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PM Narendra Modi | Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

From ‘Main Anna hoon’ to ‘Main bhi chowkidar’, why 2019 is the most unpredictable election

No other election has flummoxed poll experts and the media like this.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Bloomberg

The 2019 election is just about Narendra Modi, not BJP, Sangh or even opposition

The key theme of the BJP seems to be – Narendra Modi versus anarchy.
File photo of voters in Varanasi | Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg News

Why voters don’t turn up in larger numbers in Lok Sabha elections – all politics is local

Panchayat leaders make decisions that can have a direct and immediate impact on villagers.
File photo of Narendra Modi at a rally in Churu, Rajasthan | PTI

Updating election Model Code of Conduct is only way to keep national security out of rallies

While we protect our borders and soldiers, we must also safeguard our voters and their autonomy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of the Budget Session | PTI

Narendra Modi’s budget sops are darts in the dark, not election game-changers

Evidence shows budget handouts may not get Modi or BJP any more votes than they would have got otherwise. Samajwadi Party lost 2017 UP polls despite the sops.
PM Narendra Modi at the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha at Central Hall of Parliament | PTI

Jobs, not josh: Modi government’s interim budget missed the elephant in the room

Acting finance minister Piyush Goyal's 1 hour and 45-minute budget speech had three acts of commission and one glaring omission.  
EVM | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

What Election Commission can do to dispel the misconception about EVMs

Consistent tallying alone would go a long way in putting to rest the oft-repeated allegation against EVMs.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PIB

Does Narendra Modi have any more surprises up his sleeve?

Unexpect the unexpected.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Arun Jaitley is right, voters and TV viewers are suffering from fatigue

Viewers suffer many types of fatigue, especially, during election result coverage.
An election campaign rally in Gujarat, India | Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Why vote buying doesn’t work in India

With a secret ballot, voters are free to vote for whomever they wish, regardless of any promised or received benefits.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.