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Passage to India

Passage to India

~By Dilip Bobb There is heightened speculation about whether US President Donald Trump will accept his Indian counterpart’s invitation to be the chief guest for...
DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle

Karunanidhi passes away, Madras HC directs govt to provide space for memorial near Anna...

Above: DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle The death of long-ailing DMK patriarch...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Will the Real FM Stand Up? Arun Jaitley, who has been recovering after a kidney transplant, will be back at work next week—August 8, to...
Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Above: Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar receives French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian for signing the Rafale contract in September 2016/Photo: UNI It is naïve to...
Women

Safety of Women: Better Late Than Never

Above: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced measures to tackle crime against women/Photo: UNI The Manohar Lal Khattar government’s time-bound action plan in...
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Women Bowled Over Congress President Rahul Gandhi is clearly on a roll. After his highly combative speech and hug-the-PM drama in the Lok Sabha, a...
Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services

GST: A Good Idea Gone Bad

Above: Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services At the launch of GST, Prime Minister Modi stated...
Appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to SC

The Power of Speech

~ By Dilip Bobb Much has been made of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament, culminating in the hug-wink combo. If politicians have one requirement, it...
SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4 weeks

SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4...

Expressing displeasure over the non-appointment of Lokpal, the apex court on Tuesday (July 24) asked the Centre to file a fresh and better affidavit...
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...
Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI

Maldives: Cocking a Snook at India

Above: Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI Thanks to support and funding from China, Maldives is flexing...
Satire: Cave Rescue, Indian Style

Cave Rescue, Indian Style

~By Dilip Bobb There were many remarkable aspects to the rescue of young boys from a cave complex in Thailand that captured the world’s imagination....
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Shotgun Marriage While former Union minister and “margdarshak” Yashwant Sinha has already quit the saffron party, the buzz is that his acolyte and Patna Sahib...
PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI

India-China Yin Yang In Tibet

Above: PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI The latest military drill conducted by China in...
Brave New Words: The Contemporary Indian Vocabulary

Brave New Words

~By Dilip Bobb Lexicographers, those who compile dictionaries, have been working overtime in the recent past trying to cope with the flood of new words...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Down to The Wire It is well known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his ministers and supporters will target any media house, journalist or website...
Three high court judges appointed as Supreme Court justices

Delhi power tussle verdict: SC says LG can’t be obstructionist, must listen to State...

After keeping its verdict reserved for several months, the Supreme Court, on Wednesday (July 4), finally ruled on the contentious issue of the powers of Delhi’s...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

Inform within 10 days about Lokpal appointment time-frame: SC to Centre

The country's near five-year-long wait for an anti-graft ombudsman – the Lokpal – may soon end with the Supreme Court setting a 10 day...
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...
KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

~By Inderjit Badhwar The latest political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which a government ruling in Delhi has pulled the rug out from...
Cauvery Dispute: Water On The Boil

Cauvery Dispute: Water On The Boil

Above: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi The centre, through the Cauvery Water Management Authority, wants to convey...
Satire: Some Favourite Yoga Poses in Indian Politics

Yoga Hoga

~By Dilip Bobb We are being led to believe that yoga is India’s greatest contribution to global wellness and will usher in international peace and...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

House Calls There seems to be a turf war brewing between Arun Jaitley, now confined to his bedroom to recover from his transplant, and railway...
Sanjay Singh

PIL in Delhi HC for directions to PM to keep 75 percent attendance in...

Above: Sanjay Singh With Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually on a non-stop world tour, it has been said that when time come for him...
Non-Performing Assets: The Scam within a Scam

Non-Performing Assets: The Scam within a Scam

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence At a mind-blowing Rs 10 lakh crore approximately, Non-Performing Assets are not just about individuals and corporations defaulting on payments they owe...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi recently/Photo: PIB

Indo-US-Russia Ties: Uneasy Tango

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi recently/Photo: PIB India is caught between the US and Russia, its old ally,...
Contact Sport

Contact Sport

By Dilip Bobb BJP President Amit Shah has embarked on his “Sampark for Samarthan” roadshow.  It translates roughly into “contact for support” though in some...
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Media Watch

Switching Channels There’s a huge buzz in media circles to do with a new media venture being launched shortly. The anticipation is more to do with the promoter than...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Chief Concerns With Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s retirement in October fast approaching, the Modi government, which has been drawing criticism from the Opposition and even...
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance gets Prez nod, home buyers get creditor status

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance gets Prez nod, home buyers get creditor status

Ordinance will enable home buyers to invoke Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 against errant developers, participate in decision making In a...
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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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For a Richer Harvest With elections due for the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assemblies in November this year, the Congress party is hoping that...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with officer trainees at a yoga session at LBSNAA, Mussoorie/Photo: UNI

All India Services: Dangerous Tampering?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with officer trainees at a yoga session at LBSNAA, Mussoorie/Photo: UNI A proposal by the PMO that the service and...
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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

United but distant The swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on May 23 proved to be the grandest show of unity yet among...
Lokpal: An Unending Quest

Lokpal: An Unending Quest

Above: Social activist Anna Hazare with comrades Kiran Bedi and Kumar Vishwas in Delhi in 2011/Photo: Anil Shakya The government has appointed senior advocate Mukul...
Democracy’s Finest Hour

Democracy’s Finest Hour

Above: The decks are clear for JD(S) state chief HD Kumaraswamy to take over as next CM with BS Yeddyurappa resigning before the floor...
Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Though the Madras HC has said that forwarding a message is equal to accepting and endorsing it, it is debatable as to what is...
Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

From marketing dubious drugs, online frauds and fake news to data mining for election management, the internet has presented lawmakers with new challenges and...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Election Issues

  ~By Dilip Bobb Fractured verdicts are bad for democracy, as we are seeing in Karnataka which is becoming more natak than kar. Ideologically committed governors,...
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...
Karnataka Assembly Polls: Mudslinging Brawl

Karnataka Assembly Polls: Mudslinging Brawl

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BS Yeddyurappa; Rahul Gandhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the Karnataka poll campaign/Photo: UNI With the Congress and the...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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 “Pappu’s”  Gauntlet In the waning days of the campaign for Karnataka, nothing seems to have miffed the apparently unflappable Narendra Modi more than Rahul Gandhi’s...
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Media Watch

Amrita Rai’s comeback After an eight-month-long sabbatical, veteran scribe and wife of Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, Amrita Rai will now be back in her...
Expressway has to be inaugurated on June 1, whether the PM finds time or not, says SC

Expressway has to be inaugurated on June 1, whether the PM finds time or...

Above: Eastern Peripheral Expressway The Supreme Court on Thursday said on Thursday (May10), that much-delayed Eastern Peripheral Expressway must be thrown open to the public...
Missing Indian workers in Afghanistan: Pakistan likely using deep links with Taliban and other networks to engineer kidnappings

Missing Indian workers in Afghanistan: Pakistan likely using deep links with Taliban and other...

Above: Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting at Hyderabad house, in...
Murdering Parliament through Ordinances

STRANGLING PARLIAMENT

~By Inderjit Badhwar The cover story this week (India Legal magazine) is an example of the continuing alarms that India Legal sounds to warn readers...
Ordinance Raj: Rule by Diktat

Ordinance Raj: Rule by Diktat

This emergency measure is meant to tackle urgent problems when Parliament is not in session but governments have often misused this constitutionally granted right...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Relative Muscle Sons appearing in a court where the father is a judge—or vice versa—is an age-old debate. The Bar Council has rules that technically...
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Media Watch

Tossing It Back The Principal Information Officer of the government is normally a pliable, servile babu who is ever eager to dance to the tunes...
Karnataka elections: SC throws out plea by Janardhana Reddy to campaign for his brothers

Karnataka elections: SC throws out plea by Janardhana Reddy to campaign for his brothers

Despite new pre-poll survey pointing at a BJP victory it is being widely said that the biggest Achilles Heel for the BJP in the...
Sino-Indian Ties: A Change of Heart

Sino-Indian Ties: A Change of Heart

Above: PM Modi meeting President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, on his recent visit/Photo: PIB There is a renewed bid to bring relations between India...
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Media Watch

Spinning out of control Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spin doctors had a vice-like grip on all the media events orchestrated during his London visit to...
US State Dept paints a grim picture of human rights, press freedom in India

US State Dept paints a grim picture of human rights, press freedom in India

Trump administration’s report also slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over police atrocities, crime against women, muzzling dissent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government...
Will simultaneous polls help democracy

Will simultaneous polls help democracy?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies is once again in the news. A draft white...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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MODI’S UK SPIN Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s London visit was carefully choreographed and orchestrated by his spin doctors in Delhi. It was possibly the first...
Cabinet nod for death in rape of child under 12

Cabinet nod for death in rape of child under 12

Above: Maneka Gandhi    The Union Cabinet today approved an ordinance mandating death penalty to those guilty of raping minors below 12 years of age. The...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Medical Problems Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s medical condition and the post-operative confinement after his kidney transplant will pose some tricky problems for the Modi government....
PM Modi breaks silence on Kathua and Unnao rapes, even as UN chief calls Kathua incident “horrific”

PM Modi breaks silence on Kathua and Unnao rapes, even as UN chief calls...

After nation-wide public outrage over the horrific Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the widespread criticism of the government’s silence on the incident, Prime...
Satire: The Hidden Stars who deserve to be in the Indian team

Coasting to Gold

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The usual media hype has accompanied the Indian contingent to the Commonwealth Games being staged in Australia’s appropriately...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

 Hors de Combat The speculation as to why Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not show up to be sworn in as a Rajya Sabha member...
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...
Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST issue, in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI

SC/ST Act dilution row: Supreme Court declines urgent hearing of govt’s review petition

Above: Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during  Bharat Bandh over SC/ST issue, in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI Apex court rejected the centre’s request...
Racing Against Time

Racing Against Time

Above: The Justice Clock installed in Jaisalmer House in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya Justice clocks will come up in all 24 high courts of the country...
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The Fourth Estate

Cobra’s Sting The sensational Cobrapost exposé last week has literally caught prominent names in the media with their pants down. The sting, Operation 136, was...
Satire: In a flux up state, the latest terms to get endeared to

Terms of Endearment

~By Dilip Bobb Like politics and the global economy, cricket is also experiencing the Great Churn as the ball tampering issue scrapes the gloss off...
Demonetisation in India: The Legal Aspect

Demonetisation in India: The Legal Aspect

Arun Kumar, one of India’s foremost economists, and an authority on the black economy, comprehensively analyses the legal and constitutional contours of demonetisation in...
File photo of newborns at a surrogacy clinic/Photo: UNI

Festering Womb

Above: File photo of newborns at a surrogacy clinic/Photo: UNI The Union Cabinet’s decision to approve amendments to the Surrogacy Bill has paved the way...
(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...
Union cabinet approves Surrogacy Bill amendments, proposes National Surrogacy Board

Union cabinet approves Surrogacy Bill amendments, proposes National Surrogacy Board

Bill proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy, setting up of national and state-level boards to regulate surrogacy and prohibit exploitation of surrogate mothers The Union...
Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

With the centre now making its submissions before the Supreme Court to defend its decision of making Aadhaar-linking with various services mandatory, the Constitution...
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...
Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Above: (L-R) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani; Prasar Bharati chairman Surya Prakash  The stand-off between the minister and the public broadcaster threatens the...
Modi Government’s Governance Dilemma: Filling the vacant positions

Governance: Empty Seats

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence From the Lokpal to the green tribunal, the Supreme Court and High Courts, institutes of higher learning and even investigating agencies, the...
Satire: An emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India

Statue of Lamentations

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb Last week witnessed a historic event; an emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India (FSI), a grouping...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Kaun Banega PM? There are secret late-night consultations going on in the capital to find a Prime Ministerial candidate for 2019 who can challenge Narendra...
MAKE IN INDIA BITES THE DUST IN MODI GOVERNMENT

MAKE IN INDIA BITES THE DUST

By Inderjit Badhwar Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative has been a bit of a flop. The defence sector, anointed as the lead...
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...
Make expenses for Air India charter flights for PM Modi’s foreign trips public: CIC

Make expenses for Air India charter flights for PM Modi’s foreign trips public: CIC

In an order that could cause much discomfiture to the BJP and give the Opposition some ammunition to target the Centre, the Central Information...
Nirav Modi in a photo with PM Modi at Davos. Photo: UNI

India’s Banking System: How Deep is the Rot?

