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Bengal EC move: Should all-party panel appoint election commissioners to avert bias charges?

The Election Commission’s move in West Bengal to ban all political parties from campaigning after 10pm Thursday once again led to allegations of EC bias.
love and hugs

Can Rahul Gandhi’s love-and-hug strategy work politically or is he being naïve?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he would never insult Modi’s parents and instead defeat him with love.
iran oil

With US lifting waiver on oil import, how will India salvage ties with Iran?

Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in New Delhi Tuesday, less than two weeks after the US ended the exemptions from sanctions granted to India to import oil from Iran.
interview

Is Modi correct in saying media is biased against him in his pre-election interviews?

PM Narendra Modi questioned the 'neutrality' of the media in a recent interview with The Indian Express.
TIME magazine

What message does it send when international media calls PM Modi “divider in chief”?

TIME magazine’s latest cover, which calls Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘divider in chief’, has ruffled many feathers.
njac

Is former SC judge Kurian Joseph right in regretting striking down the NJAC act?

Justice Kurian Joseph has expressed ‘regret’ for his view on the National Judicial Appointments Commission, which he and three other judges struck down in 2015 as unconstitutional.
digvijaya singh

Digvijaya Singh’s Bhopal campaign against Pragya Thakur proof secularism can’t work in 2019?

Several saffron-clad sadhus led by Namdeo Das Tyagi, or Computer Baba, marched in support of Bhopal’s Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh Wednesday.
arun jaitley

Should EC police election speeches or does the poll code impinge on free speech?

FM Arun Jaitley has questioned whether invoking model code of conduct in the complaints against PM Modi to the EC are violative of free speech.

Are 2019 polls proving that Modi’s political jingoism can overshadow bad news on economy?

The Indian economy under the Narendra Modi government seems to have taken a beating. Reports of consumption and exports slowing down have recently emerged.
CEC

Should EC make dissent in its decisions public or does it promote needless public scrutiny?

Two former chief election commissioners have said that a dissenting opinion by an election commissioner must be mentioned in the poll body’s order.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.