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Interview: Jagdeep S. Chokkar

Court's intervention not decisive

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Election Commission

Under scrutiny

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Even as the country celebrates its democracy, the Election Commission’s omissions and commissions come under the microscope.
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ASSAM

Bill at the centre

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The Lok Sabha election results will be crucial for regional parties such as the AGP and the AIUDF in a State that seems to be progressing increasingly
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Voices against BJP

Artists, writers against Modi

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Artists and writers raise their voice against the present regime and call upon voters to throw out the government for the sake of India’s pluralist tr
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Uttar Pradesh

Loosening hold

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There is no perceptible Modi “wave” this time and the muscular nationalism plank that the BJP banks on fails to evoke the required response in the fac
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Gujarat

Missing model

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Widespread disenchantment with the BJP over issues such as unemployment and agrarian distress makes it tough for the party to repeat its clean sweep o
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West Bengal

Tough test for Trinamool

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Voting trends in the third, fourth and fifth phases of the election will determine whether the perceived anti-incumbency sentiment against the ruling
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Jammu & Kashmir

Polarised positions

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Despite tall claims of development, the BJP banks on the rhetoric of nationalism and the polarised atmosphere in the region to win votes.
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Odisha

Patnaik all the way

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Going by the groundswell of support for Naveen Patnaik’s roadshows and public meetings, his party looks all set to win the simultaneous elections to t
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Electoral bonds

Seal of secrecy

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The Supreme Court direction to political parties to submit details of donations they received under the Electoral Bonds Scheme to the Election Commiss
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Sudan

People’s power

World Affairs
Anti-government protests in Sudan have led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after more than 30 years in power, but the protest will not end
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Maharashtra

State of swing

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The Congress and the NCP stand a chance of regaining their constituencies from the BJP-Shiv Sena.
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The Deccan chronicles

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A racy, highly readable narrative of 300 years of Deccan political history from the 13th century to the 17th century.
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SRI LANKA

A Rajapaksa eyes the presidency

World Affairs
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother, may be preparing to contest the presidential election.
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The Modi years

Books
The book is a comprehensive audit of the Narendra Modi regime’s five-year tenure and reveals an all-round failure that is unprecedented in scope and e
The Maldives

A new chapter

World Affairs
The landslide win of the Maldivian Democratic Party in the parliamentary election is unprecedented, yet it is no guarantee that there will not be trou
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Rajasthan

Battles within

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Amid divisions within the Congress and confusion within the BJP, the battleground for 25 seats is one that is evenly poised.
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Interview: Bhupesh Baghel

‘The ordinary voter favours the Congress’

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Interview with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
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Madhya Pradesh

Dividends of division

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Notwithstanding people’s disappointment with the Bharatiya Janata Party, its polarising campaigns seem to have eclipsed pressing issues of unemploymen
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Election eve violence

Spreading fear

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Karnataka

A bridge too far

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The BJP is banking on caste and community factors in a campaign devoid of livelihood issues, but the combined strength of the Congress and the JD(S) m
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Diary from Trumpland

Eviction drama

World Affairs
The drama around Julian Assange’s arrest is not about bringing him to justice but about moving the narrative away from the war crimes and corruption e
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Changing narrative

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Stung by the failure of the campaign based on muscular nationalism in the early phases of voting, the BJP desperately looks for new strategies and alt
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Mahendran

Icon of change

Cinema
Mahendran (1939-2019) set a new path in Tamil cinema with his deglamorised films.
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Jharkhand

Tribal anger

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The consolidation of the tribal people and the minorities behind the Congress will see the alliance it leads put up a good fight in the State.
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Assange's Arrest

Assault on media freedom

World Affairs
The Trump administration is looking to extradite Julian Assange on minor charges and then level more serious accusations attracting longer jail terms
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Bihar

Hindutva push

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The BJP pitches for militant Hindutva and muscular nationalism in Bihar, while the Congress and other opposition alliance partners seem unable to get
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Chhattisgarh

Change in the air

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The momentum of the Assembly election held in December 2018 and the Congress’ willingness to tackle the common man’s problems may see the party pullin
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Picasso

Guernica today

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Reflections inspired by Pablo Picasso’s 1937 work of art.
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Blind conservatism

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The World Economic Outlook survey admits that global growth has slowed significantly in 2018, while the IMF accepts the need to push for a coordinate