The Nirav Modi-PNB scam and others before it have shown that lax corporate governance, dishonest officials and suave rogues have bled the banking sector,...

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...
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Minister’s Mission Every ministry she has been given charge of, Smriti Irani likes to stamp her authority and rush in where angels fear to tread....
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Marriage Wows   His designation may be Additional Principal Secretary but PK Mishra is seen as the most powerful person in the PMO—he served many...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Modi versus Modi

  ~By Dilip Bobb In drawing rooms, on mass public transport, gyms and offices across India, recent events have triggered a heated debate about Modi...
Nirav Modi

Nirav Modi-PNB scam: SC defers hearing in PIL till Mar 15 after high courtroom...

A petition seeking a special investigation team (SIT) probe in the over Rs 11,000 crore “scam” involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his transactions with...
Jay Shah defamation case: Gujarat HC restores gag on The Wire, portal to move SC

Jay Shah defamation case: Gujarat HC restores gag on The Wire, portal to move...

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday restored a gag order barring news portal The Wire to write further on the “exceptional” increase in Jay Shah's firm’s...
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar in hospital, Goa Assembly budget session cut to just 3 days

With Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who also holds the state’s finance portfolio, undergoing treatment for a pancreatic disorder at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, the...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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The Missing Words In diplomatic language, what is left unsaid conveys a lot more than what is actually spoken. During PM Narendra Modi’s historic visit...
God help the country: that is Modi government's unique defence strategy

God help the country: that is Modi government’s unique defence strategy

~By Rajesh Sinha Don't be shocked by the headline. Narendra Modi government has in full faith taken recourse to age-old, traditional Indian tactics to safeguard...
Trade ties on agenda, Iran Prez Hassan Rouhani arrives in India today

Trade ties on agenda, Iran Prez Hassan Rouhani arrives in India today

Completion of Iran’s Chabahar port by India, a potential deal for Indian companies to develop an offshore gas field in Iran likely to be...
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Palestine to ask India to replace US as sole mediator in negotiations with Israel,...

Of the decades of bonhomie between India and the Palestinians, including with the chief of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation Yasser Arafat, and despite India...
Satire: A couple’s hilarious conversation on PM Narendra Modi

A House Divided

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb There are those who call Narendra Modi a polarising force, creating divisions for electoral gain. Whether true or...
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The Fourth Estate

The Modi Setpiece So rare are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interactions with the media that even the occasional interviews he reluctantly grants are carefully choreographed....
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Red Flags for Rafale  The secret clause that the NDA government is waving to avoid disclosing pricing and other details of the Rafale deal...
Tytler 1984 case: AAP MLA complains to PM, says change CBI probe team

Tytler 1984 case: AAP MLA complains to PM, says change CBI probe team

In a seemingly political move – though who would be the beneficiary in this is not clear – HS Phoolka, senior lawyer and Aam...
Outrage among Sikh members of Trudeau government over Outlook magazine article

Outrage among Sikh members of Trudeau government over Outlook magazine article

Ottawa: Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has dubbed as “ridiculous” and “offensive”, a cover story carried by India’s widely circulated Outlook Magazine which implies...
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...
Govt brings scrapped Rafael deal back on the table: Reports

Govt brings scrapped Rafael deal back on the table: Reports

Sources in the Indian government have confirmed for the first time that a massive deal to purchase anti-tank missiles from Israel’s Rafael weapons manufacturer...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Budget 2018: Tall Promises ahead of General Elections 2019

Tall Promises

Amid speculation over general elections being advanced, the last budget seems like a poll manifesto aimed at the electorate ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav It has...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Foreign Exchange Even as a new foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale (right), took over last week, the buzz was that his predecessor, S Jaishankar (left), who...
PEOPLE POWER VERSUS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

PEOPLE POWER VS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

~By Inderjit Badhwar To be fair to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the proposal to hold national and state elections simultaneously preceded his recent public advocacy...
Blow for BJP as Congress, Trinamool sweep by-polls in Rajasthan, WB

Blow for BJP as Congress, Trinamool sweep by-polls in Rajasthan, WB

Congress won Alwar, Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh assembly seat in Rajasthan, Trinamool bags Uluberia and Noapara in Bengal On a day when the...
Amid rumours of early General Elections, Jaitley presents Union Budget 2018

Amid rumours of early General Elections, Jaitley presents Union Budget 2018

With the political grapevine abuzz with speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could recommend advancing of the general elections scheduled for May 2019 to...

Kasganj violence: Fake News Inc. at it again, Farhan Akhtar latest victim

The latest in fake news about Kasganj is one circulated on social media, involving Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar, attributing to him a message he...
President Kovind's Maiden Address to Parliament Focuses On Social Sector

President Kovind’s Maiden Address to Parliament Focuses On Social Sector

A focus on social sector and welfarism, highlighting the government's move to restore Muslim women's honour through the bill criminalising triple talaq, and pitching...
Photo Courtesy UNI

A Policy to Secure India

Above: Photo Courtesy UNI With increasing threats to the country, the need of the hour is a national security policy document, establishment of a separate...
68th Republic Day anniversary: Through my looking glass

THROUGH MY LOOKING GLASS

~By Inderjit Badhwar On the eve of India’s 68th Republic Day anniversary, I chanced upon some of the most stirring phrases of leaders who had...
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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...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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The Davos Denial There’s a serious backstory to the presence of Narendra Modi at Davos. Despite the hype surrounding his presence and his address to...
SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) dealing with the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh directed the Centre to constitute a tribunal...
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...
Indo-Israel Ties: Budding bromance brewing gradually

Budding Bromance

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi showing kites to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara during their visit to Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Despite the love-fest...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Lessons from Shin Bet Delhi, accustomed to dealing with oppressive security measures thanks to its resident and visiting VIPs, could take a few lessons from...
Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi recently. Picture courtesy PMO

Modi to go to Ramallah on Feb 10; modalities being worked out

Above: Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi recently. Picture courtesy PMO On February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land in Ramallah in...

Togadia drags PM Narendra Modi into assassination plot claim

Photo caption: VHP leader Praveen Togadia with then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in 2005. File picture.  Days after he stunned political observers with his...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meeting the President of USA, Donald Trump, in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017/Photo: PIB

No Modi-Trump meet in Davos

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meeting the President of USA, Donald Trump, in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017/Photo: PIB ​​India Legal can confirm that...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018/Photo: PIB

Differences will be no hurdle in India, Israel taking relationship to another level

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018/Photo: PIB Hitches...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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CHASING TRUMP The Prime Minister’s aides are trying to squeeze as much as possible out of Narendra Modi’s hectic 24-hour trip to Davos to...
Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

By Shelley Kasli A recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including...

SNC Lavalin case: Supreme Court issues notice to Kerala CM Vijayan

SC stays trial in the Rs 86 crore scam till further orders, admits the CBI’s appeal against discharge of Pinarayi Vijayan and others in...
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...
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Modi’s Davos Date Much hype is being created around the fact that Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to attend the annual World...
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The Fourth Estate

Fired Up The tragic fire in a Mumbai pub which killed 15 customers on December 29, had another unsuspecting but prominent victim—The Times Network, the...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

New Year Resolutions

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s now almost traditional among people of all faiths to faithfully record their resolutions for the year ahead and resolve issues that...
Much Twittering over a Tweet

Much Twittering over a Tweet

Lead: US President Donald Trump has gone ballistic with his tweets since New Year’s Day/Photo: UNI Too much should not be read into the US...
Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

As winter session ends, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announces schedule for the budget session  Soon after the Winter Session of Parliament ended on Friday following...
Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel; docs end stir

Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel;...

Controversial NMC Bill referred to a Parliamentary standing committee soon after health minister JP Nadda claimed that talks were one with agitating doctors  In a...
(Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account on the country’s super rich, responsible for NPAs in banks; air pollution playing havoc in NCR; and frauds related to demonetization

WELCOME, CHALLENGES

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account...

