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Supreme Court closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader and former party chief Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful with what he says, the Supreme Court said today while closing...
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Rafale Review Petitions dismissed by Supreme Court

Supreme Court today held that there is no ground of FIR or a roving inquiry in the Rafale deal, dismissing the two review petitions...
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Rahul Gandhi Pleads Not Guilty in “Why Do All Thieves Share The Modi Surname?”...

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that his political opponents were out to silence him and the defamation case filed against him in...
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Huddle in the Muddle

Above: Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay (representative) It’s the classic photo-op—the team huddle before play begins, where the captain explains strategy and highlights chinks...
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RAHUL’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Rahul Gandhi has issued a letter where he makes it clear that his decision to quit as party president is final. The designation of...
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Dilemma of the Dynast

By Dilip Bobb As the enigmatic Rahul Gandhi continues to head a headless party, a highly informative paper by Siddharta George of Harvard University, is...
Robert Vadra

Special Court Allows Robert Vadra’s Foreign Travel: USA, Holland OK, But London Is Off...

The CBI Special Court on Monday allowed Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi to travel abroad for a period of six...
Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of the road for the Congress

SHOULD THE CONGRESS DIE?

Above: Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of...
From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

  By Dilip Bobb It has been my favourite haunt for decades, partly because I happened to live in a series of residences which were in...
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Robert Vadra Wants To Go To England To Check Tumour, ED Calls It ‘Pretext’...

Robert Vadra, brother in law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and under the Enforcement Directorate lens in a money laundering case on Wednesday claimed...
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That Sinking Feeling

Above: Opposition parties in a meeting (representative image) By Dilip Bobb While all the heavy analysis and fiery television debates focused on the myriad factors and...
Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Veteran journalist remembers his visit to INS Viraat in the midst of controversy that the aircraft carrier was used by former PM Rajiv Gandhi...
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Supreme Court Reserves Order on Rahul’s “Chowkidar” Contempt Case

  The Supreme Court has reserved order on the contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi, against Rahul Gandhi for attributing his 'Chowkidar chor...
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SC throws out plea raising doubts over Rahul’s competency to fight elections on the...

The Supreme Court on Thursday junked a plea seeking debarment of Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections on the basis of Gandhi’s alleged...
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From “Regret” To “Unconditional Apology”: Supreme Court To Take Up Rahul’s Revised Rafale Remark...

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered an "unconditional apology" to the Supreme Court for "unintentionally" linking the apex court in the Rafale...
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Petition Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Rahul Gandhi Be Debarred From Contesting Polls

A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi was sent a notice by the Union Home Ministry seeking a response to charges that he held...
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Contempt case: SC gives Rahul Gandhi time till Monday to file a better affidavit

The Supreme Court adjourned to next Monday the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi after counsel for the congress president undertook “to file a better...
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Home Ministry Issues Notice to Rahul Gandhi on His Citizenship

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his Indian citizenship, said sources. The MHA...
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On Eve of “Chowkidar” Contempt Case in SC, Rahul Expresses Regret Once Again

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi has once again expressed his regret for misquoting the Supreme Court and suggesting that it had endorsed his election...
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Supreme Court Issues Contempt Notice to Rahul Gandhi on Rafale Remarks

Despite expressing regrets, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for misquoting the apex court on the Rafale...
Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

The returning officer for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency has declared that nomination papers of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi  for the Parliamentary elections...
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Rahul Gandhi Apologises For Misquoting SC On Rafale Order, Promises Never To Do It...

Ahead of the Supreme Court  taking up the matter of contempt against him, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday apologized to the apex court...
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To Checkmate NDA Dirty Tricks Dept, Rahul To Share Passport, Edu Details With EC

The Congress party has said that details of its chief Rahul gandhi’s passport and educational qualifications would be submitted to the Election Commission. This...
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Congress’ Other Priyanka Quits Party, Says ‘Lumpen Goons’ Get Preference in INC, hours later...

