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Arrogance has become biggest disqualification factor

This is the season of arrogance. The capital’s elections were fought on the platform of arrogance and a bunch of politicians were elevated because they lacked it and others were dumped as the

No surprises in byelections, huge win for ADMK in Jaya’s seat

As anticipated the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) won the assembly by-election to the prestigious Srirangam constituency of Tamil Nadu, earlier held by the party chief J J

The Goliaths got it wrong in Delhi. They fell, and fell very hard

I am not going to repeat the biblical story here; I have used this word for two giants and powerful adversaries of the AAP. The two national parties, the BJP and Congress, with decades of political

Venkaiah’s remarks on introspection shakes parliament

It was an inauspicious start to the railway budget presentation in parliament on Thursday morning. Led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi the opposition parties stalled parliamentary business over

AAP’s moment of reckoning

Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal share many characteristics. Cult politics is one of them. However, unlike the PM, the Delhi CM is fortunate in having people who can speak out and question him.

Rahul again shakes parliament, this time it is `snoopgate-2`

In parliament on Monday, the Congress party raised what it called ‘Snoopgate-2 , the alleged espionage of its vice president Rahul Gandhi by Delhi police. On March 12, Delhi po

Opacity of politics

Political parties have a predictable attitude when it comes to transparency: that it is a very good thing and it must apply to everybody – other than us. It was of course a political party th

Sonia’s Congress in no mood to get well soon

Just as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to a hospital in the US in 2011, a bouquet with a get-well-soon message was delivered at her residence early one morning. Sonia’s illness

Nigeria jumps into Sonia and Giriraj racist remark row

Nigeria, which just on Tuesday saw a peaceful presidential election, is angry with an Indian minister.  What has Nigeria got to do with a minister in India? Well, in a remark t

BJP’s army to fight for land bill as party begins national meet

The BJP is deploying over 15 lakh party workers, who would be trained to reach out to people and spread the message of good work being done by the Modi government. Another mass contact programme be

Karnataka sends fresh request as CBI declines time-bound probe

Somebody has goofed up and somebody will pay for it. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday was forced to say that his government would send a fresh request to the centre for a probe by th

Rahul Gandhi back from sabbatical, trends on Twitter

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday returned from his 56-day ‘sabbatical’. He was on an unexplained leave amid speculations about his possible elevation as p

Beyond the return of the prodigal

Rahul Gandhi’s disappearance and reappearance have led to much discussion and debate. That is surprising, because he is a leader far outshined by his mother, in a party far outshined by Modi&

We are hopeful of support from opposition ranks: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

As parliament resumed its budget session after a break, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, minister of state for parliamentary affairs speaks to Sweta Ranjan on the business

Govt has little time for important bills as parliament session resumes

Temperatures are going to rise both outside parliament and inside. Lok Sabha resumed its budget session after a break and Rajya Sabha sitting is from Aril 23. The debate over land bill is going to

This is govt of suit and boot, says Rahul and slams land ordinance

The land acquisition ordinance was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday by minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The ordinance was promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee on

Rajasthan farmer commits suicide as Kejriwal holds rally

Politicians never learn especially Indian politicians about propriety.  A farmer committed suicide during AAP`s rally in Delhi against the controversial land acquisition bill and the political

Rahul to take out padayatra for farmers’ cause

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is on a maiden two-day visit to Telangana from Thursday that includes a 15-km `padayatra` in Adilabad district. Rahul`s visit is to highlight the

Selection of heads for information commission and vigilance panel today

Finally, after months of being headless, the prime minister-led selection committees will on Saturday decide the names of chiefs of central information commission (CIC) and central vigilance commis

Karnataka to appeal against Jaya acquittal

The Karnataka government of the Congress party has decided to appeal against the high court verdict acquitting J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. Jayalalithaa, 67, was sworn in as

Soft Sushma under attack but real target is Narendra Modi

Delhi Police on Monday beefed up security outside Sushma Swaraj`s residence in Delhi but the foreign minister faces relentless attack on the issue of her role in Lalit Modi controversy.

