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Women cast their votes at a polling station in Nashik, | PTI

Women voters in Indian democracy: A silent revolution

Women voters in India have increased over the years and the way they vote has a strong impact on re-election outcomes, finds study.
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Let voters decide on moral issue of Sadhvi Pragya contesting polls, BJP’s Ram Madhav says

Ram Madhav says there are opinions within BJP also about Sadhvi Pragya’s candidature but technically nothing against her contesting.
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India needs a minister of investment, not just finance

India needs to open doors to US & Japanese capital, marshal & allocate every scrap of funds prudently to break free from the lower-middle-income trap.

In photos: Priyanka charms Amethi for brother Rahul Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary for Congress party's east UP wing, took to the streets of Amethi to garner votes for brother Rahul who is seeking a re-election.
Women pray at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi | Representational image | Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News

Are Muslims nationalists? What is their problem with Modi? 12 FAQs about Muslims answered

Political Islam scholar Hilal Ahmed in his new book 'Siyasi Muslims' answers frequently asked questions about Muslim and politics in India.

Modi heading a coalition govt could actually lead to real change

Coalition govts are inclusive, reflect India’s diversity and even the shakiest of them have pushed forward economic reform.
Women in Mumbai look at a phone | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Future of democracy is literally in India’s hands — through smartphones

The smartphone is dramatically reconfiguring human character in India, and the long-term consequences for the country’s fragile democracy.
File image of finance minister Arun Jaitley | PTI

Electoral bonds help BJP coerce donors & that’s why Arun Jaitley rises to their defence

Arun Jaitley displays intellectual dishonesty and performs mental gymnastics by presenting us a false narrative.
File photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Et tu Istanbul, then fall Erdogan: Why local election results spell hope for Turkey

As Turkey recounts the votes, President Erdogan and his Islamist party have been delivered a significant blow by citizens.
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.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
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.