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has dragged the Centre to the Supreme...
Hardik Patel (file picture). Photo: UNI

Hardik Patel surrenders before court, gets bail

Above: Hardik Patel (file picture). Photo: UNI Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Thursday (October 26) surrendered before a court in Visnagar, Gujarat and was...
US President Donald Trump after signing an executive order to make it easier to buy bare-bone health insurance. Photo: UNI

Donald Trump: The Riddles of Impeachment

Despite the President’s erratic conduct and the conspiracies under investigation by the Special Counsel, the constitutional road to his removal is anything but a...
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....
Narendra Patel (in white shirt)

While one Patel leader claims he was offered Rs 1 crore bribe to join...

Above: Narendra Patel (in white shirt) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third home visit to Gujarat in a month was to announce a slew of...
Cong digs up Rs 16 cr bills for Modi’s ‘sponsored’ trips as Gujarat CM

Cong digs up Rs 16 cr bills for Modi’s ‘sponsored’ trips as Gujarat CM

It has become a mud-clinging match between the BJP and Congress. In an effort to outdo the other, each has been digging up dirt,...
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...

Independence Day Memories

~By Dilip Bobb   Each year, on August 15, we turn to the Red Fort to hear what our leader of the day has to say...
The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Above: Illustration (Anthony Lawrence)   ~By Dilip Bobb The phrase “Last Resort” has acquired a new meaning thanks to political brinkmanship Indian style where state legislators from...
Judging the Judge in Madhya Pradesh

Judging the Judge in Madhya Pradesh

Above: The Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court is under scanner for a money laundering case Another legal eagle has come under the scanner...
Rahul Gandhi

“Misunderstanding Rahul”

~By Dilip Bobb There will be many who will wonder why the title of this post should not read Understanding Rahul. They mis the point,...
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...
Meira Kumar. Photo: PIB

Meira Kumar is the Opposition’s candidate for President

Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and daughter of Congress leader Babu Jagjivan Ram, is the Opposition’s choice as the presidential candidate. The presidential...
A political party delegation being explained about the process of ‘Setting of Candidates’ on EVM machines, during a detailed demonstration in New on June 03, 2017. Photo: UNI

EC’s EVM hackathon a damp squib

Not much was expected from the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM hackathon, and not much did come out of it at the EC office on...
National Herald corruption case

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...
Congress old-timers, who want Sonia and not Rahul to take charge when the party is sliding day by day, are relieved

Congress: Sonia Gandhi back in action

Even as the Congress sees one of its worst slides in recent history, Sonia Gandhi has initiated a reshuffle keeping in mind assembly elections...
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...
Herald House in Delhi, owned by Associate Journals Limited (AJL)

FIR against Bhupinder Hooda: Political Plot?

With the CBI registering a case against the former CM of Haryana for his irregular allotment of land to AJL, has his generosity to...
A BOOK NAMO SHOULD READ

A BOOK NAMO SHOULD READ

~By Inderjit Badhwar If you’re a devoted netizen roaming the blogosphere and shuttling through the Twitter space, chances are that you have had several close...
Goa CM-designate Manohar Parrikar (Twitter); Supreme Court (Bhavana Gaur)

How the Congress in Goa snatched defeat from the jaws of victory

The Supreme Court asked the Goa governor to conduct a floor test on March 16 after the Congress raised objections to the BJP being...
Gujarat Governor OP Kohli (centre) with students at a university during an academic conclave in Ahmedabad. Photo: UNI

Gujarat: Shackling Autonomy

The Gujarat State Higher Education Council Act, 2016, given gubernatorial assent last month, will bring state-run universities under the direct control of a council...
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...
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...
The Herald House in Delhi. The paper finds itself in legal trouble in Panchkula. Photo: Anil Shakya

National Herald Case: The Paper Trail

The Congress-backed newspaper, National Herald, could embarrass the party over allocation of prime land in Panchkula in record time by the Hooda government ~By...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

EC puts brakes on FM’s Budget Speech

The commission has instructed the centre that there should be no mention of plans or work done in states going to polls this year...
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...
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 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...
Supreme Court; Kapil Sibal

Appeal to “enduring ethos of the Constitution”

Kapil Sibal says that “seminal” issues are at stake in the interpretation of Section 123 (3) Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr In the ongoing arguments before the...
Illustration: UdayShankar

The Enemy Within

  By Dilip Bobb   War has been declared. Not by the government, but by the next closest thing—hyperventilating prime time TV anchors. They have decided that...
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...
(L-R) Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi earlier this year (Photo: UNI); Many CLU permits were given in the high-value NCR area, particularly Gurgaon, where real estate is booming.