A day after quitting Congress as an official spokesperson on the grounds that the party reinstated those who misbehaved with her, Priyanka Chaturvedi joined...
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Supreme Court Asks Rahul Gandhi for Explanation on Rafale Remarks

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by BJP MP...
BJP’s MP sues Rahul Gandhi for Chowkidar chor hai comment

BJP’s MP sues Rahul Gandhi for Chowkidar chor hai comment

The apex court will hear a contempt plea filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress President Rahul Gandhi on April 15. Lekhi moved the...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

The Congress president and the United Democratic Front candidate Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections from the Wayanad constituency,...
Thane Court Summons Rahul, Yechury on Defamation Plea by RSS Activist

Thane Court Summons Rahul, Yechury on Defamation Plea by RSS Activist

A court in Thane,  Maharashtra  has  issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on...
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We don’t need an actor or a great orator who lies: Sam Pitroda

Above: Sam Pitroda/Photo by Anil Shakya Sam Pitroda, the policy chief of the Congress and one of India’s most respected technocrats, is credited with having...
Priyanka Gandhi says funds for her land deals have no connection with Robert Vadra

Patiala House Court grants interim bail to Robert Vadra in money laundering case

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law granted protection from arrest till February 16, Vadra cries political vendetta in interim bail plea The Patiala House Court, on...
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Gaga over RaGa For yesteryear’s rockstar of Madison Square Garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Dubai must have been galling....
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NCW Notice To Rahul Gandhi for “Misogynistic” and “Unethical” Remarks Against Defence Minister

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “misogynistic and unethical” remarks against Defence Minister Nirmala...

National Herald case: SC allows Sonia & Rahul to file fresh affidavit in assessment...

Congress leaders had claimed that a circular issued by the CBDT on December 31 was hurriedly withdrawn by the government as it vindicated their...
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Delhi HC dismisses PIL seeking ban on trailer of Accidental Prime Minister

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a PIL seeking ban on the trailer of the film Accidental Prime Minister. The PIL had contended...

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JACKET WARS Over the last four years, the BJP has been claiming icons to prove that the party’s identity is deeply rooted in Indian soil...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...
West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has been landed with a serious law and order situation. Photo: UNI

Mamata Too Punctures Stalin’s “Rahul For Joint Oppn PM Candidate” Proposal

Mamata Banerjee has joined the long list of opposition leaders to reject the proposal by the DMK Supremo MK Stalin that Rahul Gandhi be...
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Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Baghel take oath as CM in Presence of Rahul

Congress Rahul Gandhi took to the air on Monday crisscrossing vast swathes of north India to be personally present at Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur...

Santa and Banta

Christmas is around the corner and it’s time for Santa to prepare his list of presents to be distributed to the needy and the...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

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

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...
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Rahul To Pick Chhattisgarh CM Today, All three CMs to Be Sworn in Monday

The Congress is all set to name its Chief Minister for Chattisgarh on Saturday. Congress had won 68 seats in the assembly elections and...

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

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

Armed With Rafale Clean Chit from SC, BJP Goes on Offensive, Seeks Rahul’s Apology

No sooner had the three member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi given a cleat chit to the Modi government, its...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

SC Allows Sonia, Rahul Tax Reassessment, Restrains IT Dept from Coercive Action

The Income Tax Department can continue with the tax reassessment that it ordered for the 2011-12 on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother...
National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

Delhi High Court Puts On Hold Govt’s Herald House Takeover Move

Delhi High Court has ordered status quo be maintained on the Herald House, effectively restraining the government from taking over the premises situated on...

Supreme Court To Hear Rahul, Sonia Plea Against Delhi HC Order Today

The Supreme Court will take up on Tuesday petitions filed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi challenging a September 10...

Statues of No Limitation

Above: Photo Credit PIB By Dilip Bobb There is something called a statute of limitations, which apparently does not apply to statues of icons. Now that...
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Madhya Pradesh CM to Sue Rahul Gandhi

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he will be filing a criminal defamation case against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for accusing him...
NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Fairoz Khan, the national president of National Student Union of India (NSUI) has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment and...
The Cabinet Expansion

The Cabinet Expansion

Last week, it was revealed that the British government had decided to appoint a Minister for Prevention of Suicides. It was a first anywhere...
Kaun Banega PM?

