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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and prominent farmer leaders attending the last prayers of deceased farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri on 12 October 2021| PTI

Hathras to Lakhimpur Kheri, opposition is only relying on BJP missteps, not setting agenda

The opposition in UP has found its voice, but it needs to dig its own agenda, not merely beat the anti-Modi tin drum.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began is 14 April address to the nation with his face covered | Photo: ANI

Modi can’t behave as if ‘sab changa si’ and not speak up on Lakhimpur Kheri

Modi's 35-minute speech in Lucknow, about 150 km away from Lakhimpur Kheri site where four farmers were mowed down allegedly by BJP minister Ajay Mishra's son, was bad timing.

India has two kinds of chief ministers. Regional stars, and BJP-Congress pick-and-throw

Kejriwal, Stalin, Jagan, Mamata are the karta dhartas of regional parties. While CMs of BJP and Congress are at the mercy of moody high command.
Aam Aadmi Party's 'Tiranga Yatra' in Uttar Pradesh. | Photo credit: Twitter/@AAPUttarPradesh

AAP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Ayodhya is desperate. It lacks the imagination to move beyond Delhi

The 'Tiranga Yatra' move shows the AAP's inability to imagine a conversation that would help it take Modi on and establish its footprint beyond Delhi.
File photo | UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath and Himanta Biswa Sarma—two outsiders playing like pros in RSS-dominated BJP

As the BJP expands, particularly in new territories, the party remains aware of the limitations of relying compulsorily on the RSS-grooming requirement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of the Ujjwala 2.0 in Uttar Pradesh, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on 10 August 2021

Modi’s phone call to Neeraj Chopra, Paralympic winners was also a gold — politically

Modi has turned the idea of a 'distant' PM on its head, steering interactions with people away from just election speeches and addresses from the Red Fort.

Modi-Shah BJP didn’t learn any lesson from Covid 2nd wave. Jan Ashirwad Yatras are proof

Thirty-nine Modi ministers are taking part in the 'Jan Ashirwad Yatras' across 22 states. This is nothing but an arrogant invitation to the third wave of Covid pandemic.
File photo of Sushmita Dev | Twitter/@sushmitadevinc

Sushmita Dev’s exit says it all – Rahul Gandhi’s ‘young Congress team’ isn’t happening

With high-profile exits, Rahul Gandhi's young Congress is collapsing even before it could be built. In this under-renovation party, crucial pillars are missing.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah | PTI

Assam voted Modi-Shah BJP to power for stability and progress, got chaos and conflict

Asaam under BJP has stumbled from one divisive row to another — from NRC-CAA to Cattle Preservation Bill, population control policy and now the border clash with Mizoram.
PM Narendra Modi interacting with the doctors and officials of Varanasi through video conferencing in New Delhi, on 21 May 2021 | PTI

A buffet of Modi govt failures but Congress still can’t breach the Teflon

Pegasus, Covid, farmer protests, price hike — comatose Congress just can't turn these issues into winnable campaign politics. Even a tractor ride to Parliament isn't taking off.

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Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das | File photo | Bloomberg

RBI likely to keep lending rate at record low again over Omicron threat

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das is scheduled to announce the monetary policy committee's decision in Mumbai Wednesday.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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