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  • Is a federal party possible?

    When former Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that they would not allow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to return to power, she hinted at joint action on the part of the Opposition. It also means that she does not want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to run for a second term. On its own, the Congress does not have the numbers to pose any threat to the BJP-run government or Modi.

  • West Bengal and Assam election results and its impact on Bangladesh

    The Election Commission in India needs to be congratulated for conducting a free and fair election in Assam and West Bengal, among others, as no party has alleged any rigging in the outcome of elections. Both Trinomool Congress and BJP did much better than expected in the two states.

  • Assam Election Results - What does it mean for Bangladesh?

    The results of the recently held Assembly Elections in Assam are of great significance to Bangladesh. Firstly, the BJP-led alliance has won with an agenda which is apparently directly detrimental to Bangladesh interests.

  • The receding of the Congress tide

    The pattern of voting and the places where the BJP has won show that the party has uprooted a well-entrenched Congress. What it means in real terms is not the success of the BJP's ideology but people's exasperation over corruption in the Congress.

  • A visit to Srinagar

    New Delhi has to appreciate the fact that the Kashmiris' desire to distance themselves from India may not be considered in any meaningful transfer of power from New Delhi to Srinagar. Yet, the impression that the Kashmiris rule themselves has to be sustained.

  • Acts of commission and omission

    Corruption in all the three neighbouring countries - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - has become a way of life. A politician's standard of living is now so high that the emoluments which he gets are not adequate to meet his expenses.

  • Dubious chopper deal

    The past seems to be catching up fast with President Pranab Mukherjee.

  • Babulal Gaur

    Indian minister caught on cam touching woman inappropriately

    Madhya Pradesh of India Home Minister Babulal Gaur has struck again. This time the minister was caught on camera inappropriately touching a woman during an event in Bhopal, reports India Today.

  • The Kohinoor story

    It is clear that the British have no intention of returning the diamond or, for that matter, tons of material which is stored in the basement of museums in London. Though there was no response from England, France complied with the UNESCO resolution and gave up the relics which they had in their possession during their rule.

  • Water, water everywhere, but…

    New Delhi has set up the Central Water and Power Commission to have a systematic plan to harness not only water but also generate power. This has worked to a large extent, but in certain parts of India, the fallout has led to a series of disputes, which remain unsolved even after decades.

  • Section 377 - An archaic, discriminatory law

    Sixty-six years after adopting one of the world's most liberal constitutions, India is being convulsed by a searing debate over...

  • Unimportance of awards

    This charge will remain because the selection is done by people who are nominated by the government. You can include the opposition leader in the selection panel, but he or she would be in the minority.

  • Peace with Pakistan?

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close.

  • Nepal's economy in chokehold

    It has become difficult to follow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's style of diplomacy. He is seen as a darling to the West

  • Focus on Aamir Khan

    I was present at the function where Aamir Khan, a leading actor, said that his wife had asked him whether they should move to some other country for healthy upbringing of their child.

  • BJP thrashed in Bihar

    The Grand Alliance called Mahagatbandhan of three parties led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav humiliated the BJP-led NDA in the Bihar...

  • Has Modi's magic waned?

    Whether or not the Narendra Modi magic has waned or whether the strategy of campaigning has been faulty, the fact remains that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has been routed in Bihar.


    Perhaps Congress leaders think that things cannot get any worse after the nadir of 2014. Maybe they should think again. The reason is clear. Congress political tactics this year have floated out of the range of common sense.


    India's religious pluralism is looking less secure every day. It's a turning point for India, a country that has taken pride in being a secular democracy where citizens...

  • Unravelling a forgotten chapter

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has done well to declassify the files on Subhas Chandra Bose. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have followed suit and make available to the public the documents and papers which the Centre possesses on Bose.

  • Reservations sans development

    Leaders of different communities had so much confidence in the fairness of the country, when it won freedom, that none of them wanted reservations.

  • Saffornising the institutions

    Understandably, there is a sense of horror over the Bhartiya Janata Party government's decision to 'modernise' the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum at Tin Murti in New Delhi.

  • Reluctance to shame British

    I wish that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission would bring out these Indian sacrifices and not project the two world wars as fought only or largely by white troops. The deaths of Indians are as shocking as the demise of any white soldier. They too have mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

  • Story of two travel documents

    India's major political parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have rendered parliament a place of tamasha.

  • Neither a big nor an elder brother be!

    Bangladesh would like to see India as neither a big nor an elder brother but a gracious neighbour that delivers on its commitment.

  • Modi's disastrous first year

    When Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi to be sworn in as India's Prime Minister, he flew in a private aircraft of the Adani Group - not a commercial flight or chartered plane.

  • One year of the NDA Government

    Internationally, Prime Modi comes across as a leader who can take bold decisions and has the parliamentary majority to see it through.

  • Courts tilt towards rich

    Salman and Jayalalithaa can afford the best of legal brains in the country. But the judges, who heard their cases, too have to see that they deliver justice however weak the prosecution is.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    Modi's selfie diplomacy

    In a rare show of common charm from one of China's most elite politicians, Premier Li Keqiang appears in a grinning selfie with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

  • NGOs and agrarian crises

    That the BJP is tilting towards the Hindu ideology is unfortunate, to say the least. But that does not mean those who are fighting against parochialism to underline the secular spirit of our constitution should be getting the wrong end of the stick.