Kaun Banega PM?

It’s only October 2 and we should be thinking of that Gandhi fellow, instead we are thinking of that other Gandhi fellow and wondering...
Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya had claimed he met finance minister Arun Jaitley before fleeing to London; Congress leader PL Punia says he witnessed the...
Delhi HC dismisses Sonia, Rahul’s appeal against Income Tax notice

Delhi HC dismisses Sonia, Rahul’s appeal against Income Tax notice

The Delhi High Court on Monday (September 16) dismissed the pleas by Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes challenging Income Tax (IT) department...
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Breaking Bad Malayalam film star Mohan Lal had barely stepped out after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week when TV channels began...
Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Taxing those who create wealth and giving it to freeloaders has led to millionaires leaving India. Embracing socialism is not the panacea for India’s...
National Herald case: Delhi HC tells IT Dept not to reopen assessment file till final verdict

National Herald case: Delhi HC tells IT Dept not to reopen assessment file till...

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (August 14) directed the Income Tax (IT) department not to reopen the FY 2011-2012 tax assessment file of...
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National Herald case: Delhi HC refuses interim grant to Rahul Gandhi

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla declined to grant interim relief to Rahul Gandhi, Congress President,...
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Priyanka’s New Role For long, the Congress party has seen Priyanka Gandhi as the “brahmastra” it can use when faced with an insurmountable challenge. With...
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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...
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Media Watch

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...
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Odds on Ombudsman Something odd took place at the July 19 meeting of the Lokpal selection committee. The committee consists of the prime minister, Chief...
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...
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...
Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter

Judges in Politics

Above: Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter Former chief justices and judges have often ventured into...
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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...
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RSS defamation suit: Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (June 12) pleaded not guilty in a case at a Bhiwandi court in Thane, filed by Rajesh Kunte...
Fantasy Football: India at World Cup

Fantasy Football: India at World Cup

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb India may think it is deserving of a seat at the UN Security Council and considers itself a...
The Ultimate Fitness Challenge: The Floor Test Challenge

The Floor Test Challenge

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb It was I & B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who kicked things off with his fitness challenge, posting photos...
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Foreign Ties Reset New Delhi has decided it is time to change the focus of its foreign policy which revolved around the US. Now, the...
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...
A sign from above, for Rahul

A sign from above, for Rahul

Above: Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting at Davanagere and Shimoga City in Karnataka on April 3/Photo: UNI In Karnataka on Friday...
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The Mosul Message The controversy about the centre’s insensitive confirmation of the death of 39 Indian labourers in Mosul, executed by ISIS, is getting murkier....
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

Delhi HC directs Young Indian to deposit Rs 10 crores in National Herald assets...

Above: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court on Monday (March 19) directed the Young...
National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

The Patiala House Court on Saturday (March 17) deferred the hearing of the National Herald case in which former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and...
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...

Television Noose

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The tyranny of TRPs had changed the entire edifice on which television news was built on. It...
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Winds of change are coming, 2014 results an aberration: Sonia Gandhi

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

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

A veiled attack on Mahatma Gandhi without naming him, blaming Nehru for Partition and attributing much of what is wrong in the country to...
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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...
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The Fourth Estate

Bar Bar Republic TV and Arnab Goswami are now getting some payback for their aggressive support for the government and biased, often distorted, attacks on...
Delhi court adjourns trial in National Herald case till March 17

Delhi court adjourns trial in National Herald case till March 17

Petitioner Subramanian Swamy has submitted fresh documents alleging that Young Indian, a firm floated by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, was a tax offender The...
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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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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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...
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI

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

Above: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI   Yet another politically motivated PIL was been thrown out by the court...
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Soft Targets

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s not just soldiers on the northern borders who are in the line of fire, a whole range of people have...
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Priya Ranjan Das Munshi passes away

