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Bhim Rao Ambedkar with female delegates of the Scheduled Castes Federation at the Nagpur Conference in 1942 | Commons

17th Lok Sabha looks set to confirm Ambedkar’s fears: no vocal Dalits in Parliament

India has a dichotomous situation — vocal Dalits in college campuses and on the streets, and silent Dalits in Parliament.
File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi with RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav

‘It’s strategic’: Tejashwi, absent from Rahul Gandhi’s rallies, dismisses talks of rift

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav's absence from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's rallies, triggering talk of a fissure within the opposition alliance.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav | PTI

Janata Dal asks poll body to cancel RJD nominations signed by Lalu Prasad Yadav

The JD(U) has written to the EC asking if Lalu Prasad had signed his party candidates' nominations after seeking a court's permission.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav | PTI

Lalu Yadav denied bail by Supreme Court in Rs 900-crore fodder scam case

A bench headed by CJI Rajan Gogoi rejected RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail plea a day after the CBI strongly opposed it claiming he would conduct political activities.
Lalu Prasad Yadav

CBI opposes Lalu Yadav’s bail plea, says he could indulge in political activities

The CBI cited Lalu Prasad Yadav’s hospital stint in hospital, saying he virtually conducting his political activities from there.
Lalu Prasad Yadav

RSS infested with people of Godse’s mindset but Nitish let it prosper: Lalu Prasad

In his autobiography Gopalganj to Raisina, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav writes about Nitish Kumar’s many political flip-flops.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar

Modi, alcohol & caste: Why BJP-led NDA has a clear advantage in Bihar

The mahagathbandhan leadership in Bihar reflects an absolute lack of vision and imagination.
Tejashwi Yadav speaking at a rally

Tejashwi Yadav puts alliance dharma over family ties, will campaign for Congress in UP

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s sister Raj Lakshmi is married to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grand-nephew, but he will campaign against the Samajwadi Party in UP.

Congress lets go of Godda seat, seals alliance in Jharkhand

Congress will contest 7 seats while Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will contest 4 and JVM(P) will fight 2. RJD is being convinced to fight one seat.

Bihar’s dons are propping up their wives, sons and brothers to keep their political clout

From RJD to JD(U) and LJP to Congress, virtually every party in Bihar is giving tickets to dons’ family members for the Lok Sabha elections.

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Can Indian politics recover from the toxicity of the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign?

From PM Narendra Modi saying former PM Rajiv Gandhi died as "corrupt number 1", to Mayawati dragging Modi’s wife into her speech, 2019 has seen it all.

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After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?