Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Topic: Elections

UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur elections are sliding into an entertainment sport

Where are the challengers or issues like unemployment, Covid? State polls show amnesia, but we must ask bigger questions that go beyond forecasting results.

Lesson from 2021 is that TV news sees a lot ‘ulta’ — Covid, Bengal election, farmers’ protest

In 2021, we watched events through a distorted lens on TV news channels. Like living in the Truman Show.

How is the ‘Yogi will win’ story spreading in UP? Ask the mahaulis

Mahaulis are articulate, talkative and convincing. They can be found at tea shops telling you how good Yogi or Akhilesh is.

BJP vs BJP, lawyer vs lawyer at cricket’s battleground Kotla ends today with DDCA poll results

DDCA elections feature Arun Jaitley’s son Rohan, SC Bar Association chief Vikas Singh and former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma's ex-cricketer son Siddharth.

These are the parties Russia will choose from in Duma polls, results could help Putin in 2024

Russia’s 3-day election for a new State Duma, the 450-seat lower house of Parliament, is underway. Experts predict 'pro-Putin' ruling party, United Russia, will retain its constitutional majority.

PM Justin Trudeau calls election in Canada, voting to take place on 20 September

Trudeau, who became Canada's second youngest PM when first elected with a majority in 2015, isn’t as popular anymore, but his govt's handling of Covid is widely viewed a success.

Iran’s new leader Ebrahim Raisi faces an existential economic crisis

Raisi will inherit an economy that has contracted in each of the past three years, even as the Iranian rial has lost 80% of its value and inflation is around a crippling 40%.

Conservative hardliner Ebrahim Raisi records landslide win in Iran’s Presidential election

While the 60-year-old’s ascension could complicate efforts to revive the JCPOA, it’s not expected to derail them because they have the blessing of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

YourTurn/SubscriberWrites: Simultaneous elections the need of the hour if India is to achieve a $5 trillion economy

Frequent elections means all political parties are in permanent campaign mode, which hampers governance and generates divisive rhetoric, argues Aakaash Singh.

Why turnout is the metric to watch in Iran’s presidential election

Tehran is concerned that Iranians would rather watch their football team play than a political contest, in which the field has been tilted in favour of Khamenei’s favoured candidate.

On Camera


File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.