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MLC Election Process

The Maharashtra Legislative Council elections are scheduled for May 21 to fill the 9 vacant seats of the council. After much consideration, the Election Commission has given a nod to the election and Uddhav Thackeray is able to save his position of Chief Minister. The election commission had postponed the election on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Composition of the Legislative Council The strength of the Maharashtra Legislative Council is 78. From these […]

Nitish-Lalu-Sonia Alliance in Bihar

A political upheaval grips Bihar as unity within the alliances – both ruling as well as opposition – goes for a toss at a time when the day for announcing the dates of elections approaches near. The biggest news this week is the falling apart of the “grand alliance” of the so-called socialist block – “Janata Parivar” – of which, ironically, even a desperate Congress is a part, and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav […]

Disruptions in Parliament

The impasse over ‘Lalitgate’ and ‘Vyapam’ scam threatens to washout the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament. After an all-party meeting convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker on 30 July failed to break the Parliamentary deadlock, the government convened an all-party meeting to save the session on 3 August, but without any success. Instead, things came to a flashpoint the very same day when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days […]

High and lows of congress over last year

The aura of dominion surrounding the Gandhi family got the biggest blow after the Congress party’s disastrous performance in the last general elections.  The Party President Sonia Gandhi – the indomitable queen of the United Progressive Government at the Centre – is no more as iron-fisted as she was once. Her son and Congress scion Rahul is now grotesquely being painted as  ‘Pappu’ or a moron – a subject of demeaning jokes that now trend […]

The Qualities Required in a True Leader

What can one say about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the Indian-Americans at the packed Madison Square Garden in New York? It was telecast live for the people back home and his spin doctors had worked overtime to make it a grand affair. None had ever witnessed such a grand spectacle by any other Indian Prime Minister in foreign land – of all the places in America! The excitement that his over an hour […]

Statements of Political leaders against their own party members or policies

Criticism of the top functionaries of a political party, questioning their personality traits or some of their decisions by other party members/leaders is generally construed as rebellion. But in reality it may not be so because it helps in course correction or at least creates an environment of debate so that the objectionable aspects of a leader or party decision(s) can be rectified. However, there are certain ways of questioning in a party. Just making […]

The power of a political Prime Minister

Did Sonia Gandhi make a mistake by passing up the opportunity to be prime minister in 2004? As she watched the Modi inauguration on Monday at close quarters, Sonia might have felt the pang of a missed opportunity–one of historic proportions. Someone as astute as Sonia must have in Modi noticed the power that a political prime ministership brings with it. As a first sign of it, Modi showed no compunctions in denying dynasty and […]

why manmohan never spoke

The most damning verdict in India’s electoral history has been delivered. And that verdict has been against a government which brought India its longest period of record GDP growth. It’s been against a government that brought in the largest number of rights based legislations. It’s been against a government that boosted rural consumption like no other government in the past. So how do you reconcile the contradiction? In the Accidental Prime Minister, author Sanjaya Baru […]

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