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3 days ago
BJP once again turns to Ram to bolster flagging appeal in UP

The reason why the UP election results in May were a showpiece for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was that they represented, in the party's opinion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's continuing forward march. Yet, the overblown nature of this self-congratulatory assessment will be evident if the outcome of the five elections which took place at the time are taken into consideration.

3 days ago
By playing Hindutva game for decades, Congress helped BJP rise

How indistinguishable the Congress ideologically is from the BJP was the theme of the main edit page article written by French scholars Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers in the Indian Express on October 5. The editor grasped the heart of the matter and gave it an apt headline: Congress and the BJP, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The Jaffrelot-Verniers duo focused on Gujarat -- on how ...

4 days ago
BJP pushing Hindutva agenda to divert people's attention: CPI-M

Birchandra Manu (Tripura), Oct 12 (IANS) The BJP-led central government is trying to push their Hindutva agenda to divert people's attention from their failed economic policies and mis-governance, CPI-M leader Prakash Karat said here on Thursday. People are rejecting the anti-people economic policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government. The Narendra Modi government has mis...

6 days ago
Verses from difficult times: The return of Perumal Murugan

New Delhi, Oct 11 (IANS) Tamil writer Perumal Murugan was not known as a prominent Indian writer till about three years ago. Thanks to the resentment of conservative religious groups, he has now gained national as well as international acclaim. And after a three-year hiatus, Murugan is back with a book of poems. The poems in Songs of a Coward (Penguin/ Rs 299/ Pages 291) were written whe...

1 month ago
Will outspoken Prasad be around till 2019 World Cup?

Selectors put Dhoni on notice, screamed a headline. Another one clarified that the chief selector Mannava Srikanth Prasad has only stated that if Dhoni is not delivering, then the selectors will have to look at alternatives. The media started discussing the future of India's most successful captain, who now only plays in the shorter versions of the game. There were a few obituary referen...

2 months ago
Gorakhpur tragedy 'irreversible', says Kerala CM in I-Day speech

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday termed the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy as irreversible and said the lives lost can never be got back, in his address at the Independence Day function here on Tuesday. Vijayan took the salute at an impressive parade in the Central Stadium and highlighted on various aspects - from nationalism, the Gorakhpur ...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Ahmed Patel barely survives to keep Sonia's Rahul hopes alive

It would be rank bad form to describe Ahmed Patel as a form of life under Sonia Gandhi's furniture, because the entire Congress Working Committee defers to him as Ahmad Bhai with varying degrees of insincerity. Look, how he came out of the throng which was blocking his path to the Rajya Sabha. P. Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma would not be marching back and forth from the...

2 months ago
Niti Aayog vice-chief's exit a bad signal

Narendra Modi must be realising by now that it is easier to demolish than to construct. He is unlikely to have spent sleepless nights before abolishing the Planning Commission. Instead, it was widely seen as a bold move in keeping with his personality. The scrapping of the 64-year-old institution was generally hailed as it was felt that this relic of a Soviet-style economy was out of pla...

2 months ago
Political biopics have become 'radioactive', says Siddharth Roy Kapur

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Coming on the heels of the controversy about Indu Sarkar, a top official of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India says such topics have become radioactive nowadays. Speaking at the Word To Screen, Publishers Bootcamp by Jio MAMI here, Guild president Siddharth Roy Kapur said that making a biopic on a political figure is radioactive right now. ...

2 months ago
The mistakes which Nitish has made

Nitish Kumar may have won the trust vote in the Bihar legislature, but he is now weaker than what he was during his earlier stint as the Chief Minister. At that time, he had become a larger than life figure because of his success in controlling lawlessness in the state and preparing the ground for development. As a result, he was even seen as a possible player on the national stage. But ...

2 months ago
Corruption scandals in Kerala BJP not a state issue: CPI-M

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The corruption charges against BJP leaders in Kerala should not be seen as a state phenomenon and it is only a matter of time before the skeletons come tumbling out of the cupboards of the Modi government, the CPI-M has said. It would be a mistake to consider the corruption scandals within the BJP in Kerala as a purely localised state phenomenon, said an editori...

2 months ago
Communal situation in West Bengal 'very dangerous': Yechury

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the communal situation in West Bengal is very dangerous and the harmony of the state is threatened because of it. The situation in (West) Bengal is very dangerous... the minority communalism and majority communalism are feeding each other in the state, Yechury told repor...

2 months ago
CPI-M to mobilise people demanding central ban on cow vigilantes

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Wednesday said it will mobilise people in September to demand a central ban on cow vigilantes and RSS-sponsored moral policing. The party has demanded that there should be a central ban on all such private armies particularly gau rakshak samitis. In a statement issued after its central committee meeting here, the C...

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