Lalit Modi’s name dropping makes it miserable for Sushma

Lalit Modi is keeping the pot boiling and adding to the discomfort of Sushma Swaraj even as the Congress attack questioned Narendra Modi on why he was protecting his foreign minister and termed the

Why bring Dawood in Lalit Modi debate?

As the cacophony over Lalit Modi hits unbearable decibels, the arguments and comments are becoming irrational or say childishly pedestrian. Gurudas Kamat, AICC general secretary and

Emergency bomb: Advani provides fodder to Modi & BJP foes

It is hard to believe that in the age of social media activism in India there is a possibility of emergency-like situation in the country. But BJP leader LK Advani did allude to such a scenario and

Mumbai let down by civic authorities and politicians

Even though Mumbai’s municipal corporation claims to have completed more than 95% of the desilting work and removed more than 3.40 lakh cubic metre of silt from major nullahs (storm water dra

Public funds being used to build brand Kejriwal?

The Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the advertisement of the AAP-led Delhi government that is being broadcast on television channels as a "violation" of the supreme court`s order and th

Lalit Modi drops another name-bomb, tweets on Priyanka Gandhi

Lalit Modi’s tweets on the so called `accidental meeting` with Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra has triggered a fresh war between the BJP and the Congress while pushing Vasundhara Raje issue

After tweets it’s turn of RTI silence that will hurt Sushma Swaraj

Lalit Modi show is running like a Indian serials on televisions, long and tedious with same repetitive dialogues. Now, this week’s episodes may focus on a RTI query. The ministry of external

Cong fires at PM from Dulat’s shoulder

Congress party has now found its voice to directly attack prime minister Narendra Modi instead of indirect barbs of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje episodes. On Friday, the party raked up

Morning briefings: Woman cop, who was recruited through MP Vyapam, found dead near police academy in Sagar

Trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through Vyapam, found dead near Madhya Pradesh police academy in Sagar. Her body was found in a lake. Anamika Kushwaha was recruited throug

Morning briefings: PM Modi`s meeting on land bill today, oppn CMs skip it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of NITI Aayog`s governing council, of which all chief ministers are a part, with the land acquisition Bill as the main agenda. However, the chief m

BJP bowls googly in Gondia and Shiv Sena is angry

The Bharatiya Janata Party will continue to grow and Shiv Sena will remain confined to one state or say to Mumbai. Apart from being a national party, there are other reasons; especially the art of

PM Modi and Rahul in political shootout

Today is the day of loaded political discourse that can also serve as lessons to politicians. While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remained stuck to the rhetorical mud-slinging, prime minister Narend

Morning briefing: Parliament`s stormy monsoon session begins today

Parliament is set for confrontation between the Opposition-led by Congress and the government. The Narendra Modi government will be hauled up over Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi episode. External affai

Legislative business stalled by the tyranny of the minority Congress

Tyranny of the majority is a familiar concept in politics. It occurs when a majority takes action to thoroughly subjugate the minority. But what is happening in parliament or nothing is happening i

With farmers on agenda, Rahul seeds Cong revival in TN and AP

The countdown to the 2016 assembly elections began in Tamil Nadu with the byelection to RK Nagar, where chief minister J Jayalalithaa contested and won with a huge margin. The impending assembly el

No meaningful proceedings till resignations, says tough-talking Sonia

Parliamentary majority does not give anyone a license to escape accountability, said Sonia Gandhi on Monday morning and dashed to ground any hopes the government was harbouring on resumption of bus

Morning briefing: AAP, TMC, Left join Congress boycott of Lok Sabha

In a show of solidarity, nine opposition parties — Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), CPI, JD(U), RJD, NCP, RSP, Muslim League and Aam Aadmi Party — have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha for t

Non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi should bring Cong back to parliament

Will the Congress return to the parliamentary business now? A special court on Wednesday allowed the issuance of a non bailable warrant against Lalit Modi in a money laundering case. With this warr

Talking and taking a walk to Rashtrapati Bhavan will not help India

India woke up today to another day of uncertainty and ceaseless cacophony created by the politicians. Television screens screamed that today is last day of parliament`s monsoon session and no legis

PM Modi utters Emergency word while targeting Cong

The Rajya Sabha worked for just over nine hours of the 17-day session monsoon session of parliament, which ended today. Key legislation like the goods and services tax bill is pending in the RS.

