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India’s #MeToo accused are back in action – with wedding bells & celebratory cake

The #MeToo movement in India exposed some high-profile men as alleged sexual predators, but their 'misdeeds' may already have been forgotten.
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The Modi-Shah arithmetic and the making of BJP’s election winning machine

How the BJP Wins by Prashant Jha explains that Modi’s mass appeal, Amit Shah’s organisational skills and failures of the opposition have contributed to BJP’s success. The story of the rise and success of the BJP in the past five years has been a chronicle of the transformation of the BJP by its leadership. Prashant Jha’s book How the BJP Wins explains that Narendra Modi’s mass appeal, Amit Shah’s organisational skills, their social engineering strategies, the communal polarisation and the hopeless incapacities of the Opposition have contributed to the success of the party. While the book makes Prime Minister Modi the centrepiece of analysis, it makes interesting comments on the contribution of Amit Shah to developing a ‘School of Election Management’, fine-tuned through decades of experience in managing successful electoral campaigns. The strategy involved galvanizing BJP cadres, micro-managing the party machinery, bringing in new talent and most importantly, making the ‘party...

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BJP workers in Kolkata

BJP’s undiluted power at the Centre has weakened the bargaining position of regional parties

Yamini Aiyar & Neelanjan Sircar write in Contemporary South Asia journal on how BJP's electoral performance and Modi's popularity have altered the dynamic of regional party politics in India.

How can you make a webinar exciting?

Businessman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to denounce the word 'webinar' and asked for it to be 'banished' from the dictionary.

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File image of a meeting between officers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army in Nathu La, Sikkim (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Senior Indian, Chinese military commanders set to meet to defuse Ladakh tensions

Divisional commander-level talks are set to be held ‘soon’, while diplomatic talks are also on between India & China to ensure the issue is settled peacefully.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.