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An Analysis on 2019 Exit-Polls- Predicting a Comfortable Win for NDA May 22, 2019

The Marathon Election spreading seven long phases of the world’s largest democracy is finally over and all eyes are on the 23rd of May when the final verdict will be revealed. While BJP is hoping for a comfortable second tenure, the Congress fight appears to be for an honourable comeback. The prospects of Mahagathbandhan to reach Delhi appears to be slim, but they are certainly hoping to be the king-makers, if not the King themselves. To add to the anxiety, the different Exit Polls have forecasted their results and it is not very inspiring the opposition’s prospects.

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Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation May 03, 2019

Free & fair elections and free & fair media are two sides of the same coin. One can not exist without the other! The United Nations’ Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have made the freedom as one of the key targets for entire humanity. For realization of freedom, democracy is an essential condition and the democracy stands on the twin pillars of election and expression. Purpose of free expressions is to enable citizens to make right choices, particularly in the election.

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Why is BJP wrong in Giving Ticket to Sadhavi Pragya April 22, 2019

BJP, in a rather surprise move, has decided to field Sadhavi Pragya from Bhopal against two time Chief Minister and a senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh for upcoming Lok Sabha Election. This obviously has generated quite an audible murmur in the political circles. Apparently, there appears to be two reasons for choosing Sadhavi.

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This Election, the Narrative is in Favour of BJP April 18, 2019

The moment most Indians or let’s say the world was waiting has finally arrived i.e Lok Sabha Election 2019. This time Narendra Modi, the man himself makes this election interesting weather you like him or hate him. We have been through many twist & turns before elections like rumours of BJP might replace Narendra Modi with Nitin Gadkari to Opposition trying to be united with the Comman agenda of "Modi Hatao".

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Election Commission of India: What happened to neutrality? April 15, 2019

The election commission of India is facing one of the worst credibility crises since its inception. Multiple questions are being raised on the functioning of the election commission and its bias towards the BJP. Currently, the commission has been heavily criticised by the opposition parties, media persons and political analysists, equally.

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Rafale review petition judgment: The Bone on BJP’s throat April 12, 2019

On 10th  April 2019, the Supreme Court of India dismissed the Indian government’s argument about the secrecy clause and allowed the published newspaper documents as evidence in the Rafale deal case. This judgment comes just a day before the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, which is a big setback for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). Despite its aggressive posturing and press conferences, the Rafale review petition judgment becomes a bone in BJP’s throat.

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What is in the store in the 1st Phase Poll? April 11, 2019

The 1st phase of voting for election to 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled on 11th April. In the 1st phase, voting is taking place for 91 Lok Sabha seats spreading over 18 states and Union Territories (UTs). Many of them are smaller states and whole voting process in those states would be over in the 1st phase itself. The UTs of Andaman- Nicobar and Lakshadweep have only one seat in Lok Sabha each. Voting for it is scheduled on 11th April. Similarly, states of Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland with 1 Lok Sabha seat each, while Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya with 2 Lok Sabha seats will also witness voting in the 1st phase.

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Kanhaiya Kumar: The Accidental Hero April 11, 2019

Kanhaiya Kumar filed his nomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha election from the Begusarai constituency marking an official entry into the electoral foray. At the outset, I wish him all the best for his new political beginnings. As he filed his nomination papers, an otherwise electorally obscure constituency of Begusarai was flashing everywhere – from social media to mainstream electronic media – with the pictures of Kanhaiya and his supporters, joined also by likes of Jignesh Mevani and Shehla Rashid, rallying towards the nomination centre.

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BJP Manifesto: The forgotten promises April 10, 2019

“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto just 2 days before the commencement of the first phase of voting. In 2014, the major talking point about the BJP election campaign was its manifesto, itself. Many people believed that the promises made by Narendra Modi will be fulfilled and that it was a manifesto for change.

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Article 370 and the Political Perfidy April 09, 2019

“You wish India should protect your borders, it should build roads in your area, it should supply you food grains, and Kashmir should get equal status as India. But the Government of India should have only limited powers and Indian people should have no rights in Kashmir.

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The Southern Frontier -1 April 08, 2019

When it’s come to voting and the election, the South Indian states always have eluded the BJP due to several language related and cultural factors. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi sweeped North India but the BJP could not infiltrate the Southern states on its own even while they have made gains in Karnataka and have opened its account in Tamil Nadu.

