Joyeeta Basu

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Lingayat votes alone will not decide a government: Settar

‘The clash between Lingayats and Veerasaivas is bound to aggravate. The rivalry between the mathas representing these sections is also...

Iraq receives $30 billion pledge for reconstruction, India ready to help

The international community got together in Kuwait this week, at the initiative of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad...

Gujarat was not about Rahul or Congress, it was about BJP vs BJP

Now that paeans have been sung to Rahul Gandhi’s “moral victory” in Gujarat, it’s time to do a quick check...

BJP confident OBCs have blunted Hardik factor in Gujarat

Information coming from Gujarat suggests that there may have been a massive consolidation of OBC (Other Backward Classes) votes in...

‘Think 2019, don’t delay reforming GST’

The twin measures of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax have dealt a blow to trade in Gujarat, particularly to...

BJP plans a political earthquake for Mamata

Politics in West Bengal is set to undergo tectonic shifts that will impact the political future of Chief Minister Mamata...

Silence of the ‘liberals’

The silence in the “liberal” space over the spate of communal violence in West Bengal is getting deafening. “Civil” society...

EC is right, Kejriwal needs to introspect, not throw mud

The theatre of the absurd is in town, with its varied cast of characters acting out their parts in a...

Left-liberal against right only creates hatred

Left-liberal against right only creates hatred

It’s a war out there. Every possible medium of communication—be it the mainstream media or the not-so-social media—is caught in...

Anxiety in Bengal as radicalism gathers speed

Infiltration, demographic change and radicalisation of a section of the minority population are issues in the West Bengal elections this...

Of brothers, rent collectors and absentee MLA: A Bengal Diary

The infectious enthusiasm to vote for Mamata Banerjee, which was so apparent in the 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal,...

CPM, Congress bank on arithmetic in Bengal

Desperation, some call it pragmatism, has driven the moribund Left and Congress in each other’s arms in West Bengal. Both...

‘Mamata treats clerics as mouthpieces of Muslims for the sake of votes’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s policy towards Muslims, a community that can be a deciding factor in as many...

BJP rising in Kashmir, will take time to peak

There was a time, not too long ago, when Altaf Thakur, a Kashmiri Muslim, was denied treatment for his child...

Mufti Saab will be CM, I’m happy as MP: Mehbooba

Mehbooba Mufti, a Member of Parliament, does not want to be Chief Minister if her People’s Democratic Party comes to...

My meeting with PM has united PDP, NC: Sajjad Lone

My meeting with PM has united PDP, NC: Sajjad Lone

People’s Conference leader Sajjad Gani Lone’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi “has united” Omar Abdullah’s National Conference and...

‘Discourse has changed in Kashmir’

Separatist leader Sajjad Gani Lone’s political party, People’s Conference, is fighting the Assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir after 27...

‘Pak intentionally targeted our civilian population’

Rakesh Sharma, Inspector General, Jammu Region, of the Border Security Force spoke to Joyeeta Basu about the heavy cross-border firing...

Pak mobilised infantry unit during cross-border fire

Pak mobilised infantry unit during cross-border fire

Pakistan mobilised its Northern Light Infantry, an Army unit based in Gilgit, during the severe cross-border firing with India on...

‘Red tape affects India’s tourism’

Adverse publicity over incidents of rape may not be the only reason why international tourist footfall to India has decreased,...

Thought leaders encourage young entrepreneurs

A clutch of international achievers with interesting life stories to tell converged on Muscat as part of the Open Minds...

Jeffrey Archer chooses India for launch of new book

British author Jeffrey Archer will launch the fifth book of his Clifton Chronicles series in India in February next year,...

Highway gossip, sold-out media and Modi roti: A Varanasi diary

The highway gossip in Varanasi is about the “something that is going on” in Uttar Pradesh. “Kuchh to chal raha...

Doshipura Shias want Modi and electricity

The Muslims of Doshipura, an enclave of Shia weavers in the Sunni dominated Adampur, are the latest “tourist” attraction in...