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    Here is why farmers are agitating

    When Indian economy has grown at an estimated rate of 6.7 per cent in FY-18, there shouldn’t be a cause for complain from any sector of the economy. But when the economy runs largely on one wheel – government expenditure – and the government hides behind the headline GDP number, the ground reality can be…

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  • ‘Mainstreaming’ of RSS & its implication

    A Congressman for most part of his political life, Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend the valedictory function of the ‘Sangh Shiksha Varg’ at the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur, had not gone down well with the Congress party and liberals who cherish democratic values and the Constitution. Despite the reservations expressed by…

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  • By-elections and BJP’s gradual descent

    In May 2014, the seat tally of the BJP and its allies looked pretty impressive: 282 for BJP and 336 for NDA. In four years since then, 27 by-elections have been held. The ruling party and its allies have not been able to add a single new seat, while the Congress and other opposition parties…

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    Modi@4: Nagging worries, growing challenges

    Since May 26, 2014, the day when Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister, the benchmark stock market index has risen nearly 40 per cent, while the mid-cap and small-cap indices have rallied up to 90 per cent. The last four years have seen the market going through a round of bull phase and…

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  • Karnataka poll may be a trailer for 2019

    In spite of pulling out all the stops in its bid to score a decisive victory over the Congress, last Tuesday turned out to be a day of hits and misses for the BJP. Just as the party was celebrating its surge in the Karnataka assembly election – when it seemed all lost for the…

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    Karnataka: Making sense of the exit polls

    After weeks of political slugfest characterised by a highly aggressive campaign that turned into a street fight between the Congress and the BJP, Karnataka voted on May 12. The final turnout was a record 72.13 per cent, the highest since the 1952 state polls. On a counting day today, public attention will be focused on…

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  • Universal electrification: Myth or reality?

    In a significant development, the government announced on April 29 that the electrification work of all inhabited villages in India has been completed. There are 597,464 inhabited census villages in India. This means that all the inhabited villages have now joined the country’s mainline electricity supply network. Rural electrification has been the cornerstone of Prime…

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    Can Narendra Modi turn the tables in Karnataka?

    Considered to be an important election that will set the political narrative for the next round of polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh later this year and the Lok Sabha election in 2019, Karnataka election on May 12, is a high stakes battle for the BJP and the Congress. The important question is: who…

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    Securing justice for daughters is imperative

    Sexual violence against women in India rose to the forefront internationally after the December 16, 2012 gang-rape of a paramedic student in Delhi. The protests and outrage that erupted across the country and elsewhere after the horrific sexual crime came to light were so intense and widespread that the then UPA government almost lost control…

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  • Star’s big bet on cricket defies financial logic

    Six months ago, Star India bagged the consolidated media rights bid for IPL at a humongous price of Rs 16,347.5 crore (US $2.55 billion) for a period of five years. On April 5, Star India once again made an aggressive bid to acquire BCCI media rights for a period of five years at a whopping…

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  • Why Narendra Modi government has a problem with media

    Last week, the Modi government had a Trumpian moment. In a debate reminiscent of the battle between President Donald Trump and the mainstream media in the US – Trump often blames the ‘crooked’ media for all his problems as president – the Smriti Irani-headed Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry announced a notification that the government…

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