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Electoral Rolls

Missing voters

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

Pulwama spillover

India
Security officials outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi intimidate guests, including journalists, on the occasion of the Pakistan Nationa
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Andhra Pradesh

Special status is the key

Lead Story
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
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Karnataka

Missing chemistry

Lead Story
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 failu
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Telangana

Aiming high

Lead Story
The Lok Sabha election in Telangana is seen as a platform for Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s national ambitions.
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App to enrol voters

A drop in the ocean

Lead Story
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Unemployment

Squeeze on jobs

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

Books
A collection of documents that throw light on how Indian leaders contrived to keep Kashmir in India.
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Diary from Trumpland

Joining forces

World Affairs
Russia and China both have stakes in Venezuela and are unwilling to let the U.S. drive an agenda that goes against their interests.
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North-eastern States

Citizenship Bill as main plank

Lead Story
Non-BJP political parties’ campaign for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the eight north-eastern States focusses on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, with th
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Bihar

Caste calculations

Lead Story
Lalu Prasad is resorting to his social engineering manoeuvres again to corner the NDA.
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Refreshing candour

Books
A book about the vicissitudes of contemporary politics, which points out with honesty and insight the pitfalls of the upsurge of Hindutva and the chal
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Tamil Nadu

Deepening divide

Lead Story
Caste continues to dominate the electoral discourse in Tamil Nadu, where the AMMK, a breakaway faction of the AIADMK, is likely to damage the prospect
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Odisha

Patnaik yet again?

Lead Story
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.
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Maharashtra

Strategic alliances

Lead Story
Maharashtra sees the BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP alliances sticking together after initial hiccups and the newly formed Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi tyin
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Interview: H.D. Deve Gowda

‘BJP wants to finish off regional parties’

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

The Rahul factor

Lead Story
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 it
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West Bengal

BJP making inroads

Lead Story
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 phas
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Uttar Pradesh

Tired tactic

Lead Story
The going gets tough for the BJP in western Uttar Pradesh, where the paradigm of communal polarisation translating into an electoral divide does not s
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Uttarakhand

Faltering fervour

Lead Story
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 t
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Cover Story

Rude awakening

Lead Story
The BJP realises that its muscular nationalism evokes little response from people and returns to its traditional campaign style aimed at communal pola
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Jammu & Kashmir

Common enemy

Lead Story
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
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Tamil Nadu

Fight for relevance

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

Fuzzy funding

Lead Story
Electoral bonds make for zero transparency in the funding of political parties and leave open ample scope for unfair influences on the electoral proce
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Documentary

Transcending barriers

India
Transcender, a documentary that captures the life of K. Prithika Yashini, the first transgender person to join the police force in India, calls for a
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Bihar

Livelihood matters

Lead Story
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 opposit