My Voice

Few people will believe that the former External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's exit from the Congress and entrance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be a great loss for the former and a considerable gain for the latter Like the similar floor-crossing of Rita Bahuguna-Joshi in Uttar Pradesh, who has now become a minister in Yogi Adityanath's government, Krishna's perambulations in Karnataka will be no more than a footnote in recent political history.

Chandigarh: Unlike a politician or a royal, both of which he is, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh does not hold back on sharing information about himself. This is reflected in his just-released authorised biography.

The conversation around BJPs electoral win in UP has completely overshadowed the political scenario in the state of Punjab. Political commentators attribute this to Punjab's small electoral share compared to UP, but there is more to it than mere arithmetic.

Narendra Modi's emergence as the most dominant politician in today's India, as the Congress's P. Chidambaram has said, means that he is now the master of all he surveys. Since his victory in 2019 is virtually assured, he is currently in a position to take steps to usher in the "achhe din" or good days which he promised in 2014 but hasn't quite been able to deliver.

Does only economic status determine social class, or do other determinants -- speech patterns, apparel, mannerisms and the like -- play a part? And if so, will changing them mean upward -- and irreversible -- social mobility for all (across gender)? These questions have been much debated, but never so entertainingly as in this play, named after a mythological Greek character, and its numerous adaptations.

Lucknow: Power does not necessarily ensure electoral victory - and so it proved for ministers of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's government, with people overwhelmingly rejecting them in the just-concluded assembly elections. A whopping 31 of the 45 ministers bit the dust at the hustings, and where they did win, the victories were hardly convincing as most made it across the finishing line by slender margins. Of those who lost,15 were cabinet ministers, a dozen were state ministers with independent-charge, and the remaining ministers of state.

The sweeping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has shown that Narendra Modi has recovered much of his popularity of 2014. However, since this recovery is largely confined to UP and Uttarakhand, and is not reflected in Punjab and Goa, it is obvious that the magic of the last general election with its much wider ambit has eluded him.

New Delhi: If you are planning to apply online to get your name included in the electoral rolls for a Voter ID Card, hold on -- chances are your efforts may come to naught since the Election Commission (EC) says it is not accepting applications online, at least for now. This digital disconnect of the top election body of the country comes at a time when the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is betting big on its "Digital India" programme by putting more and more people-centric services online.

Dr. Sapna Raina

 ‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’, goes the age old adage. This perhaps best captures the contribution of women; this statement is something which we all actually agree with. A woman is a symbol of courage, strong will-power, determination; life is incomplete without them.

The Indian economy has been witnessing a flux of good news lately. The GDP growth for the October-December quarter stood at seven per cent, beating all expectations of the negative impact of demonetisation. Stock markets hit their highest in two years, and the rupee stood at a three-month high.

Like a good accountant, Vinod Rai has said something the Rajendra Mal Lodha Committee should have in the first place instead of turning the entire cricket structure upside down. Rai, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, says in the next four-five months a structured accounting format will put in place systems for the smooth functioning of the Indian cricket board, as the Supreme Court mentally pictured while appointing the Lodha Committee.

The post-9/11 global war on terror was officially launched with attacks on Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. It was exactly on that date that Narendra Modi was sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister for the first time. He had been sent from New Delhi to replace Keshubhai Patel but was not even a member of the Vidhan Sabha. The coincidence mentioned above is probably not relevant, but it is an interesting detail. Extensive coverage accorded to the anniversary of the 2002 Gujarat Riots (it was more of a pogrom) has brought back images.

In the confrontation between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Leftist students in the various campuses, the saffron brotherhoods muscular nationalism is facing stiff resistance not so much from the traditional politicians, despite their occasional interventions, as from the students. Since the latter are seen to be driven more by unsullied ideology than any cunning political calculations, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not found it easy to deal with these young idealists.

There is no shortage of sights to see in Moscow but one never to be missed is this iconic central plaza which is not only the heart of the city but of the country too. For here, abiding -- and varied -- symbols of Russias past, present and future stand close to each other without any sense of incongruity at all. If you are an early riser and prepared to bear the February chill (frequently in minus double figures), you can have the pleasure of having all the panoramic sweep of the Red Square, or Krasnaya Ploschad in Russian, all to yourself -- though momentarily -- as I did.

It is not often that the world finds itself at the cusp of a revolution, and an industrial one is even more uncommon. India missed the bus on the first major industrial revolution that was brought about in 18th century Britain, on account of being on the wrong side of colonial history. No other phase of innovation has transformed the industrial landscape to a similar extent, except the digital revolution in the latter half of the 20th century.


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