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  • Karnataka Assembly Election Results: BJP doesn’t win, Congress defeated

    Whether or not the Karnataka outcome is a win for Narendra Modi, it certainly is a defeat for Rahul Gandhi. While the backroom manoeuvring and manipulation continues for government-formation, it is amply clear that the newly-anointed Congress Chief is yet to establish a connect with the ordinary voter. All through the campaign, the outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah helmed the Congress effort, though Rahul was accorded primacy because he was the party chief.


    Opposition unity alone can fend off BJP challenge

    The results of the Karnataka assembly elections have grim lessons for the opposition parties, especially the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi in determining strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The BJP led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo has recorded a massive victory devaluing the Congress in this important southern state. This victory will give BJP a major boost in its coming campaign in the assembly elections in the

  • Karnataka Assembly Elections: Narendra Modi magic is yet to diminish

    It is Modi’s success in catching the imagination of the younger generation with their belief in the economic reforms set in motion in 1991 which is behind the BJP’s continuing success stories. He has also been astute enough to modify his image of being pro-capitalist in the period just before the last general election and a few months afterwards into a person who cares for the poor.

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    BJP too needs to reorient itself

    While the Governor’s final decision to invite Kumaraswamy to form a government could take time, there would be no dearth of attempts to nullify efforts by the Congress and the JD(S) to come to power. The Karnataka assembly results have thrown up a mandate for the BJP with a sound beating for the Congress but with the latter pledging support to Janata Dal(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy to form a government with

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    India and Nepal: Pragmatism on both sides

    Amidst the all-engaging focus on the Karnataka poll, the prime minister paid a much-needed, and successful, visit to Nepal. After the recent cooling off, it was important for both the countries to reset relations on an even keel. The objective seems to have been achieved. Time was not long ago when Kathmandu had more or less outsourced its foreign policy to New Delhi. And New Delhi, in turn, behaved like the proverbial

  • Exit polls

    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 who forms the next government in Karnataka. In a three-party fight, there are three possibilities. One, the

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    BJP is inadequate, Narendra Modi is not

    Siddramaiah has tried very hard to give a distinctly Kannada flavour to the elections, even at the risk of being dubbed regionalist. He seems to have taken a leaf from Modi who, during his stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat, always made Gujarati pride an important sub-text of his campaigns in 2002 and 2007. There is also the example of Nitish Kumar’s successful 2015 campaign that posited Bihari versus Bahari.

  • India-China and North Korea-South Korea: The Tale of two summits

    Last week, the world witnessed two summits between two separate sets of  leaders whose countries have been locked in bitter recriminations and even armed conflicts in the past. Both summits promised much, but, yielded little by way of tangible bars appreciably reducing tensions in the respective regions. The meeting between the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and the President of South Korea Moon Jae-in attracted worldwide attention because the stakes for

  • The ignorance and arrogance of Lt. Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi

    The Lt. Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran Bedi has been correctly slammed for her diktat that distribution of free rice to the poor in Puducherry will be conditional upon villages being certified free of open defecation and free of “strewn garbage and plastic”.  The wild order, announced on her Twitter handle and spelt out in a letter to the Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, must be preserved and studied for its irresponsibility, arrogance,

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    CJI Impeachment: Dismissal of notice; how far is too far?

    Even as self-proclaimed Guru Asaram Bapu has been sentenced for life in jail by a Jodhpur court and the election campaign for Karnataka state assembly elections is reaching its peak, the BJP grouping in Parliament was left red-faced as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu delivered his verdict trashing the notice of impeachment motion against the sitting Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, submitted by a united opposition on the floor of the Rajya

  • Hafiz-Muhammad-Saeed

    Chargesheet against terror

    The chargesheet filed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) against the Pakistan-based leading perpetrators of terror against India — Hafiz Saeed, the head of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, besides 10 Kashmiri separatists — should energise decisive action against these subversive elements. These colluders against peace in Jammu and Kashmir and their predecessors, have, for decades been conducting their nefarious activities with impunity and must be dealt

  • Asia

    Good fences make good neighbours

    Not having learnt its lesson over Iraq, the United States seems all set to kindle the fires of another West Asian conflict and possibly plunge the world into an even more dangerously widespread conflagration. The bellicose tone of Donald Trump’s 55-page US National Security Strategy document, especially over Iran and China, and his proposed action in Syria threaten peace and stability throughout the region. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has already warned

  • Caste Reservation

    Reservation: Separate electorates for different occupations

    The present system reserves certain constituencies in the elections for candidates from the Scheduled Castes. All the voters from that constituency — whether SC/ST or Upper Castes — have to select among the SC/ST candidates from that seat. Dr B R Ambedkar was afraid that in this system, only such Dalits would be elected who will toe the line of the upper castes or who promote the interests of the upper castes.

  • Abolishing the Haj subsidy

    Not unlike the pending legislation to ban triple talaq, the central government’s decision to abolish the Haj subsidy is as per the directions of the highest court in the land. So, those decrying the ruling BJP for acting against the Muslim community, ought to stop ascribing base motives.  In 2012, a bench of the Supreme Court had directed the government to withdraw the Haj subsidy over a period of ten years.

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    Padmaavat Supreme Court Hearing: No to mob rule

    It is highly regrettable that the makers of the Bollywood film, ‘Padmaavat’ had to approach the Supreme Court in order for them to be able to release their film throughout the country. Once the Central Board of Film Certification had given the go-ahead, with certain cuts, of course, the State governments ought not to have tried to block its screening.

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Senior judges had no choice but to save their souls

    It is the best of times, it is the worst of times for the judiciary. It is a time of sadness, it is a time of joy because at last the muck which had gathered in the apex court since 1950 was brought out by the four senior judges, Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph. They tried to save their souls but were accused of tarnishing the apex court’s image

  • Union Budget 2018: A tough task for Arun Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for the full year, 2018-19, on February 1. This will be his last before the general election, due sometime before May 2019. Given the advance of the Budget presentation, from the last day of February to the first of February, with the objective of having the nod of Parliament before the actual start of the financial year, the estimates and the actual revenue

  • FDI: Maharashtra aims high, but shoots low

    The latest figures from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should give Maharashtra immense cause for cheer. It became the biggest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) from among other states in India (see chart). And, if advance estimates are any guidance, it is possible that the state will be the biggest FDI recipient for 2017-18 as well.

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Unfortunate turn of judicial events

    The manner in which four senior judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Bhimrao Lokur and Kurian Joseph – revolted against the administration of the apex court, principally Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and held a media conference to go public with their complaints has no parallel in post-independence Indian judicial history. For a start, the judges could well have gone to the Union Law Minister or taken

  • Supreme Court Crisis: Forgive and forget, Chelameswar and Co.

    The crisis in the Supreme Court triggered by the unprecedented press conference by the four senior-most judges last Friday continues. Contrary to earlier reports, no less than the Attorney General K K Venugopal has publicly stated that it is unresolved. The same impression was given by the head of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Meanwhile, the judges, including the four recalcitrant ones, have resumed normal work. Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan

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