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A Congress-mukt Bharat is not impossible. In fact it is very easy to achieve

A Congress-mukt Bharat is not impossible. In fact it is very easy to achieve. All it needs is aggressive, new parties to replace it.
Tripura elections

Tripura fell to BJP because the Left failed to understand what people wanted

Widespread corruption plagued the Tripura under the government led by Manik Sarkar, who is otherwise known for his clean image.
BJP booth committee office in Tripura

How BJP made inroads into CPI(M)’s fortress Tripura

The BJP’s perceived rise as the principal opposition party is the result of two simultaneous pushes – from the ground up, and from the top leadership.
Manik Sarkar

Lack of jobs, development and graft to be key factors in Tripura assembly polls

Despite CM Manik Sarkar’s clean image, voters see BJP as a possible alternative to the ruling CPI(M), claim state govt is turning a blind eye to corruption. West Tripura/Sepahijala/Gomati districts: The CPI (M) office in Agartala’s Office Lane stands calm, unfazed by the ongoing election frenzy. The party, after all, has been used to coming to power in the state with ease for the past 25 years, with elections offering not much reason to get into frenetic activity. This election, however, is different. The BJP, which has been rapidly spreading its wings in the northeast, has set its eyes on one of the last remaining Left bastions of the country. The party is putting up a formidable and what could be a worrying challenge for the CPI(M). Many voters ThePrint spoke with see BJP as a possible alternative, which has exposed the vulnerabilities of Manik Sarkar-led Left government. However, the fact remains that the...
BJP national president Amit Shah addressing a rally in Tripura

Polls in 3 NE states: BJP likely to release candidates’ names on 27 Jan

BJP’s parliamentary board will meet on 27 January to decide on names of candidates; Amit Shah convenes special meeting a day before.

Tripura polls: BJP’s seat sharing deal is stuck over just one tribal seat

BJP has sought for itself 11 out of 20 tribal seats leaving just 9 for ally IPFT, hopeful of early resolution to the logjam.

On Camera

V. Anantha Nageswaran, member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council | Image: krea.edu.in | ThePrint Team

High production costs, compliance burden won’t let India emulate China, says PM’s advisor

PM’s Economic Advisory Council member V. Anantha Nageswaran says whittling away unwanted rules and regulations will be a step towards fixing the problem.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight

India planning to order Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

There is a need for Heron UAVs to add to the existing fleet of drones to meet the Air Force requirements, govt sources said without specifying any number.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.