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...
Handpicked by Modi and Shah, Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

Handpicked by Modi and Shah, Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

A five-time MLA from Seraj constituency, Thakur was chosen to be the chief minister after BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost in...
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...
2018 elections in eight states: The battle ahead

The Battle Ahead

Next year will be crucial for the BJP and the Congress as eight states go to the polls. Will the saffron wave permeate more...
Prime Minister Modi waves to supporters from a seaplane on the Sabarmati

Making Waves…

Above: Prime Minister Modi waves to supporters from a seaplane on the Sabarmati  Prime Minister Modi has focussed attention on a little known mode...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Star Wars—Episode 2017

~By Dilip Bobb Dickens got it spot on—‘It was the best of times, it was    the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,...
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Commission Omission

Commission Omission If the Gujarat elections registered a new low in personal attacks and campaign rhetoric, it also marked a nadir for a once-credible institution—the...
Parliament disrupted again as 2G Case verdict peps up Congress

Parliament disrupted again as 2G Case verdict peps up Congress, gives it fresh ammo

The 2G scam case against Congress-led UPA falling through in court provided additional ammunition to the Opposition against the ruling BJP and pepped up...
Gujarat BJP workers celebrating paty's victory in assembly polls in Ahmedabad on December 18. Photo: UNI

Election round up: Close shave for BJP in Modi’s Gujarat, sweep in Himachal

Above: Gujarat BJP workers celebrating paty's victory in assembly polls in Ahmedabad on December 18. Photo: UNI In a nail-biting finish where leads and trails...
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...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with...
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Security be Damned All bluebook security protocols relating to the prime minister were thrown to the winds so that Modi could end his Gujarat campaign...
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The Fourth Estate

Standing up to Pressure Quint, the online news portal started by Raghav Bahl after he sold his stake in TV-18 to Mukesh Ambani, has stood...
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...
Rahul-era begins in Congress as Sonia outlines challenges

Rahul-era begins in Congress as Sonia outlines challenges

Rahul Gandhi was formally elevated as Congress president on Saturday, taking over from her mother Sonia Gandhi who held the post for 19 consecutive years As...
Triple-talaq

Narendra Modi Cabinet clears Bill banning instant triple talaq

The Bill makes instant triple talaq a cognisable offence and proposes a 3 year jail term for Muslim husband who gives wife talaq-ul-biddat; to...
With Rahul as Congress president, Sonia says: My role is to retire

Sonia says “my role is to retire”, what next for Congress under Rahul

~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Congress sources say Sonia Gandhi will continue to advise her son on crucial party matters, help him reach out to potential...
With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

As Congress and other Opposition parties hope to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on a slew of issues, stormy session likely  As...
Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close in Gujarat

Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Ahmedabad amid second phase of Gujarat polling irks Congress; Chidambaram lashes out at Election Commission  As Gujarat went...
Aadhaar

Deadline for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar extended till Mar 31

Decision by the finance ministry comes a day before a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court begins hearing pleas against mandatory Aadhaar-linking In a...
PM Modi my biggest help, confident of Congress victory in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi my biggest help, confident of Congress victory in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

In first televised interview after being elected as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi takes digs at Narendra Modi, says he feels only love for the...
After bitter spat, Narendra Modi greets Manmohan Singh at Parliament

After bitter spat, Narendra Modi greets Manmohan Singh at Parliament

Days after former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh asked his successor Narendra Modi to apologise for alleging that Congress leaders had met Pakistani officials...
Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn

Has India Missed the Bus?

Above: Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn Maldives is cosying up to...
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The Obama Effect It is diplomatically tricky for a serving head of government to hold talks with a former US President who is a political...
The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men advocating reform. Photo: Anil Shakya

Triple Talaq Draft Bill Shrouded in Secrecy

Above: The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men...
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI

Myanmar: China’s New Playground?

Above: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI With Beijing mediating between Bangladesh and its neighbour...
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...
Rahul Gandhi

Congress presidential poll: Rahul Gandhi files nomination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cites Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla’s allegation of election being rigged, slams Congress’ dynasty politics Amid allegations by a party worker...
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The Fourth Estate

Cross-Purposes The media seems to be adding to the confusion and controversy over the death of Justice BH Loya by its conflicting coverage of the...
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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...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Queen for Two Days

  ~By Dilip Bobb So overwhelmed was Ivanka Trump by the red carpet welcome she received on her recent trip to India, treated like royalty...
Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Above: Photo Courtesy GettyImages   After over three months of the apex court verdict terming instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional, the Centre has drawn...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with U S President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI

Modi-Obama special lunch at Hyderabad House today

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with U S President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI Following the much-hyped trip...
UP leads India in murders, MP again tops in rape cases: NCRB 2016 report

UP leads India in murders, MP again tops in rape cases: NCRB 2016 report

Crime in India 2016 report reveals most BJP-ruled states have high prevalence of IPC crimes but Delhi still maintains dubious distinction of highest crime...
Photo Courtesy Anil Shakya

Centre re-thinks ban on sale of cattle for slaughter

The Narendra Modi government is having a rethink on the ban it imposed on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter following feedback from...
The French-made fighter aircraft Rafale

Rafale Deal: Dogfight Over Fighters

Even as the Congress cries foul over this Indo-French deal, will petty politics once again deprive our air force of systems it badly needs...
Rocked by Brexit and scandal, Theresa May’s government is on the brink of collapse. Photo: UNI

UK Sex Scandals: Westminster Hit by Pestminster

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in a precarious position as it is buffeted by the sexual misdemeanours of its leaders, ministerial blunders and...
Ivanka Trump: An American Princess?

Ivanka Trump: An American Princess?

As the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurial Summit in Hyderabad is led by the First Daughter, a look at whether she is a...
(Left) President Ram Nath Kovind being received by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra at the inaugural function of the National Law Day. Photo: UNI

Nation trusts PM with nuclear button, but SC doesn’t trust him to select a...

Above: (Left) President  Ram Nath Kovind being received by Chief Justice of India  Dipak Mishra at the inaugural function of  the National Law Day....
Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

The upcoming winter session of Parliament will be convened from December 15 to January 5 thereby ending the political storm raging over it. This was...
Photo: Anil Shakya

Obsolete Legislations: Outlawing Laws

The Winter Session of Parliament will see some long-delayed action, as states respond to the centre’s appeal to move fast on repealing or amending...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other leaders who attended the ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI

ASEAN: Combating the Dragon

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other leaders who attended the ASEAN-India Summit in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI The formation of the Quadrilateral on...
Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone pulls out of Indo-US summit amid Padmavati row

Facing death threats, actor joins Dhoni in deciding to give November 28 event a go-by  Actor Deepika Padukone has joined cricketer MS Dhoni and a...
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UNCLE SAM’S HOMECOMING It is now known that some of the credit for Rahul Gandhi’s astonishing makeover, which has transformed the Congress vice-president’s image to...
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...
IT raids at Poes Garden. Photo courtesy: APN

Dhinakaran says Poes Garden IT raids a political move

The Income Tax Department, on Friday (November 17) raided Vela Nileyam, the Poes Garden residence of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa....
PM Narendra Modi inspecting a guard of honour during an NCC rally, in New Delhi. Photo: UNI

Compulsory Military Training: A Country of Soldier-citizens

It would be ideal if all Indians have the attributes and qualities of soldiers so that they are physically fit, motivated and armed for...
Garbage piled up at Okhla landfill in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

India is a country groaning under garbage with some 1,00,000 tonnes being generated every day. Despite various laws to tackle the rubbish, it has...
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DELHI DURBAR

POLITICAL STARS The next chief minister of Tamil Nadu could well be one of the three biggest stars in the Tamil film industry. With J...
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The Fourth Estate

Paper Tiger There’s a media connection to BJP Rajya Sabha member RK Sinha who has been named in the Paradise Papers leak. He was hand-picked...
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...
Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan speaking during a news conference in Mumbai. Photo: UNI

Rajan says no to AAP’s Rajya Sabha offer, will remain an academician

Above: Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan speaking during a news conference in Mumbai. Photo: UNI The Aam Aadmi Party offered former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan...
—India Legal Bureau Above: Congress activists during a protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation, at Youth Congress office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Photo: UNI; (inset) Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

Modi tweets the “benefits” of demonetisation

Above: Congress activists during a protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation, at Youth Congress office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Photo:...
Special judge in bribery soup: Delhi HC bench refuses to top inquiry, but allows judge to view CCTV footage

Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on plea banning photos of PM and others in...

Above: Delhi High Court The Delhi High Court on Monday (November 6) sought response from the Centre on a plea banning use of photos...
Rahul gandhi

Rahul’s measured attack on Modinomics in the pages of Financial Times

On the day of the anniversary of the fateful and disastrous demonetization drive by the BJP government, arrived another jolt for the Prime Minster...
Hasmukh Adhia, who has been promoted as finance secretary

Hasmukh Adhia is Finance Secy, as predicted by India Legal in Oct.

As the news of revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia being promoted as finance secretary seeped into the India Legal newsroom, there was little surprise. Not because...
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The Fourth Estate

Star Struck It’s no laughing matter. Rupert Murdoch, owner of Star TV, has taken on governments in the UK and Australia over issues concerning his...
PM Modi lectures media on editorial freedom, maintaining credibility

Modi warns Indian media on fake news, lectures on credibility

PM Narendra Modi speaking at the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil newspaper Daily Thanthi. Photo: UNI Following similar accusations and warnings by US President Donald...
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REPUBLIC OF ASEAN There is now confirmation that the Prime Minister will be staging another spectacular news and photo op on Republic Day by inviting...
Kenneth Juster

As predicted by India Legal, US Senate votes for Kenneth Juster as US envoy...

Above: Kenneth Juster   It happened just as India Legal had predicted way back in April. On Thursday (US Time, November 2) the United States...
EoDB rankings suggest starting new business in India is becoming difficult

EoDB rankings suggest starting new business in India is becoming difficult

World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings show Start Up India initiative has failed as starting new business in India is becoming difficult The...
A marine guard ship from Vietnam (right in the picture) near a Chinese ship in the South China Sea. Photo: UNI

Indo-US Ties: Fearing the Dragon

Above: A marine guard ship from Vietnam (right in the picture) near a Chinese ship in the South China Sea. Photo: UNI The growing warmth...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering on the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. Photo: PIB

Modi, BJP capitalizes on Sardar Patel birth anniversary ahead of Gujarat polls

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering on the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel...
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...
The Chief Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Joti along with the Election Commissioners, OP Rawat and Sunil Arora addressing the press conference to announce Election Schedule to Legislative Assembly of Gujarat. Photo: PIB

With Modi having completed announcing sops, EC announces Gujarat poll dates

Above: The Chief Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Joti along with the Election Commissioners, OP Rawat and Sunil Arora addressing the press conference to announce...
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Delhi Durbar

Rahul’s Rising Graph His elevation as president of the Congress in a few days could not have had a better prelude. In the past six...
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...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Conscious Coupling

~By Dilip Bobb The phrase has been trending ever since Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow used a version of it to announce her separation from pop...
Narendra modi

Who is watching the Watchdog?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre), BJP president Amit Shah (second from left) and others at the Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar. Photo:...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI

Modi set to inaugurate big ticket projects in Gujarat on Sunday

Above:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at Gujarat Gaurav Maha Sammelan in Gandhinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be...
Aadhaar Card

It’s the Govt, not the RBI that wants you to link Aadhaar with bank...

Reserve Bank of India confirms it has not issued any instruction so far regarding mandatory linking of Aadhaar number with bank accounts In this age...
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,...
Journalists protesting in Guwahati. Photo: UNI

IFJ expresses concern over defamation suit filed against news portal for investigative report

Above: Journalists protesting in Guwahati (file picture).Photo: UNI The world press freedom and media security watchdog, The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has expressed concern...
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Photo: PIB

A New World Axis

Above: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Photo: PIB As America transfers high-end military technology to India, it...
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...
RSS strongman Mohan Bhagwat. Photo: UNI

RSS: Targeting the Constitution

Above: RSS strongman Mohan Bhagwat. Photo: UNI RSS leaders have of late been demanding a review of the Constitution but what is the motive and...
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The Higher Command There are increasing signs that the RSS is not on the same page as the government and has started to put pressure...
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Fourth Estate

Express versus Express Delhi is set to get another daily newspaper. This is The New Indian Express in another avatar. The Chennai-based paper has been...
NAMO’S FIRST REAL CRISIS

NAMO’S FIRST REAL CRISIS

~By Inderjit Badhwar The Indian prime minister is a magician at making storms disappear into a teacup. But try as he might, he is finding...
(L-R) Hansmukh Adhia, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and others attending the 22nd meeting of the Goods and Service Tax Council in New Delhi on October 6.Photo: UNI

Relief on the GST front, but this will hardly let the MSME sector breathe...

