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Friday, May 27, 2022

Ravish Tiwari


Budget 2022: Politics at arm’s length, Govt banks on Covid ebb and income trickle-down
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

Devoid of political feelers, Nirmala Sitharaman's 90-minute speech showcased a Budget strategy-driven more by economic assumptions than any overt political imperatives, except when it came to reforms.

Explained: The rise and fall of the UPA
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

🔴 Mamata Banerjee has said there is no UPA, signalling that an anti-BJP grouping need not have the Congress as its automatic leader. A look at how the UPA began and disintegrated, and the new assertion by regional parties.

Platforms as publishers, penalties, checking electronic hardware may figure in draft data Bill
Tue, Nov 23, 2021

The final set of recommendations of the committee and dissent notes by half-a-dozen members from Opposition parties are likely to be tabled in the coming winter session of Parliament.

Khalistani, andolanjeevi: How Govt read it wrong, tries to lower Punjab heat
Sat, Nov 20, 2021

The laws heralded key structural reforms but the Government and the party brought to it its characteristic “you are with us or you are with the enemy” approach.

Explained: What farm law repeal means for farmers, govt, Opposition and PM
Sun, Nov 21, 2021

Farm laws repealed: A look at why and how the government had pushed these laws, why it has now withdrawn them, and the implications of the move, politically and economically.

A fortnight ago, BJP meet signalled rethink on the three farm laws
Sat, Nov 20, 2021

The segment dealing with farming in the Political Resolution adopted by the BJP national executive had completely omitted any reference to the three farm laws.

Ahead of polls, BJP lauds PM, accuses Opposition of ‘extreme hate’
Mon, Nov 08, 2021

Largely devoted to lauding the Modi government over a range of issues, from Covid to his stand on climate change, as well as reduction of the excise duty on petrol and diesel, it predicted a big win for the BJP in coming elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Disquiet in BJP ranks: some see plot, others a mishandling; Varun red-flags
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Key BJP state leaders are on the backfoot hoping the situation doesn’t snowball.

Explained: Political binaries that came to inform Indian politics after 9/11
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

The binary choice from President George W Bush — 'with us or against us' — came to inform several subtexts in domestic politics. 9/11 also fanned an aggressive nationalism, and the yearning for a 'strong' leader.

In Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins, Dalits face many issues. The way murders are happening… If someone complains, they face inquiry: Satish Chandra Misra
Mon, Sep 13, 2021

BSP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Misra said: "The moment the Covid-19 cases dropped in Uttar Pradesh, we began (our meetings). It’s not that we were silent, the party has been working right up to the booth level, and we are determined to throw out the BJP government in the state."

BJP to roll out 3-week Happy Birthday PM booster shot for party and govt
Thu, Sep 09, 2021

Timed with his 71st birthday (September 17) and 20 years of his public life as an administrator (October 7, 2001, when he first became Gujarat CM), this unprecedented drive holds significance in the wake of the brutal second wave of the Covid pandemic.

Kalyan Singh: Blending Mandal and Kamandal, he rose like a meteor — to fade like one
Sun, Aug 22, 2021

Much before the emergence of Narendra Modi on the national scene, it was Kalyan Singh who was seen in party ranks as the “Hindu-Hriday Samrat”.

Caste census: Disquiet within over Govt silence, ally demands
Mon, Aug 16, 2021

Demands for a caste census and a legislation to take reservations beyond 50 per cent resurfaced during the discussion on the Constitution Amendment Bill that sought to override a Supreme Court ruling and restore to states their right to create their own OBC lists.

PM Modi’s I-Day speech: Call for everyone’s effort for inclusive development, world-class infrastructure
Tue, Aug 17, 2021

Addressing his eighth Independence Day address, PM Narendra Modi virtually prophesized next 25 years till the centenary year of Independence as ‘Amrut Kal’, during which India will transform itself to newer heights.

Night before Centre’s August 5 move, BJP reached out to Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha; he quit next morning
Sat, Aug 07, 2021

It was not known then that the resignations of Bhubaneswar Kalita of Congress and SP’s Surendra Singh Nagar and Sanjay Seth were part of carefully orchestrated moves by the BJP to ensure smooth passage of its legislative plan for the day.

Rajya Sabha Pegasus ruckus: TMC lines up Opposition MPs in defence of suspended Shantanu Sen
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

In a complaint to the House Chairman, TMC chief whip Sukhendu Sekhar Roy is learnt to have listed the names of the Opposition MPs, from TMC's arch-rival CPI(M) to the Shiv Sena and senior Congress leaders such as P Chidambaram, who are “ready to depose” as “eye-witnesses” against Puri.

United Opposition resolves to not let House function till Pegasus on table
Thu, Jul 29, 2021

This could mean a complete washout of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Houses could not function for the eighth successive day on Wednesday amidst Opposition protests.

Jumbo Council: Heads roll in bid to balance politics and governance
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

As many as 36 new faces were inducted and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81.

Governor reshuffle, new Ministry clear decks for Cabinet expansion
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

The BJP headquarters was abuzz with names of those who have been summoned to the capital, an indication that they could be inducted into the new Council.

Facing opposition heat, SC’s scrutiny, a bid to turn tables, claim lost ground
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

By making vaccines free, taking over their procurement and extending food rations to November, Modi tried to turn the tables on the Opposition, deflect growing heat from the Supreme Court and give fresh action points to his beleaguered party.

Fear in each family: Govt on the defensive, anxiety deepens within BJP and RSS ranks
Sun, May 09, 2021

For the first time since the Modi Government came to power in 2014, senior Union ministers and top functionaries in the BJP and the RSS are on the defensive and unsure of how — or even what — to communicate to the people as the second Covid curve rages across the country.

Explained: Bengal defeat robs BJP of planks, boosts Mamata, federal pushback
Mon, May 03, 2021

Banerjee, who herself lost the election, led her party to a landmark 200-plus tally. The BJP surged from just three to over 80 seats and retained Assam.

In BJP rank and file, a worry: ‘Phone calls pour in for bed, cylinder… can do little’
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Over the last few days, many BJP leaders — including MPs and party office-bearers in several states — told The Indian Express they have been inundated with calls for help from families, friends and their constituencies but they can do little.

Hosabale, veteran of ABVP, is new RSS general secretary
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

As the new general secretary or sarkaryawah and the effective No. 2, Dattatreya Hosabale, 67, who joined the RSS in 1968, is the first in the post who has worked for almost three decades in any frontal organisation – in his case, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Farmers’ protest: Centre still sees it as Punjab problem, eye on poll-bound states
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The view in the government and ruling party is that the issue is “potent” in Punjab but protests in Haryana, Western UP and parts of Rajasthan have different political imperatives.