Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Focus: Baru And Parakh: Driving Final Nail In The Coffin?

By Sunil Thapar | INNLIVE

SPECIAL REPORT The country watched with dismay for the last five years when its prime minister was reduced to a silent spectator as things collapsed around him. Manmohan Singh truly became Maunmohan Singh. Although there were murmurs about how Sonia Gandhi was pulling the strings and had reduced the prime minster to being a rubber stamp, now, one after another, two books have come out to show that the political games were murkier than what was hitherto imagined. 

A third book, by former CAG Vinod Rai is not yet complete and its publication has been postponed till June. The Congress must be heaving a sigh of relief for this. The party has immediately labeled the two published books as being “hatchet jobs” and “fictional accounts,” with Digvijay Singh even alluding that they were financed by Narendra Modi’s money. But the party has refrained from taking the legal recourse against the authors. 
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AAP Can Turn Out To Be The Game-Changer In Poll 2014

By Newscop | INNLIVE

ANALYSIS A group of activists that used to take up issues of public interest and worked mostly as pressure and interest groups had come together to form a party one day which transformed them from being activists to politicians!

The issue-specific workers now had bigger a aim to pursue a much clearer objective. The bunch of greenhorns, mostly young enthusiasts, aged between early 20s to late 30s, worked hard to make an indelible markon the political platform.
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OpEd: 'Why I Will Not Fall For The “Vote For PM” Trick?'

By Subramaniam Vincent (Guest Writer)

Alright — so we’re all getting ready to vote throughout the country. Some states have already completed polling. Bengaluru's turn is tomorrow.

How do you decide? This election, in particular, is seeing massive interest from all around the country. However, at least some of this interest is generated because of the silly way in which the Congress and BJP are continuing to differentiate themselves from each other, when the reality is far murkier.
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India Biz Scenario: Is India’s Growth Model Broken?

By Rustom Azad | INNLIVE

INDEPTH It’s likely that the Indian economy’s 9% plus growth was an aberration, brought about as a result of a debt-fuelled global binge.

For years, India has had its own growth model. One powerful engine of that model was primitive accumulation. Land was acquired at throwaway prices, while natural resources were practically gifted away to crony capitalists.
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Exclusive: The Other Side Of Kashmiri Craft 'Pashmina'

By Arif Wani | Srinagar

SPECIAL REPORT Kashmiri crafts have been omnipresent from street to luxury yet least geared for new fashion markets. This is likely to change soon.

At a crafts display at New Delhi’s India International Centre, Mahvash Masood from Srinagar displays stoles with hand embroidery so delicate that only a magnifying glass can zoom into the details. “I want to tap into the global luxury market with these,” says Masood, who is working with a development consultant to price her designs.
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Cartoon Of The Day - 'Slap Mania Of Arvind Kejriwal'


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How Election Is Making BJP A New Pivot Of Indian Politics?

By M H Ahssan | INNLIVE

SPECIAL REPORT With six major phases of polling still to go in the 2014 general elections, it would be foolhardy to start predicting the results at this stage. For people can still change their minds. But the overall trends have been so consistent for so long in predicting a BJP-led NDA victory, that it is difficult to visualise a major reversal from this stage. 

Three trends have been consistent over the last three months over many opinion polls: a steady and rising vote share for the NDA: a sharply rising prediction of seats; and a rising trend of new alliances for the BJP. At last count, the BJP had 26 parties in its front, four of them major ones (Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, TDP and LJP). 
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Elections 2014: Can BJP Prevail Despite Infighting In MP?

By Sufia Razzack | INNLIVE

MADHYA PRADESH ELECTIONS As campaigning ended on Tuesday for the ten constituencies going to polls in Thursday’s second phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh, there was hardly any major change visible. A stringent election code, rising temperatures and the poll fatigue had already kept the campaign muted in most parts of the state. Four sitting MPs, two former MPs and 11 new faces are among 142 candidates in fray for this phase. 

Though the focus will be on the five seats of the Gwalior-Chambal region, in which the BJP is targeting to counter the influence of Jyotiraditya Scindia, the others will keenly watched for the change in the voters' mood after the assembly elections. The BJP had swamped the Congress just four months ago to retain power in the state. 
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Will Naveen Patnaik Find Difficult To Retain 21 LS Seats?

By Manas Sahu | Bhubaneshwar

ODISHA ELECTION SCENARIO Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to be facing his toughest political battle as he bids for a fourth straight term in Odisha and struggles to retain his party's 14 Lok Sabha seats out of the state's total of 21. If opinion polls are any indication, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by him may retain power with a reduced strength, but the resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could pose a formidable challenge to his political career. 

According to the latest opinion polls, the BJP is likely to replace Congress as the main opposition by bagging seven of the state's 21 Lok Sabha seats, an unexpected gain for a party which had drawn a blank in the state in 2009 elections. The BJD and BJP were ally for 11 years before they parted ways in 2008. They jointly fought the Lok Sabha polls in 1998, 1999 and 2004 and the assembly elections of 2000 and 2004.
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Analysis: The 'Grim Future' Of Politics And Aam Aadmi Party

By Likha Veer | INNLIVE

One of the most magical moments of this election, the moment when people saw politics once again as an act of faith and hope, was the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. The story of AAP is not just its story, it is the story of these people reinventing politics and themselves.

I want to begin with a story. Last night, I received a phone call from a friend of mine. She told me that she was on a truck heading for the Kolar Gold Fields to campaign for a friend who had joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). She hinted that AAP there spoke a different dialect from AAP in Bangalore or Varanasi.
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