Above: (L-R) Hansmukh Adhia, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and others...
The GST Council meeting in progress on October 6, to look into some grey areas. Photo: UNI

Goods and Services Tax: Looking at a New Roadmap

Above: The GST Council meeting in progress on October 6, to look into some grey areas. Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi is quite used...
The Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

EC says it will be ready to hold simultaneous LS, assembly polls by Sep...

Above: The Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Lok Sabha deputy Speaker M Thambidurai had written to chief ministers, seeking their...
Zakia Jafri. Photo: YouTube

Gujarat HC rejects plea by slain Cong leader’s widow on including Modi and others...

Above:  Zakia Jafri. Photo: YouTube Court upholds SIT clean chit to the then chief minister of Gujarat and senior bureaucrats The Gujarat High Court on Thursday (October 5)...
Former BJP minister Arun Shourie

After Yashwant Sinha it’s the turn of old BJP hand Arun Shourie to speak...

Above: Former BJP minister Arun Shourie The former union minister says demonetisation was the largest money-laundering scheme ever conceived and implemented by a government Days after...
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Delhi Durbar

Power of a Name Call it superstition, past experience or sheer coincidence, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken a liking to officials...
Tytler 1984 case: AAP MLA complains to PM, says change CBI probe team

Media on Trial

The reluctance of the press to indict one of its own for his mortifying tweets on Modi’s death shows its double standards and lack...
Bibek Debroy

India Legal had predicted that Bibek Debroy will be appointed as head of PM’s...

Above: Bibek Debroy India Legal magazine in its last issue dated October 2, 2017 (See Link ), had already given enough indications about Debroy taking over the...
A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI

Simultaneous Polls: Desirable But Not Feasible

Above: A polling officer applies ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station in Bihar. Photo: UNI While such an exercise...
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The Fourth Estate

Bye Bye Bobby The casualty rate of editors at Hindustan Times seems to be unusually high compared to other national dailies. Barely 14 months after...
MGNREGA workers in several states have been working at less than the minimum wages. Photo: nregapaschimmedinipur.com

MGNREGA: The War of Wages

Above: MGNREGA workers in several states have been working at less than the minimum wages. Photo: nregapaschimmedinipur.com Despite the apex court saying that minimum pay...
ARTICLES OF FAITH

ARTICLES OF FAITH

~By Inderjit Badhwar The people of Kashmir embraced India and spurned Pakistan well before India embraced Kashmir. How many people recognise this fact as the...
Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Photo: UNI

Rohingya affidavit to SC: Leak puts govt on backfoot, says it was an “incomplete”...

Above: Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Photo: UNI Home minister Rajnath Singh clarifies that affidavit on the Rohingya deportation issue will be filed in...
Rohingyas offering namaz. Photo: Javed Sultan

Rohingyas imbroglio: The Suu Kyi-India intransigence carries few explanations

Above: Rohingyas offering namaz. Photo: Javed Sultan Rohingyas in India used to be given Long Term Visas (LTVs) in 2012 (valid till 2015), but this...
Picture: Facebook

Rahul slams Modi’s policies at Berkley, but admits dynasties do run India

Addressing students at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday (September 11), hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
Anthony Lawrence

The End of Days

~By Dilip Bobb   Nowadays, there seems to be a day for everyone—nary a day passes when it is not dedicated to person, place or thing—Teacher’s...
Orphaned kids, poor living conditions, hunger and poverty, the Rohingyas have been battling it all. Photo: Javed Sultan

Rohingyas: The Nowhere People

Above: Orphaned kids, poor living conditions, hunger and poverty, the Rohingyas have been battling it all. Photo: Javed Sultan With India deciding to deport Rohinhgya...
With firms trying to cut corners, most factory workers endure inhospitable conditions. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Survey on Business Reforms: All Hype, Few Reforms?

Above: With firms trying to cut corners, most factory workers endure inhospitable conditions. Photo: Bhavana Gaur Despite the central and state governments’ efforts at simplifying...
PM Modi with Chinese president Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen. Photo: UNI

Modi-Xi summit: Doklam standoff put aside as leaders talk about future

Above: PM Modi with Chinese president Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen. Photo:...
Rohingyas are describes as the most persecuted minority. Photo: UNI

Modi will talk Rohingya with Myanmar, but how will India deport them?

Above: Rohingyas are described as the most persecuted minority. Photo: UNI The issue has been hanging fire in several regions of India, but while India...
Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ongoing BRICS Summit. Photo: PIB

LeT, JeM, named as terror outfits in BRICS declaration, Pak blamed for hosting them

Above: Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Nirmala Sitharaman is India’s new defence minister, Piyush gets Railways

Suresh Prabhu moved to commerce ministry while Uma Bharati stripped off water resources portfolio, Bandaru Dattatreya dropped As Prime Minister Narendra Modi re-allocated portfolios to...
Cabinet-PIB3

While expanding his council of ministers on Sunday, the Prime Minister relied on people’s...

The expansion of the Union council of ministers that took place on Sunday established at least one similarity between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former premiers...
Nine-New

Cabinet reshuffle: Modi inducts 9 junior ministers, promotes 4 to cabinet rank

Of the nine new junior ministers inducted in the council of ministers, 4 are former bureaucrats. Caste equations, politics and regional representation also addressed...
While taking decisions on cabinet rejig, Modi and Amit Shah will have to keep in mind the BJP’s strategy for the 2019 LS polls and assembly elections due over the next year

Cabinet reshuffle likely on weekend: a few big changes on the cards

Above: While taking decisions on cabinet rejig, Modi and Amit Shah will have to keep in mind the BJP’s strategy for the 2019 LS...
AFGHANISTAN: WILL TRUMP WALK THE TALK?

AFGHANISTAN: WILL TRUMP WALK THE TALK?

~By Inderjit Badhwar Washington DC: President Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed “new” Afghanistan policy is old wine in new bottles. It is more an effort to...
Positive reactions to SC verdict on triple talaq

Positive reactions to SC verdict on triple talaq

Reactions to the Supreme Court’s Tuesday (August 22) verdict of setting aside the controversial triple talaq practice for divorce among Sunni Muslims was mostly...
Palaniswami and Panneerselvam

EPS and OPS unite to keep AIADMK out of Sasikala’s clutches

Once fighting for Jayalalithaa’s legacy, AIADMK (Amma) faction led by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma camp of O Panneerselvam unite, likely...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Alternate Professions

  ~By Dilip Bobb Here’s a thought. What if some prominent Indians had not opted for the professions they are now in? Maybe they could...
Modi’s letter touches special chord in Citizen Mukherjee

Modi’s letter touches special chord in Citizen Mukherjee

Above: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi presents a memento to the then President, Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of farewell hosted by him for...
Santosh Mohan Dev

Veteran Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev no more

Above: Dev was a pillar of support for the Congress in Assam and Tripura. Photo: Photo Division The former union minister had great knowledge of...
Indo-China Stand-off: A Battle of Nerves

Indo-China Stand-off: A Battle of Nerves

Above Photo: UNI The confrontation in Doklam area is not just about Indian intrusion into a disputed territory near Bhutan. It is about India showing...
As Nitish takes oath, Lalu says he will move the Supreme Court

As Nitish takes oath, Lalu says he will move the Supreme Court

Above: Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administering the oath to JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister at Raj Bhawan in Patna...
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...
President oath

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as 14th President of India

Above: Ram Nath Kovind being sworn in as President by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. Photo: PIB At Parliament’s Central hall, 15 minutes past noon on...
LATERAL INDUCTION: CAPTURING THE BABUS?

LATERAL INDUCTION: CAPTURING THE BABUS?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The NITI Aayog (read Modi Administration) recommendation to employ persons from the private sector at all levels of the government —including secretary...
VENKAIAH NAIDU

NDA’s Vice-President aspirant Venkaiah Naidu quits ministry

Smriti Irani also takes over I&B; Narendra Tomar gets additional charge of urban development A man seeped in BJP's political ideology, senior leader Venkaiah...
THE POWER OF BEING SOFT

THE POWER OF BEING SOFT

~By Inderjit Badhwar India has always been a powerful soft power. This attribute is a muscle the nation has used effectively in dealing with the...
Modi to meet Jewish child whose parents were killed in 26/11 attacks

Modi to meet Jewish child whose parents were killed in 26/11 attacks

Above: Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu meeting the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New York (file picture). Photo: UNI Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
Not In My Name protest meet draws first Modi comment against killings

Not In My Name protest meet draws first Modi comment against killings

Above: Muslims with placards at the protest event, “Not in My Name”. Photo: Anil Shakya The PM finally broke his silence on June 29 and...
US endorses India’s stand on Belt and Road initiative

US endorses India’s stand on Belt and Road initiative

Above:  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of United States of America, Donald J Trump at the Joint Press Statement, at White House,...
Salahuddin’s funds will be choked with US declaring him a terrorist: Home secy

Salahuddin’s funds will be choked with US declaring him a terrorist: Home secy

Above: Syed Salahuddin(center), chief of Hizbul Mujahideen leads a protest rally against the planned visit of Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh in Islamabad in...
PM Modi meets 20 American CEOs in US, assures a business-friendly environment

PM Modi meets 20 American CEOs in US, assures a business-friendly environment

Above: Modi with top American CEOs in Washington DC. Photo: Courtesy PMO Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (June 25) met with the CEOs of 20 leading...
US lawmakers coax Modi to remove trade restriction: US lawmakers write to Trump

Trump should coax Modi to remove trade restrictions, say US lawmakers

American politicians have written a letter to President Donald J Trump to push Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eliminate restrictions to US trade...
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...
Kovind files nomination for Presidential election

Kovind files nomination for Presidential election

Above: Ram Nath Kovind (fourth from left) accompanied by PM Narendra Modi (third from left), BJP president Amit Shah (fifth from left), senior BJP...
THE PATRIOTIC SLUGFEST

THE PATRIOTIC SLUGFEST

~By Inderjit Badhwar The Great Intolerance Debate which has consumed this country ever since the wildly popular Narendra Modi government swept the polls and established...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries take a ride on Kochi Metro, in Kerala on Saturday. Photo: UNI

Kochi Metro heralds new era in Indian public transport

Amid much hype and hoopla, Kerala on Saturday got its first metro train service with the inauguration of the Kochi Metro by PM Narendra...
PIL Pioneer Justice PN Bhagwati Passes Away

PIL Pioneer Justice PN Bhagwati Passes Away

June 15 is a sad day for Public Interest Litigation (PIL) activists. They lost one of the pioneers of the PIL in India. Justice...
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Photo: UNI

PM and Jaitley will consider Attorney General’s appointment, says law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

~Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad was at his political best while answering sensitive questions, which also gave...
Baba Ramdev. Photo: UNI

Baba Ramdev Gets Non-bailable Warrant

In April last year businessman-sage Baba Ramdev had attended a religious meeting, the Sadbhawana Sammelan, in Rohtak. There he had allegedly announced that if...
Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

The ECI feels so threatened that it now wants powers of contempt

The direct fallout of the EVM controversy, in which the Election Commission of India (ECI) was forced to do a face-saving ‘EVM Challenge’—one that...
Modi’s demonetization announcement made people wonder whether they were living in their own country where they had only recently been promised ‘Achche Din’. Photo: Anil Shakya

Demonetization: The jury is still out

An introduction to and review of a new, yet-to-be-released book on the controversial subject   ~By HK Dua   Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like Indira Gandhi much before...
Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron

France and India Collaborate on Climate Change in Snub To Trump

Prime Minister Narendra  Modi closed a European tour meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris as world governments began adjusting to US President...
THE CULTURE RAJ OR THE ECONOMY. By Inderjit Badhwar

THE CULTURE RAJ OR THE ECONOMY?

