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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I remember meeting a bunch of bold women activists in Harsil, Uttrakhand a few years back. They were crusading to protect trees and stop sale/manufacture of illicit liquor in the picturesque village right on the banks of Bhagirathi. Read more

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When will our politicians learn to behave? At a time when stranded pilgrims and their families are praying for help, politicians are engaged in a battle of one-upmanship. Read more

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Of late the national president of the Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav has been hobnobbing with Congress patriarch Narain Dutt Tiwari, whose immense wisdom and wit have got overshadowed by all the bad things in the recent past. Read more

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Uttrakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna may be in the thick of controversies but he has certainly not lost his wit, something that he looks to have inherited from his late father HN Bahuguna. Read more

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Perhaps siblings take more time to divide chocolates. Perhaps families take more time to divide their home. Perhaps business houses take more time to divide their business.

But chief minister Mayawati took barely 10 minutes to divide UP, the largest state in the country, into four parts. Read more

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As I watched the swearing-in ceremony of new Uttarakhand chief minister Maj Gen BC Khanduri, I couldn’t take my eyes off the person who had literally been discredited in the public eye, not by any opposition party but his own the Bhartiya Janata Party. Read more

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The UPA government told Baba Ramdev to keep off Delhi for a fortnight. The BSP government told him to go to Delhi, if he so desired, via Haryana. The BJP government offered him full security in Uttarakhand. Read more

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Corruption is the catchword in the country today. Many in the intelligentsia attribute heavy turnout in the ongoing polls to Anna Hazare, who turned corruption into a potent electoral issue. The mood is no different in the North of India. Read more

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