Above: Priya Ranjan Das Munshi One of Indian National Congress’ most respected leaders, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, is no more. In coma following a...
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi chairing the Congress Working Committee meeting on November 20. Photo: UNI

Rahul Gandhi could be declared Congress president on Dec 5

Above: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi chairing the Congress Working Committee meeting on...
(L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing an election rally at Kosamba Village Ground, in Valsad district. Photo: UNI

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

Above: (L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing  an election rally at...
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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...
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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...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Hitting the Headlines Pioneering English news channel NDTV is making more news than breaking it. Much of it is motivated and self-serving but none of...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Poetic Licence

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb As elections near and the weather changes, it brings about a sense of poetic justice or doing justice...
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RAHUL’S TEAM Congress president-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi was known for neither wit nor wisdom on the social media. His Twitter handle @OfficeOfRG elicited more yawns than...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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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...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Defamation Suits: The Chilling Effect

Civil and criminal defamation laws are mainly used to silence criticism and intimidate the press. They need urgent review ~By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur       Arvind...
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...
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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...
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...
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“Misunderstanding Rahul”

~By Dilip Bobb There will be many who will wonder why the title of this post should not read Understanding Rahul. They mis the point,...
In and Out

In and Out

Above: Illustration: Anthony Lawrence   ~By Dilip Bobb It is generally used in the context of high society and celebrities, where status and ranking moves up and...
Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

With the Gandhi scion likely to take over the presidentship in October, it waits to be seen if he can enthuse party workers and...
National Herald corruption case

IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

A “major setback” for Congress claim BJP leaders The Delhi High Court on May 12 ruled that income tax officials can investigate the documents of The National Herald newspaper. The...
Congress old-timers, who want Sonia and not Rahul to take charge when the party is sliding day by day, are relieved

Congress: Sonia Gandhi back in action

Even as the Congress sees one of its worst slides in recent history, Sonia Gandhi has initiated a reshuffle keeping in mind assembly elections...
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FIR against Bhupinder Hooda: Political Plot?

With the CBI registering a case against the former CM of Haryana for his irregular allotment of land to AJL, has his generosity to...
WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

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

BJP crosses 300 in UP; Congress grabs Punjab

The BJP wave grew into a tsunami and threw all calculations awry. Once considered a small challenger, the saffron party emerged the biggest victor...
Celebrations at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

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

Even as the BJP tsunami swept over Uttar Pradesh and leading in Manipur even, with Goa still in the balance as the clock struck 2:10pm on...
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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...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
Tarek Fatah. Photo: Anil Shakya

Cut All Water Ties with Pakistan: Tarek Fatah

Pakistan-born Canadian writer and broadcaster TAREK FATAH is widely acclaimed as well as criticized for his strong anti-Pakistan views. He has openly opposed the...

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...
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The Enemy Within

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

Haryana’s land deals: Hooda’s Nemesis?

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

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

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

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Validity of Criminal Defamation Law; Quashes Petition By Rahul Gandhi,...

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a petition against the various criminal defamation laws, citing that...

SLAPP Attack!

Filing Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation has become the first choice of action for big businesses to threaten journalists and activists who expose their...
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Congress: Dynasty No Longer Rules

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

Dynasty’s Roulette

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

Swamy’s Dark Herald

The Delhi High Court ruling in the Herald case will make political parties accountable for fund spending. All eyes will be on December 19...

Rahul “Rebooted”

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

Is the grand old party over?

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

Sonia’s Achilles’ Heel

The Congress president’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, is facing heat over murky land deals. what made it possible for the Gandhi family to enter into...

India’s Hour of Shame

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

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Supreme Court closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader and former party chief Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful with what he says, the Supreme Court said today while closing...
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Rafale Review Petitions dismissed by Supreme Court

Supreme Court today held that there is no ground of FIR or a roving inquiry in the Rafale deal, dismissing the two review petitions...
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Rahul Gandhi Pleads Not Guilty in “Why Do All Thieves Share The Modi Surname?”...

