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This is what changed for voters from 2014 to 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Nothing

Issues on voters’ minds, and belief in Modi's abilities, have not changed significantly between 2014 and 2019 elections.
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.
Rahul Gandhi

Here’s how many seats Congress can win in 2019 Lok Sabha elections

This forecast is based on the assumption that Indians are as frustrated with BJP-led Modi's regime in 2019 as they were with the Congress in 2014.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Bleak record on economy – the reason Modi’s BJP has returned to communal politics

Voters have to ask themselves why & what this angry, polarising, ugly campaign foretells for the nation if the BJP wins again.

BJP didn’t make Rs 15 lakh promise in 2014 manifesto, says party leader Kalraj Mishra

The former Union minister said the opposition was misleading people, and clarified that BJP said if black money stashed abroad came back, an estimated Rs 15 lakh can be given per family.
Attendees hold a Congress banner during an event in New Delhi | T. Narayan/Bloomberg

There are very few BJP strongholds or Congress bastions in India. Data shows why

‘Party stronghold’ concept is perhaps a marketing ploy by local politicians to attract voters to the preferred party or to extract resources from candidates.
EVM | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Poll rigging: EC wants police to hunt for ‘EVM designer’, employer says he doesn’t exist

The EC looks to file FIR, ECIL denies that 'cyber-security expert' was an employee as BJP targets Congress over Kapil Sibal's presence at press conference.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.