Are early elections a possibility? Mamata Banerjee’s decision to withdraw support to the UPA at the Centre has triggered afresh the old debate. The studied ambivalence of the Congress-led regime’s outside supporters—the SP and the BSP—has only compounded the uncertainty. Read more

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It’s encouraging that India and Pakistan continue to talk. But while they engage, they’d have to be careful about each other’s sensitivities on issues influencing popular support for peace between the two sub-continental rivals. Read more

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s refusal to join debate in Parliament on the CAG report on what has come to be called Coalgate could prove to be a self defeating exercise in the longer run. Read more

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