Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: Parliament

Talk Point: Is the space for Dalit identity politics and Dalit-first parties shrinking?

The UP election results earlier this year signaled a growing support among the Dalits for the BJP. This was followed by NDA fielding Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate, forcing the opposition to field another Dalit, Meira Kumar, as his rival. Then last week, Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha, protesting against what she said was the attitude of the ruling party to suppress her voice raising Dalit issues. As parties from across the spectrum aggressively target and woo the Dalit community, what is the future of exclusive appeals by smaller parties? We ask experts.

RS panel gives nod to Backward Commission bill without changes; set to pass in Monsoon session

Opposition parties likely to submit dissent note after amendments rejected ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Congress was a divided house on GST launch boycott

Leaders such as Chidambaram and Jyotiraditya Scindia did not want the party to boycott the GST launch. But the line of Sonia and Rahul prevailed. RUHI TEWARI

Lawlipop politics

Civilised, mature democracies demand, and deserve, better governance. They do not enact bad laws in a hurry.

Jan Lok Sabha

Before the next Parliamentary session, it is important to analyse the scandals, cover-ups and popular anger around the Lokpal Bill that threatened to collapse the system.

Yes, chief minister

With decline in Centre's powers & rise in state's bargaining powers, people now see their CM as the main reason they vote for one party — there is more to this power than protocol.

Parliament lament

India is now far from setting the standards for the newer, less mature democracies to aspire to. It has regressed.

On Camera


Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.