Haryana’s land deals: Hooda’s Nemesis?

The former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s deals have divested thousands of poor farmers of their land, and these have now come to haunt...
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...
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...

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...

Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

The Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating new research as it decides whether to extend benefits to exposed vets By Mike Hixenbaugh, Charles Ornstein and...
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Congress: Dynasty No Longer Rules

There is a leadership crisis in the Congress as it continues on its downward slide. New strategies need to be urgently drawn up which...

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...

Taxing Times for Congress, Janata Party

In a surprising development, the High Court here has slammed the Congress and the Janata Party for trying to evade income tax and asked...

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...

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,...

Letter From The Editor

We carry in this issue a chapter from President Pranab Mukherjee's book The Turbulent Years. It is a vivid account of a significant downturn...

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...

Reaching a Dead End?

Though the CBI is investigating the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, nothing much has come out of it due to severe staff shortage in...

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...

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works. By Lauren Kirchner Current...
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.

Rahul “Rebooted”

After his sabbatical earlier this year, Rahul seems to be revitalized and visible. But that’s not enough as internal party democracy shows no signs...

Is the grand old party over?

Highs and lows in politics are common. But the repeated decimation of this party in various elections makes one wonder if it is on...

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Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Is a Leader of Opposition Necessary?

Once again, the absence of a Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha ignites a debate and raises many questions. What is the...
Yoga

SC tells rebel Karnataka MLAs to meet state governor by 6 pm today and...

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 rebel MLAs of Karnataka to meet the state governor Vajubhai Vala and tender their resignation if they...
Rahul Gandhi

RAHUL’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Rahul Gandhi has issued a letter where he makes it clear that his decision to quit as party president is final. The designation of...
Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of the road for the Congress

SHOULD THE CONGRESS DIE?

Above: Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of...
U.S. President Donald Trump

Hemmed In, President Trump Decides Offense Is The Best Form Of Defence

By Kenneth Tiven U.S. President Donald Trump has once again maneuvered himself into very familiar territory: surrounded by angry people,  he is using the threat...
Priyanka Chaturvedi

Congress’ Other Priyanka Quits Party, Says ‘Lumpen Goons’ Get Preference in INC, hours later...

A day after quitting Congress as an official spokesperson on the grounds that the party reinstated those who misbehaved with her, Priyanka Chaturvedi joined...
The Voter’s Dilemma

The Voter’s Dilemma

By Dilip Bobb The world’s biggest electoral exercise kicked off last week revealing the giant circus it actually is—from lion tamers to trapeze artists switching...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
PM Modi Biopic

SC will hear plea seeking ban on release of biopic on PM Modi on...

The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking ban on release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8. The bench comprising...
Hardik Patel

Blow to Hardik Patel’s MP dreams as SC refuses to accord urgent hearing

Congress leader Hardik Patel’s dream of becoming a MP was dashed on Tuesday (April 2) when Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing to...
The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com

Urban Job Guarantee Scheme: Hope Kindles, At Last

Above: The new job scheme should assuage the concerns of the youth who constituted an “unemployed army” in the state/Photo: rajendrabpl.blogspot.com Urban Job Guarantee Scheme...
Kerala High Court

Ignorance Of Law Is No Defence, Kerala HC Tells Congress Leaders

The Kerala High Court has told prominent Congress leaders in the state that ignorance of the law is no defence while rejecting their contention...
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Singing A New Tune

 By Rakesh Dixit The opening of cowsheds and singing of Vande matram are not the only issue on which the Congress government led by Kamalnath...
SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud

Staying Power

Above: SR Mohanty as the managing director of the MP State Industrial Development Corporation  allegedly committed a huge fraud The blue-eyed boy of the Congress...
Supreme court

SC won’t interfere to quash Modi Govt’s media advisory for not using the word...

