The Congress should know poll outcomes can’t be changed by slapping bans on surveys. It must desist from meaningless controversies to recover, if at all, the ground it seems to have lost amid charges of graft, nepotism and bad governance. Read more

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Telugu Desam’s Chandrababu Naidu must deal with the BJP from a position of strength—not weakness. Regardless of his travails in Andhra Pradesh, the TDP chief’s support for the saffron party is “invaluable” for enhancing Narendra Modi’s political acceptability. Read more

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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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Dr A P J Abdul Kalam isn’t a politician. He’s a scientist who once headed India’s missile development programme that’s essentially about keeping a projectile on course to hit a target. Read more

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The Dinesh Trivedi episode has again driven home the grave administrative and constitutional shortcomings that bedevil mixed regimes. The arrangement devolves disproportionate powers to parties with tiny numbers in parliament, dwarfs the office of the Prime Minister and makes political allegiance more inviolable than allegiance to the Constitution. Read more

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Predicting the outcome of elections in Uttar Pradesh hasn’t ever been as difficult as it is this time around. The four-way fight for most of the 400-odd assembly seats has left pollsters and politicians as much confused as clueless. Read more

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Here’s a solution to the political logjam over the Centre’s decision to permit 51% foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. The UPA is largely isolated on the issue. Read more

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