Bengaluru polls: Cong lost grace too?

In a democracy political parties lose elections and some are won. And in a century of its existence the Congress party has many humiliating defeats and unbelievable victories. However, the party do

Mulayam deals a hard blow to Nitish & Lalu, breaks Bihar alliance

Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party have plenty to rejoice. The Samajwadi Party on Thursday pulled out of the `grand alliance` in poll-bound Bihar, dealing a blow to Nitish Kumar. The SP also

Haryana sets minimum qualifications for panchayat poll candidates

Haryana become the second state after Rajasthan to fix educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting panchayat elections. The state Assembly on Monday passed a bill, fixing the

Narendra Modi brings back pride in Indians, his ratings take a leap

On his birthday there was a gift in numbers. Prime minister Narendra Modi`s favourability ratings have jumped to 87 per cent, according to a latest Pew survey released on Thursday. 

To run the country you need to take people along, Shourie tells PM Modi

Stop picking a new fight every day and to run the country you need to take people along. These are the words of advice for prime minister Narendra Modi by BJP leader Arun Shourie, who was once an a

Quota has to remain to end social backwardness

National commission for scheduled castes chairman P L Punia is a dalit leader from the Congress. He represented Barabanki constituency in Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014 and is cur

Morning briefing: Government agrees to some demands put forward by Congress on GST

In what could possibly thaw the ice between the Centre and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh to

Morning briefing: Cong scores in rural Gujarat, BJP retains urban areas in civic polls

The Congress has made a comeback in the rural areas of Gujarat and won 21 of the 31 district panchayats, while the BJP retained its hold over urban pockets clinching all six municipal corporations

Morning briefing: Parliament business to be smooth as Cong decides to be constructive

The Congress has decided it will not obstruct non-contentious legislative business in parliament but strongly raise issues of public importance in both houses. A Congress strategy meeting chaired b

Delhi pollution: Curbs on vehicles gets 15 days test run

Public wrath is being expressed on the social media and the politicians have been gate-crashing on the issue of Delhi government`s move to curb movement of private vehicles in the capital due to ba

Morning briefing: Modi to address commanders meet being held outside Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addresses a combined commanders` conference onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya off the Kochi coast. The Combined Commanders` Conference is an annual th

Morning briefing: Prime minister meeting departmental secretaries today

Prime minister Narendra Modi is today meeting secretaries of the central government. Official sources said performance of various departments and development works being undertaken by them will be

Rebirth for GST bill as govt accepts Cong terms for its passage

The all important GST bill (goods and services tax bill) may get passed soon with the government agreeing to the conditions set by the Congress party to support the landmark tax reforms legislation

Modi quotes Rajiv, Somnath; should’ve also quoted Sushma, Jaitley

Prime minister Narendra Modi, replying to the debate after the president’s address, once again called on the opposition to cooperate in pushing ahead parliamentary business and pending legisl

Food security act still missing in Congress-ruled states, says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at Congress’s pet project, National Food Security Act (NFSA), by saying that four states, out of 11 which “hurriedly” agreed to the Act, h

UPA withheld AgustaWestland info under RTI

Amidst uproar in parliament over corruption in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, another twist in the tale has emerged. In

RTI Act: Why citizens must send a strong message to MPs

There is a very disturbing news report about the entire political spectrum agreeing that RTI is misused and some constrictions and impediments should be developed to muzzle it. This is indeed a sad

At least 283 TN candidates have criminal cases

As many as 283 candidates in the electoral fray in Tamil Nadu have declared criminal cases against themselves, showed an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 997 of the 1,107 candidates by Tamil Na