In August last year, the Union I&B Ministry had issued an advisory to media houses asking them to refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’...
Priyanka Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi

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...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Government bought Only 36 Planes For Quick Delivery

R Madhavan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) waded into the Rafale controversy saying that the public sector owned plane maker was capable of...

1984 riots: Delhi HC dismisses Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition which sought more time to surrender. Yesterday, Kumar had filed plea seeking...

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...

Rahul Brokers Peace In Rajasthan, Gehlot To Be CM, Pilot His Deputy

The tussle is finally over in Rajasthan. Two time chief minister Ashok Gehlot will once again occupy the chair while Sachin Pilot, the young...
Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath is MP CM, Rahul To Take Today On Contentious Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh

Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Kamalnath will be the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. His appointment was announced late on Thursday...

Congress CMs for Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh To Be Named Shortly

Chief Ministerial hopefuls from the three states that the Congress bagged in the recent assembly elections are in Delhi  for meeting with the party...
Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

A Congress delegation led by the Madhya Pradesh party chief Kamal Nath met the state governor Anandiben Patel and staked claim to form the...

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...
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...

Congress Sacks Lawyer Who Represented Chopper Scam Middleman Michel From Party

The Congress late on Wednesday fired a Delhi  based lawyer from  the party after a controversy erupted over him representing Augusta Westland chopper deal...

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...
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...
Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

From Vyapam To E-Tender

Above: Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan As the din over e-bid tampering threatens to engulf Shivraj Singh Chouhan,...
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI

Rajiv Gandhi Assassins: Clemency Dilemma

Above: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to recommend the release of...
Delhi Durbar

Delhi Durbar

Government Housing Party Some official venues in the capital are reserved strictly for high-profile government functions. These include Vigyan Bhawan and Ambedkar Bhawan, two of...
A Question of Timing

A Question of Timing

Above: Robert Vadra In an effort to put the Congress on the back foot in the run-up to elections to the Lok Sabha and Haryana...
Tharoor allowed to visit Geneva to visit Kofi Annan’s family

Tharoor allowed to visit Geneva to visit Kofi Annan’s family

Patiala House Court on Monday (August 20) allowed Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to visit Geneva, Switzerland, to meet the family of former United Nations...
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...
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...
Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

The apex court verdict paves the way for an aggressive political slugfest between the AAP and the BJP in the run-up to the 2019...
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...
Photo Courtesy The Hindu

Remembering the Censor’s Blue Pencil

Above: Photo Courtesy The Hindu ~By Dilip Bobb On the anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s emergency, a look back at the 18 months of censorship and...
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...
Police arrest Congress activists demanding opening of roads passing through the cantonment area in Secunderabad/Photo: UNI

Cantonments: The Row over Roads

Above: Police arrest Congress activists demanding opening of roads passing through the cantonment area in Secunderabad/Photo: UNI The recent decision by the defence minister to...
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...
Newly elected Karnataka Congress MLA dies in car crash

Newly elected Karnataka Congress MLA dies in car crash

With the death of Jamkhandi MLA Siddu Bhimappa Nyamgouda, Congress party’s strength in the Vidhan Soudha down to 77 ~By Stephen David Congress minister hopeful and...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
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...
Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh, other Cong leaders write to President about “threatening” language used by Modi

Top Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have written a letter to President  Ram Nath Kovind, complaining about the threatening language used...
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...
Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Karnataka elections: SC postpones hearing on allegation of religious bias in Congress manifesto

Above: Pramod Muthalik The apex court on Thursday (May 10) told a petitioner that it was not inclined to hear his plea which sought...
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...

Opposition Move Against CJI: Impeachment Drama

Above: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, CPI’s D Raja and lawyer KTS Tulsi at a press meet on CJI’s impeachment move/Photo:...
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...
Sedition case hearing against Manishankar Aiyar now on May 4

Sedition case hearing against Manishankar Aiyar now on May 4

Above: Manishankar Aiyar The Saket District Court on Saturday (April 7) adjourned the hearing on a complaint which sought the lodging of a sedition case...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

 Jumping the Gun The Election Commission has been left red-faced after some political social media sites and television news channels announced the dates of the...
The Vijayan government’s appeal against the probe plea of murdered Congress worker Shuhaib’s family has left people baffled/Photo: UNI

