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View: Be prepared for drastic changes in the idea of India

View: Be prepared for drastic changes in the idea of India

With a verdict like this, 2019 India gets ready for a long-term Modi Raj.

Mr. Modi, now it is time to impose communal harmony

Mr. Modi, now it is time to impose communal harmony

Modi’s biggest, but least debated, economic achievement was slashing inflation to just 3.5%.

View: Who lost? The economy, stupid

View: Who lost? The economy, stupid

Narendra Modi has been handed a blank cheque. He must ensure it doesn’t bounce.

View: How ‘Jai Sri Ram’ in Bengal became a battering Ram

View: How ‘Jai Sri Ram’ in Bengal became a battering Ram

The day West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee chose to confront Jai Shri Ram-chanting protesters in Medinipur, she committed a fatal mistake.

Divided they stand: Why marginal Dalit castes still lack political clout

Divided they stand: Why marginal Dalit castes still lack political clout

Among middle-class educated and employed Dalits who act as opinion makers, or young people in recent years, one can discern opposition to BJP.

This was the house that Nehru built

This was the house that Nehru built

Narendra Modi has appropriated something of Nehru’s larger-than-life aura.

Dear PM, Build bridges to J&K, don’t sink it with rhetoric

Dear PM, Build bridges to J&K, don’t sink it with rhetoric

The BJP manifesto mentions elimination of Articles 370 (autonomous status) and 35A (special rights to J&K citizens) presumably to achieve full and final integration.

Inside story of the campaign that got Modi 300 plus seats

Inside story of the campaign that got Modi 300 plus seats

National security and the India-is-safe-in-Modi’s-hands message was central to his campaign.

View: PM Modi needs to surrender more power, not seize it

View: PM Modi needs to surrender more power, not seize it

Modi prides himself on his image as a strong and decisive leader and, thinks that independent institutions stand in the way of strength and decisiveness.

Inside Modi's playbook to winning elections

Inside Modi's playbook to winning elections

Instead of fixing glitches, Modi often moved onto the next challenge in a hurry to announce more victories.

View: Modi has failed to end India's tax terror

View: Modi has failed to end India's tax terror

Overseas investors would like PM Modi to fulfill his 2014 pledge to make the tax system less capricious.

New India leader should prioritize easing land acquisition rules

New India leader should prioritize easing land acquisition rules

India’s new govt should make it easier for firms to acquire land and scrap archaic laws around hiring workers.

View: A forensic audit of a sample of EVMs after counting is must to detect malpractices

View: A forensic audit of a sample of EVMs after counting is must to detect malpractices

Any machine that uses a programmable microprocessor can be programmed to behave in a particular fashion.

View: Fundamental shifts in India's electoral politics witnessed in the 2019 poll battle

View: Fundamental shifts in India's electoral politics witnessed in the 2019 poll battle

What once appeared to be unchallenged assumptions in Indian politics have now been altered.

May 23: A day to celebrate India's democracy

May 23: A day to celebrate India's democracy

The registration for that election was more than 100 million voters higher than the 2009 election - an increase of almost 15 per cent.

Can east, south offset BJP deficit?

Can east, south offset BJP deficit?

Have Bengalis started following or following BJP ideology after so many years?

View: How exit polls have repeatedly failed to predict the result accurately

View: How exit polls have repeatedly failed to predict the result accurately

The pollster can now estimate the proportion of voters who voted for a particular party more accurately.

View: Exit poll measure not voter choice, but popular perception of voter choice

View: Exit poll measure not voter choice, but popular perception of voter choice

Exit polls do not have a reliable track record of forecasting electoral outcomes.

Will a Congress-backed federal front trump BJP?

Will a Congress-backed federal front trump BJP?

As things stand, the next Lok Sabha may turn out to be even more contentious than the last one.

Who destroyed Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar?

Who destroyed Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar?

So who destroyed the Vidyasagar statue? Like a Kurosawa movie, the answer depends on who you’re asking.

View: Dr Jekyll and Ms Pragya Singh Thakur

View: Dr Jekyll and Ms Pragya Singh Thakur

Inter-faith harmony was and remains anathema to the Sangh Parivar, whose mission is to subvert India’s constitutional concept of citizenship and replace it with Hindutva.

View: The mood in this West Bengal village seems to be against Mamata Banerjee

View: The mood in this West Bengal village seems to be against Mamata Banerjee

Much of the support here at the rally for BJP seems to come from disgruntled Trinamool workers and supporters.

Why Yadavs-Jatavs are voting together - BJP responsible?

Why Yadavs-Jatavs are voting together - BJP responsible?

Yadavs and Jatavs in Uttar Pradesh have been at war since 1995 when the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance cracked up after the infamous State Guest House incident.

Mahagathbandhan standing like a wall between Modi and his second term

Mahagathbandhan standing like a wall between Modi and his second term

UP, or rather the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, is standing like a wall between Mr Modi and his second term as PM.

How India’s politics changed over last 5 yrs

How India’s politics changed over last 5 yrs

Democracy is an evolution towards expanding rights, but India has been regressing.

Where Modi went wrong on digicam claim

Where Modi went wrong on digicam claim

Available literature suggests the first digital camera was called the electronic still camera. It was patented in 1978.

ET View: Courts must not constrict free speech

ET View: Courts must not constrict free speech

It is a fundamental sign of an open society that India claims to proudly still be despite the ‘outbursts of intolerance’ one reads about.

A coalition with common goals may make the best govt for a complex nation like India

A coalition with common goals may make the best govt for a complex nation like India

Today’s alliances and coalitions are not the same as those of the 1970s and 1980s, when they were hastily cobbled together to fight one particular party or the other.

Why mudslinging matters little in this election

Why mudslinging matters little in this election

From the first phase of polls on April 11 till the results are announced on May 23, there will be more verbal roiling but that wouldn't yield much results for the political parties.

Delhi, the Mini India represents India in a microcosm

Delhi, the Mini India represents India in a microcosm

Starting from the 1977 Lok Sabha election, Delhi has always mirrored the overall mood of India.

Can BJP do a Tripura in Bengal? Don’t rule it out

Can BJP do a Tripura in Bengal? Don’t rule it out

TMC is facing stiff competition for the first time since it successfully replaced the once-dominant Left Front.

What makes Indian politics so thappad-happy

What makes Indian politics so thappad-happy

The slap is a “distinctly South Asian technique of subjectification”. In societies of respect and honour, the slap sounds louder.

The unfair poll edge ruling parties have here

The unfair poll edge ruling parties have here

BJP, like all ruling parties, has an unfair advantage over rivals that so far has gone under the radar.

The cocooned urban media is impervious to poll preferences of other India

The cocooned urban media is impervious to poll preferences of other India

Chatty anchors give the viewer an edited version of the encounter in case she is accused of influencing voters.

What is missing in Modi's 2019 poll campaign?

What is missing in Modi's 2019 poll campaign?

After running schemes principled on Sabka saath, sabka vikas, Modi is perhaps not close to being Sabka Neta.

Why ubiquitous BJP cadre is missing this time in UP

Why ubiquitous BJP cadre is missing this time in UP

Modi has made them both irrelevant in a high-voltage personality-driven campaign that has room only for one figure.​

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