Almost immediately after Prime Minister Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8, 2016, I carried an exclusive...
Narendra Modi constructed a simulacra of a new India, which people believed in. Photo: UNI

Modi: Interpreter of Maladies

As he completes three years in power, the PM seems unassailable. The process of historical rectification, economic majoritarianism and whipping policy into shape has...

The Driving Force

  By Dilip Bobb   The Narendra Modi government completes three years in office and, according to surveys conducted by a little-known organisation called Local Circle, a...
(L-R) A file photograph of PM Modi at the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland as part of his North-east initiative; Artists performing Bihu dance at an event in Guwahati. Photos: UNI

Northeast India: A Bridge Too Far?

Prime Minister Modi’s forward-looking policy towards this region would be fruitful if ASEAN countries are brought closer via infrastructure projects leading to greater connectivity...
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...
Digital Push for Supreme Court

Digital Push for Supreme Court

PM Modi says this is another step towards modernisation of courts ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao JrCome July and the apex court will mark a...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi favours India shifting to a January to December fiscal year from the current April to March cycle. Photo: UNI

A Double Disruption?

While shifting the financial year cycle may require legislation for smooth transition, experts say the change shouldn’t be hasty and must not clash with...

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...
Spiritual leader Dalai Lama during his Tawang visit,photo: UNI

Testy Ties

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal has led to frostiness in relations with China. Is this a conscious effort by Beijing at power projection...
(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...
Tearful meeting with mother and wife for Kulbhushan Jadhav

Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Deep State “Justice”

Death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer by a military court, is just a pawn being used by Pak to strengthen...
(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...
People gather outside RBI New Delhi on March 31, 2017, in anticipation that their demonetized currency would be exchanged. Photo: Anil Shakya

Demonetisation issue: AG provides petitioners with affidavit

Petitioners seek a new window for changing notes; case to be posted after vacation A demonetization U-turn by the government on exchanging invalid currency...
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...
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...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, at Raiwind, in Pakistan on December 25, 2015. Photo: PIB

Indus Watershed

In a surprising U-turn, Modi government decides to hold talks with Pakistan on the Indus Water Commission ~By Seema Guha In a break from its...
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Appoint 400-500 Judges to Reduce Pendency of Cases: Dr Subramanian Swamy

DR SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY needs no introduction. He was one of the founding members of the Janata Party which later merged with the BJP. He...
(L-R) BJP president Amit Shah; party workers soaking in the emphatic victory in UP at BJP headquarters

People have rejected dynasty and appeasement politics: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah held a press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi at around 3.45 pm on March 11 and the thrust of...
Modi cool on mega win, congratulates Amarinder first

Modi cool on mega win, congratulates Amarinder first

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is over the moon. Probably even they failed to anticipate the magnitude of the victory in Uttar Pradesh, the...
Pictures: UNI

Modi’s intriguing stance on Advani, Joshi and Bharti

The political overtones of the Babri Masjid case indicate rivalries and manoeuvres ~Parsa Venkateshwar Rao JrThe Modi government is actively pursuing the issue of...
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...
President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on immigrants have to be approved by the Congress. Photo: UNI

Law vs Unbridled Power

Any executive order requires parliamentary approval in a democracy for it to have legal validity   ~Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr   Liberal democracy, as it is understood in...
Illustration: UdayShankar

A friend in the White House

  ~By Dilip Bobb   What exactly did President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi say to each other? Unlike Trump’s conversation with Nawaz Sharif, gleefully...
People standing at the RBI Gate in New Delhi on January 10, 2017

Modi govt short-changes Diaspora Indians

NRIs are being turned away by RBI from depositing their demonetised currencies, although the centre had extended the date till June 30, 2017 Global Organization of...
Lead Illustration: UdayShankar

The Best Acting Awards

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s the season for cinematic awards, in Hollywood where we saw Priyanka Chopra in a low-cut gown at the aptly named Golden...
Reserve Bank Of India

RBI relegates demonetisation to an “also-ran” measure

GST, insolvency and benami laws seen as more substantial moves to check black money ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in...
(L-R) PM Modi has gained personally as the demonetisation move has projected him as a decisive and strong leader; the people, despite all odds, are not yet ready to criticise Modi. Photos: UNI

Modi riding demonetisation tiger

People are going through the pain of Modi’s demonetisation move in the belief that black money will be curbed. The acid test will be...
Inderjit Badhwar 16/01/2017

Lessons For Mr Urjit Patel

Arun Shourie is not only a journalist, as most Indians see him, but also a towering man of letters, a former BJP Union minister,...
The official note from RBI reveals that it was virtually handed a fait accompli by the government to endorse the demonetization drive. Photo: Anil Shakya

Was RBI “pushed” by centre on demonetisation?

The demonetisation drive has shown that the central bank under Urjit Patel has surrendered its autonomy to the government. This doesn’t behove well for...
RBI Governor Urjit Patel. Photo: UNI

Urjit Patel’s wake-up call to Modi and Jaitley

The RBI governor spoke his mind on the economy at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar, breaking a spell of silence    ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao...
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...
President Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the centenary celebration of the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry, in Hyderabad. Photo: UNI

The Ball is Now in the Legislature’s Court

Presidential ordinance shifts the focus of note-ban from the executive to the legislature By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The President’s ordinance declaring the Specified Bank Notes...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launching of BHIM app un New Delhi. Photo: facebook

An App for Cashless Economy, Courtesy PM Modi

The new digital mode, Bharat Interface for Money app, is a fanciful toy. It’s time to get serious By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Give to the...
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, M Venkaiah Naidu addressing a press conference on last 2.5 years achievements of the Government. Photo: UNI

Venkaiah Naidu Pitches for Demonetization

I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu stretches his persuasive skills to show that all is well post-Nov 8 By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The Bharatiya Janata Party...
Lead Illustration: UdayShankar

Indian Media’s Post-Truth

It has been a hugely significant year for the media, as it struggles to come to terms with its bipolar disorder, swinging from one...
A teacher gives a class to Palestinian bedouin students outdoors near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim (seen in the background), in the West Bank village of Al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem. Photo: UNI

Common ground for Trump, Netanyahu, Modi

Can India use the Security Council’s vote against Jewish settlements to advantage? By Sujit Bhar US President-elect Donald Trump takes oath of office on January 20,...
Jethmalani tells Advani, I will oppose you if you want to be president

Jethmalani tells Advani, I will oppose you if you want to be president

Controversial lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani has warned Lal Krishna Advani that he would oppose the Bharatiya Janta Party patriarch should he...
Army jawans taking part in Army Day parade, 2016 in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

“Men in Shadows” derailed Bakshi’s chances to become Army Chief

The bypassing of seniormost Army commander, Lt General Praveen Bakshi through the dirty tricks department will have deleterious effect on a system where men...
A file picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Left) during the Delhi Economics Conclave 2015, in New Delhi. Photo: UNI

Modi, Jaitley look to high taxes

The socialist streak in the prime minister and the finance minister is getting stronger by the day By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr One of the prime...
Reserve Bank Of India

RBI’s report shows money crunch

The latest Weekly Statistical Supplement of RBI says that currency with the public on November 11 was Rs 15,262.3 billion and it drastically came...
Army jawans keeping strict vigil at the main gate of the Army Camp of 46-RR, at Janbazpora in Baramulla district, Jammu and Kashmir

Of Borders, Bombers and Breaches

By Seema Guha It began with Pathankot, went on to Uri and then, Nagrota. In all three cases, terrorists were able to breach India’s defenses....
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...

Demonetisation has led to economic slowdown

RBI revises GVA growth rate from 7.6 per cent to 7.1 per cent for 2016-17 Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr There was expectation that the interest...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel speaks during a news conference after the bi-monthly monetary policy review on October 4, 2016. Photo: UNI

Demonetization: Did the RBI Goof-up?

The PM’s demonetization plan is a political and economic masterstroke but it could boomerang due to lack of preparedness on the part of India’s...
Parliamentarians and leaders from various political parties march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan against the government’s demonetization move. Photo: UNI

Is Demonetization Godsend for the Opposition?

While Modi claims that demonetization has helped the common man, his opponents are seeing this as a golden chance to attack him and increase...
Inderjit Badhwar(In The Name Of The Poor)

As a young lad, I was glued, among other writers, especially to George Orwell. He was a good teacher. And the lesson which remains...
Lead Illustration: UdayShankar

No Money, No Cry

A poem on demonetization (with apologies to the late Bob Marley)  By Dilip Bobb I remember a time when spending habits reached new heights, Splurging on...
Will this woman’s mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar be safe from GM infusion? Photo: UNI

The GM Jinx

Another genetically modified crop, mustard, faces an uncertain future with the Supreme Court and the government passing the buck              By S Gopikrishna Warrier The history...
Cabinet Meeting with PM Modi

Center has Power to Demonetize: Justice Narendra Chapalgaonker

Long, unending queues at banks and post offices for the exchange of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes have overshadowed the merits of...

The Curse of OROP

The faujis are unflinching in their commitment to protect our border. Why then do political parties deny them their due? By Inderjit Badhwar The LoC...
Inderjit Badhwar (The Demonetization Reality Show)

THE DEMONETIZATION REALITY SHOW

My colleague Dilip Bobb, now senior managing editor of India Legal, and I had just wound up a popular talk show on APN news...
Grab of APN Channel Show 'Afat' Kaal

APN’s special show deconstructs demonetization

The jury is still out on whether it was a wise decision. Will the surgical strike on black money yield the desired result or...

