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Loan waiver for students could be part of Congress’ 2019 manifesto

The proposal is driven by concerns among students and the youth about higher education becoming too expensive, especially for the middle class.
Tamil Nadu farmers during a march in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Socialism, not secularism, is the central fault line of Indian politics

What’s the best way for the people to move up in life? That is the main swing question in 2019 – as it is in every election.
Former PM Charan Singh

Farmer leader Charan Singh’s manifestos never promised easy solutions like loan waivers

Charan Singh played a crucial role in the politicisation of the peasantry and made it a formidable political force. 

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get 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.