From plate to plough: Development with cow

Agricultural growth in Uttar Pradesh can be achieved by putting dairy in the lead role. State’s new chief minister has his task cut out for him

The twin pit solution

Rural India is woefully under-informed of how it can both transform sanitation and earn money

Next door Nepal: Yogi’s Kathmandu connect

Adityanath’s long opposition to the ‘red revolution’ has many takers in Nepal

Do less, do it better

New NITI Aayog recruitment rules should trigger a revamp of the Indian state’s human capital

Sentiment And Justice

Past efforts at out-of-court resolution of Ayodhya dispute have been non-starters

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A tectonic shift

The people have rejected negative politics. BJP triumph in UP is the victory of hope and aspiration.

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Giving BJP a walkover

In UP, there was no real counter to its communal-nationalism or economic policies.

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Giving BJP a walkover

In UP, there was no real counter to its communal-nationalism or economic policies

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Forty Years Ago, March 13, 1977: The big fight

There is no mistaking the strength of popular feeling against the Congress Party, but it usually stops short of wishing Mrs Gandhi defeat.

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The rise of the floating voter

With 39.7 per cent of the votes and 75.7 per cent of the seats, the BJP scores the best performance recorded by any party in Uttar Pradesh since the Janata Party victory in 1977.

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Back to the state

A lesson from Punjab: High-command politics is past its sell-by date.

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A tectonic shift

The Congress held sway over the state for many decades; the BJP too, for a few years, but for nearly two decades, the two regional parties, the SP and BSP, were dominant players.

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Victor and the vanquished

BJP’s dominance could turn into hubris. But what if opposition’s despair turns into more timidity?

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EVM dunnit

Mayawati attempts to turn away from message on the poll wall: She needs to step up to change, re-invent her politics.

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PM’s rule in UP

His is a great achievement and a generous mandate. The burden of expectations is also on him.

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Congress needs to promote strong regional leaders, not Rahul Gandhi

His failure to strike a chord with the voters have seen the Congress decimated once again in the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Out of my mind: A new idea of India

The size of the BJP’s victory exceeded all expectations and takes us back to the great days of Congress dominance in UP.

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Inside track: Shahanshah

Amit Shah runs a one-man show in which there is little room for debate or consensus.

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Fifth column: Political pundits. Really?

In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.

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Across the aisle: The people have voted; now, we hope

After slipping badly in Bihar, Modi has regained his prime position as a master of communication.

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Iron too weak for fire: Do we only like women on a pedestal?

Manipur Elections Result 2017: The Iron Lady could only secure 90 votes.

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Manipur results brighten BJP’s chances in 2019

Over the past few years Manipur has been riddled with conflict, protests, curfews, communal tension and economic blockade.

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UP defeat: Why the Congress hand could not steer the SP cycle to victory

A few leaders in these parties feel that despite the work hard to consolidate the minority votes in their favour, the BJP also attracted votes of Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq.

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Why ‘Pehle AAP’ was second best in Punjab

AAP’s most popular leader MP Bhagwant Mann, who was otherwise pulling huge crowds in his rallies, ended up as a runner up to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and lost by a margin of 18,616 votes.

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The Punjab verdict was bad news for the Akalis: Will this be the end of the Badals?

Badal’s son Sukhbir Badal had taken over as SAD president in 2008 as he was believed to have played a key role in steering SAD to victory in 2007

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UP after BJP victory: Who will PM Modi and Amit Shah choose as CM?

The BJP parliamentary board will meet on Sunday and is expected to discuss the issue. Going by past experience, Modi could pick a rank outsider for the position.

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Don’t preach to the ABVP

Indeed, there’s a larger story behind the dynamic of how left politics has operated for more than 50 years now. Paranjape seems to get entangled within the web of the conspiracy.

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Lahore Lit Fest, a rebuke from the past

In dysfunctional states as Pakistan, political polarisation is complicated by the difficulties of publicising facts because of a fear of being killed by terrorists or being “disappeared” by the deep state.

Tamil Nadu’s season of discontent

Farmers’ deaths have been reported from the drought-hit Cauvery delta. Loan waivers, soft loans and compensation for ‘proven’ suicides are insufficient as state response.

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You Pay More, You Get More

At AIIMS, the issue is much more complicated.

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Spring is far behind

Government resolve to continue to use pellet guns against protesters in Kashmir is deeply troubling.

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Forty Years Ago, March 11, 1977: Indira on Janata

Mrs Gandhi pleaded with the people not to be led into believing what her opponents said.

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Don’t Look Away

Because when Barcelona play, it’s never over till it’s over.

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A Cure for VIP Culture

AIIMS does well to revoke its insensitive decision on special counters for VIP referrals.

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Baby Steps

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is welcome. More needs to be done.

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Maternity (Amendment) Bill: Looks good on paper, but there’s more to it than what meets the eye

While India may be ahead of the United States (which gives its women employees 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave), our Maternity Bill leaves out a large section of women in the unorganized sector — and that’s a colossal setback.

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Nepal gets a new Indian Ambassador but it will bring about any change in relations?

An Indian Ambassador wields considerable clout in Nepal but of late that has visibly cost India the trust and respect of its neighbour.

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Punjab election result will make or break Kejriwal’s ambition to take on PM Modi in 2019

The countdown to the poll results continues to be an excruciatingly long wait for Kejriwal.

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The Urdu Press: Attacks on Indians

The murder of two Indians and serious injuries to two others in a span of 10 days is a clear proof of the existing environment.

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Rage against the intellectual

The responses to Gurmehar’s fearless speech come at a time when the monstrous rage against the intellectual has been growing, both in India and beyond.

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Jats in wonderlessland

Crisis of Haryana’s dominant castes mirrors India’s challenge: Lack of good jobs.