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Lets protect democracy, even in the times of collision April 05, 2019

In the election season of 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is consistent on relating opposition parties’ politics to that of Pakistan’s interest. He lamented on more than one occasions that opposition leaders are trying to become heroes in Pakistan, implying that questioning his performance as leader of the country amounts to pleasing Pakistan.

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Manifesto of Congress: first movers’ advantage April 04, 2019

The Congress released its 2019 Lok Sabha election manifesto on 02/04/2019. Since then it has created a lot of debate in both the public sphere and the media. Many poll analysts have argued that today manifestos don’t play a role significant like it used to. However, releasing manifesto earlier also gives first mover advantage for the Congress party.

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Dissection: Congress Manifesto 2019 April 03, 2019

Congress released its Manifesto yesterday and expectedly has ventured into promising things that it will find hard to deliver. Going by its own record however, it should not surprise one beyond a limit. At the outset it is important to note that compared to its previous two manifestos at least, this is appears to be an outcome of a more exhaustive efforts in terms of gathering the information on ground to be factored in.

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What Happened to One Nation-One Election? April 03, 2019

India has already entered a race to elect its representatives for 17th Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, who will elect the Prime Minister and her/his ministry to govern the vast country. Nobody, however, is talking about the concept of One Nation-One Election, which was a hotly debated topic just a year and half ago. In 2017-18, the ruling party, i.e. Bharatiya Janata Party, appeared to have cornered the opposition by pitching for holding simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and all state assemblies.

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Practical leadership training for future politicians March 18, 2019

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Realism Should Guide India’s Policy Towards China January 19, 2019

The rise of China is a new reality that every nation is having to factor into its plans today. The steep graph that Chinese power is ascending along becomes an issue of concern when viewed in the context of a decidedly aggressive posture that the Chinese are simultaneously embarked upon.

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When liberals flirt the right January 8, 2019

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” - Emmanuel Macron. This is the message Macron gave to American President Donald Trump on the 100 years remembrance of the end of the First World War. Let us come to this point later because it’s important to first decode the First World War. Which I believe, has a relevance in the current scenario.

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All the Right Voices from Maldives December 19, 2018

President Solih’s visit to India, making India his first destination for state visit after taking the office, confirms the conventional dictum in the International Relations that all the “developments are subject to change”. Solih’s visit is a reassuring gesture that Maldives continues to be India’s important partner after the two states encountered a troubled phase in their bilateral relations.

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Denmark bans the Burqa & Niqab June 14, 2018

On May 31st, the Denmark parliament banned the Burqa and Niqab in public places. The bill was passed with 75 in favour of the ban and 30 against the ban, while 74 members were absent for the vote. This law will come in effect from the month of August. A violation of the law by a person in the first attempt will be met with a 1000 Kroner (Denmark currency) fine, which can go up to 10,000 Kroner for four time violation.

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Macron in the Middle June 05, 2018

In May 2017, Emmanuel Macron was elected as the French President. Macron won the election after defeating far right candidate Marine Le Pen. During the election, Macron got support and endorsement from many quarters including the former US president Barack Obama, as well as from his radical left opponent Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who indirectly asked people not to vote for Le Pen. Macron won the election by a landslide margin of 66 percent, while Le Pen received 33 percent votes.

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Election manifesto: Where is Economics May 17, 2018

The meaning of Economic development for we all economists is the improvement in the fundamentals of the economy. Each government should strive to increase the consumption, private and public investment, exports. Political parties in India are talking about the core economic development partially and spending time, money and energy on winning elections across states., where these are the office bearers should spend less time on political issues and more time on economic issues.

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Digital age spawns hate-mongering Feb 11, 2018

Ankit Saxena, just 23, was killed outside a metro station in New Delhi. The alleged killers were Muslim and were angry with Ankit for courting a young woman from their family. In retaliation, Hindutva organisations have imposed an embargo on the killers’ extended family even though the brave young woman is standing up for justice.

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Trump Toil April 11, 2017

Trump stand towards his foreign policy with respect to India and its neighbouring countries, and how India is countering.

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Maharashtra Elections March 17, 2017

Recently Maharashtra held Elections for Local Self Government, Results are out. Article is about Analysis of Post election Political Parties situation. Strategies, issues, campaign policies used by Various parties are also elaborated.

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Growth of BJP in Odisha and what it means to the National Politics March 9, 2017

The recently concluded Odisha elections have come as a surprise even for many political pundits. In what was expected to be an easy sailing for the Biju Janta Dal has turned out to be the toughest fight for them since the time they came to power.

