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Miscellaneous / Frontline

Missing chemistry

The logic of electoral arithmetic, which ought to have given the Congress-JD(S) combine a head start, is considerably weakened by the alliance’s failure to establish an ideological counter-narrative to the BJP.

10 Apr 2019 12:31 pm
Screen war

A parallel war is being waged on the Telugu silver screen ahead of the elections in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on April 11. Topping the charts in te

10 Apr 2019 11:50 am
A drop in the ocean

Binu Sebastian of Kerala moved to Bengaluru in 2010 to work for an automobile company and has been living in Seegehalli, a suburb of the city that is

10 Apr 2019 11:39 am
Missing voters

A large proportion of voters who are left out of the electoral rolls despite having valid voter ID cards are Muslims and Dalits.

10 Apr 2019 11:37 am
NYAY: No bridge between two Indias

A closer look at the Congress party’s proposed income transfer scheme.

10 Apr 2019 11:36 am
Aiming high

The Lok Sabha election in Telangana is seen as a platform for Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s national ambitions.

10 Apr 2019 11:30 am
Special status is the key

The issue of a special category status for Andhra Pradesh will decide the fate of political parties in the elections to the Lok Sabha and the Assembly.

10 Apr 2019 11:29 am
Caste calculations

Lalu Prasad is resorting to his social engineering manoeuvres again to corner the NDA.

9 Apr 2019 5:32 pm
Squeeze on jobs

The Oxfam India report on employment says jobs remain a huge challenge in India where half of the workforce depends on agriculturefor livelihood.

9 Apr 2019 5:18 pm
Fuzzy funding

Electoral bonds make for zero transparency in the funding of political parties and leave open ample scope for unfair influences on the electoral process.

9 Apr 2019 5:10 pm
Common enemy

There is not much reception to the latest electoral exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, but political parties expect voters to turn out in good numbers as they know that unless they elect the right candidates the BJP will gain politically by installing its proxies.

9 Apr 2019 3:52 pm
Citizenship Bill as main plank

Non-BJP political parties’ campaign for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the eight north-eastern States focusses on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, with the Congress making the Bill its key electoral plank.

9 Apr 2019 3:36 pm
Acid test for BJP

Arunachal Pradesh is the first State in the north-eastern region to have had a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. It was formed in 2003 and head

9 Apr 2019 3:36 pm
BJP making inroads

The party poses a tough challenge to the Trinamool Congress in the five north Bengal constituencies where voting will take place in the first two phases of the election which voters perceive as a precursor of the 2021 Assembly election.

9 Apr 2019 3:17 pm
Patnaik yet again?

Naveen Patnaik reaches out to the people in order to beat the anti-incumbency factor that the Congress and the BJP hope to exploit in Odisha.

9 Apr 2019 3:03 pm
Crowd of contestants

THE Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency has created electoral history in Telangana with 185 candidates, most of them turmeric farmers, in the fray. Sugar

9 Apr 2019 2:50 pm
‘BJP wants to finish off regional parties’

Interview with H.D. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief.

9 Apr 2019 2:26 pm
Deepening divide

Caste continues to dominate the electoral discourse in Tamil Nadu, where the AMMK, a breakaway faction of the AIADMK, is likely to damage the prospects of the alliance led by the ruling party.

9 Apr 2019 2:11 pm
The Rahul factor

A keenly fought battle is on the cards, with Rahul Gandhi’s entry galvanising the Congress campaign, while the CPI(M) has left no stone unturned in its bid to win the maximum number of seats.

9 Apr 2019 1:58 pm
Strategic alliances

Maharashtra sees the BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP alliances sticking together after initial hiccups and the newly formed Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi tying up with the AIMIM with an eye on Dalit and Muslim votes.

9 Apr 2019 1:50 pm
Fight for relevance

The PMK seeks to take advantage of the AIADMK alliance arithmetic to stage a second coming after a decade in the doldrums.

9 Apr 2019 1:01 pm
Livelihood matters

In the crucial State of Bihar, the contest this time is between “nationalism”, as projected by the BJP, and bread-and-butter issues, which the opposition highlights.

9 Apr 2019 12:52 pm
Faltering fervour

The focus on “muscular nationalism” does not seem to be working out in the way the BJP expected in Uttarakhand, which has a large number of families that send their sons to the armed forces.

9 Apr 2019 12:45 pm
Tired tactic

The going gets tough for the BJP in western Uttar Pradesh, where the paradigm of communal polarisation translating into an electoral divide does not seem to be working this time.

9 Apr 2019 12:40 pm
Rude awakening

The BJP realises that its muscular nationalism evokes little response from people and returns to its traditional campaign style aimed at communal polarisation.

9 Apr 2019 12:36 pm
The Delhi difference

The Kejriwal government’s focus on building infrastructure, teacher development and bringing a qualitative improvement in government schools is something the Centre and other States will do well to emulate.