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that his political opponents were out to silence him and the defamation case filed against him in...
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Huddle in the Muddle

Above: Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay (representative) It’s the classic photo-op—the team huddle before play begins, where the captain explains strategy and highlights chinks...
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RAHUL’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Rahul Gandhi has issued a letter where he makes it clear that his decision to quit as party president is final. The designation of...
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Dilemma of the Dynast

By Dilip Bobb As the enigmatic Rahul Gandhi continues to head a headless party, a highly informative paper by Siddharta George of Harvard University, is...
Robert Vadra

Special Court Allows Robert Vadra’s Foreign Travel: USA, Holland OK, But London Is Off...

The CBI Special Court on Monday allowed Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi to travel abroad for a period of six...
Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of the road for the Congress

SHOULD THE CONGRESS DIE?

Above: Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of...
From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

  By Dilip Bobb It has been my favourite haunt for decades, partly because I happened to live in a series of residences which were in...
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Robert Vadra Wants To Go To England To Check Tumour, ED Calls It ‘Pretext’...

Robert Vadra, brother in law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and under the Enforcement Directorate lens in a money laundering case on Wednesday claimed...
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That Sinking Feeling

Above: Opposition parties in a meeting (representative image) By Dilip Bobb While all the heavy analysis and fiery television debates focused on the myriad factors and...
Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Did Rajiv Gandhi misuse India’s aircraft carrier?

Veteran journalist remembers his visit to INS Viraat in the midst of controversy that the aircraft carrier was used by former PM Rajiv Gandhi...
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Supreme Court Reserves Order on Rahul’s “Chowkidar” Contempt Case

  The Supreme Court has reserved order on the contempt petition filed by BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi, against Rahul Gandhi for attributing his 'Chowkidar chor...
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SC throws out plea raising doubts over Rahul’s competency to fight elections on the...

The Supreme Court on Thursday junked a plea seeking debarment of Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections on the basis of Gandhi’s alleged...
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From “Regret” To “Unconditional Apology”: Supreme Court To Take Up Rahul’s Revised Rafale Remark...

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tendered an "unconditional apology" to the Supreme Court for "unintentionally" linking the apex court in the Rafale...
Rahul Gandhi

Petition Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Rahul Gandhi Be Debarred From Contesting Polls

A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi was sent a notice by the Union Home Ministry seeking a response to charges that he held...
Rahul Gandhi

Contempt case: SC gives Rahul Gandhi time till Monday to file a better affidavit

The Supreme Court adjourned to next Monday the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi after counsel for the congress president undertook “to file a better...
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Home Ministry Issues Notice to Rahul Gandhi on His Citizenship

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his Indian citizenship, said sources. The MHA...
Rahul Gandhi

On Eve of “Chowkidar” Contempt Case in SC, Rahul Expresses Regret Once Again

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi has once again expressed his regret for misquoting the Supreme Court and suggesting that it had endorsed his election...
Rahul Gandhi

Supreme Court Issues Contempt Notice to Rahul Gandhi on Rafale Remarks

Despite expressing regrets, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued contempt notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for misquoting the apex court on the Rafale...
Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

Amethi Election Officer Says Nothing Wrong With Rahul’s Nomination Papers

The returning officer for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency has declared that nomination papers of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi  for the Parliamentary elections...
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Rahul Gandhi Apologises For Misquoting SC On Rafale Order, Promises Never To Do It...

Ahead of the Supreme Court  taking up the matter of contempt against him, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday apologized to the apex court...
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To Checkmate NDA Dirty Tricks Dept, Rahul To Share Passport, Edu Details With EC

The Congress party has said that details of its chief Rahul gandhi’s passport and educational qualifications would be submitted to the Election Commission. This...
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Congress’ Other Priyanka Quits Party, Says ‘Lumpen Goons’ Get Preference in INC, hours later...

