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Current Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Karnataka poll dates announced: Here are the five factors that will decide the outcome

Voting on 12 May, results on 15 May for crucial election a year before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
INC Karnataka

Congress is winning in Karnataka—according to a survey released by Congress itself

Not only will Congress increase its seat tally, it will also improve its vote share by 9 percentage points, says survey conducted by C-fore.
Illustration by Nayanika Chatterjee

TalkPoint: Will Modi govt’s new population formula to share tax revenues reignite north-south divide?

The 15th Finance Commission is mandated to use the census data from 2011 instead of 1971. Experts weigh in on its likely impact on states across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi govt opens a Pandora’s Box: States can lose political clout if they develop well

The Modi Govt has instructed the Finance Commission to use 2011 census figures instead of the 1971 figures, to apportion revenue from taxation between the states.
Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah’s decision on Lingayats is just ‘scorched earth’ politics

There are many schools of tantra that also reject the textual authority of the Vedas and yet proudly identify themselves as Hindus.
People of Lingayat and Veershaiva community clash with each other in Kalburgi

Who are Lingayats, Veerashaivas, and why they matter in Karnataka polls

In poll-bound Karnataka, what is the big deal about Siddaramaiah giving religious minority status to Lingayats?
Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka

Rahul Gandhi to have an ‘Amar, Akbar and Anthony’ day in Karnataka

Rahul will visit a temple, a church and a shrine; his itinerary seems to have been designed to re-affirm syncretism in the political ideology of Congress party.
M. Veerappa Moily

Veerappa Moily’s ‘conscience’ lands him in trouble on Twitter

Former Union minister claims it was an ‘unauthorised’ tweet, but BJP pounces on it calling it a message from Moily’s ‘conscience’, attacks Siddaramaiah govt

Can the Karnataka model of development do for Siddaramaiah what such slogans did for Modi?

Beyond homilies like 'promote equity' and 'realise economic growth', it isn’t clear what the components of the model are, and how it is distinct from others.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National President Amit Shah in Tripura | PTI

Amit Shah tells party that road to 2019 victory passes through Karnataka

The BJP president has told ministers, party MPs and senior leaders to just focus on Karnataka until the elections there in April-May.

On Camera

Indian origin Senator Kamala Harris

What’s in a name? A lot, if it’s Kamala Harris

Senator David Purdue's mal-pronunciation of Harris's name is emblematic of the struggle minorities have faced while fighting for their rights in US's history.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane | Photo: ANI

Next military reforms should be to set up integrated theatre commands, says Army chief

Army chief General MM Naravane also said the integration of the armed forces was an inevitability as it would lead to tri-services synergy and optimisation of resources.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.