MP’s Jailhouse Rock

The killing of eight SIMI undertrials by the Bhopal police has raised many uncomfortable questions and could lead to a protracted legal battle By...
(L-R) UK PM Theresa May; a group of Indian women in the UK presenting a crochet blanket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photos: UNI

Theresa’s immigration initiative may hit Indians

UK PM Theresa May intends to bring down net immigration into her country down to 1,00,000 per year. This could hit Indians who form...
The Sisamau Nala in Kanpur discharges the largest amount of untreated waste into the Ganga

Foxed by the Ganga

In a shocking lapse of duty, the NGT has found that those responsible for the Namami Gange project were not only ignorant about basic...

NDTV: Shooting the Messenger

NDTV India ban evokes some bad memories   By Dilip Bobb   There is some awkward irony in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Indian Express...
India needs an arbitration culture and a robust legal framework to emerge as a global hub for settling commercial disputes. Photo: UNI

Why India isn’t a global hub for arbitration

A global conference, National Initiative Towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India organized by NITI Aayog in New Delhi recently, identified the problems and...
Sorry, No Change (Inderjit Badhwar)

SORRY, NO CHANGE

The two big headline-grabbing stories of the past week were the family feud in the ruling Yadav clan in Lucknow and the equally disturbing...
Naela Quadri Baloch. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Modi is a hero of all oppressed nations: Naela Quadri Baloch

Despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the militant attack on the Uri army base and the surgical strike on terrorist hideouts across...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (right). Photo: UNI

Kejriwal’s Dented Image: Will It Affect Forthcoming Polls? 

The Delhi CM’s ding-dong battle with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and others have often seen him vanquished. Will this have an impact on the forthcoming...
Losing The Middle Ground (Inderjit Badhwar)

LOSING THE MIDDLE GROUND

The most popular cliché about India is that it is a land of extremes. That generally refers to the rural-urban rich-poor chasm but in...
(L-R) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. At the COP 21, India had talked about the ratification the Paris Climate Agreement. Photo: PIB; A man carries schoolchildren through a flooded street during monsoon rains in Mumbai. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Agreement: Can India Deliver?

If India is serious about implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, it has to draw up stringent laws and policies that will make it an...
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...
(L-R) The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the President of USA, Barack Obama, the President of France, Francois Hollande, the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Bill Gates and other dignitaries, at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. Photo: PIB; a typhoon in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Pact: India’s Bargaining Chip

The climate agreement of December 2015 needs to be ratified by at least 55 of 174 countries. India still has to do it but...
Five new chief justices appointed in high courts

Five new chief justices appointed in high courts

At a time when the stand-off continues between the executive and the judiciary over appointment of judges to the higher judiciary, a major development...
KOLKATA, SEP 2 (UNI):- West Bengal Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Firhad Hakim leading a rally with party supporters celebrating the Supreme Court's verdict on Singur landmark victory in Kolkata on Friday. UNI PHOTO-89U

Singur: The Fight for Land

The landmark verdict on Singur by the Supreme Court will hit West Bengal’s economy and be cited in future agitations as industry and agriculture...
Visitor looks at a picture of Subhas Chandra Bose, former leader of the Indian National Army, at a museum in Kolkata, India

Where is Netaji’s “treasure”?

On July 29, a PIL was filed in Calcutta High Court asking for an inquiry commission to look into the disappearance of gold and...
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
A security personnel stands in front of a closed shops at Amirakadal ascribed by a slongan “Burhan Still alive” a Hizbul Mujahideen Commander who was gunned down in an encounter in south Kashmir on July 8 led authorities to clamp Curfew, restrictions in Shehar-e-Khas, down town and parts of Srinagar city following strike call by separatist organisations on the fourth consecutive day

Another Gory Chapter on Kashmir

As Kashmir explodes following the killing of Burhan Wani, it’s time we look back at its history. Each Indian PM has written his own...
AFTER VOTING

Law Commission grappling with Uniform Civil Code     

Although the NDA government has assigned the Law Commission to find out whether the uniform civil code could be implemented in the country, the...

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...
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Narendra Modi government completes two years on May 26

The Modi government will complete two years on May 26. Hopes have been belied, key reforms and bills are stuck, black money is elusive...

CM Mukul’s wife as MP candidate for Tura bye-election

By our correspondent Following the announcement of the Bye-election to the Tura seat on May 16 the Meghalaya Congress has decided to field Mahendraganj MLA...
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Freeing Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers: Redux

With assembly polls due in May, the Jayalalithaa government has once again decided to release convicts serving sentences for their role in the assassination...

Tale of Two Capitals

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has grand plans to develop a new state capital which will be both historic and futuristic. But the...
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.

SEETHING RAGE ON MODI’S HOME TURF

In a move that has befuddled many, the powerful and affluent Patel community in Gujarat, under the leadership of young Hardik Patel, has gone...

Tango Time

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]India's growing engagement with the us has caused china to become wary. yet, if Modi does a fine balancing act, he...

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...

India churning

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Aam Aadmi Kejriwal has dented what seemed impregnable, tripped the arrogant gait of the BJP and shown a new world to...

Make it tougher policy

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Prime minister modi has been urging foreign companies to set up manufacturing bases in India. But Nokia India’s exit shows that...

Signed, sealed, delivered!

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Contentious issues of the nuclear deal signed in 2008 have finally been resolved. It waits to be seen what the fine...

No home to call my own

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Little has changed for many victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots as their wounds continue to fester By Fayeza Pathan <span style="flat"]T he...

Can India and China cooperate?

Does international law nudge these two neighbors to work together to offset Pak-based terror activities? By Col R Hariharan The main source of anti-India terrorism is...

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...

Operation Modi storm?

It was a visit marked by showmanship and flair. But in concrete terms, what did Modi’s visit achieve? By Anita Katyal When senior BJP leader...

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...

Local is National in the Vall­­ey­­

In the interest of the state and the country, regional ­­parties should take over the reins following  the forthcoming elections. By Rakesh Khar Kashmir has been...

EDITORIAL

Letter from the Editor Will the new prime minister walk away with the crown? Will he be able to deliver transformation a la Gujarat to...

India’s dragon woos China

Article 21 of the constitution deals with the right to live with dignity. Don’t gays have the same privilege?  Diva John If one were to observe...

The New Face of Terror

Narendra Modi’s success in inviting the SAARC heads of states for his swearing-in ceremony was heralded as a diplomatic masterstroke. But what eluded most...

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....

Mission Possible

He does not want any third party “intervention, prompting or pressure” in Kashmir. He believes that Pakistan harbors a “compulsive hostility” against India. He...

How green is my valley?

The high profile election battle in Varanasi brought into focus the need for cleaning the Ganga and other rivers. But top environmental activist MC...

Terror Trail

The new government has to devise novel strategies to tackle increased militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. By Col R Hariharan The recent military funeral of Major Mukund Varadarajan, who...

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Passage to India

Passage to India

~By Dilip Bobb There is heightened speculation about whether US President Donald Trump will accept his Indian counterpart’s invitation to be the chief guest for...
DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle

Karunanidhi passes away, Madras HC directs govt to provide space for memorial near Anna...

Above: DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle The death of long-ailing DMK patriarch...
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Will the Real FM Stand Up? Arun Jaitley, who has been recovering after a kidney transplant, will be back at work next week—August 8, to...
Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Above: Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar receives French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian for signing the Rafale contract in September 2016/Photo: UNI It is naïve to...
Women

Safety of Women: Better Late Than Never

Above: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced measures to tackle crime against women/Photo: UNI The Manohar Lal Khattar government’s time-bound action plan in...
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Women Bowled Over Congress President Rahul Gandhi is clearly on a roll. After his highly combative speech and hug-the-PM drama in the Lok Sabha, a...
Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services

GST: A Good Idea Gone Bad

Above: Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services At the launch of GST, Prime Minister Modi stated...
Appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to SC

The Power of Speech

~ By Dilip Bobb Much has been made of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament, culminating in the hug-wink combo. If politicians have one requirement, it...
SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4 weeks

SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4...

Expressing displeasure over the non-appointment of Lokpal, the apex court on Tuesday (July 24) asked the Centre to file a fresh and better affidavit...
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...
Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI

Maldives: Cocking a Snook at India

Above: Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI Thanks to support and funding from China, Maldives is flexing...
Satire: Cave Rescue, Indian Style

Cave Rescue, Indian Style

~By Dilip Bobb There were many remarkable aspects to the rescue of young boys from a cave complex in Thailand that captured the world’s imagination....
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Shotgun Marriage While former Union minister and “margdarshak” Yashwant Sinha has already quit the saffron party, the buzz is that his acolyte and Patna Sahib...
PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI

India-China Yin Yang In Tibet

Above: PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI The latest military drill conducted by China in...
Brave New Words: The Contemporary Indian Vocabulary

Brave New Words

~By Dilip Bobb Lexicographers, those who compile dictionaries, have been working overtime in the recent past trying to cope with the flood of new words...
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Down to The Wire It is well known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his ministers and supporters will target any media house, journalist or website...
Three high court judges appointed as Supreme Court justices

Delhi power tussle verdict: SC says LG can’t be obstructionist, must listen to State...

After keeping its verdict reserved for several months, the Supreme Court, on Wednesday (July 4), finally ruled on the contentious issue of the powers of Delhi’s...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

Inform within 10 days about Lokpal appointment time-frame: SC to Centre

The country's near five-year-long wait for an anti-graft ombudsman – the Lokpal – may soon end with the Supreme Court setting a 10 day...
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...
KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

~By Inderjit Badhwar The latest political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which a government ruling in Delhi has pulled the rug out from...
Cauvery Dispute: Water On The Boil

Cauvery Dispute: Water On The Boil

Above: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi The centre, through the Cauvery Water Management Authority, wants to convey...
Satire: Some Favourite Yoga Poses in Indian Politics

Yoga Hoga

~By Dilip Bobb We are being led to believe that yoga is India’s greatest contribution to global wellness and will usher in international peace and...
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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...
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House Calls There seems to be a turf war brewing between Arun Jaitley, now confined to his bedroom to recover from his transplant, and railway...
Sanjay Singh

PIL in Delhi HC for directions to PM to keep 75 percent attendance in...

