The Uttar Pradesh government on November 18 allocated Rs 556 crore for toilets in state’s villages. Media was quick in linking it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India campaign. Read more

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Perhaps it will be politically premature to read by-poll reverses as a comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance, but it will certainly have a bearing on the upcoming assembly polls in the country. For the simple reason because elections in democratic India is as much a battle of perception as of poll management.
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I recently read two news reports that came as a big relief to someone who has gradually, over the years, fallen in love with UP, my adopted state. Read more

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The by-polls in states held after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections have sent two clear messages.
First one is to the Bhartiya Janata Party. The by-polls results, beginning with Uttarakhand, have punctured the euphoria created by the party’s landslide victory across the country. Read more

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UP’s rumour mills have been in an overdrive ever since Amar Singh shared dais with Mulayam Singh Yadav at the inaugural ceremony of Janeshwar Mishra Park, the dream project of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, in the state capital. Read more

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What is wrong with the Aam Admi Party? The party, which was so charged up till their leader Arvind Kejriwal was contesting from Varanasi, has suddenly gone all quiet; at least one doesn’t hear the many noises it made almost daily on every burning issue. Is this how they are going to take forward their battle against corruption? Read more

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The day the CBI took over the investigations into Badaun rape cum murder case that made headlines across the globe because of the hanging of the victims from a tree, some confidence of the people was restored. Those who were crying for justice and had little faith in the state machinery were convinced that at least the investigations would be fair and reach a logical end. But that was not to be. Read more

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I have not been a Narendra Modi fan but I was completely floored by him the day he spoke about ‘Clean India.’ Perhaps, he is the first prime minister or minister in recent years to highlight something as mundane as hygiene, an issue that has been troubling people like me who have to travel by all modes of transport – air, road and rail. Read more

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A few minutes before I started to pen my blog, a senior police officer telephoned me and said , ‘Rahul Baba is losing elections.’ Somehow I refused to believe him. How can Smriti Irani’s 30 days of campaigning and Narendra Modi’s 40-minute public rally in Amethi tear into Gandhis’ 28-years-long association with this area? The cop’s cryptic answer was , ‘This is what is called a wave.’ Read more

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