27 Mar 2019 11:14 am
Executive steamroller

Institutions of the Indian state faced their worst challenge during the Narendra Modi years. The Planning Commission has been replaced with the NITI Aayog, the Election Commission has been manipulated to the ruling party’s advantage, the CBI has not been allowed to function impartially, and judicial independence has been tampered with to a large extent.

27 Mar 2019 11:13 am
Choking a lifeline

Underfunding, delayed payment of wages and arbitrary rationing of work have over the years systematically stymied the rural employment guarantee scheme.

27 Mar 2019 11:01 am
Assault on reason

With its policies and actions in the past five years, the BJP government has government has shaken the foundation of the education system’s content and form.

27 Mar 2019 10:36 am
Everybody loves a farmer

The cash transfer schemes the Narendra Modi government and several State governments have announced to woo the peasantry ahead of the election, like the loan waivers, short-change farmers because they avoid the vital issue of remunerative prices for farm produce.

26 Mar 2019 3:36 pm
Relief in Odisha

THE Naveen Patnaik government’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, launched on December 31, 2018, is all set to

26 Mar 2019 3:35 pm
Falling incomes

An agricultural crisis in Uttar Pradesh has farmers who voted for the BJP in 2014 frustrated and angry.

26 Mar 2019 3:34 pm
Numbers don’t lie

A reality check on the Modi government’s achievements in five years in comparison with the 60-month periods of the previous three administrations: NDA I, UPA I and UPA II.

26 Mar 2019 3:04 pm
Spanner in the works

From powerlooms in Bhiwandi, knitwear in Tiruppur and fireworks in Sivakasi to MSMEs in Ghaziabad, small industry across India, hit by demonetisation and the introduction of GST, is trying to stay afloat.

26 Mar 2019 2:50 pm
A terror strike

Narendra Modi’s demonetisation, unprecedented in global economic history, is likely to have fundamentally altered Indians’ expectation of stability of the national currency system and irreparably harmed the credibility of national institutions.

26 Mar 2019 2:41 pm
Exercise in manipulation

The political economy of the Modi regime was characterised by a redistribution of income in favour of a few and a worsened performance in job creation, welfare and alleviating deprivation.

26 Mar 2019 2:05 pm
General miasma

The undermining of democracy and secularism under the present dispensation is of a piece with the aspirations of crony capitalism, which requires an unquestioning consumer base.

26 Mar 2019 2:02 pm
Communal card

Varanasi has long remained a shining example of communal harmony, even in the face of provocations. The city remained peaceful after the demolition of

26 Mar 2019 2:02 pm
Behind the veneer

A number of deals struck by Modi’s government and his cronies undermine his claims about providing a corruption-free government and protecting national interests.

26 Mar 2019 1:30 pm
Complex record

India’s relations with some of its neighbours are at a nadir, but in spite of its embrace of the U.S., it still has not given up its formal allegiance to a multipolar world.

26 Mar 2019 1:21 pm
No country for women

Women have generally fared badly in the Modi years, notwithstanding the hype around the flagship programme claiming to save and educate daughters.

26 Mar 2019 1:07 pm
‘It began in Gujarat’

Interview with the Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna.

26 Mar 2019 12:54 pm
Time of lynch mobs

Lynchings, and not so much riots, have marked communal violence in the last five years, in a political atmosphere that emboldened the assailants and ensured they got away with it.

26 Mar 2019 12:53 pm
‘Clean your mind, not our feet’

Interview with Bezwada Wilson.

26 Mar 2019 12:45 pm
Feet of clay

Despite the Clean India campaign and a 2013 Act that expressly prohibits manual scavenging, there has been no effort to prosecute violators of the law or to prevent the death of manual scavengers while at work, not to speak of plans for their rehabilitation.

26 Mar 2019 12:45 pm
Running out of gas

The Ujjwala scheme aimed at ameliorating the living standards of rural women has not taken off for want of money in the hands of the poor to get a refill, as exemplified in West Bengal and Odisha.

26 Mar 2019 12:37 pm
‘Five years have been oppressive, scary’

Interview with Jignesh Mevani, Dalit leader and MLA.

26 Mar 2019 12:24 pm
Left in the lurch

Anganwadis, which provide crucial support to children belonging to economically backward and marginalised communities, have been hit hard by the reduction in budgetary support for the ICDS by the Central government.

26 Mar 2019 12:11 pm
Five years of betrayal

There is disenchantment all around five years after Narendra Modi came to power with a huge popular mandate, won on tall promises. But the seller of false dreams is out again with new slogans.

26 Mar 2019 12:07 pm
‘Isn’t the Hindu Rashtra already here?’

Interview with Rakesh Sharma, independent film-maker.

26 Mar 2019 12:06 pm