Courting Controversy

Above: The Vijayan government’s appeal against the probe plea of murdered Congress worker Shuhaib’s  family has left people baffled/Photo: UNI The Left government in Kerala...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet - India Legal

Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet

Mallikarjun Kharge’s decision to skip Lokpal Selection Committee meet comes at a time when the Supreme Court has asked Modi govt to expedite Lokpal...
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...
Immunity ordinance withdrawn but Vasundhara govt’s credibility is at its nadir

Immunity ordinance withdrawn but Vasundhara govt’s credibility is at its nadir

~By Prakash Bhandari Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had to pay a heavy price for issuing an ordinance in September last year; an order that...
Sonia Gandhi

Winds of change are coming, 2014 results an aberration: Sonia Gandhi

Buoyed by her party’s stunning victory in the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly by-polls in Rajasthan and its impressive electoral revival in Gujarat, former...
Modi blames Congress for Partition, injustice to Sardar Patel, muzzling democracy

Modi blames Congress for Partition, injustice to Sardar Patel, muzzling democracy

A veiled attack on Mahatma Gandhi without naming him, blaming Nehru for Partition and attributing much of what is wrong in the country to...
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...
Trump Gives Himself A+

Trump Gives Himself A+

Above: The address reflected Trump’s style, with rhetoric about sunny days ahead followed by implied threats/Photo Courtesy: media.abclocal.go.com Donald Trump’s speech was all about himself,...
Karat derails Yechury’s plan for Left-Congress pact in 2019

Karat derails Yechury’s plan for Left-Congress pact in 2019

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav CPM sources say Sitaram Yechury offered to resign as Prakash Karat’s Kerala faction killed his proposal for any pre-poll alliance with...
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...
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...
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...

RS logjam: Jaitley says Modi didn’t question Dr Singh, Ansari’s commitment to nation

With a week of Parliament’s winter session already washed out, BJP goes on the defensive to broker peace with Congress-led Opposition An end to the...
PM Narendra Modi calling on DMK leader M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai. Photo: UNI

2G Verdict: DMK’s Moment in the Sun

This scam scorched the party and the Congress. Both can now look forward to consolidating their electoral fortunes  ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav On December 21,...
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...
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler being taken into police custody during Loktantra Bachao March of Congress party, in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI

1984 riot victims’ lawyer files suit against Tytler

Above: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler being taken into police custody during Loktantra Bachao March of Congress party, in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI...
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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Princess Diaries The Indian government seems to have pulled out all stops to ensure that Ivanka Trump’s Hyderabad sojourn was a success and that she...
Prime Minister Modi bows down in respect at the steps of the Parliament house. Photo: UNI

Winter Session of Parliament: Bleak House?

With no news of whether this session will be called, the Opposition is up in arms. But the ruling BJP does not want to...
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...
Mamata Banerjee (file picture). Photo: UNI

Mamata goes to SC over Aadhaar linkages

Above: Mamata Banerjee (file picture). Photo: UNI In another rebellious move, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has dragged the Centre to the Supreme...
Hardik Patel (file picture). Photo: UNI

Hardik Patel surrenders before court, gets bail

Above: Hardik Patel (file picture). Photo: UNI Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Thursday (October 26) surrendered before a court in Visnagar, Gujarat and was...
US President Donald Trump after signing an executive order to make it easier to buy bare-bone health insurance. Photo: UNI

Donald Trump: The Riddles of Impeachment

Despite the President’s erratic conduct and the conspiracies under investigation by the Special Counsel, the constitutional road to his removal is anything but a...
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....
Narendra Patel (in white shirt)

While one Patel leader claims he was offered Rs 1 crore bribe to join...

Above: Narendra Patel (in white shirt) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third home visit to Gujarat in a month was to announce a slew of...
Cong digs up Rs 16 cr bills for Modi’s ‘sponsored’ trips as Gujarat CM

Cong digs up Rs 16 cr bills for Modi’s ‘sponsored’ trips as Gujarat CM

It has become a mud-clinging match between the BJP and Congress. In an effort to outdo the other, each has been digging up dirt,...
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...

