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Voices from the ground: A Telangana election diary

The young state will hold its first ever Assembly elections on 7 December.   HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI:   LAND WOES IN...

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Naidu’s plan is to make KCR part of the Congress-TDP front: BJP

‘KCR laid a trap right from day one, and knowingly or unknowingly BJP went into it. The trap was to...

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We will win a minimum of 80 seats: TRS

‘The CM’s welfare schemes have benefited 1.5 crore people.’   HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI: In Telangana, even rivals of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi...

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We will get 60-plus seats on our own: Congress

‘Congress is a grand old party. We have experienced leaders. Saying that Congress is being remotely controlled by Chandrababu Naidu,...

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Perception battles reality in Telangana

HYDERABAD: The run-up to the Telangana Assembly elections is turning out to be a battle of perceptions, much before the...

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State of Despair: A Bengal Diary

Bengal has discovered the shortcut to happiness: long leaves and non-stop festivities.   Bengal is worried. In almost every second...

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Lies, damned lies and perception

Thomson Reuters Foundation damns India in a poll based on perceptions, and not on data.   Who would have thought...

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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...

Mukul Roy vows to dislodge Mamata Banerjee from power

Mukul Roy, one of the architects of West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC), and for long the second-in-command to Mamata Banerjee...

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...