Above: Sanjay Singh With Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually on a non-stop world tour, it has been said that when time come for him...
Non-Performing Assets: The Scam within a Scam

Non-Performing Assets: The Scam within a Scam

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence At a mind-blowing Rs 10 lakh crore approximately, Non-Performing Assets are not just about individuals and corporations defaulting on payments they owe...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi recently/Photo: PIB

Indo-US-Russia Ties: Uneasy Tango

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi recently/Photo: PIB India is caught between the US and Russia, its old ally,...
Contact Sport

Contact Sport

By Dilip Bobb BJP President Amit Shah has embarked on his “Sampark for Samarthan” roadshow.  It translates roughly into “contact for support” though in some...
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Switching Channels There’s a huge buzz in media circles to do with a new media venture being launched shortly. The anticipation is more to do with the promoter than...
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Chief Concerns With Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s retirement in October fast approaching, the Modi government, which has been drawing criticism from the Opposition and even...
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance gets Prez nod, home buyers get creditor status

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance gets Prez nod, home buyers get creditor status

Ordinance will enable home buyers to invoke Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 against errant developers, participate in decision making In a...
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...
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For a Richer Harvest With elections due for the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assemblies in November this year, the Congress party is hoping that...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with officer trainees at a yoga session at LBSNAA, Mussoorie/Photo: UNI

All India Services: Dangerous Tampering?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with officer trainees at a yoga session at LBSNAA, Mussoorie/Photo: UNI A proposal by the PMO that the service and...
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...
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United but distant The swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on May 23 proved to be the grandest show of unity yet among...
Lokpal: An Unending Quest

Lokpal: An Unending Quest

Above: Social activist Anna Hazare with comrades Kiran Bedi and Kumar Vishwas in Delhi in 2011/Photo: Anil Shakya The government has appointed senior advocate Mukul...
Democracy’s Finest Hour

Democracy’s Finest Hour

Above: The decks are clear for JD(S) state chief HD Kumaraswamy to take over as next CM with BS Yeddyurappa resigning before the floor...
Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Though the Madras HC has said that forwarding a message is equal to accepting and endorsing it, it is debatable as to what is...
Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

From marketing dubious drugs, online frauds and fake news to data mining for election management, the internet has presented lawmakers with new challenges and...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Election Issues

  ~By Dilip Bobb Fractured verdicts are bad for democracy, as we are seeing in Karnataka which is becoming more natak than kar. Ideologically committed governors,...
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...
Karnataka Assembly Polls: Mudslinging Brawl

Karnataka Assembly Polls: Mudslinging Brawl

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BS Yeddyurappa; Rahul Gandhi with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the Karnataka poll campaign/Photo: UNI With the Congress and the...
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 “Pappu’s”  Gauntlet In the waning days of the campaign for Karnataka, nothing seems to have miffed the apparently unflappable Narendra Modi more than Rahul Gandhi’s...
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Amrita Rai’s comeback After an eight-month-long sabbatical, veteran scribe and wife of Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, Amrita Rai will now be back in her...
Expressway has to be inaugurated on June 1, whether the PM finds time or not, says SC

Expressway has to be inaugurated on June 1, whether the PM finds time or...

Above: Eastern Peripheral Expressway The Supreme Court on Thursday said on Thursday (May10), that much-delayed Eastern Peripheral Expressway must be thrown open to the public...
Missing Indian workers in Afghanistan: Pakistan likely using deep links with Taliban and other networks to engineer kidnappings

Missing Indian workers in Afghanistan: Pakistan likely using deep links with Taliban and other...

Above: Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan being received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting at Hyderabad house, in...
Murdering Parliament through Ordinances

STRANGLING PARLIAMENT

~By Inderjit Badhwar The cover story this week (India Legal magazine) is an example of the continuing alarms that India Legal sounds to warn readers...
Ordinance Raj: Rule by Diktat

Ordinance Raj: Rule by Diktat

This emergency measure is meant to tackle urgent problems when Parliament is not in session but governments have often misused this constitutionally granted right...
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Relative Muscle Sons appearing in a court where the father is a judge—or vice versa—is an age-old debate. The Bar Council has rules that technically...
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Tossing It Back The Principal Information Officer of the government is normally a pliable, servile babu who is ever eager to dance to the tunes...
Karnataka elections: SC throws out plea by Janardhana Reddy to campaign for his brothers

Karnataka elections: SC throws out plea by Janardhana Reddy to campaign for his brothers

Despite new pre-poll survey pointing at a BJP victory it is being widely said that the biggest Achilles Heel for the BJP in the...
Sino-Indian Ties: A Change of Heart

Sino-Indian Ties: A Change of Heart

Above: PM Modi meeting President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, on his recent visit/Photo: PIB There is a renewed bid to bring relations between India...
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Media Watch

Spinning out of control Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spin doctors had a vice-like grip on all the media events orchestrated during his London visit to...
US State Dept paints a grim picture of human rights, press freedom in India

US State Dept paints a grim picture of human rights, press freedom in India

Trump administration’s report also slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over police atrocities, crime against women, muzzling dissent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government...
Will simultaneous polls help democracy

Will simultaneous polls help democracy?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies is once again in the news. A draft white...
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MODI’S UK SPIN Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s London visit was carefully choreographed and orchestrated by his spin doctors in Delhi. It was possibly the first...
Cabinet nod for death in rape of child under 12

Cabinet nod for death in rape of child under 12

Above: Maneka Gandhi    The Union Cabinet today approved an ordinance mandating death penalty to those guilty of raping minors below 12 years of age. The...
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Medical Problems Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s medical condition and the post-operative confinement after his kidney transplant will pose some tricky problems for the Modi government....
PM Modi breaks silence on Kathua and Unnao rapes, even as UN chief calls Kathua incident “horrific”

PM Modi breaks silence on Kathua and Unnao rapes, even as UN chief calls...

After nation-wide public outrage over the horrific Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the widespread criticism of the government’s silence on the incident, Prime...
Satire: The Hidden Stars who deserve to be in the Indian team

Coasting to Gold

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The usual media hype has accompanied the Indian contingent to the Commonwealth Games being staged in Australia’s appropriately...
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 Hors de Combat The speculation as to why Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not show up to be sworn in as a Rajya Sabha member...
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...
Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST issue, in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI

SC/ST Act dilution row: Supreme Court declines urgent hearing of govt’s review petition

Above: Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during  Bharat Bandh over SC/ST issue, in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI Apex court rejected the centre’s request...
Racing Against Time

Racing Against Time

Above: The Justice Clock installed in Jaisalmer House in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya Justice clocks will come up in all 24 high courts of the country...
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Cobra’s Sting The sensational Cobrapost exposé last week has literally caught prominent names in the media with their pants down. The sting, Operation 136, was...
Satire: In a flux up state, the latest terms to get endeared to

Terms of Endearment

~By Dilip Bobb Like politics and the global economy, cricket is also experiencing the Great Churn as the ball tampering issue scrapes the gloss off...
Demonetisation in India: The Legal Aspect

Demonetisation in India: The Legal Aspect

Arun Kumar, one of India’s foremost economists, and an authority on the black economy, comprehensively analyses the legal and constitutional contours of demonetisation in...
File photo of newborns at a surrogacy clinic/Photo: UNI

Festering Womb

Above: File photo of newborns at a surrogacy clinic/Photo: UNI The Union Cabinet’s decision to approve amendments to the Surrogacy Bill has paved the way...
(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...
Union cabinet approves Surrogacy Bill amendments, proposes National Surrogacy Board

Union cabinet approves Surrogacy Bill amendments, proposes National Surrogacy Board

Bill proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy, setting up of national and state-level boards to regulate surrogacy and prohibit exploitation of surrogate mothers The Union...
Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

Aadhaar linkages case: UIDAI chief likely to make PPT presentation in SC tomorrow

With the centre now making its submissions before the Supreme Court to defend its decision of making Aadhaar-linking with various services mandatory, the Constitution...
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...
Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Ruling with an Iron Fist!

Above: (L-R) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani; Prasar Bharati chairman Surya Prakash  The stand-off between the minister and the public broadcaster threatens the...
Modi Government’s Governance Dilemma: Filling the vacant positions

Governance: Empty Seats

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence From the Lokpal to the green tribunal, the Supreme Court and High Courts, institutes of higher learning and even investigating agencies, the...
Satire: An emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India

Statue of Lamentations

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb Last week witnessed a historic event; an emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India (FSI), a grouping...
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Kaun Banega PM? There are secret late-night consultations going on in the capital to find a Prime Ministerial candidate for 2019 who can challenge Narendra...
MAKE IN INDIA BITES THE DUST IN MODI GOVERNMENT

MAKE IN INDIA BITES THE DUST

By Inderjit Badhwar Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative has been a bit of a flop. The defence sector, anointed as the lead...
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...
Make expenses for Air India charter flights for PM Modi’s foreign trips public: CIC

Make expenses for Air India charter flights for PM Modi’s foreign trips public: CIC

In an order that could cause much discomfiture to the BJP and give the Opposition some ammunition to target the Centre, the Central Information...
Nirav Modi in a photo with PM Modi at Davos. Photo: UNI

India’s Banking System: How Deep is the Rot?

The Nirav Modi-PNB scam and others before it have shown that lax corporate governance, dishonest officials and suave rogues have bled the banking sector,...

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...
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Minister’s Mission Every ministry she has been given charge of, Smriti Irani likes to stamp her authority and rush in where angels fear to tread....
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Marriage Wows   His designation may be Additional Principal Secretary but PK Mishra is seen as the most powerful person in the PMO—he served many...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Modi versus Modi

  ~By Dilip Bobb In drawing rooms, on mass public transport, gyms and offices across India, recent events have triggered a heated debate about Modi...
Nirav Modi

Nirav Modi-PNB scam: SC defers hearing in PIL till Mar 15 after high courtroom...

A petition seeking a special investigation team (SIT) probe in the over Rs 11,000 crore “scam” involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his transactions with...
Jay Shah defamation case: Gujarat HC restores gag on The Wire, portal to move SC

Jay Shah defamation case: Gujarat HC restores gag on The Wire, portal to move...

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday restored a gag order barring news portal The Wire to write further on the “exceptional” increase in Jay Shah's firm’s...
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar in hospital, Goa Assembly budget session cut to just 3 days

With Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who also holds the state’s finance portfolio, undergoing treatment for a pancreatic disorder at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, the...
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The Missing Words In diplomatic language, what is left unsaid conveys a lot more than what is actually spoken. During PM Narendra Modi’s historic visit...
God help the country: that is Modi government's unique defence strategy

God help the country: that is Modi government’s unique defence strategy

~By Rajesh Sinha Don't be shocked by the headline. Narendra Modi government has in full faith taken recourse to age-old, traditional Indian tactics to safeguard...
Trade ties on agenda, Iran Prez Hassan Rouhani arrives in India today

Trade ties on agenda, Iran Prez Hassan Rouhani arrives in India today

Completion of Iran’s Chabahar port by India, a potential deal for Indian companies to develop an offshore gas field in Iran likely to be...
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Palestine to ask India to replace US as sole mediator in negotiations with Israel,...