Independence Day Memories

~By Dilip Bobb   Each year, on August 15, we turn to the Red Fort to hear what our leader of the day has to say...
The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Above: Illustration (Anthony Lawrence)   ~By Dilip Bobb The phrase “Last Resort” has acquired a new meaning thanks to political brinkmanship Indian style where state legislators from...
Judging the Judge in Madhya Pradesh

Judging the Judge in Madhya Pradesh

Above: The Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court is under scanner for a money laundering case Another legal eagle has come under the scanner...
Rahul Gandhi

“Misunderstanding Rahul”

~By Dilip Bobb There will be many who will wonder why the title of this post should not read Understanding Rahul. They mis the point,...
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...
Meira Kumar. Photo: PIB

Meira Kumar is the Opposition’s candidate for President

Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and daughter of Congress leader Babu Jagjivan Ram, is the Opposition’s choice as the presidential candidate. The presidential...
A political party delegation being explained about the process of ‘Setting of Candidates’ on EVM machines, during a detailed demonstration in New on June 03, 2017. Photo: UNI

EC’s EVM hackathon a damp squib

Not much was expected from the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM hackathon, and not much did come out of it at the EC office on...
National Herald corruption case

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...
Congress old-timers, who want Sonia and not Rahul to take charge when the party is sliding day by day, are relieved

Congress: Sonia Gandhi back in action

Even as the Congress sees one of its worst slides in recent history, Sonia Gandhi has initiated a reshuffle keeping in mind assembly elections...
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...
Herald House in Delhi, owned by Associate Journals Limited (AJL)

FIR against Bhupinder Hooda: Political Plot?

With the CBI registering a case against the former CM of Haryana for his irregular allotment of land to AJL, has his generosity to...
A BOOK NAMO SHOULD READ

A BOOK NAMO SHOULD READ

~By Inderjit Badhwar If you’re a devoted netizen roaming the blogosphere and shuttling through the Twitter space, chances are that you have had several close...
Goa CM-designate Manohar Parrikar (Twitter); Supreme Court (Bhavana Gaur)

How the Congress in Goa snatched defeat from the jaws of victory

The Supreme Court asked the Goa governor to conduct a floor test on March 16 after the Congress raised objections to the BJP being...
Gujarat Governor OP Kohli (centre) with students at a university during an academic conclave in Ahmedabad. Photo: UNI

Gujarat: Shackling Autonomy

The Gujarat State Higher Education Council Act, 2016, given gubernatorial assent last month, will bring state-run universities under the direct control of a council...
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...
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...
The Herald House in Delhi. The paper finds itself in legal trouble in Panchkula. Photo: Anil Shakya

National Herald Case: The Paper Trail

The Congress-backed newspaper, National Herald, could embarrass the party over allocation of prime land in Panchkula in record time by the Hooda government ~By...
Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Photo; UNI

EC puts brakes on FM’s Budget Speech

The commission has instructed the centre that there should be no mention of plans or work done in states going to polls this year...
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...
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 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...
Supreme Court; Kapil Sibal

Appeal to “enduring ethos of the Constitution”

Kapil Sibal says that “seminal” issues are at stake in the interpretation of Section 123 (3) Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr In the ongoing arguments before the...
Illustration: UdayShankar

The Enemy Within

  By Dilip Bobb   War has been declared. Not by the government, but by the next closest thing—hyperventilating prime time TV anchors. They have decided that...
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...
(L-R) Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi earlier this year (Photo: UNI); Many CLU permits were given in the high-value NCR area, particularly Gurgaon, where real estate is booming.

Haryana’s land deals: Hooda’s Nemesis?

The former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s deals have divested thousands of poor farmers of their land, and these have now come to haunt...
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...
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...

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...

Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

The Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating new research as it decides whether to extend benefits to exposed vets By Mike Hixenbaugh, Charles Ornstein and...
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Congress: Dynasty No Longer Rules

There is a leadership crisis in the Congress as it continues on its downward slide. New strategies need to be urgently drawn up which...

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...

Taxing Times for Congress, Janata Party

In a surprising development, the High Court here has slammed the Congress and the Janata Party for trying to evade income tax and asked...

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...

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,...

Letter From The Editor

We carry in this issue a chapter from President Pranab Mukherjee's book The Turbulent Years. It is a vivid account of a significant downturn...

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 the grand old party over?

Highs and lows in politics are common. But the repeated decimation of this party in various elections makes one wonder if it is on...

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