Lok Sabha

  • Election Mania: What's at stake?

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    If you're sitting here in India, you can't be oblivious to the election mania. We are in the middle of the 9 phases, and it's...

  • Have you bought a ticket to Pakistan?

    Not Worth Another Word |  Sreedhar Pillai
    It looks like millions of Indians living abroad will have to buy a ticket to Islamabad if they want to visit their friends and relatives....

  • Can Priyanka Gandhi enter politics without disowning Robert Vadra?

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    With the Congress headed towards its worst ever performance, sooner than later, Rahul Gandhi will have to face the music. Already there was dissenting voices...

  • Vote with clarity and purpose, and make it count

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    A vote is meant to be a secret ballot, but here is an honest confession: last Thursday, as I entered the polling booth, I was...

  • The politics of women's empowerment

    Women at work |  Nirupama Subramanian
    The greatest exercise of adult franchise in the world is currently underway in our country. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections have eclipsed cricket results and...

  • Of Modi, Rahul, Ambedkar and women

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Last week, Narendra Modi, just like Rahul Gandhi some weeks ago, was all over the media assuring people that his party will make India safer...

  • 'Sita' - Inherent to Indian women?

    Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
    Jasodabehn who lived for decades in anonymity is in the news. Not as 62 years old retired school teacher, which has been her identity for...

  • Beware of those PhDs Mr Modi

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In today's guest post, we have, once again, India's leading security expert, Col RSN Singh laying bare his views on the hidden threats to India's...

  • What I couldn't say through the ballot

    Palki's Space |  Palki S Upadhyay
    No ink on my finger, no selfie on my Facebook page. I did not vote today. My name did not figure on the voters list...

  • No arrangements for senior citizens or the physically challenged at booths

    Sundry thoughts |  Himanshu Mehta
    "I voted for a change today. I must say though, in all frankness, that the experience was anything but enjoyable or uplifting. A ...

  • 2014 Lok Sabha elections: Tamil Nadu campaign diary

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    Election fever At about 40 degrees, and 80% humidity just past noon, there isn't a single spot of shade available in the entire rally ...

  • Elf-spotting at election time

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    The Indian voter is a pragmatist not an idealist It's election time and am in pursuit of an old familiar Elf. Have pursued this ...

  • Never too old to vote

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    I've been informing colleagues, the country at large, and well, whoever I can over the past few days, that there is no age bar to...

  • Article 370 must apply to all states, not just J&K

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    "In fact, the hundreds of states which acceded to the Dominion of India in the days and weeks after 15 August 1947 originally had the...

  • A date with a RSS pracharak

    Let There Be Noise |  Subhajit Sengupta
    I was sitting inside the BJP office in Ghaziabad waiting for the coordinates of the General, candidate from the area, for yet another interview. I...

  • Can India's Antony be its next dark horse Prime Minister?

    Not Worth Another Word |  Sreedhar Pillai
    Let me say this, I barely know AK Antony except that we both hail from 'God's Own Country', the little piece of beautiful land on...

  • Can India's Antony be its next dark horse Prime Minister?

    Not Worth Another Word |  Sreedhar Pillai
    Let me say this, I barely know AK Antony except that we both hail from 'God's Own Country', the little piece of beautiful land on...

  • Congress and Power-play

    Sine Qua Non |  Sumit Pande
    Of the infinite desires of man, the chief are desires for power and glory. Bertrand Russle, Power In his seminal work dissecting the ...

  • Is the 'Modi Wave' working in Odisha?

    Odisha Direct |  Jajati Karan
    Less than two months back, in February, in an exclusive interview with Odisha's chief minister Naveen Patnaik, I had put this question to him. His...

  • Why voters are not as powerful as they are made out to be

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    Every time there is an election in India, especially a Parliamentary election, we see certain myths about the voter in India being propagated. Indian ...

  • Narendra Modi needs to do much more to reach out to Muslims

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    "He is an expert in turning a lie into the truth. It is the BJP's principle to divide the nation and rule. Wherever the BJP...

  • Does your vote really matter?

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Wherever you are in the world, chances are your national political establishment likes to call your vote sacred. There's probably no end to people advising...

  • Chanting 'Modi, Modi': good for BJP, bad for India

    The Mysore Post |  Kiran Batni
    Twenty Fourteen must go down in history as a year in which Indian politics underwent a major change: the one from ideology-driven to ideology-less political...

  • Election 2014: A cleanser of politics?

    Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
    The repeated acts of corruption and scams with impunity, lack of accountability, rising prices and misgovernance, led to widespread acrimony among people. It reflected in...

  • In election season, media faces credibility crisis, becomes a punching bag for politicians

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    This is open season against the Indian media. Arvind Kejriwal says that he will throw journalists in jail if he comes to power (he later...

  • Power of 49: The power and its mystique

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The world's largest democracy is bracing itself for the most anticipated event every 5 years. To keep things in perspective, almost 1 in 6 on...

  • Power of 49: The power & its mystique

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The world's largest democracy is bracing itself for the most anticipated event every 5 years. To keep things in perspective, almost 1 in 6 on...

  • Battleground Odisha: War over before the battle could begin?

    Odisha Direct |  Jajati Karan
    The election bugle has been sounded, the battle dates declared and the ground all set for the big fight. In Odisha its twin battle -...

  • Why BJP allied with Ram Vilas Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha in Bihar

    Reverse Sweep |  Priyarag Verma
    While the Bharatiya Janata Party gears up for Lok Sabha elections, in Bihar its leaders have gone all out to ensure that the party gets...

  • More Loyal Than The King

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Modi's silence on the foot-soldiers who act in his name is disturbing General elections! Yet rendered somewhat joyless by the creeping authoritarianism which seems ...