Saturday, 26 May, 2018


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Latest news on Karnataka elections 2018 |

Mayawati should give up her prime ministerial ambitions

Mayawati is best placed to be a sutradhar, and not the protagonist. If she were to declare she’s not in the race for the post of PM, her status as the tallest Dalit leader would make her the real power broker of opposition unity.

Malaysia of 2018 has learnt lessons from India of 1977. And, so should we

As an Indian and a democrat – and as an opposition politician also facing a seemingly unvanquishable foe in power, and looking to unity and popular support to bring about change – I can only wish the new coalition government in Malaysia well.
A woman in India (representational image) | Nicky Loh/Getty Images

Delhi maid’s murder is the tip of the iceberg. 4 children go missing in India every hour

There are many reasons why child labour is normalised in India, the primary being that it is often done with the aid of poor parents in desperate need of money.

In Tuticorin killings, all parties find their own favourite enemy

In any crisis or critical situation, public figures, who influence millions globally, get caught in a spiral of blame game, which often takes the focus away from showing solidarity with the victims.

Tamil Nadu on ‘dissent mode’ since 2009, but Tuticorin may not go away like other protests

Never has Tamil Nadu seen such violence unleashed upon its people. With Tuticorin, the Palaniswami government has destroyed its mandate to govern.

Breathe easy, NSE. Your index isn’t Star Wars

Even if the National Stock Exchange succeeds in getting an injunction against Singapore Exchange, SGX won’t be the only loser. Global money managers will also be affected.
File image of H.D. Kumaraswamy | Yasbant Negi/The India Today Group/Getty Images

While JD(S) & Cong reconcile differences, BJP looking for another go at Karnataka coalition

The Congress and the JD(S) activists, rivals on the ground, are yet to reconcile to the new political reality. The BJP might benefit by admitting disgruntled defectors from both the parties.  As H.D. Kumaraswamy prepares...

Northeast leaders campaigned for BJP in Karnataka. Lessons for opposition in 2019?

The BJP has begun to leverage every bit of its organisational capacity across the country. The party uses its leaders from the northeastern states to campaign during elections in other parts of the country.
File photo of H.D. Deve Gowda | Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Learn from the Gowdas the unique art of coming last but finishing first

The clout of ideology-agnostic power-seekers that had diminished after 2014 seems to be returning, from UP to Karnataka.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar

Khattar’s ‘Sunday to FUNday’ remark is like fighting depression with a Hallmark card

Dissent makes for a healthy democracy, no matter what day of the week it is.  People are far more likely to be happy if we have ministers who address problems.
pregnant woman

Bar council rule implies women can’t juggle pregnancy & legal profession

When the court said maternity leave cannot granted to a “professional course”, it deepened the notion that in a woman’s life professionalism and family cannot go hand in hand.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

How should the Indian army ethos handle Major Gogoi’s case?

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that 'exemplary punishment' will be given to Major Leetul Gogoi, if he is found guilty of violation of Army rules. Experts weigh in.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Did you know Indian and Pakistani spies can plot peace too?

Some untold or barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spymasters making peace on the sidelines of war.