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From being close aids of politicians to becoming successful politicians themselves... October 17, 2016

Lalkrishna Advani, Dilip Valse Patil, Ram Kadam, Amit Satam were P.As of prominent leaders prior to becoming Politicians. You might have been surprised by the names.So, what is the role of P.A. in politics? Is he/she playing a crucial role in the politics and the growth of politician? These are some of the questions in the minds of people.

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Massive Maratha Rallies and the victory of Democracy!!! - October 4, 2016

The mammoth congregations of the Maratha Community which have been happening at every district centre since the unfortunate and ghastly rape incident at Kopardi (district Nagar, Maharashtra) took place, have stirred the politics across the entire state. The outrage however is not limited to the rape incident alone and spans various issues like the economic deprivation of the Maratha community, the plight of the farmers – majority of whom are the Marathas, misuse of Atrocity Act which has hurt them and their long standing demand for reservation.

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AAP and the possible self goal in Punjab - September 8, 2016

After its success in Punjab during the 2014 Lok Sabha followed by the huge mandate it received in Delhi, news in power corridors was that Aam Aadmi Party will comfortably win the upcoming 2017 Legislative Assembly Elections scheduled in Punjab. A double anti incumbency for the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP combine coupled with lack of local leadership in INC made it appear like a perfect scenario for AAP to make its maiden entry into the state.

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Burhan Wani Killing and the Art of Secular Sobbing - July 16, 2016

The Killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorist Burhan Wani last week has triggered a spate of similar reactions from Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Officials, Non State Actors in Jammu & Kashmir and Communist sympathizers across India. Ruckus created at funerals of such non state actors at every such instance is a regular affair. Reports suggest that Pakistan flags and Anti India slogans were raised during his funeral procession.

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Democracy Restored - July 13, 2016

The five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has unanimously ordered restoration of Congress government in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. In an unprecedented verdict, the Constitution Bench has nullified all the decisions of the Governor that had led to imposition of the President’s Rule in the state. The bench has termed Governor’s actions as “illegal” and violative of the Constitutional provisions.

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Abu Sayyaf Terrorists and what Phillipines can learn from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj - June 29, 2016

For a start The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is the most violent of the Islamic separatist groups operating in the southern Philippines and claims to promote an independent Islamic state. Split from the Moro National Liberation Front in the early 1990s, the group currently engages in kidnappings for ransom, bombings, assassinations, and extortion. The ASG operates mainly in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi Provinces in the Sulu Archipelago and has a presence on Mindanao. Members also occasionally travel to Manila.

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Best Chance for GST Bill to see the Light of the Day - June 23, 2016

GST is believed to be the most comprehensive tax Reform in our country since 1947 and is believed to be a game changer for India and our Make in India initiative. The Latest round of nomination and election to Rajya Sabha has made the balance of numbers tilt in NDA’s favour albeit very slightly. The BJP’s numbers have finally crossed the 50 mark and now stand at 55. Congress has 60 members but the gap between the 2 has now been reduced from 15 during last Budget to just 5 now. More importantly NDA together accounts for 74 MP’s whereas UPA has been reduced to 71.

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Will Indian Diplomacy Work? - June 17, 2016

Recently the U.S. President Barack Obama supported India’s attempt to join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as well as Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The MTCR was established in April 1987 with the objective of slowing the spread of missiles and other technology which can be used in biological or nuclear attacks. The group has 34 member countries at present. By becoming a member of MTCR, India is hoping to receive technology which can be used in the counter-terrorism activities.

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A Law against Social Boycott: Maharashtra Paves the Way - June 9, 2016

Maharashtra became the first state in the country to enact a law against social boycott of individuals or families with passing of the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2016. The Act was passed unanimously by the legislature in Maharashtra which is in lieu with the long tradition of social reform for which Maharashtra is famous. The Act can prove an important step in containing the power of caste panchayats that try to regulate the behavior of individuals.

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Decline of the Congress Party - May 31, 2016

The recent Legislative Assembly elections in four states, viz., Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam and the union territory of Puducherry confirmed the trend of declining influence of the Congress party in national politics. In this round of elections, Congress lost power in Assam and Kerala (with allies) and its alliance with the CPM in West Bangal resulted in further erosion of the influence of the Left in that state.

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Attack on Democracy - May 24, 2016

Recent threats and intimidation of journalists in Chhattisgarh is a matter of concern. There have been many instances of clashes in Bastar, an area dominated by Naxalites, between the security forces and the Maoists. The journalists are caught in the middle with both the parties attacking them. There are many incidences of attack on journalists in the past few years. At present, three journalists are in jail on the charges of extortion and many have been threatened and intimidated.

