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Why Gujarat Local Election Results Augur Well for BJP

This political analysis was first published here. Post BJP’s  dismal performance in large swathes of rural Gujarat, one could be prompted to believe that the party faces not just a resurgent Congress, especially aided by the Bihar steroid, but also a detached, fatigued and unhappy electorate in the run-up to December 2017 state elections. With Congress capturing 23 of the 31 Zilla (District) Panchayats and...

Narendra Modi and Collective Leadership

‘Taking everyone together as a team’ is a heart-warming sentiment that almost always stands the risk of failing the test of circumstances. For, the unpalatable truth of life is that not everyone is born equal – or can even grow to be an equal. There are some who take the reins of the moment in their hands and either convince others in the team to follow them or simply bulldoze their own flock...

India Beware: Bangladesh is Staring at Anarchy

The article first appeared on Asia Times Online here. With no end in sight to political turmoil rooted in historic conflicts and sectarianism, Bangladesh is edging closer each day to chaos. The overwhelming victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL) in January 5 parliamentary elections did little to ease the tense situation. Terming the current government “illegal”, the Begum...

Embracing the Last Resort (News Report)

India’s anti-graft crusaders hint at taking the fight against government into the political arena NEW DELHI — Marking a departure from its traditional stand of staying “completely apolitical”, India’s ongoing anti-corruption movement on July 31 appeared to lean towards formation of a political alternative. Addressing a crowd of thousands at Jantar Mantar Square in New Delhi, Prashant Bhushan, eminent...

Anshuman Rawat Interviews Nitin Gadkari

President of Indian opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nitin Gadkari believes that his party would bring the economy of India back on track by dislodging the present ruling coalition in 2014 elections Established in 1980, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is India’s second largest political party in terms of representation in the parliament. Occupying the right of centre in the Indian political spectrum,...

INTERVIEW: Shantanu Bhagwat

An engineer by training, Shantanu Bhagwat is a one-time diplomat turned venture investor and now advisor, to start-ups. In a career spanning two decades, Mr. Bhagwat has worked across geographies and industries, including several years in Japan and in the UK. He is a personal investor in several start-ups in India, including Myntra– a personalised gift company, Innovitia – a cutting-edge start-up in...