AAP to give tough fight to BJP, Congress in Delhi civic bypolls

Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party [AAP], which is contesting the municipal elections for the first time, is all set to give a stiff challenge to the BJP and the Congress in the Delhi civic bypoll

AAP makes huge splash in MCD bypolls, bags 5 seats

Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party [AAP],  which contested the municipal elections for the first time, has won five seats in the Delhi civic bypolls. Congress managed to grab four while BJP w

Congress suffers setback; BJP smiles in Assam

As the BJP celebrated its magnificent victory in Assam, the outcome of assembly elections in five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry – should make India&rsqu

When HRD minister entered in a nasty Twitter fight with Congress spokesperson

Political war that too on Twitter was a new low on Monday when HRD minister Smriti Irani entered in a Twitter spat with Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi. The nasty conversation started ove

Congress: Once a dream, today a nightmare

On May 19, after the results of the assembly elections were announced, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “We will work harder till we win the confidence & trust of people.&rdq

Kejriwal attacks BJP, Congress over parliamentary secretaries row

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today attacked the Centre saying that when the BJP appointed parliamentary secretaries it was legal and constitutional, but when AAP does the same, it`s illegal

“Uttarakhand should be allowed to have more seats in the assembly”

Harish Rawat has seen more ups and downs in two months than many see in decades. He is back in power in Uttarakhand, but facing a CBI inquiry over the alleged horse-trading sting. Ahead of his

Why Jagmati Sangwan resigned from CPI (M)

Jagmati Sangwan who resigned from Communist Party of India (Marxist) in protest against party’s refusal to accept that its alliance with Congress in West Bengal was key factor behind party&rs

[Statehood demand] is not realistic: Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, during her three consecutive terms as Delhi chief minister, often blamed the multiplicity of authorities in the national capital as an obstacle to develo

Five things to know about the SC verdict on Arunachal Pradesh

In yet another jolt to the BJP, the supreme court has ordered the reinstatement of the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh, about four months after the party was ousted from power. Earlier in

In naming Dikshit, Congress tries to make a serious pitch

Sheila Dikshit, Congress veteran and former chief minister of the national capital, will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the Uttar Pradesh elections, scheduled for early next ye

Five things to know about political strategist Prashant Kishor

Political strategists often remain low-profile and prefer to be in the background. But Prashant Kishor grabbed headlines soon after BJP’s mammoth victory in the 2014 general elections. There

BJP to feel the heat on NSG and Kashmir from Congress

A combative Congress will raise issues like the ongoing violence in Kashmir and the fiasco of India’s unsuccessful attempt to join the Nuclear Supplier’s Group [NSG] in the monsoon sess

A season of political surprises

This is no laughing matter. Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer who guffaws throughout The Kapil Sharma Show on television, has quit the BJP and his Rajya Sabha seat and there is a distin

BJP, Congress not in the clear as they slam AAP government advertisements

 Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity, said          Sigmund Freud, one of 20th century’s most influential

Few Indians approve of the way Modi is tackling Pakistan, says Pew report

“Just 22 percent of the public approves of Modi’s management of India’s volatile relationship with Pakistan. Half disapprove. This harsh judgment is relatively unchanged from 2015

Prince of the waiting game finally makes a move

[This was the cover story of Governance Now a couple of years ago, September 16-30, 2010 to be precise. Little seems to have changed in the intervening period, except that this week Rahul Gandh

Rahul Gandhi and the art of waiting

 As reports suggest that Rahul Gandhi may indeed come to head the grand old party, we republish this analysis of the Congress vice president by a prominent social scientist, first publishe

Bangaru Laxman was ahead of times, he preferred dollars

Harshad Mehta The superhero stock-broker dropped a bomb in July 1993, when he told a press conference that he had paid prime minister PV Narasimha Rao a bribe of Rs

If you (really) want to fight black money, won’t Lokpal make more sense?

Remember the Lokpal? The one-point panacea for all corruption and black money. It is a law, on the statute book. And while the government has launched a surgical strike against black money that has

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