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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.
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

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’

Congress nears power in Madhya Pradesh, but not quite there yet

Waiting in the wings for 15 years to unseat the BJP, Congress presently seems to be falling just short of making this election all about itself. Gwalior/Mandsaur: The 28-November election in Madhya Pradesh is tailor-made for the Congress. An unmissable 15-year anti-incumbency sentiment against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, massive farmer anger, unrest in the business community over Centre's policies like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, and general voter fatigue — factors that should have been enough for any opposition to latch on to and create a decisive wave in its favour. Yet, even though "badlaav (change)" is a favoured term among voters here, something is holding the Congress back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTD9JbN_OR0 The party, which has been waiting in the wings for over a decade and a half to unseat the BJP, at least at this point, seems to be falling just short of making this election all...

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Total Dhamaal review: An exercise in mediocrity that would make mediocre look better

The third instalment in the Dhamaal series has all the animals and actors in the zoo but not one funny bone.
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Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.

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FATF

FATF condemns Pulwama terror attack but doesn’t officially black list Pakistan

Pakistan has failed to demonstrate a proper understanding on funding of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, said the global terror finance watchdog.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.