Author : W Chandrakanth


Yogi faces first big challenge

Yogi faces first big challenge

Mar 22,2017 , 03:16 AM IST | News Analysis
When the Supreme Court advised the parties involved in the Ayodhya dispute to sit together and sort out the issue as it is an issue of sentiment and religion on Tuesday, it was rather no different from what the Allahabad High Court said a few years ago.
Did EVMs, not Modi, defeat them?

Did EVMs, not Modi, defeat them?

Mar 18,2017 , 04:27 AM IST | Opinion
“People did not defeat me, the EVMs did" is the new WhatsApp slogan of some politicians in the country now.  By any yardstick, it is the most cynical summation of one's own failures. Arvind Kejriwals or Mayawatis better come up with some other excuse to retain their flock.
UP verdict set to spark realignments

UP verdict set to spark realignments

Mar 13,2017 , 04:30 AM IST | News Analysis
The heat and dust of the electoral battle is slowly settling down on the nation. The semi-finals, as everyone called it, yielded stunning results, the whys' of which are yet to be analysed by various quarters. These results could have a lasting impact on electoral politics if one goes by the voting pattern. 
Desire for change is leitmotif

Desire for change is leitmotif

Mar 12,2017 , 03:00 AM IST | Opinion
Periphrasis, or a roundabout way of speaking or writing, is not necessary to describe the outcome of the Assembly elections to the five states in general or to that of the UP in particular. Saffronisation could sound like a pejorative word if used for the BJP's triumph in UP and Uttarakhand, the two key states that went to the polls in the last few weeks. 
It’ll be business as usual for Modi

It’ll be business as usual for Modi

Mar 11,2017 , 04:21 AM IST | Opinion
In a few hours from now, by this afternoon precisely, the much-awaited results of the Assembly elections held to the five states in the recent weeks would have been declared. If you are a political creature, you could be either celebrating it in one way or the other or a pall of gloom might have descended on you. If not, you could simply shrug off the results as a routine that happens every day an
Satyagraha more relevant than ever

Satyagraha more relevant than ever

Mar 04,2017 , 03:30 AM IST | Opinion
Let me begin this column with a hundred-year-old story of Raj Kumar Shukla, a farmer of Champaran region. He owned a few bighas of land which he used to cultivate vegetables and foodgrains, however little the quantity might have been. He was happy that he never had to borrow much from anyone to eke out his livelihood. 
BJP still in the reckoning

BJP still in the reckoning

Feb 25,2017 , 03:25 AM IST | Opinion
The resounding victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Maharashtra municipal elections and its similar good performance in Odisha local body polls sure comes as a shot in the arm for the BJP leadership. This is bound to impact the outcome of the ongoing Assembly elections in the key state of Uttar Pradesh, too, where at least three more phases are yet to be completed. 
TN in vice-like grip of Sasi

TN in vice-like grip of Sasi

Feb 18,2017 , 04:00 AM IST | Opinion
It is a government in chains that is running Tamil Nadu now. It would have been so either way. Be it O Panneerselvam, the original choice of Amma Jayalalithaa or Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chinnamma Sasikala's choice latter. In the coming months, Tamil Nadu will see only more of political opportunism on display. 
After SCS, AP now has to give up railway zone hopes

After SCS, AP now has to give up railway zone hopes

Feb 18,2017 , 03:50 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
After foregoing the Special Category Status, it is time for AP to give up its hopes on a separate railway zone.
Scheduled Castes/Tribes Snubbed

Scheduled Castes/Tribes Snubbed

Feb 11,2017 , 03:34 AM IST | Opinion
The Sub-Plans – Scheduled Caste Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan (SCCP-TSP) – have been introduced in our system to bring about overall development of SC/ST communities through targeted budgeting. These are in accordance with the guiding principles for the functioning of our democracy and form the core of social development by matching the needs of well-meaning public policy with available resources s
Cold-shouldering by BJP makes TRS bristle

Cold-shouldering by BJP makes TRS bristle

Feb 08,2017 , 02:31 AM IST | Telangana
Accusing the NDA government of adopting an anti-Telangana stand despite "our being supportive of their policies all these days", the TRS leadership has warned that it would not be business as usual any longer.
Casteless UP a far cry

Casteless UP a far cry

Feb 04,2017 , 03:58 AM IST | Opinion
However much one may wish that caste math should be out of our elections, it should not be forgotten that caste is inherent to our DNA and hence it cannot be wished away easily, even though the Supreme Court disagrees with it. Look at all the States that are going to polls now this season. Have you seen the divide go away?
Who will Udta Punjab choose?

Who will Udta Punjab choose?