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BJP emergence in Assam: 2016 Assembly election - May 20, 2016

How did a party which had hardly any presence in the state till the end of the 1980s come so far?
Fifteen years ago, senior BJP leader and then Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani flew down to Guwahati, the capital of Assam, to stitch an alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) before the Assembly polls. After protracted negotiations, in a take-it-or-leave-it deal, the AGP allotted 46 seats to the BJP to contest in the 126-member House. Advani who termed the AGP the “elder brother” in the alliance, had to rest content with the AGP’s offer even though his party had wanted to contest at least 60 seats.

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State Assembly Elections and National Politics - May 17, 2016

The exit polls of the assembly elections in 4 states and 1 union territory projects a continuity in post-2014 political equilibrium at the national politics. The projected outcome, except in Tamil Nadu, are well in accordance with the trends of 2014 Lok Sabha election. While Congress is set to lose another state – Assam – to BJP, it may find a solace in the victory of DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu.

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Politics as the best Career option! - May 13, 2016

As India is progressing to be a global superpower. It needs leaders who are dynamic, proactive, capable and knowledgeable to handle the utmost challenges of Politics. All other professions have dedicated graduate and post graduate programs like Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Law etc. to have educated & skilled professionals in these respective fields. Then why not in Politics, which in fact is more crucial as it concerns the wellbeing of a nation and its populace at large. Thus, we have professional programs to address the challenges of other sectors but none for those who envision to enter into politics in a professional way.

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BJP’s Formula for winning Corporation Elections - May 12, 2016

State Government has recently took a revolutionary decision on Municipal Corporation elections to be conducted in 2017. For municipal corporations, two panels, each comprising two wards, would be clubbed into a single panel of four wards.
This will enable political parties to field four candidates from a single panel, as opposed to two candidates per panel earlier. This way, the entire voting population of a panel will be able to vote for candidates of the four wards that comprise the panel.Except Mumbai Corporation above decision is applicable for remaining cities.

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The Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code, 2016 - May 11, 2016

The passage of this Bill will establish an entrepreneur- friendly legal bankruptcy framework for speedy resolution of insolvencies for companies.
The bill was necessitated as banks are yet to recover 8 lakh crore in troubled loans from Corporate defaulters. The Bill will help them recover the money. It is a big step in the Prime Ministers efforts of improving ease of doing business in his efforts to achieve Good Governance. Lenders can recover outstanding debts by setting a deadline of 180 days for companies failing which banks can liquidate their assets.

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Drought and Failure of Policy in Maharashtra - May 10, 2016

The severe drought and water scarcity in various parts of Maharashtra has brought the issue of mismanagement of water resources to the fore once again. In the last fifty years, there has been ample discussion on various forums about the possible measures to deal with the issue of water scarcity in Maharashtra. The Government of Maharashtra constituted many committees and two commissions (Maharashtra State Irrigation Commission in 1962 and Chitale Commission in 1999) to solve the problem of drought and inadequate irrigation

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Passing of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill and what it holds for India - May 6, 2016

Major gains:
  1. The funds for afforestation which were lying unused for past 12-13 years amounting to Rs. 41,000 crore would be unlocked strictly for afforestation
  2. As per the earlier provision 10% funds would go to the state and 90% would go to the Centre. This scenario would be completely reversed and now 90% funds would go to the state kitty whereas only 10% will go to the Centre’s kitty. Further this 10% will also benefit the states indirectly. So this provision is also a leg up for India’s efforts at larger decentralization under the Modi regime.
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    NIT and the Issue of Kashmir - May 5, 2016

    The recent incidence at the National Institute of Technology at Srinagar, in which the issue of support to Indian cricket team resulted in a crisis situation, demonstrated the deep-rooted nature of the problem in Jammu and Kashmir. A careful look at the history of Jammu and Kashmir in the post-independent India suggests two things. One, the journey of Jammu and Kashmir so far is full of paradoxes and complexities and therefore, any simplistic solution will never work. Second, the process of dialogue and discussion with people and groups in Jammu and Kashmir is of vital importance for any solution to have even limited success.

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    Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan - May 4, 2016

    Maharashtra government has launched the project "Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan" in 2015 a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019. The programme aims to make 5000 villages free of water scarcity every year. Under the programme, micro-irrigation systems would be encouraged for proficient use of water, hence increasing the irrigated area.  Government will be initially allocating Rs1, 000 crore for the scheme.

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