A day after quitting Congress as an official spokesperson on the grounds that the party reinstated those who misbehaved with her, Priyanka Chaturvedi joined...
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Supreme Court Asks Rahul Gandhi for Explanation on Rafale Remarks

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in connection with a contempt petition filed against him by BJP MP...
BJP’s MP sues Rahul Gandhi for Chowkidar chor hai comment

BJP’s MP sues Rahul Gandhi for Chowkidar chor hai comment

The apex court will hear a contempt plea filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress President Rahul Gandhi on April 15. Lekhi moved the...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

Rahul in Kerala, Files Nomination for April 23 LS Election from Wayanad

The Congress president and the United Democratic Front candidate Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections from the Wayanad constituency,...
Thane Court Summons Rahul, Yechury on Defamation Plea by RSS Activist

Thane Court Summons Rahul, Yechury on Defamation Plea by RSS Activist

A court in Thane,  Maharashtra  has  issued summons to Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on...
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We don’t need an actor or a great orator who lies: Sam Pitroda

Above: Sam Pitroda/Photo by Anil Shakya Sam Pitroda, the policy chief of the Congress and one of India’s most respected technocrats, is credited with having...
Priyanka Gandhi says funds for her land deals have no connection with Robert Vadra

Patiala House Court grants interim bail to Robert Vadra in money laundering case

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law granted protection from arrest till February 16, Vadra cries political vendetta in interim bail plea The Patiala House Court, on...
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DELHI DURBAR

Gaga over RaGa For yesteryear’s rockstar of Madison Square Garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Dubai must have been galling....
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NCW Notice To Rahul Gandhi for “Misogynistic” and “Unethical” Remarks Against Defence Minister

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “misogynistic and unethical” remarks against Defence Minister Nirmala...

National Herald case: SC allows Sonia & Rahul to file fresh affidavit in assessment...

Congress leaders had claimed that a circular issued by the CBDT on December 31 was hurriedly withdrawn by the government as it vindicated their...
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Delhi HC dismisses PIL seeking ban on trailer of Accidental Prime Minister

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a PIL seeking ban on the trailer of the film Accidental Prime Minister. The PIL had contended...

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JACKET WARS Over the last four years, the BJP has been claiming icons to prove that the party’s identity is deeply rooted in Indian soil...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...
West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has been landed with a serious law and order situation. Photo: UNI

Mamata Too Punctures Stalin’s “Rahul For Joint Oppn PM Candidate” Proposal

Mamata Banerjee has joined the long list of opposition leaders to reject the proposal by the DMK Supremo MK Stalin that Rahul Gandhi be...
Rahul Gandhi

Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Baghel take oath as CM in Presence of Rahul

Congress Rahul Gandhi took to the air on Monday crisscrossing vast swathes of north India to be personally present at Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur...

Santa and Banta

Christmas is around the corner and it’s time for Santa to prepare his list of presents to be distributed to the needy and the...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

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

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...
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Rahul To Pick Chhattisgarh CM Today, All three CMs to Be Sworn in Monday

The Congress is all set to name its Chief Minister for Chattisgarh on Saturday. Congress had won 68 seats in the assembly elections and...

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

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

Armed With Rafale Clean Chit from SC, BJP Goes on Offensive, Seeks Rahul’s Apology

No sooner had the three member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi given a cleat chit to the Modi government, its...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

SC Allows Sonia, Rahul Tax Reassessment, Restrains IT Dept from Coercive Action

The Income Tax Department can continue with the tax reassessment that it ordered for the 2011-12 on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother...
National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

Delhi High Court Puts On Hold Govt’s Herald House Takeover Move

Delhi High Court has ordered status quo be maintained on the Herald House, effectively restraining the government from taking over the premises situated on...

Supreme Court To Hear Rahul, Sonia Plea Against Delhi HC Order Today

The Supreme Court will take up on Tuesday petitions filed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi challenging a September 10...

Statues of No Limitation

Above: Photo Credit PIB By Dilip Bobb There is something called a statute of limitations, which apparently does not apply to statues of icons. Now that...
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Madhya Pradesh CM to Sue Rahul Gandhi

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he will be filing a criminal defamation case against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for accusing him...
NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Fairoz Khan, the national president of National Student Union of India (NSUI) has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment and...
The Cabinet Expansion

The Cabinet Expansion

Last week, it was revealed that the British government had decided to appoint a Minister for Prevention of Suicides. It was a first anywhere...
Kaun Banega PM?