Of the decades of bonhomie between India and the Palestinians, including with the chief of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation Yasser Arafat, and despite India...
Satire: A couple’s hilarious conversation on PM Narendra Modi

A House Divided

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb There are those who call Narendra Modi a polarising force, creating divisions for electoral gain. Whether true or...
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The Modi Setpiece So rare are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interactions with the media that even the occasional interviews he reluctantly grants are carefully choreographed....
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Red Flags for Rafale  The secret clause that the NDA government is waving to avoid disclosing pricing and other details of the Rafale deal...
Tytler 1984 case: AAP MLA complains to PM, says change CBI probe team

Tytler 1984 case: AAP MLA complains to PM, says change CBI probe team

In a seemingly political move – though who would be the beneficiary in this is not clear – HS Phoolka, senior lawyer and Aam...
Outrage among Sikh members of Trudeau government over Outlook magazine article

Outrage among Sikh members of Trudeau government over Outlook magazine article

Ottawa: Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has dubbed as “ridiculous” and “offensive”, a cover story carried by India’s widely circulated Outlook Magazine which implies...
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...
Govt brings scrapped Rafael deal back on the table: Reports

Govt brings scrapped Rafael deal back on the table: Reports

Sources in the Indian government have confirmed for the first time that a massive deal to purchase anti-tank missiles from Israel’s Rafael weapons manufacturer...
EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

EC suggests 5 amendments to Constitution for simultaneous polls

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, Photo Credit: Agencies Election Commission backs proposal for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls but says 5 Articles under the...
Budget 2018: Tall Promises ahead of General Elections 2019

Tall Promises

Amid speculation over general elections being advanced, the last budget seems like a poll manifesto aimed at the electorate ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav It has...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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Foreign Exchange Even as a new foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale (right), took over last week, the buzz was that his predecessor, S Jaishankar (left), who...
PEOPLE POWER VERSUS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

PEOPLE POWER VS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

~By Inderjit Badhwar To be fair to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the proposal to hold national and state elections simultaneously preceded his recent public advocacy...
Blow for BJP as Congress, Trinamool sweep by-polls in Rajasthan, WB

Blow for BJP as Congress, Trinamool sweep by-polls in Rajasthan, WB

Congress won Alwar, Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh assembly seat in Rajasthan, Trinamool bags Uluberia and Noapara in Bengal On a day when the...
Amid rumours of early General Elections, Jaitley presents Union Budget 2018

Amid rumours of early General Elections, Jaitley presents Union Budget 2018

With the political grapevine abuzz with speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could recommend advancing of the general elections scheduled for May 2019 to...

Kasganj violence: Fake News Inc. at it again, Farhan Akhtar latest victim

The latest in fake news about Kasganj is one circulated on social media, involving Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar, attributing to him a message he...
President Kovind's Maiden Address to Parliament Focuses On Social Sector

President Kovind’s Maiden Address to Parliament Focuses On Social Sector

A focus on social sector and welfarism, highlighting the government's move to restore Muslim women's honour through the bill criminalising triple talaq, and pitching...
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A Policy to Secure India

Above: Photo Courtesy UNI With increasing threats to the country, the need of the hour is a national security policy document, establishment of a separate...
68th Republic Day anniversary: Through my looking glass

THROUGH MY LOOKING GLASS

~By Inderjit Badhwar On the eve of India’s 68th Republic Day anniversary, I chanced upon some of the most stirring phrases of leaders who had...
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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...
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The Davos Denial There’s a serious backstory to the presence of Narendra Modi at Davos. Despite the hype surrounding his presence and his address to...
SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) dealing with the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh directed the Centre to constitute a tribunal...
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...
Indo-Israel Ties: Budding bromance brewing gradually

Budding Bromance

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi showing kites to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara during their visit to Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Despite the love-fest...
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Delhi Durbar

Lessons from Shin Bet Delhi, accustomed to dealing with oppressive security measures thanks to its resident and visiting VIPs, could take a few lessons from...
Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi recently. Picture courtesy PMO

Modi to go to Ramallah on Feb 10; modalities being worked out

Above: Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi recently. Picture courtesy PMO On February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land in Ramallah in...

Togadia drags PM Narendra Modi into assassination plot claim

Photo caption: VHP leader Praveen Togadia with then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in 2005. File picture.  Days after he stunned political observers with his...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meeting the President of USA, Donald Trump, in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017/Photo: PIB

No Modi-Trump meet in Davos

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi meeting the President of USA, Donald Trump, in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017/Photo: PIB ​​India Legal can confirm that...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018/Photo: PIB

Differences will be no hurdle in India, Israel taking relationship to another level

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018/Photo: PIB Hitches...
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CHASING TRUMP The Prime Minister’s aides are trying to squeeze as much as possible out of Narendra Modi’s hectic 24-hour trip to Davos to...
Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

Did Facebook help Modi create Troll Armies, influence voters in 2014 polls?

By Shelley Kasli A recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including...

SNC Lavalin case: Supreme Court issues notice to Kerala CM Vijayan

SC stays trial in the Rs 86 crore scam till further orders, admits the CBI’s appeal against discharge of Pinarayi Vijayan and others in...
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...
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Modi’s Davos Date Much hype is being created around the fact that Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to attend the annual World...
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The Fourth Estate

Fired Up The tragic fire in a Mumbai pub which killed 15 customers on December 29, had another unsuspecting but prominent victim—The Times Network, the...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

New Year Resolutions

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s now almost traditional among people of all faiths to faithfully record their resolutions for the year ahead and resolve issues that...
Much Twittering over a Tweet

Much Twittering over a Tweet

Lead: US President Donald Trump has gone ballistic with his tweets since New Year’s Day/Photo: UNI Too much should not be read into the US...
Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

Parliament’s budget session from Jan 29, budget to be presented on Feb 1

As winter session ends, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar announces schedule for the budget session  Soon after the Winter Session of Parliament ended on Friday following...
Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel; docs end stir

Modi govt takes a step back on NMC Bill, refers it to Parl panel;...

Controversial NMC Bill referred to a Parliamentary standing committee soon after health minister JP Nadda claimed that talks were one with agitating doctors  In a...
(Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account on the country’s super rich, responsible for NPAs in banks; air pollution playing havoc in NCR; and frauds related to demonetization

WELCOME, CHALLENGES

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Some evergreen offers in this issue include a SWOT analysis of Modi’s three years in power; an exclusive account...

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...
Handpicked by Modi and Shah, Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

Handpicked by Modi and Shah, Jai Ram Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

A five-time MLA from Seraj constituency, Thakur was chosen to be the chief minister after BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal lost in...
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...
2018 elections in eight states: The battle ahead

The Battle Ahead

Next year will be crucial for the BJP and the Congress as eight states go to the polls. Will the saffron wave permeate more...
Prime Minister Modi waves to supporters from a seaplane on the Sabarmati

Making Waves…

Above: Prime Minister Modi waves to supporters from a seaplane on the Sabarmati  Prime Minister Modi has focussed attention on a little known mode...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Star Wars—Episode 2017

~By Dilip Bobb Dickens got it spot on—‘It was the best of times, it was    the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,...
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Commission Omission

Commission Omission If the Gujarat elections registered a new low in personal attacks and campaign rhetoric, it also marked a nadir for a once-credible institution—the...
Parliament disrupted again as 2G Case verdict peps up Congress

Parliament disrupted again as 2G Case verdict peps up Congress, gives it fresh ammo

The 2G scam case against Congress-led UPA falling through in court provided additional ammunition to the Opposition against the ruling BJP and pepped up...
Gujarat BJP workers celebrating paty's victory in assembly polls in Ahmedabad on December 18. Photo: UNI

Election round up: Close shave for BJP in Modi’s Gujarat, sweep in Himachal

Above: Gujarat BJP workers celebrating paty's victory in assembly polls in Ahmedabad on December 18. Photo: UNI In a nail-biting finish where leads and trails...
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...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with...
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Security be Damned All bluebook security protocols relating to the prime minister were thrown to the winds so that Modi could end his Gujarat campaign...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Standing up to Pressure Quint, the online news portal started by Raghav Bahl after he sold his stake in TV-18 to Mukesh Ambani, has stood...
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...
Rahul-era begins in Congress as Sonia outlines challenges

Rahul-era begins in Congress as Sonia outlines challenges

Rahul Gandhi was formally elevated as Congress president on Saturday, taking over from her mother Sonia Gandhi who held the post for 19 consecutive years As...
Triple-talaq

Narendra Modi Cabinet clears Bill banning instant triple talaq

The Bill makes instant triple talaq a cognisable offence and proposes a 3 year jail term for Muslim husband who gives wife talaq-ul-biddat; to...
With Rahul as Congress president, Sonia says: My role is to retire

Sonia says “my role is to retire”, what next for Congress under Rahul

~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Congress sources say Sonia Gandhi will continue to advise her son on crucial party matters, help him reach out to potential...
With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

With 40 Bills on agenda, Parliament’s winter session commences

As Congress and other Opposition parties hope to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government on a slew of issues, stormy session likely  As...
Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close in Gujarat

Congress hits out at EC over Modi’s roadshow as voting draws to a close...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Ahmedabad amid second phase of Gujarat polling irks Congress; Chidambaram lashes out at Election Commission  As Gujarat went...
Aadhaar

Deadline for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar extended till Mar 31

Decision by the finance ministry comes a day before a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court begins hearing pleas against mandatory Aadhaar-linking In a...
PM Modi my biggest help, confident of Congress victory in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi my biggest help, confident of Congress victory in Gujarat, says Rahul Gandhi

In first televised interview after being elected as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi takes digs at Narendra Modi, says he feels only love for the...
After bitter spat, Narendra Modi greets Manmohan Singh at Parliament

After bitter spat, Narendra Modi greets Manmohan Singh at Parliament

Days after former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh asked his successor Narendra Modi to apologise for alleging that Congress leaders had met Pakistani officials...
Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn

Has India Missed the Bus?

Above: Maldivian minister Mohammed Saeed (left) and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan finalise the Free Trade Agreement in Beijing/Photo: zhongshan2.mofcom.gov.cn Maldives is cosying up to...
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The Obama Effect It is diplomatically tricky for a serving head of government to hold talks with a former US President who is a political...
The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men advocating reform. Photo: Anil Shakya

Triple Talaq Draft Bill Shrouded in Secrecy

Above: The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men...
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI

Myanmar: China’s New Playground?

Above: Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (R) in Beijing. Photo:UNI With Beijing mediating between Bangladesh and its neighbour...
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...
Rahul Gandhi

Congress presidential poll: Rahul Gandhi files nomination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cites Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla’s allegation of election being rigged, slams Congress’ dynasty politics Amid allegations by a party worker...
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The Fourth Estate

Cross-Purposes The media seems to be adding to the confusion and controversy over the death of Justice BH Loya by its conflicting coverage of the...
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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...
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Queen for Two Days

  ~By Dilip Bobb So overwhelmed was Ivanka Trump by the red carpet welcome she received on her recent trip to India, treated like royalty...
Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Above: Photo Courtesy GettyImages   After over three months of the apex court verdict terming instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional, the Centre has drawn...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with U S President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI

Modi-Obama special lunch at Hyderabad House today

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with U S President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI Following the much-hyped trip...
UP leads India in murders, MP again tops in rape cases: NCRB 2016 report

UP leads India in murders, MP again tops in rape cases: NCRB 2016 report

Crime in India 2016 report reveals most BJP-ruled states have high prevalence of IPC crimes but Delhi still maintains dubious dist