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PM Narender Modi with BJP state president Ravinder Raina and others after laying the foundation stone of AIIMS in Samba district of J&K | PTI

Delay in J&K state polls will not only help BJP now but also in its ‘Akhand Bharat’ story

Kashmir is a historical and ideological symbol for the BJP.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with senior leaders of the party's Chhattisgarh unit | PTI

Congress can replicate the Chhattisgarh model of defeating the BJP

Chhattisgarh shows the way.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi | PTI

The Abhishek Bachchan of Indian politics has finally delivered a hit

Rahul Gandhi’s biggest gamble in Indian politics is to try and prove that nice guys don’t always finish last.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Modi voters know they bought an empty package. They won’t keep buying it

An unambiguous message to the BJP from the state elections: It’s time for you to go.
BJP National President Amit Shah addresses a press conference at BJP headquarters, in New Delhi | PTI

How BJP loses: Whatever happened to Amit Shah’s Chanakyan strategies?

More than Narendra Modi, the BJP’s poor performance is an indictment of BJP president Amit Shah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

BJP needs the Congress, it should abandon ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ slogan

BJP’s best chances of winning are in those states where Congress is powerful.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Rajasthan | PTI

Pakoras, polarisation and popularity of Modi: Key takeaways from state election results

Let’s not forget that together Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh account for 65 seats in the Lok Sabha.
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Can Congress build on state poll results or will Modi be harder to beat nationally in 2019?

The trends in the state elections show that the Congress party benefitted from anti-incumbency mood and outperformed the ruling BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – heralding significant gains in the Hindi heartland. ThePrint asks: Can Congress build on state poll results or will Modi be harder to beat nationally in 2019? Winds blowing across Hindi heartland have changed and will result in a different govt in 2019 Manish Tewari National Spokesperson, Congress  State elections usually stick to their own dynamic. However, in the past 53 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to personalise every election. Whether it’s a state election, or a local body election, or a larger parliamentary election as we saw in 2014, he has been at the forefront. Therefore, the verdict that has come from the Hindi heartland, which essentially comprises rural and agrarian states, is highly indicative of an atmosphere of change. The winds that are blowing across...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign in Rajasthan

Takeaways from the state elections that Rahul Gandhi must not ignore

Rahul Gandhi must enable local leadership, end the influence of Delhi-based political strategist and have a killer instinct’s for Congress to move forward.
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Indian TV news is hooked to MGM— no, it’s not a movie channel, but #ModiGetsMichel

TV news channels were in a celebratory mood over the ‘big success of CBI, RAW and the Modi government’

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Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
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Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.