Kaun Banega PM?

It’s only October 2 and we should be thinking of that Gandhi fellow, instead we are thinking of that other Gandhi fellow and wondering...
Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya had claimed he met finance minister Arun Jaitley before fleeing to London; Congress leader PL Punia says he witnessed the...
Delhi HC dismisses Sonia, Rahul’s appeal against Income Tax notice

Delhi HC dismisses Sonia, Rahul’s appeal against Income Tax notice

The Delhi High Court on Monday (September 16) dismissed the pleas by Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes challenging Income Tax (IT) department...
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Breaking Bad Malayalam film star Mohan Lal had barely stepped out after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week when TV channels began...
Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Taxing those who create wealth and giving it to freeloaders has led to millionaires leaving India. Embracing socialism is not the panacea for India’s...
National Herald case: Delhi HC tells IT Dept not to reopen assessment file till final verdict

National Herald case: Delhi HC tells IT Dept not to reopen assessment file till...

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (August 14) directed the Income Tax (IT) department not to reopen the FY 2011-2012 tax assessment file of...
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National Herald case: Delhi HC refuses interim grant to Rahul Gandhi

The Delhi High Court bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla declined to grant interim relief to Rahul Gandhi, Congress President,...
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Priyanka’s New Role For long, the Congress party has seen Priyanka Gandhi as the “brahmastra” it can use when faced with an insurmountable challenge. With...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

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...
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Media Watch

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

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Odds on Ombudsman Something odd took place at the July 19 meeting of the Lokpal selection committee. The committee consists of the prime minister, Chief...
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...
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...
Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter

Judges in Politics

Above: Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter Former chief justices and judges have often ventured into...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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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...
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RSS defamation suit: Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (June 12) pleaded not guilty in a case at a Bhiwandi court in Thane, filed by Rajesh Kunte...
Fantasy Football: India at World Cup

Fantasy Football: India at World Cup

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb India may think it is deserving of a seat at the UN Security Council and considers itself a...
The Ultimate Fitness Challenge: The Floor Test Challenge

The Floor Test Challenge

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb It was I & B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore who kicked things off with his fitness challenge, posting photos...
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Foreign Ties Reset New Delhi has decided it is time to change the focus of its foreign policy which revolved around the US. Now, the...
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...
A sign from above, for Rahul

A sign from above, for Rahul

Above: Congress President Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting at Davanagere and Shimoga City in Karnataka on April 3/Photo: UNI In Karnataka on Friday...
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The Mosul Message The controversy about the centre’s insensitive confirmation of the death of 39 Indian labourers in Mosul, executed by ISIS, is getting murkier....
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

Delhi HC directs Young Indian to deposit Rs 10 crores in National Herald assets...

Above: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court on Monday (March 19) directed the Young...
National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

National Herald case deferred; next hearing will be on April 21

The Patiala House Court on Saturday (March 17) deferred the hearing of the National Herald case in which former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and...
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...

Television Noose

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb The tyranny of TRPs had changed the entire edifice on which television news was built on. It...
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Winds of change are coming, 2014 results an aberration: Sonia Gandhi

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

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

A veiled attack on Mahatma Gandhi without naming him, blaming Nehru for Partition and attributing much of what is wrong in the country to...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

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...
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The Fourth Estate

Bar Bar Republic TV and Arnab Goswami are now getting some payback for their aggressive support for the government and biased, often distorted, attacks on...
Delhi court adjourns trial in National Herald case till March 17

Delhi court adjourns trial in National Herald case till March 17

Petitioner Subramanian Swamy has submitted fresh documents alleging that Young Indian, a firm floated by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, was a tax offender The...
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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...
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...
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,...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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

DELHI DURBAR

Princess Diaries The Indian government seems to have pulled out all stops to ensure that Ivanka Trump’s Hyderabad sojourn was a success and that she...
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI

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

Above: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during roadshow (file picture). Photo: UNI   Yet another politically motivated PIL was been thrown out by the court...
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Soft Targets

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s not just soldiers on the northern borders who are in the line of fire, a whole range of people have...
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Priya Ranjan Das Munshi passes away

Above: Priya Ranjan Das Munshi One of Indian National Congress’ most respected leaders, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, is no more. In coma following a...
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi chairing the Congress Working Committee meeting on November 20. Photo: UNI

Rahul Gandhi could be declared Congress president on Dec 5

Above: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party’s Vice President Rahul Gandhi chairing the Congress Working Committee meeting on...
(L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing an election rally at Kosamba Village Ground, in Valsad district. Photo: UNI

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

Above: (L-R) Election Commmission of India headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya; and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing  an election rally at...
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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...
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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...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Hitting the Headlines Pioneering English news channel NDTV is making more news than breaking it. Much of it is motivated and self-serving but none of...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Poetic Licence

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb As elections near and the weather changes, it brings about a sense of poetic justice or doing justice...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

RAHUL’S TEAM Congress president-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi was known for neither wit nor wisdom on the social media. His Twitter handle @OfficeOfRG elicited more yawns than...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

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...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Defamation Suits: The Chilling Effect

Civil and criminal defamation laws are mainly used to silence criticism and intimidate the press. They need urgent review ~By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur       Arvind...
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...
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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...
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...
Rahul Gandhi

“Misunderstanding Rahul”

~By Dilip Bobb There will be many who will wonder why the title of this post should not read Understanding Rahul. They mis the point,...
In and Out

In and Out

Above: Illustration: Anthony Lawrence   ~By Dilip Bobb It is generally used in the context of high society and celebrities, where status and ranking moves up and...
Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

Rahul Gandhi: The Reluctant Prince

With the Gandhi scion likely to take over the presidentship in October, it waits to be seen if he can enthuse party workers and...
National Herald corruption case

IT dept can scan National Herald documents: Delhi HC

A “major setback” for Congress claim BJP leaders The Delhi High Court on May 12 ruled that income tax officials can investigate the documents of The National Herald newspaper. The...
Congress old-timers, who want Sonia and not Rahul to take charge when the party is sliding day by day, are relieved

Congress: Sonia Gandhi back in action

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

FIR against Bhupinder Hooda: Political Plot?

With the CBI registering a case against the former CM of Haryana for his irregular allotment of land to AJL, has his generosity to...
WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

WHAT FUELLED MODI’S CHARIOT OF FIRE

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

BJP crosses 300 in UP; Congress grabs Punjab

The BJP wave grew into a tsunami and threw all calculations awry. Once considered a small challenger, the saffron party emerged the biggest victor...
Celebrations at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

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

Even as the BJP tsunami swept over Uttar Pradesh and leading in Manipur even, with Goa still in the balance as the clock struck 2:10pm on...
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...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
Tarek Fatah. Photo: Anil Shakya

Cut All Water Ties with Pakistan: Tarek Fatah

Pakistan-born Canadian writer and broadcaster TAREK FATAH is widely acclaimed as well as criticized for his strong anti-Pakistan views. He has openly opposed the...

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...
Illustration: UdayShankar

The Enemy Within

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

Haryana’s land deals: Hooda’s Nemesis?

The former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s deals have divested thousands of poor farmers of their land, and these have now come to haunt...
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa; Photo credit: Lovely Professional University

Do We Need Governors?

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

SC sets the record straight on defamation

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

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Validity of Criminal Defamation Law; Quashes Petition By Rahul Gandhi,...

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a petition against the various criminal defamation laws, citing that...

SLAPP Attack!

Filing Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation has become the first choice of action for big businesses to threaten journalists and activists who expose their...
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Congress: Dynasty No Longer Rules

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

Is the grand old party over?

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

Sonia’s Achilles’ Heel

The Congress president’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, is facing heat over murky land deals. what made it possible for the Gandhi family to enter into...

India’s Hour of Shame

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

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