Priyanka’s entry in the electoral battle for Varanasi, if it is going to be so, can well prove to be a historic turning point as was the case in 1980 or even bigger than that.
Author: Abid Shah
Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Can Ghaziabad turned into BJP fortress by Ex-Army chief General VK Singh be held this time too?
On Holi evening a cigarette vendor was hovering around his closed shop outside a sprawling middleclass colony in Ghaziabad. Asked why his kiosk was shut despite no signs of Holi revellers being anywhere around, he shot back “they may come drunk and ask for bidiswithout paying.” His retort pointed to the[Read More…]
In what is a virtual new tome on RSS, or Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, its writer and Supreme Court lawyer AG Noorani has somehow missed out a significant point regarding demonetisation and its possible use that RSS, as per his findings in the book, could well have tried to make[Read More…]
Seldom does one come across with someone who has such an extraordinary passion for learning as is the case with 56-year-old Suresh Kumar Shrichandani from Ajmer in Rajasthan. Only last month he has cleared his MA examination in Rural Development from IGNOU, or Indira Gandhi National Open University. And with[Read More…]
Before the last week’s unfortunate events in Jammu and Kashmir it was the advent of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in active politics that bothered the Bharatiya Janata Party too much. So much so that the looming general elections had sent the ruling party higher ups to the drawing board[Read More…]
Close on the heels of a ghastly suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy killing over 40 personnel near Pulwama on Jammu-Srinagar highway, a Major-rank officer of Indian Army lost his life on Saturday (February 16). He met the tragedy while defusing an improvised explosive device. The second[Read More…]
Before Modi this has been the case in 1977 because of some of the actions of the late Indira Gandhi and over a decade after her debacle also with her son Rajiv Gandhi.
The new CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla has a reputation of being an upright, rule-abiding and, thus, unyielding police officer. He is generally averse to political or any other kind of pressure in his work. He is thought to be publicity shy, media shunning and yet polite and soft spoken,[Read More…]
What should have only been for a few months vote on account has indeed bulldozed its limits. Except for the absence of any fresh levies the Union Budget 2019 presented on February 1 by Union Minister Piyush Goyal reads like a virtual election manifesto. And so it is redolent with[Read More…]
There couldn’t have been any better bet than Priyanka Gandhi to put a shot in the arm of Congress before the upcoming national elections. Indeed, the entry of the 47-year-old sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi was the only certainty amid the myriad uncertainties dogging the politics of the country[Read More…]
Job reservations like the proverbial cat are finally out of the bag. And indications are that the step is going to be flaunted as a virtual magic wand through the months to come to sway the electorate once again in the name of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. The reason for[Read More…]
The best defence is often said to be a good offence. Perhaps it is this dictum that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally pulled out and relied upon while giving an unusually long interview to a news agency on the first day of the New Year where among other things[Read More…]
A new book on Ayodhya amply illustrates deep political motives behind sustaining the vexed dispute through past few decades. Written in Hindi by Sheetla Singh, a veteran journalist from Faizabad, who successfully founded and ran for past sixty years a local popular daily Jan Morcha, the book is titled Ayodhya[Read More…]
Hereon elections are going to be a closely contested affair and, thus, can hardly turn out to be a cakewalk for either the BJP or the Congress. This has to be more so with regard to the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Congress has made a stunning comeback through[Read More…]
The sheer timing of the raids indicates that the Centre’s ruling party, or the BJP, waited to make this move till the last day and last hours of the polls.
What has actually been lost in 26 years when an old mosque was pulled down at Ayodhya is not only a concrete structure built in medieval times but also quite a bit more vis-à-vis the present times. So much so that the ghosts of the demolished mosque still hover over[Read More…]
Through past five months, or after pulling out its support to Mehbooba Mufti-led State Government the BJP did try to find an alternative to Mehbooba.
To harass, bully, intimidate, maul and even kill weak and vulnerable sections like minorities, women and Dalits are somehow, though whether rightly or wrongly, thought to be the new normal as society in general has been getting more and more brutalised through past few years. Yet, occupational susceptibilities and easy[Read More…]
The muck that goes with power back home has starkly been laid bare by former French President Francoise Hollande. The disclosures made by him on September 21 about the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft by India have set off a bitter political battle, putting the Opposition virtually at the[Read More…]
Strangely, neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor his BJP point-man Amit Shah were to be seen at the three-day discourse of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that concluded on Wednesday, September 19, in New Delhi. The Sangh patriarch preferred a distance with the two greatest founts of power and influence[Read More…]
The former Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar appears to be on way to bring new blood and verve to the politics of not only his home State, or Bihar, but also to that of the rest of the country. The reason for this is that he for[Read More…]
The main question vis-à-vis electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh is whether the signs of recent cracks in the top family of Samajwadi Party or that of Mulayam Singh Yadav, will affect his son Akhilesh Yadav’s alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party or not. Together the SP and BSP have planned[Read More…]
At long last Jammu and Kashmir has a new Governor. And the State under Centre’s direct rule has now a political hand at the helm of the troubled region at the border. The choice of Satya Pal Malik as Governor has, indeed, come as a surprise. The reason for this[Read More…]
As politicos, and among them mainly the Government, took over four-and-half months time to pass the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the Lok Sabha after the Supreme Court had ruled to change some of its provisions millions of Dalits and their organisations spread across the[Read More…]
Now virtually at the end of his tenure the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra has put the Union Government in Delhi in a quandary. He has moved the Supreme Court for the deferment of any decision regarding Article 35A that deals with domicile, citizenship, property rights and issues[Read More…]
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has somehow left her other Opposition peers far behind in taking cudgels with the Centre’s ruling party, or the BJP and the NDA led by it. So much so that she has rubbed the BJP the wrong way by reaching[Read More…]
(According to the trends, the Congress has crossed the half-way mark and is currently leading on 67 seats. The BJP, on the other hand, is leading on just 13 seats. Chhattisgarh had voted in two phases – November 12 and 20.) Forest strewn, verdant and lush green State of Chhattisgarh[Read More…]
An unseemly row has erupted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stepped up attack on Congress and more so against its president Rahul Gandhi. While speaking the other day at a public rally in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Modi claimed that in a recent parley with Muslim intellectuals Rahul assured those present[Read More…]