Jan 28,2017 , 03:44 AM IST | Opinion
It was a tete-a-tete high-tea. Just a couple of us with a party heavyweight from the BJP. Winter afternoons are wonderful times in Delhi if the Sun peeps through the clouds and haze. The sprawling lawns of the 'Kothi' with the garden chairs in the middle was a perfect setting for a leisurely conversation.
Don’t take a chance on Trump

Don’t take a chance on Trump

Jan 21,2017 , 04:25 AM IST | Opinion
The Trump era has begun in the American history. It sure will be an epochal era in many ways whether the world welcomes it or not, and whether the Americans like it or not.
Akhilesh now holds all the aces

Akhilesh now holds all the aces

Jan 19,2017 , 02:31 AM IST | News Analysis
Fog is slowly lifting from the political skies of Uttar Pradesh and the contours of the strengths of opponents are getting more visible with each passing day.
Central panel to divide assets between Telangana & AP

Central panel to divide assets between Telangana & AP

Jan 18,2017 , 03:19 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
Fed up with the 'dogmatic stand' of the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over sharing of the assets of the united Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation, the Union Home Ministry has decided to constitute a committee to overlook the same shortly. 
SEZs – SC lifeline for land deprived

SEZs – SC lifeline for land deprived

Jan 14,2017 , 03:08 AM IST | Opinion
When the Apex Court delivered its judgment in Kedarnath Yadav Vs State of West Bengal & Others i.e., Singur Judgement, directing the government to return the land sometime back, a natural corollary that arose was whether those affected by the special economic zones (SEZs) in the country would sit up and take notice of the same to seek remedial action in their cases too.
Rahul Gandhi emerges out of Sonia Gandhi’s shadow

Rahul Gandhi emerges out of Sonia Gandhi’s shadow

Jan 13,2017 , 01:58 AM IST | News Analysis
Has the Rahul era begun in the Congress, for a good measure? Yes is the answer if you ask the Congressmen who converge in the capital now-a-days. It has for long been touted that Rahul Gandhi would take over from Sonia Gandhi the responsibilities of the party completely.
Electoral process is a secular activity of State

Electoral process is a secular activity of State

Jan 07,2017 , 02:54 AM IST | Opinion
Last Monday the Apex Court ruled that “religion, race, caste, community or language would not be allowed to play any role in the electoral process” and that election of a candidate would be declared null and void if an appeal is made to seek votes on these considerations.
The politics around demonetisation

The politics around demonetisation

Jan 01,2017 , 01:30 AM IST | Hans
This year the politics of the country is certainly going to revolve around demonetisation as a point of reference more than anything. From today onwards the political discourse will be centred around it. 
In pursuit of filthy lucre

In pursuit of filthy lucre

Dec 24,2016 , 05:51 AM IST | Opinion
When the nation falls under a general corruption, both as to morals and principles, and with such a speed it spreads among people of all classes, it leads to apprehensions of heavy judgments from Heaven, it is said.
Jung’s quitting no solace for CM Kejriwal

Jung’s quitting no solace for CM Kejriwal

Dec 23,2016 , 06:28 AM IST | News Analysis
Sometime in August, controversial BJP MP, Subramanian Swamy tweeted: "In my opinion, this LG of Delhi Mr. Jung is unsuited for this high post. He is another 420 like Kejri. We need a Sangh person in Delhi." Of course, the Sangh itself ignored it and Jung did not react.
income tax Nil till 4 lakh?

income tax Nil till 4 lakh?

Dec 20,2016 , 02:22 AM IST | National
After demonetisation and taking cognizance of the travails of the people, and of course, the upcoming Assembly elections in UP, the Centre seems to be on a 'woo-people-job' by offering slab reliefs in Income Tax to the salaried.
An epic tale ends; the script begins

An epic tale ends; the script begins

Dec 10,2016 , 02:23 AM IST | Opinion
In the saga of Tamil Nadu politics, an epic has just come to an end. Myth, legend, folk tale and history all got incorporated beautifully to narrate the tale of a warrior called Selvi Jayalalithaa. 
Benevolent yet fierce

Benevolent yet fierce

Dec 06,2016 , 03:23 AM IST | National
Thomas Heywood while writing his blank verse "A Woman Killed with Kindness" would never have had Selvi Jayalalithaa in his mind way back in 1603. Of course, she was to take birth much later.
A never-say-die leader

A never-say-die leader

Dec 06,2016 , 03:22 AM IST | National
For someone to be so much loved and so much hated, it is difficult to balance life. But, Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalithaa, who crossed over into the pages of history from the realms of the present, it was possible. 
Legalised plunder? Under whom?

Legalised plunder? Under whom?

Nov 26,2016 , 02:24 AM IST | Opinion
It was nice to hear former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, leading a merciless attack on the Prime Minister, Dr Narendra Modi, the other day in the Rajya Sabha, on behalf of the Congress on the controversial demonetisation issue rocking the nation.
Helpmates all-over, as in past

Helpmates all-over, as in past

Nov 19,2016 , 01:36 AM IST | Opinion
It is really funny to feel the crunch of notes. Despite all the advances made by the plastic money in the form of credit and debit cards, currency notes have become inherent and intrinsic to our life.
Opposition stand weak, fatuous

Opposition stand weak, fatuous

Nov 12,2016 , 02:36 AM IST | Opinion
The other day when the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal, no doubt it came as a shock to many in the country. The government has come in for criticism from the regional satraps over the move which they feel affects the common man. 
No pre-poll elevation for Rahul Gandhi

No pre-poll elevation for Rahul Gandhi

Nov 08,2016 , 01:22 AM IST | News Analysis
Reinforcing the speculation on Rahul Gandhi's elevation as president "soon," the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which met here on Monday, unanimously recommended to the Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi, to consider their plea once again.